Universum Film AG (1917-1945)

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Universum Film AG (UFA) was the oldest German film studio created in 1917 and produced a lot of worldwide-known films. The studio later went into the control of the Nazi government and continued to work during World War II. After the war, the studio facilities remained in the Soviet occupation zone and was renamed DEFA, quickly returning to production, becoming the main film studio in the DDR and created many acclaimed movies until it closed in 1992. In West Germany, the film industry remained long dormant, although Universum Film AG was resurrected in the 1950s.

Logo (January 29, 1930-1945)

Visuals: There is the UFA signature logo taken into a rhombus. Other details depend on the movie shown.


  • In early years, the construction was thinner.
  • On Munchausen, the logo looks like neon-tubes, the rhombus is red and "Filmkunst" appears in a decorative font
  • On Kolberg, the background is blue and the logo has a purple metallic look.
  • On American releases of Metropolis, the Paramount print logo is underneath the UFA logo.

Technique: None. [possible misuse]

Audio: None.

Availability: Was regularly seen on German films made in the 1930s-1940s, such as Munchausen, Der Blaue Engel, or Kolberg.

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