Guttman was part of a group of young Israeli directors who called for quality films at the expense of commercial cinema. While he was an active director, He created a rich and stylish cinematic language, providing a unique sound. His films were notable for his attention to the visual and his distinct content.
Guttman died in Tel Aviv in 1993 of AIDS, the subject of his last film, Amazing Grace. He was buried in the Kiryat Shaul cemetery in Tel Aviv.