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Born in Frankfurt-on-Main, Germany
Died in Berlin, Germany  (embolism following surgery)
Birth NameFriedrich Wilhelm Walter Ruttmann

Mini Bio (1)

Walter Ruttmann was born on December 28, 1887 in Frankfurt-on-Main, Germany as Friedrich Wilhelm Walter Ruttmann. He was a director and writer, known for Metropolis (1927), Mannesmann - Ein Film der Mannesmannröhren-Werke (1937) and Acciaio (1933). He was married to Christine Margarete Helene Prasch, Nina Hamson, Erna Treitel and Maria Christina Agnes Sommer. He died on July 15, 1941 in Berlin, Germany.

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Christine Margarete Helene Prasch (1939 - 15 July 1941) ( his death) ( 1 child)
Nina Hamson (1931 - ?) ( divorced)
Erna Treitel (November 1921 - 1930) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Maria Christina Agnes Sommer (March 1918 - 1918) ( her death) ( 1 child)

Trivia (4)

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 983-986. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
Was a painter in his youth. Started in films as a designer and creator of special effects for Paul Wegener and Lotte Reiniger. He was most famous for his documentary feature Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927).
After Adolf Hitler came to power, he turned out propaganda films for the Nazis. He also collaborated on the editing of Leni Riefenstahl's Berlin 1936: Games of the XI Olympiad (1936).
Was severely injured in 1941 while filming a documentary about the fighting on the Russian front. Transported back to Berlin, he died in a hospital during an operation to try to save his life.

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