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G. W. Bitzer

AKA Georg William Bitzer

Born: 21-Apr-1872
Birthplace: Roxbury, MA
Died: 29-Apr-1944
Location of death: Hollywood, CA
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Cedar Grove Cemetery, Queens, NY

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Cinematographer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Birth of a Nation

Early cinematographer who innovated many of the most critical techniques, including the close-up, fade, and the methods of lighting. Bitzer worked with legendary director D. W. Griffith for sixteen years.

Father: Johann Martin Bitzer
Mother: Anne Marie Schmidt
Brother: John C. Bitzer (younger)
Wife: Elinore Farrell (common law wife, sep.)
Wife: Ethel Boddy (m. 1923)
Son: Eden Griffith Joseph Bitzer

    University: Cooper Union

    International Photographers of the Motion Picture Industry
    Converted to Catholicism formerly Lutheran
    German Ancestry

Author of books:
Billy Bitzer: His Story (1973)

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