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While looking for some information online recently, I came across a link to my
Great Uncle Mutz Greenbaum.
As he has been dead for 40 years, I couldn't imagine why his name would be on the internet.
I never really knew him, but I heard talk of him from my grandmother all the time.
I always remembered him because I liked the unique name, "Mutz"

I followed the link online and the next thing I knew I had unearthed a treasure trove.
It turns out that Mutz was a cinematographer of some renown from the 1930s
until his death in the late 60s. Looking at www.IMDB.com I found out that
he made his first 70 or so films in Berlin
before moving to Britain and making another
70 or so films there.

It turns out that his father, my great grandfather, Jules, was in the IMDB
as well, as he was also in the film industry.
Along with being a producer and owner of a large film studio,
he in fact also invented one of the first "machines" to marry sound and video together.
He is credited as having one of the earliest precursers to the modern day "talkies"
He worked in Germany from the turn of the century until the 30s.

I am utterly amazed that I knew none of this.
Upon finding the information, I scoured my home here for boxes of old photos
that had been passed to me as people died
but that I'd never really looked through.
I was amazed to find photos of old movie sets both from the silent era as well as more modern times. Actually, I was just plain
blown away. I'm now trying to get many of the photos online so I can get some help identifying
what I am looking at.

All of these people are from my mother's side of the family and sadly there is no one alive
from her family anymore to help me fill in details.
What is particularly touching and exciting to me is the family legacy of photography
which I knew absolutely nothing about.
It seems from looking at all the photos, that cameras were in my blood.
So it is that I will do my best to recreate the story of this side of my family.
I would be so grateful for any help anyone can give me to identify people or places or possibly even the movies depicted in these photos.

THANK YOU!



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