Kurt Maetzig
Kurt Maetzig

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Name: Kurt Maetzig
Occupation: Director
Gender: Male
Birth Day: January 25, 1911
Death Date: Aug 8, 2012 (age 101)
Age: Aged 101
Country: Germany
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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Kurt Maetzig

Kurt Maetzig was born on January 25, 1911 in Germany (101 years old). Kurt Maetzig is a Director, zodiac sign: Aquarius. Find out Kurt Maetzignet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


He was president of the Nationales Spielfilmfestival der DDR from 1980 until 1990.

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As per our current Database, Kurt Maetzig died on Aug 8, 2012 (age 101).

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Before Fame

He studied Chemistry, Engineering, and Economics at the Technical University of Munich.

Biography Timeline


In the late 1920s, Maetzig worked at his father's factory during the holidays, gaining experience in all areas of film production. He began shooting his own films in 1932, and three years later he ran his own cartoon workshop, where he also worked on titles and opening credits for short films.


He received his PhD from TUM in 1935 after he had completed his dissertation entitled "The accountancy of a film-copying institution." He then worked for various firms, including his father's, where he worked on film technology and photochemistry, and also gave lessons on copying techniques and problems with sound and colour in films. However, following the Nuremberg Laws of 1935, his work permit was revoked by the Film Chamber of the Reich in 1937 due to his mother's Jewish heritage.


During the Second World War, Maetzig became a member of the illegal Communist Party in 1944. After the war, he moved back to Berlin, where he co-founded a group called "Filmaktiv" in 1945, whose aim was to organise a resumption of film production. He joined the newly founded state-owned film studio, DEFA, in 1947, where he worked as a director both of documentaries and feature films. He became DEFA's artistic director in 1946. He was also the first director and editor of the weekly newsreel "Der Augenzeuge" (English: The Eyewitness).


Maetzig's first feature film was Ehe im Schatten (Marriage in the Shadows), released in 1947. It was the most successful film of the post-war period, attracting over 12 million viewers in total. His other notable films include Die Buntkarierten (1949), which was entered into the Cannes Film Festival, the Ernst Thälmann films (1954–55), and the science fiction film Der schweigende Stern (1960). Some of Maetzig's work has been described as East German propaganda particularly his two part series on Ernst Thalman (Ernst Thälmann - Sohn seiner Klasse, Ernst Thälmann - Führer seiner Klasse), though nearly all his films in production from 1965-66 were banned by East German authorities. He also directed the film Das Kaninchen bin ich (The Rabbit is Me) (1965), which was one of twelve films that were banned in East Germany after the 11th plenum of the SED's Central Committee for being too critical of the internal social problems within the country.


From 1954 to 1964, Maetzig was the first president of the German University of Cinema in Potsdam-Babelsberg, where he also held the post of Professor of Stage Direction. From 1967 to 1988 he was an executive member of the Verband der Film- und Fernsehschaffenden der DDR (GDR Federation of Film and Television Producers). He then became the vice-president of the Fédération Internationale des Ciné-Clubs (International Federation of Cinema Clubs) (FICC) in 1974.


He was also president of the Nationales Spielfilmfestival der DDR (English: GDR National Film Festival) on four separate occasions between 1980 and 1990, and he has been a member of the Academy of Arts, Berlin since 1950, where a considerable archive of his works is located. In 1973 he was a member of the jury at the 8th Moscow International Film Festival. In 1979 he was a member of the jury at the 11th Moscow International Film Festival. In 1983 he was a member of the jury at the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival.


He retired as a film director in 1976. He died on 8 August 2012 in Wildkuhl, Mecklenburg.

Family Life

Kurt was born to parents Robert Maetzig and Marie Maetzig.

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