Franz Seitz

Franz Seitz

Additional Names: Georg Laforet (Pseudonym)
Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Produzent, Produktionsleitung
*22.10.1921 München; †19.01.2006 München

Biography

Franz Seitz was born in Munich on October 22nd 1921. The son of director and producer Franz Seitz sen. and actress Anni Terofal joined the Wehrmacht in 1940, and was later promoted to the rank of first lieutenant. After WWII, Seitz ventured into painting and art history, and for a time supported himself as an artist. In 1949, he worked as film architect under director Richard Eichberg, and two years later, he and his partner Jochen Genzow founded the production company Allegro-Film.

In the beginning, there used to be some confusion due the same name and occupation of father and son. For instance, the young Seitz produced "Der letzte Schuß" (1951) which was directed by his father. The script was co-written by both, while brother Hans Seitz was a cast member. As managing director of Ariston-Film, Seitz junior was involved in ambitious projects like Roberto Rossellini"s "Paura" ("Angst"; 1954) and G. W. Pabst"s "Es geschah am 20. Juli" (1955). In 1956, he founded the Munich-based Franz Seitz Filmproduktion, which became the production base for of many "Heimatfilme", including box-office hits like "Der Meineidbauer", "Mein Schatz ist aus Tirol" or "Schön ist die Liebe am Königssee". In the late 1960s, the company also participated in the wave of sex education films and established its own brand of popular comedies.

Along with his work as producer, Seitz junior also was a writer and director like his father before him. His feature film debut as director was the music comedy "Ein Mädchen aus Paris". He often directed under the pseudonym Georg Laforet (one of the ancestors on his mother"s side was a Count Laforet). Among his successes as a screenwriter are "Das schwarz-weiß-rote Himmelbett" (1962), "Kleiner Mann ganz groß" and "Grieche sucht Griechin".


That Seitz was indeed willing to leave a trodden path was most evident in his work as producer. In 1966, he produced Volker Schlöndorff"s acclaimed debut "Der junge Törless" – making him, who was considered to be a member of the old film establishment, one of the first patrons of New German Cinema. In the following years, he was involved in seminal productions like Jean-Marie Straub"s "Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach" (1967), and Schlöndorff"s Academy Award-winning "Die Blechtrommel" (1979).

The literary work of Thomas Mann was one of his passions, and he brought numerous adaptations to life, including "Tonio Kröger", "Wälsungenblut" (1964), "Der Zauberberg" (1981), as well as "Unordnung und frühes Leid" (1976) and "Doktor Faustus", both of which he also directed. The social and cultural history of Bavaria and Munich also remained recurring themes in his work as director, showcased in films like "Abelard – Die Entmannung" (1975), "Die Jugendstreiche des Knaben Karl" (1977), "Flammenzeichen" (1984), and "Erfolg" (1991).

For many years, Franz Seitz was also an active and important figure in German film politics and over the years, he held key positions in numerous organizations, associations and festivals. He received numerous awards and decorations for his work, including the Merit order of the Federal Republic of Germany and the French "Chevalier dans l"Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" .

In the early 1990s, Seitz retired form active film production. After a long hiatus, he wrote and produced the TV comedy "Glück auf vier Rädern" (2005). He never saw the airing of this film: On January 19th 2006, Franz Seitz passed away in Munich.

Filmography

2005/2006 Glück auf vier Rädern
Screenplay, Producer
 
2005 Filmlegenden. Deutsch
Participation
 
1990/1991 Erfolg
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1987/1988 Sukkubus
Screenplay, Producer
 
1985 Big Mäc
Screenplay, Producer
 
1985 Harald Reinl - Kino ohne Probleme
Participation
 
1984/1985 King Kongs Faust
Cast
 
1984 Flammenzeichen
Director, Producer
 
1982 Action Please
Producer
 
1981/1982 Doktor Faustus
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1981/1982 Der Zauberberg
Producer
 
1979/1980 Die wunderbaren Jahre
Producer
 
1978/1979 Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald
Co-Producer
 
1978/1979 Die Blechtrommel
Screenplay, Producer
 
1977 Die Jugendstreiche des Knaben Karl
Director, Screenplay
 
1976/1977 Unordnung und frühes Leid
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1975/1976 Abelard
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1973/1974 Als Mutter streikte
Screenplay, Producer
 
1973 Tornado
Producer
 
1973 Das fliegende Klassenzimmer
Screenplay, Producer
 
1972/1973 Der Fußgänger
Cast, Producer
 
1972 Lilli - die Braut der Kompanie
Screenplay
 
1972 Betragen ungenügend!
Screenplay, Producer, Unit production manager
 
1972 Versuchung im Sommerwind
Screenplay, Line producer
 
1971 Der Kapitän
Screenplay, Producer
 
1971 Morgen fällt die Schule aus
Screenplay, Producer
 
1970/1971 Herzflimmern
Producer
 
1970 Das Glöcklein unterm Himmelbett
Screenplay, Producer
 
1970 Wir hau'n die Pauker in die Pfanne
Screenplay, Producer
 
1969/1970 First Love
Producer
 
1969 Ludwig auf Freiersfüßen
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1969 Hurra, die Schule brennt
Screenplay, Producer, Line producer
 
