Franz Seitz junior

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Franz Xaver Seitz ; Pseudonym : Georg Laforet (born October 22, 1921 in Munich , Bavaria ; † January 19, 2006 in Schliersee , Bavaria) was a German film producer , film director , screenwriter and 1980 Oscar winner in the category "Best Foreign Language Film" for Die Blechtrommel .


Grave of the Seitz family in the Schliersee cemetery

Seitz was the son of the well-known UFA film director Franz Seitz and the actress Anni Terofal, the daughter of Xaver Terofal , the founder of the Schlierseer Bauerntheater. His brother Hans Terofal acted in some of Seitz 'films.

After participating in the Second World War , studying medicine for a few semesters and temporarily working as a painter , Seitz turned to his father's profession. In 1952 he founded the production company Ariston-Film with Jochen Genzow and initially worked closely with his father. In the beginning he produced homeland films , sometimes together with him . In 1956 he founded his "Franz Seitz Filmproduktion" in Munich.

In the 1960s, mostly film comedies followed . His rascal stories , based on Ludwig Thoma , and the similarly successful Lümmel films , in which Hansi Kraus also played the leading role, were particularly popular .

Later literary adaptations followed, with a particular inclination to templates by Thomas Mann . He worked with directors of the New German Cinema such as Volker Schlöndorff and directed several times himself. His greatest success was receiving the Oscars in 1980 for the screenplay for the film adaptation of Die Blechtrommel (directed by Volker Schlöndorff).

Franz Seitz became chairman of the Association of German Feature Film Producers in 1981. V. and, as a leading member of several other associations, had an influence on German film and television production. In 2003 he was one of the founding members of the German Film Academy .

Seitz was married to Anneliese Conrad, father of the children Peter and Gabriele and grandfather of the grandchildren Sophie, Anni, Benedikt and Celina. Franz Seitz died on January 19, 2006. He was very committed to his job until the end and was 84 years old.

He was buried in the cemetery in Schliersee.

Awards and honors

Filmography (selection)

As a producer

As a screenwriter

As a director

As an actor


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