Helmut Käutner’s Passport – Important German Film Director

I randomly found his passport offered at an antique shop. Unfortunately the condition is bad and the seller’s price was quite high. However Käutner is one of the most important directors of the post WWII area and I am sure you know his movies mentioned below. Here is his passport. Helmut Käutner 1938

Helmut Käutner was born on March 25, 1908 in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany as Paul Günther Helmut Käutner. He was a director and writer, known for The Captain from Köpenick (1956), The Devil’s General (1955) and The Last Bridge (1954). He was married to Erica Balque. He died on April 20, 1980 in Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy. His 1956 film, The Captain from Köpenick (German: Der Hauptmann von Köpenick), was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 29th Academy Awards. Three years later, his film The Rest Is Silence was entered into the 9th Berlin International Film Festival.

His career suffered a sharp drop in the 60’s. He didn’t find the tune of the time and his works concentrated on television. In the following two decades he directed TV movies, appeared as an actor and also played at the theater again. Helmut Käutner had the honor to realize the first German post-war movie. “In jenen Tagen” (1947) was a great success and launched the new German film.
Helmut Käutner’s Passport – Important German Film Director