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John F. Seitz

John Francis Seitz, A.S.C. (June 23, 1892February 27, 1979) was an American cinematographer and inventor.

He was nominated for seven Academy Awards.

Career

His 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 Boulevard (1950), receiving Academy Award nominations for each.

During his career he received seven nominations for Academy Award for Best Cinematography. In 1929 he served as president of the American Society of Cinematographers (A.S.C.) for a year, and had been a member since 1923. The A.S.C. named the 2002 Heritage Award after Seitz.

Seitz retired in 1960 and devoted himself to photographic inventions for which he held 18 patents. An example of a 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.

Filmography

  • The Quagmire (1916)
  • The Ranger of Lonesome Gulch (1916)
  • The Bride's Silence (1917)
  • The Serpent's Tooth (1917)
  • Whose Wife (1917)
  • A Game of Wits (1917)
  • The Mate of the Sally Ann (1917)
  • Souls in Pawn (1917)
  • Up Romance Road (1918)
  • Beauty and the Rogue (1918)
  • Powers That Prey (1918)
  • The Westerners (1919)
  • Hearts are Trumps (1920)
  • The Sagebrusher (1920)
  • Shore Acres (1920)
  • Uncharted Seas (1921)
  • The Conquering Power (1921)
  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
  • The Prisoner of Zenda (1922)
  • Trifling Women (1922)
  • Turn to the Right (1922)
  • Where the Pavement Ends (1923)
  • Scaramouche (1923)
  • The Arab (1924)
  • Classmates (1924)
  • The Price of a Party (1924)
  • Mare Nostrum (1925)
  • The Magician (1926)
  • The Fair Co-Ed (1927)
  • Across to Singapore (1928)
  • The Trail of '98 (1928)
  • Outcast (1928)
  • The Patsy (1928)
  • Adoration (1928)
  • The Painted Angel (1929)
  • The Squall (1929)
  • A Most Immoral Lady (1929)
  • Hard to Get (1929)
  • Careers (1929)
  • Her Private Life (1929)
  • The Divine Lady (1929)
  • Saturday's Children (1929)
  • In the Next Room (1930)
  • Back Pay (1930)
  • Sweethearts and Wives (1930)
  • Murder Will Out (1930)
  • The Bad Man (1930)
  • Road to Paradise (1930)
  • Kismet (1930)
  • East Lynne (1931)
  • Merely Mary Ann (1931)
  • Misbehaving Ladies (1931)
  • Hush Money (1931)
  • Men of the Sky (1931)
  • Young Sinners (1931)
  • The Age for Love (1931)
  • The Right of Way (1931)
  • Over the Hill (1931)
  • Careless Lady (1932)
  • The Woman in Room 13 (1932)
  • A Passport to Hell (1932)
  • She Wanted a Millionaire (1932)
  • Six Hours to Live (1932)
  • Mr. Skitch (1933)
  • Paddy the Next Best Thing (1933)
  • Ladies They Talk About (1933)
  • Dangerously Yours (1933)
  • Adorable (1933)
  • Marie Galante (1934)
  • Springtime for Henry (1934)
  • All Men Are Enemies (1934)
  • Coming Out Party (1934)
  • Curly Top (1935)
  • Navy Wife (1935)
  • Helldorado (1935)
  • Our Little Girl (1935)
  • Redheads on Parade (1935)
  • The Littlest Rebel (1935)

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