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Henri Alekan

Highest Rated: 100% The Damned (1946)

Lowest Rated: 29% Lady L (1965)

Birthday: Feb 10, 1909

Birthplace: Paris, France

One of France's most distinguished, and versatile, cinematographers, Henri Alekan became an assistant camera operator in 1929 and graduated to director of photography as a member of the French Resistance (he had escaped from a German prisoner-of-war camp in 1940). He made his mark in black and white in the 1940s. Rene Clement's "Battle of the Rails" (1945), an expansion of Clement's short documentary, allowed Alekan to beautifully capture the acts of sabotage and fights between the railway workers and Germans. His lyrical precision and sober yet sensitive abilities achieved their apotheosis with Jean Cocteau's "La Belle et le bete/Beauty and the Beast" (1945), in which he created a poetic atmosphere that was a perfect harmony of images, using contrasts to create plays of light and shadows in ways that invoked artists like de Hooch and Vermeer.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Golem, the Spirit of the Exile Cinematographer - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cézanne - Dialogue avec Joachim Gasquet (Les éditions Bernheim-Jeune) Cinematographer - 1990
98% 93% Wings of Desire Cinematographer $120.8K 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Esther Cinematographer - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet On Top of the Whale Cinematographer - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Our Nazi Cinematographer - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet En rachâchant Cinematographer - 1982
No Score Yet 60% The Territory Cinematographer - 1981
No Score Yet 32% Triple Cross Cinematographer - 1967
No Score Yet 40% The Poppy Is Also a Flower Cinematographer - 1966
100% 74% Harper Cinematographer - 1966
29% 31% Lady L Cinematographer - 1965
No Score Yet 80% Black Tights Cinematographer - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Twelve Hours by the Clock Cinematographer - 1959
97% 93% Roman Holiday Cinematographer - 1953
No Score Yet 67% When You Read This Letter Cinematographer $15.2K 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet La Marie du Port Cinematographer - 1950
No Score Yet 86% Such a Pretty Little Beach Cinematographer - 1948
100% 89% The Damned Cinematographer - 1946
96% 90% Beauty and the Beast Cinematographer $138.2K 1946
No Score Yet 71% The Battle of the Rails Cinematographer - 1945