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Phil Jutzi (Alt-Leiningen bei Grünstadt 1896 - Neustadt an der Weinstraße 1946)
     
 

Piel (Phil) Jutzi was a central personality in the German proletarian cinema in the Republic of Weimar. In 1919 he shot and directed his first (grotesque, detective and Western) films in Heidelberg as DAS BLINKENDE FENSTER and BULL ARIZONA, DER WÜSTENADLER. In the next years he worked on movies such as for example FEUERTEUFEL [censorship document](1920) or DER GRAUE HUND (1922) [censorship document].

Later in Berlin he worked as a cameraman and editor for “Welt-Film” as well as for "Prometheus Film- Verleih und Vertriebs GmbH" on numerous Russian films. Among other things Jutzi was also responsible for the adaptation of Russian films (e.g. BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN) for the German market.

His director's work was influenced by the Russian silent movies and includes for example the German-Russian co-production SALAMANDRA/FALSCHMÜNZER (1928) as well as HUNGER IN WALDENBURG - UMS TAEGLICHE BROT [censorship document] (1928), MUTTER KRAUSENS FAHRT INS GLUECK (1929), and BERLIN-ALEXANDERPLATZ (1931). However, after 1933 these films were banned [censorship document] . From then on, he directed short comedies and crime stories as FRAU EVA WIRD MONDAEN (1934), DIE SACHE MIT DEM HERMELIN (1939) and FRUECHTCHEN (1942).

See also:
Wolfgang Jacobsen: „Phil / Piel Jutzi - Kameramann, Regisseur“, CineGraph-Online [http://www.cinegraph.de/lexikon/Jutzi_Phil/biografie.html]

Karlheinz Wagner, „Rauhe Tage in der roten Tintenburg“, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) vom 12.12.1998
[www.kuenstlerkolonie-berlin.de/tintenbg.htm]

 
     

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