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Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birthday 1892-06-23
Death 1979-02-27
Also Known As John Seitz
Jack Seitz
John Francis Seitz
John B. Sietz

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John Francis Seitz, A.S.C. (June 23, 1892 – February 27, 1979) was an American cinematographer and inventor. He was nominated for seven Academy Awards. Seitz's Hollywood career began in 1909 as a lab assistant with the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company in Chicago. He went to work as a lab technician for the American Film Manufacturing Company (known as "Flying A"), also in Chicago. In 1916, during the silent era, he established himself, achieving great successes with the Rudolph Valentino film The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921). Highly regarded by director Billy Wilder, Seitz worked with him on the film noirs Double Indemnity (1944), The Lost Weekend (1945), and Sunset Blvd. (1950), receiving Academy Award nominations for each. In 1929, he served a year as president of the American Society of Cinematographers (A.S.C.) for which he had been a member since 1923. The A.S.C. named its 2002 Heritage Award after Seitz. Besides one Golden Globe and seven Oscar nominations, he also received the Look Magazine Award for The Lost Weekend, the A.S.C. Award for Sunset Blvd., and was among the winners of the inaugural George Award from the George Eastman House for outstanding contributions to the art of cinema for the years 1915 to 1925. He retired in 1960 and devoted himself to photographic inventions, for which he held 18 patents. An example of one Seitz invention is the matte shot: a large painting is photographed separately and later added to a scene to expand it, add effects, and/or create a sense of depth in backgrounds. He was also noted for his innovations with low-key lighting, which enhanced the film noir style. A widower, he married screenwriter Marie Boyle in 1934 who raised his daughter Margaret Alice Marhoefer and later gave birth to a son, John Lawrence Seitz.

