Karl Freund

Karl Freund

Highest Rated: 100% Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Lowest Rated: 79% Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)

Birthday: Jan 16, 1890

Birthplace: Königinhof, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary

At the age of 16, Karl Freund -- who would photograph some of the great expressionist films as well as "I Love Lucy" -- began his long, illustrious career in motion pictures as a projectionist. Within two years, he had graduated to camera operator and received a variety of assignments, including newsreels and shorts, particularly for Pathe. Always an innovator, Freund was experimenting with sound film as early as 1908, and also developed his own camera. In the 1920s, Freund worked at the UFA studios during what has become known as the Golden Age of German cinema. Collaborating with such film artists as Fritz Lang, F.W. Murnau, Paul Wegener and E.A. Dupont, Freund helped to create some of the most beautiful and highly regarded films of the silent era. Freund was renowned for his daring camera angles, and his lighting effects, the latter a hallmark of the expressionism school. In 1924, he worked on "The Last Laugh" with Murnau and screenwriter Carl Mayer. Mayer collaborated closely with Freund to write a script exploiting the potentials of a moving camera. The camera became an integral part of the narrative, interpreting and visualizing the central character's state of mind. To film one scene where the main character is intoxicated, Freund strapped the camera to his chest, batteries to his back for balance, and stumbled about like a drunken man.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet No Score Yet South of St. Louis Cinematographer - 1948
97% 88% Key Largo Cinematographer - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Smart People Cinematographer - 1946
No Score Yet 54% Undercurrent Cinematographer - 1946
80% 66% Without Love Cinematographer - 1945
No Score Yet 47% Du Barry Was a Lady Cinematographer - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Yank at Eton Cinematographer - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet You Can't Fool a Camera Himself (Character) - 1941
100% 77% Pride and Prejudice Cinematographer - 1940
No Score Yet 33% The Earl of Chicago Cinematographer - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet We Who Are Young Cinematographer - 1940
No Score Yet 0% Balalaika Cinematographer - 1939
100% 66% Three Comrades Cinematographer - 1938
No Score Yet 40% Parnell Cinematographer - 1937
100% 50% Conquest Cinematographer - 1937
93% 83% Camille Cinematographer - 1936
100% 82% Mad Love Director - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Countess of Monte Cristo Director - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Moonlight and Pretzels Director - 1933
88% 72% The Mummy Director - 1932
79% 47% Murders in the Rue Morgue Cinematographer - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Afraid to Talk Cinematographer - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Up for Murder Cinematographer - 1931
92% 81% Dracula Cinematographer - 1931
98% 89% All Quiet on the Western Front Cinematographer - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fräulein Else Cinematographer - 1929
97% 92% Metropolis Cinematographer $1.2M 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis Writer - 1927
86% 82% Berlin Writer - 1927
100% 79% Variety Cinematographer - 1925
94% 71% Chained Kunsthändler Leblanc (Character),
- 1924
No Score Yet 30% The Finances of the Grand Duke Cinematographer - 1924
100% 88% The Last Laugh Cinematographer - 1924
100% 54% The Spiders Cinematographer - 1919
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hound of the Baskervilles Cinematographer - 1914
No Score Yet No Score Yet Die Suffragette Cinematographer - 1913


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