George Moorse

In September of 2000, I received an e-mail from a researcher in Australia (!) inquiring about a George Moorse who had authored an article in the 50s about a jazz musician. He had been surfing the web, found George's name on our class web site, and thought we might lead him to the article. This led me on a merry search about George—the Internet search engines, his sister and family, our classmates and others. Roger Mansell, Class of '53 Rep, contacted some of his class, which led to an watercolor that George had painted while still in high school. We found that George was indeed very knowledgeable, multi-talented, brilliant and could have written the article. We thought we'd share what we had found:

Following graduation from Mepham, George attended Hofstra and NYU, studying philosophy and classical philology. During the 1950s, he wrote short stories, essays, poems, and also painted. Some of his work appeared in New World Writing, Transatlantic Review, Harper's Bazaar New York Herald Tribune, and the NY Times. In later years, he co-authored (with Nancy Arrowsmith) The Field Guide to the Little People.

Around 1957 George moved to Europe and eventually settled in Germany (Hamburg). He is credited with jump starting the German film industry following World War II. George MoorseSince 1964, he directed more than 200 film and television productions (11 movies), directed numerous plays and wrote several screen plays. He not only wrote 186 sequences of the famous and successful Lindenstrasse series, but also produced many sequences for the series.

Considered a child of the Beat Generation, he first went to Berlin in 1966, invited by the Literary Colloquium, and later to Munich. For his debut, he transformed the beat of German literary outsiders into pictures, filming Kleist's Foundling in '67 and Buchner's Lenz in '71. Some of his other works include Zero in the Universe, Liebe und so Weiter, Brandmale, Schnelles Geld, Inki and Claire.

George has been a lecturer at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin and a guest lecturer at the School for Film and Television in Munich. He has received many awards for films, some of which include Inside Out and Lenz, the Silver Lion from Venice for Lenz, and prizes in Taormina (Golden Cariddi), Manheim, Montreal, Barcelona, Cork and Rotterman.

George is survived by a daughter and son, Kiki and Ian, from a previous marriage, sisters Fran and Barbara, brother Ronald and long-time partner Senta.

More information about George's career can be obtained by using one of the Internet search engines, such as

Watercolor - Neptune" by G. MoorseNeptune

As an example of George's early art talents, Elise Schroth Jansen, Class of '53 sent us this copy of a watercolor that George had painted while at Mepham.