Kolditz, Gottfried

Biography:

The director and scriptwriter Gottfried Kolditz was born in Altenbach on December 14, 1922 and died in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1982. He worked as an assistant at the city theater while studying German literature at the University of Leipzig. He then worked as a director at various theaters in Dresden, Chemnitz, and Rostock. In 1955, he became an operatic technical adviser at the DEFA Studio for Feature Film, where he worked on productions like Zar und Zimmermann (1956) and Mazurka der Liebe (1957). 

 

The first film he directed on his own was the short Tanz in der Galerie (1957) – one of 16 shorts he directed for the satirical series Stacheltiere. Kolditz became known for his series of music and science-fiction films. His science-film Signale - Ein Weltraumabenteuer (East Germany/Poland) has been described as the East German answer to Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (USA/UK, 1965/68). Kolditz directed three of the popular East German westerns starring Gojko Mitic.           

 

 

Filmography:

1979 Das Ding im Schloß (The Thing in the Castle)
1976 Im Staub der Sterne (In the Dust of the Stars)
1973 Ulzana
1973 Apachen (Apaches)
1970 Signale – Ein Weltraumabenteuer (Signals: A Space Adventure)
1968 Spur des Falken (The Falcon’s Trail)
1966 Das Tal der sieben Monde (The Valley of the Seven Moons)
1964 Geliebte weiße Maus (Beloved White Mouse)
1963 Frau Holle (Mistress Holle)
1962 Revue um Mitternacht (Midnight Revue)
1961 Die goldene Jurte (The Golden Yurt)
1961 Schneewittchen (Snow White)
1960 Die schöne Lurette (The Beautiful Lurette)
1959 Weißes Blut (White Blood)
1959 Simplon-Tunnel
1958 Das Stacheltier – Der junge Engländer (The Young Englishman, narrator)
1957 Mazurka der Liebe (Love's Mazurka, consultant)
1956 Zar und Zimmermann (Tsar and Carpenter, consultant)

 

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