Other Roles

1960Guns of the Timberland - Director of Photography
1959The Man in the Net - Director of Photography
1959Island of Lost Women - Director of Photography
1958The Badlanders - Director of Photography
1958The Deep Six - Director of Photography
1957Büyük Arazi - Director of Photography
1956A Cry in the Night - Director of Photography
1956Santiago - Director of Photography
1955Hell on Frisco Bay - Director of Photography
1955The McConnell Story - Director of Photography
1955Many Rivers to Cross - Director of Photography
1954Rogue Cop - Director of Photography
1954The Rocket Man - Director of Photography
1954Saskatchewan - Director of Photography
1953Botany Bay - Director of Photography
1953Fort Algiers - Director of Photography
1953Desert Legion - Director of Photography
1953Invaders from Mars - Director of Photography
1952The Iron Mistress - Director of Photography
1952The Savage - Director of Photography
1952The San Francisco Story - Director of Photography
1951Detective Story - Director of Photography
1951When Worlds Collide - Director of Photography
1951Dear Brat - Director of Photography
1950The Goldbergs - Director of Photography
1950Sunset Bulvarı - Director of Photography
1950Appointment with Danger - Director of Photography
1950Captain Carey, U.S.A. - Director of Photography
1949Chicago Deadline - Director of Photography
1949The Great Gatsby - Director of Photography
1948Night Has a Thousand Eyes - Director of Photography
1948Beyond Glory - Director of Photography
1948The Big Clock - Director of Photography
1948On Our Merry Way - Director of Photography
1947Saigon - Director of Photography
1947Wild Harvest - Director of Photography
1946Calcutta - Director of Photography
1946The Imperfect Lady - Director of Photography
1946Home Sweet Homicide - Director of Photography
1946The Well Groomed Bride - Director of Photography
1945Yaratılan Adam - Director of Photography
1945The Unseen - Director of Photography
1944Casanova Brown - Director of Photography
1944Hail the Conquering Hero - Director of Photography
1944Çifte Tazminat - Director of Photography
1944The Hour Before the Dawn - Director of Photography
1943The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek - Director of Photography
1943Five Graves to Cairo - Director of Photography
1942Lucky Jordan - Director of Photography
1942The Moon and Sixpence - Director of Photography
1942Winning Your Wings - Cinematography
1942This Gun for Hire - Director of Photography
1942Fly-By-Night - Director of Photography
1941Sullivan'ın Öyküsü - Director of Photography
1940Dr. Kildare's Crisis - Director of Photography
1940A Little Bit of Heaven - Director of Photography
1940Dr. Kildare's Strange Case - Director of Photography
1939Let's Talk Turkey - Director of Photography
1939Bad Little Angel - Director of Photography
1939Thunder Afloat - Director of Photography
19396,000 Enemies - Director of Photography
1939Prophet Without Honor - Director of Photography
1939Sergeant Madden - Director of Photography
1939The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Director of Photography
1938Young Dr. Kildare - Director of Photography
1938Stablemates - Director of Photography
1938The Crowd Roars - Director of Photography
1938Lord Jeff - Director of Photography
1938Love Is a Headache - Director of Photography
1937Navy Blue and Gold - Director of Photography
1937Madame X - Director of Photography
1937Between Two Women - Director of Photography
1937Carnival in Paris - Director of Photography
193615 Maiden Lane - Director of Photography
1936Poor Little Rich Girl - Director of Photography
1936Captain January - Director of Photography
1936The Country Doctor - Director of Photography
1935The Littlest Rebel - Director of Photography
1935Navy Wife - Director of Photography
1935Redheads on Parade - Director of Photography
1935Curly Top - Director of Photography
1935One More Spring - Director of Photography
1935Helldorado - Director of Photography
1935Our Little Girl - Director of Photography
1934Marie Galante - Director of Photography
1934Springtime for Henry - Director of Photography
1934All Men Are Enemies - Director of Photography
1934Coming Out Party - Director of Photography
1933Mr. Skitch - Director of Photography
1933Paddy the Next Best Thing - Director of Photography
1933Adorable - Director of Photography
1933Dangerously Yours - Director of Photography
1933Ladies They Talk About - Director of Photography
19326 Hours to Live - Director of Photography
1932A Passport to Hell - Director of Photography
1932The Woman in Room 13 - Director of Photography
1932Careless Lady - Director of Photography
1932She Wanted a Millionaire - Director of Photography
1931Over the Hill - Director of Photography
1931The Age for Love - Director of Photography
1931Merely Mary Ann - Director of Photography
1931Hush Money - Director of Photography
1931Men of the Sky - Director of Photography
1931Young Sinners - Director of Photography
1931Misbehaving Ladies - Director of Photography
1931East Lynne - Director of Photography
1931The Right of Way - Director of Photography
1930Kismet - Director of Photography
1930The Bad Man - Director of Photography
1930Road To Paradise - Director of Photography
1930Sweethearts and Wives - Director of Photography
1930Back Pay - Director of Photography
1930Murder Will Out - Director of Photography
1930In the Next Room - Director of Photography
1929The Painted Angel - Director of Photography
1929A Most Immoral Lady - Director of Photography
1929Her Private Life - Director of Photography
1929Hard to Get - Director of Photography
1929Careers - Director of Photography
1929The Squall - Director of Photography
1929The Divine Lady - Director of Photography
1929Saturday's Children - Director of Photography
1928Adoration - Director of Photography
1928Outcast - Director of Photography
1928The Patsy - Director of Photography
1928Across to Singapore - Director of Photography
1928The Trail of '98 - Director of Photography
1927The Fair Co-Ed - Director of Photography
1926The Magician - Director of Photography
1926Mare Nostrum - Director of Photography
1924The Price of a Party - Director of Photography
1924Classmates - Director of Photography
1924The Arab - Director of Photography
1923Scaramouche - Director of Photography
1923Where the Pavement Ends - Director of Photography
1922Trifling Women - Director of Photography
1922The Prisoner of Zenda - Director of Photography
1922Turn to the Right - Director of Photography
1921The Conquering Power - Director of Photography
1921Uncharted Seas - Director of Photography
1921The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - Director of Photography
1920Hearts Are Trumps - Director of Photography
1920Shore Acres - Director of Photography
1920The Sagebrusher - Director of Photography
1919The Westerners - Director of Photography
1918Up Romance Road - Director of Photography
1918Powers That Prey - Director of Photography
1918Beauty and the Rogue - Director of Photography
1917The Mate of the Sally Ann - Director of Photography
1917A Game of Wits - Director of Photography
1917The Bride's Silence - Director of Photography
1917Souls in Pawn - Director of Photography
1917The Serpent's Tooth - Director of Photography
1917Whose Wife? - Director of Photography
1916The Ranger of Lonesome Gulch - Director of Photography
1916The Quagmire - Director of Photography


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