Günther Rittau

Günther Rittau (born 7 August 1893 in Königshütte (Silesia); died 6 August 1971 in München) was a German camera operator and film director.

After study of science in Berlin, Rittau started his career in 1919 at the documentary-film department of Decla, later at Universum Film AG. He learned the job of camera operator "on the side". From 1924, he was active as a feature cameraman. His experiences with the documentary film production and the production of trick photographs let to the development of his style. Metropolis (1927, as camera operator) and a propaganda movie U-Boote westwärts! (en:U-boats westwards!) (1941, as director) are considered to be among his best artistic achievements. His film Der ewige Klang (i.e. The Eternal Sound) about two brothers (a violinist and a violin maker) was considered "artistically valuable" by the Reichsfilmkammer.

After World War II, he returned to filmmaking only in 1954. He was active into the 1960s. In 1967, he was awarded Filmband in Gold. Günther Rittau is buried at the Waldfriedhof cemetery in Munich.


Camera operator
  • Wie werde ich energisch? (1933)
  • Abel mit der Mundharmonika (1933)
  • Kind, ich freu' mich auf Dein Kommen (1933)
  • Count Woronzeff (1934)
  • Liebeslied (1935)
  • Der grüne Domino (1935)
  • Der Zigeunerbaron (1935)
  • Winter in the Woods (1936)
  • Ride to Freedom (1937)
  • Starke Herzen (1937)
  • Faded Melody (1938)
  • Nordlicht (1938)
  • S.O.S. Sahara (1938)
  • Der Vorhang fällt (1939)
  • Das Kreuz am Jägersteig (1954)
  • Der Fischer vom Heiligensee (1955)
  • Children, Mother, and the General (1955)
  • Das Forsthaus in Tirol (1955)
  • Die fröhliche Wallfahrt (1956)
  • Das Erbe vom Pruggerhof (1956)
  • If We All Were Angels (1956)
  • Die fidelen Detektive (1957)
  • Frauen sind für die Liebe da (1957)
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