Gerhard Lamprecht was interested in as a child for the cinema. At the age of twelve he was already working with film screenings, 1914, he sold his first film script at the Berlin Film Society Eiko - Film GmbH. From 1916 he also took acting classes with Paul Bildt, one of the pioneers of German cinema and put his knowledge to the stage. He studied theater and art history in Berlin. In 1917, he was supposed to start a job as a writer and dramaturg at the Oskar Messler film company, but this was thwarted by his call to the troops of the First World War. In 1918 wounded, he wrote in the hospital already back screenplays. Lupu Pick, with whom he had already worked together several times, called him in 1919 to head dramaturg his company Rex movie.
In 1920 he led the first time to direct myself in It Runs in the family. In the former silent film era, he also dealt with the products developed by Sergei Eisenstein montage techniques. Lamprecht had with literary adaptations success, so in 1923 with an adaptation of Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks and the internationally successful film Emil and the Detectives (1931 ) by Erich Kästner's novel Emil and the Detectives from a screenplay by Billy Wilder. He was also interested in the living conditions of the poorest of the population and created mid-1920s, an outstanding and partially also noticed in foreign social Trilogy ( The disreputable in 1925, released in the U.S. as The slums of Berlin, illegitimate in 1926 and people to each other in 1926 ).
Lamprecht shifted his interest now increasingly turning to the history of film. The basis for this was an extensive collection, which he had built up since his school days - he worked as a student as a projectionist at the cinema and collected everything that had to do with film. The collection was acquired in 1962 by the Berlin Senate and formed the basis of the German Film, Lamprecht headed until 1966. He was awarded the 1967 Film Award for many years of excellent work in the German film. By 1970, he published in collaboration with the Cinematheque an eight- volume encyclopedia, and a complete index of German silent films between 1903 and 1931.
His grave is located on the Forest Cemetery in Berlin- Zehlendorf, Potsdamer Chaussee.
2013 a number of his films have been restored and published on DVD to mark the 50th anniversary of the German Film. In addition, three volumes have been published on various aspects of Lamprecht's life as a director and collector.