1969 Dr. med. Fabian - Lachen ist die beste Medizin
Screenplay
 
1969 Pepe, der Paukerschreck
Screenplay, Producer
 
1968 Zum Teufel mit der Penne
Screenplay
 
1968 Die Lümmel von der ersten Bank
Screenplay, Producer
 
1967/1968 Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach
Producer
 
1967 Der Paukenspieler. 1. EP: Der Tanz des trauernden Kindes
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1967 Der Paukenspieler. 4. EP: Die Träne
Producer
 
1967 Der Paukenspieler. 3. EP: Ein unheimlicher Moment
Producer
 
1967 Der Paukenspieler. 2. EP: Glockentönin Bim
Producer
 
1967 Der Paukenspieler. 5. EP: Militärischer Spuk
Screenplay, Producer
 
1967 Wenn Ludwig ins Manöver zieht
Screenplay, Producer
 
1967 Liebesnächte in der Taiga
Producer
 
1967 Das Geschlecht der Engel
Co-Producer
 
1966/1967 Fast ein Held
Producer
 
1966 Onkel Filser - Allerneueste Lausbubengeschichten
Screenplay, Producer
 
1966 Stella
Producer
 
1966 Grieche sucht Griechin
Screenplay, Producer
 
1966 Die Flucht
Producer
 
1965/1966 Ich suche einen Mann
Producer
 
1965/1966 Kleine Front
Producer
 
1965/1966 Der junge Törless
Producer
 
1965 Tante Frieda - Neue Lausbubengeschichten
Screenplay, Producer
 
1965 Die fromme Helene
Producer
 
1965 Die Herren
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1965 Die Herren. 5. Episode: Die Bürger
Screenplay, Producer
 
1965 An der Donau, wenn der Wein blüht
Producer
 
1964/1965 Die Herren. 4. Episode: Die Aristokraten
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1964/1965 Die Herren. 1. Episode: Die Intellektuellen
Screenplay, Producer
 
1964/1965 Die Herren. 2. Episode: Die Bauern
Screenplay, Producer
 
1964/1965 Die Herren. 3. Episode: Die Soldaten
Screenplay, Producer
 
1964/1965 Wälsungenblut
Screenplay, Producer
 
1964 Lausbubengeschichten
Screenplay, Producer
 
1964 Tonio Kröger
Producer
 
1963/1964 Kennwort: Reiher
Producer
 
1963-1965 Die schwedische Jungfrau
Screenplay, Producer
 
1963 Moral 63
Producer
 
1963 Ferien vom Ich
Producer
 
1962/1963 Venusberg
Producer
 
1962 Das schwarz-weiß-rote Himmelbett
Screenplay, Producer
 
1962 Muß i denn zum Städtele hinaus
Producer
 
1961/1962 Der verkaufte Großvater
Producer, Line producer
 
1961 Silberfisch
Screenplay
 
1961 Was macht Papa denn in Italien?
Producer
 
1961 Die Liebe ist ein seltsames Spiel
Producer
 
1961 Isola Bella
Producer
 
1960/1961 Schön ist die Liebe am Königsee
Producer
 
1960 Die zornigen jungen Männer
Cast, Producer
 
1960 Schick Deine Frau nicht nach Italien
Producer
 
1959 Bei der blonden Kathrein
Producer
 
1959 Ja, so ein Mädchen mit 16
Producer
 
1958/1959 Die feuerrote Baronesse
Producer
 
1958 Mein Schatz ist aus Tirol
Producer
 
1958 Die grünen Teufel von Monte Cassino
Producer, Unit production manager
 
1957 Die Zwillinge vom Zillertal
Producer
 
1956/1957 Kleiner Mann - ganz groß
Screenplay, Producer
 
1956 Der Meineidbauer
Line producer
 
1955 Es geschah am 20. Juli
Producer
 
1954 Angst
Co-Producer
 
1954 Morgengrauen
Producer
 
1954 Ein Mädchen aus Paris
Director
 
1953/1954 Die süßesten Früchte
Producer
 
1953 Die vertagte Hochzeitsnacht
Unit production manager
 
1953 Moselfahrt aus Liebeskummer
Unit production manager
 
1953 Ehe für eine Nacht
Line producer
 
1953 Heute nacht passiert's
Line producer
 
1953 Tante Jutta aus Kalkutta
Unit production manager
 
1951 Der letzte Schuß
Screenplay, Producer
 

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