Gietinger completed a degree in social science at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen with a degree in social economics.
After high school and community service, he convinced his friends Leo Hiemer , Georg Veit and Fritz Günthner to take part in splatter versions of cinema classics (for example, 'Tarzan sees red' and 'The perjurer', who won first prize at the 1977 Festival of Young Filmmakers in Werl) . Finally, the four of them formed the Westallgäuer Filmproduktion (WAF).
A long fictional film was made about the Allgäu Peasants' War (Lond it luck <don't let loose>, 1979), which attracted thousands of spectators to multi-purpose halls and back rooms on a tour through the Allgäu, but also led to heated discussions about the effects on today's conditions.
This was followed by two radical little TV games for ZDF ( Land of Robbers and Gendarmes , 1982 and Sisters , 1983, together with Susanne Lob).
In 1984, together with Leo Hiemer, he made his most famous film, Daheim die Leut ' , which, although shot in the West Allgäu dialect, was subtitled throughout the republic and is considered a “cult film” in its home region. After 30 years (2015) and complete digitization, a very successful re-performance took place.
He directed several episodes of the Tatort television series , for which he wrote the script himself, as well as for various other films.
As a train fanatic, Gietinger has not had a car for a long time and usually takes his appointments by train. In his film Heinrich der Säger , he also viewed the renovation plans and shutdowns of Deutsche Bahn critically.
He researched the background to the murder of Rosa Luxemburg . His thesis is that this political murder, like that of Karl Liebknecht , took place with the approval of Commander-in-Chief Gustav Noske ( SPD ). Gietinger relies on statements from Waldemar Pabst . In other political texts he worked on the subject of the uprising and the suppression of the Kronstadt sailors' uprising by the Russian Bolsheviks . His book Total Loss. The car hater book led to various appearances on talk shows. His book 99 Crashes tells of the accidental death of famous personalities and is a rejection of various conspiracy theories.
Gietinger has also directed numerous episodes of the children's series Löwenzahn (ZDF) for ten years .
His film How died Benno Ohnesorg , which was broadcast in 2017, prompted the Berlin Justice Senator Dirk Behrendt to testify in the TAZ interview that the evidence contained therein is to be regarded as conclusive that the shooting of Benno Ohnesorg on June 2, 1967 was murder.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the murder of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht on January 15, 2019, he has revised his book A corpse in the Landwehr Canal - The murder of Rosa Luxemburg and is giving lectures throughout Germany.
- 1979: Lond it luck (Allgäu dialect, translated: "Don't let loose")
- 1982: Land of Robbers and Gendarmes (also screenplay)
- 1982: Sisters (ZDF television play)
- 1984: The people die at home (in Westallgäu dialect) (also screenplay)
- 1987: The time was beautiful (also script)
- 1987: The grandchildren of Annaberg (also screenplay)
- 1993–1995: Black intervenes (TV series)
- 1995: The fishing war (also screenplay)
- 1996: Singles (TV series)
- 1997: The Rollmöpse (cartoon)
- 1998: Tatort - Dangerous Witness (TV series) (also screenplay)
- 1998: Tatort - Death goes roller coaster (TV series) (also screenplay)
- 1998: SAR - Rescue Pilot (TV series)
- 1999: Tatort - Murder on the River (TV series)
- 2000: marry me!
- 2000: Heinrich the Säger (also screenplay)
- 2000: Tatort - Innocent (TV series) (also screenplay)
- 2003: Fly Returns (TV)
- 2004: Fly is afraid (TV)
- 2004: Tatort - Janus (TV series)
- 2005: Little Red Riding Hood (TV)
- 2005: The phylloxera
- 2007–2016: Löwenzahn , over 40 episodes
- 2013: Eugen Bolz documentary
- 2016: Mein Kampf - program of a mass murderer (long documentary, TV, ARD-alpha / BR)
- 2017: How did Benno Ohnesorg die? - June 2, 1967, documentary, together with Margot Overath and Uwe Soukup, RBB.
- 2018: Lenchen Demuth and Karl Marx, docudrama about the most famous housekeeper in the world, SR.
- 1992: Test drive to paradise
- 2001: marry me!
