Hartmut Bitomsky

Hartmut Bitomsky

Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Schnitt, Produzent, Aufnahmeleitung
*10.05.1942 Bremen

Biography

Hartmut Bitomsky was born in Bremen on May 10 1942. In 1962, he enrolled as a theatre, German, and journalism major in Berlin. He transferred to Berlin's newly founded "Deutsche Film-und Fernsehakademie" (dffb) in 1966, yet two years later, he and 17 of his co-students were expelled from the dffb due to their political activism.

After working as an assistant director on Peter Lilienthal's documentary "Der Beginn" (1966), he completed his first short "3000 Häuser" (1967). He then directed several TV documentaries, including the Brecht-inspired "Die Teilung aller Tage" (1969/70, co-author: Harun Farocki) about Karl Marx' theory of economics, "Einmal wirst auch du mich lieben. Über die Bedeutung von Heftromanen" (1973) and "Kino/Kritik: Über die Wörter, den Sinn und das Geld von Filmen" (1974). He also made features for the German edition of the childrens' television programme "Sesame Street" (1972/73).

His first and only fiction feature film "Auf Biegen und Brechen" (1975), was mostly ignored by critics and audiences. From 1974 until 1985, Hartmut Bitomsky worked as editor of the groundbreaking magazine "Filmkritik". As a filmmaker, he focused on documentaries and essayist films, many of which were produced for television. Among them were "Berichte über einen englischen Filmemacher" (1976), a portrait of British filmmaker Humphrey Jennings, "Der Schauplatz des Krieges. Das Kino von John Ford" (1976) and the four-part documentary "Highway 40 West" (1980/81). Bitomsky caught wide attention with his project "Deutsche Trilogie" (German Trilogy), consisting of the documentaries "Deutschlandbilder" (1982/83) and "Reichsautobahn" (1984-86), which both reflect upon fascist aesthetics and Nazi propaganda, and "Der VW-Komplex" (1988/89), which recounts the history of the Volkswagen company in Wolfsburg throughout the decades. This was followed in 1992 by "Die UFA", a film essay about the eponymous German studio.

In 1993, Bitomsky became dean and lecturer at the School of Film and Video of the California Institute of the Arts. Consequently, he only completed a few films during the following years. He got rave reviews "B 52" (1997 – 2001), a documentary about the both legendary and infamous US bomber, and "Staub" (2006/07), which premiered at the Venice IFF. In 2006, Bitomsky was appointed director of the dffb, succeeding Reinhard Hauff. However, due to health reasons, he had to resign in 2009.

Filmography

2009 Kreuzkölln
Producer
 
2009 Mein Vater. Mein Onkel.
Producer
 
2009 Spatzen
Producer
 
2009 1000 Meilen von Taschkent
Producer
 
2009 An die Arbeit
Producer
 
2008 Sollbruchstelle
Producer
 
2008 Was bleibt
Producer
 
2008 Faust – Der Tragödie erster Teil
Producer
 
2008 Anomalia
Producer
 
2008 Alle Türen offen
Producer
 
2008 Bonzenkarren
Producer
 
2007/2008 Es geht um alles
Co-Producer
 
2007/2008 Cowboy
Producer
 
2007/2008 Gestern in Eden
Producer
 
2007 Drifter
Co-Producer
 
2007 Zelle
Co-Producer
 
2007 Halbe Stunden
Producer
 
2007 24 Stunden Schlesisches Tor
Producer
 
2007 Wasserspiegel
Producer
 
2006/2007 Staub
Voice, Director, Screenplay, Co-Producer
 
1997-2001 B-52
Voice, Director, Screenplay, Commentary, Producer
 
1992 Die UFA
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1990 Isaak Babel - Die Reiterarmee
Director, Screenplay, Editing
 
1988/1989 Der VW Komplex
Participation, Voice, Director, Screenplay, Commentary, Interviews, Editing, Producer
 
1988 Das Kino und der Tod
Participation, Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1987 Infrastruktur Berlin/West
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1984-1986 Reichsautobahn
Director, Screenplay
 
1982/1983 System ohne Schatten
Cast
 
1982/1983 Deutschlandbilder
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
 
1980/1981 Highway 40 West
Director, Screenplay
 
1980-1982 Etwas wird sichtbar
Cast
 
1978 Zwischen zwei Kriegen
Cast
 
1977/1978 Karawane der Wörter. 1. Wandernde Handlung
Director
 
1977/1978 Karawane der Wörter. 2. An der Hölle des Schweigens
Director
 
1976 Der Schauplatz des Krieges. Das Kino von John Ford
Director
 
1976 Humphrey Jennings. Berichte über einen englischen Filmemacher
Director
 
1976 Es stirbt allerdings ein Jeder
Participation
 
1975 Auf Biegen oder Brechen
Director, Screenplay, Line producer
 
1974/1975 Kampf um ein Kind
Cast
 
1971 Eine Sache, die sich versteht. 15 mal
Director
 
1971 Anschluss bis ...
Cast
 
1970 Zum Begriff des 'kritischen Kommunismus' bei Antonio Labriola (1843-1904)
Cast
 
1970 Hatz im Schnee
Cast
 
1969/1970 Die Teilung aller Tage
Director, Screenplay
 
1969 Nicht löschbares Feuer
Location manager
 
1968 Johnson & Co. und der Feldzug gegen die Armut
Director
 
1967/1968 Ein Western für den SDS
Location manager
 
1967 3000 Häuser
Director, Screenplay
 
1966 Das Vögelein
Director