- 2009: Hitler on trial
- 2010: The state is there for people
- 2010: Violent Peace I and II
- 2010: The counter-revolution
- 2011: The seizure of power
- 2011: the road to power
- 2011: Europe's last summer
- 2012: The establishment of an empire
- 2012: The nervous great power
- 2016: revolutionary
- 2016: my fight
- 2017: How did Benno Ohnesorg die
- 2018: Lenchen Demuth and Karl Marx
- A corpse in the Landwehr Canal - The murder of Rosa L. Decaton Verlag, Mainz 1993. Extended and revised new edition under the title A body in the Landwehr Canal - The murder of Rosa Luxemburg. Nautilus, Hamburg 2009, ISBN 978-3-89401-593-0 .
- Inselkrimi Bahnhof Lindau: From departure to demolition. 150 years of Ludwig Süd-Nord-Bahn . (with Winfried Wolf et al.), 2004
- Death on the street does not take place in the mass media. In Martina Thiele: Competition of Realities: Wilfried Scharf on his 60th birthday. Universitäts-Verlag Göttingen, Göttingen 2005, ISBN 978-3-938616-23-9 , pp. 43–54; http: //vorlage_digitalisat.test/1%3D~GB%3DAn_NR8641k8C~IA%3D~MDZ%3D%0A~SZ%3D43~ double-sided%3D~LT%3D~PUR%3D .
- The counter-revolutionary. Waldemar Pabst - a German career . 2009, ISBN 978-3-89401-592-3 . Review here:
- Total loss. The car hater book . 2010, ISBN 978-3-938060-47-6 .
- 99 crashes - prominent accident victims . 2014, ISBN 978-3-86489-073-4
- The Kronstadt Commune . 2011, ISBN 978-3-00-033811-3
- Chapeau - The Westallgäu guards the world. The history of hat production in Lindenberg and the surrounding area . With Georg Grübel and Manfred Röhrl, Kunstverlag Josef Fink, Lindenberg 2015, ISBN 978-3-89870-875-3 .
- with Winfried Wolf : The comforter of the soul. How Christopher Clark freed the Germans from their guilt in the First World War. Butterfly, Stuttgart 2017, ISBN 3-89657-476-0 .
- November 1918 - the missed spring of the 20th century. Foreword by Karl Heinz Roth , Nautilus, Hamburg 2018 ISBN 978-3-96054-075-5 .
- Klaus Gietinger: Blue boys with red flags . The People's Navy Division 1918/19. Unrast Verlag , Münster 2019, ISBN 978-3-89771-263-8 .
- Full braking - why the car has no future and why we can still get ahead. Westend, Frankfurt / Main 2019, ISBN 978-3864892806 .
- Kapp putsch. 1920 - Defensive battles - Red Ruhr Army. Butterfly, Stuttgart 2020, ISBN 3-89657-177-X .
- Our world champion . Novel. 2014, ISBN 978-3-87164-183-1
- Karl Marx, love and capital. Novel. Westendverlag, Frankfurt 2018, ISBN 978-3-864892-042 .
Newspaper and magazine articles
- Death has an engine. In: Die Zeit, January 13, 2003.
- Double murder according to plan. 85 years ago Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht were murdered with the approval of the SPD leadership . In: Junge Welt, January 15, 2004.
- Paul Wieczorek - News about the first commander of the People's Naval Division , in progress - Movement - History , Issue I / 2019, pp. 41–60.
- Hessian film award for the screenplay for Die Rollmöpse
- Nomination for the German Film Award / Best Feature Film 1986 for Die Leut 'at home
- Special prize of the jury of the A-film festival in Gijón for time was beautiful (Spain 1989)
- Environment award for mobiles without a car 1993
- Westallgäu Culture Prize (2007 together with Leo Hiemer )
- Environment award Karlsbad (Czech Republic) for dandelion thirsty in Bärstadt (2009)
- Culture Prize of the City of Lindenberg / Allgäu (2013)
- German audio film award of the jury for dandelion - money, the clever exchange (2017)
- The film How died Benno Ohnesorg is nominated for the Grimmepreis 2018
- Klaus Gietinger in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Literature by and about Klaus Gietinger in the catalog of the German National Library
- Short biography and reviews of works by Klaus Gietinger at perlentaucher.de
- Homepage of Klaus Gietinger
- The Kronstadt Commune
- Klaus Gietinger in the director's guide
- TAZ interview, (accessed on June 21, 2017)
- programm.ard.de queried June 6, 2017
- Jens Becker: Review of Klaus Gietinger: The counterrevolutionary. Waldemar Pabst - a German career . Hamburg 2009, in: H-Soz-Kult, August 11, 2009. 
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German screenwriter, film director|
|DATE OF BIRTH||February 28, 1955|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Lindenberg in the Allgäu|