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      Stanley Cortez

      Stanley Cortez

      Highest Rated: 95% Shock Corridor (1963)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Nov 4, 1908

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      A master of chiaroscuro cinematography, Stanley Cortez once described himself as "always chosen to shoot weird things." Born Stanislaus Krantz in NYC, he adopted his stage name from his older brother, actor-director Ricardo Cortez (1899-1977). While still an undergraduate, Cortez began working as an assistant cameraman on silent films. At the advent of talking pictures, he worked as a photographer's assistant to Edward Steichen and Pirie MacDonald and briefly pursued a career as a portrait photographer in his own right. He wrote, directed and shot the short "Scherzo" (1932) before landing as a contract cinematographer at Universal in the late 1930s. Many of the early features he shot were undistinguished (an exception was 1934's minor horror classic "The Black Cat"), but Cortez developed a reputation for economy and efficiency. He was loaned to RKO to shoot Orson Welles' "The Magnificent Ambersons" (1942). Sparing no expense, he and Welles created a particular look for the film drawn from the low-key lighting utilized by early photographic pioneers. Cortez's fluid camerawork with its deep-focus and unique framing kept the film visually interesting and he earned his first Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography. His second Academy Award nomination was for his work alongside Lee Garmes on the epic "Since You Went Away" (1944).



      63% 56% Another Man, Another Chance Cinematographer,
      Film Editing
      - 1977
      20% 58% The Bridge at Remagen Cinematographer - 1969
      No Score Yet 48% The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini Cinematographer - 1966
      93% 80% The Naked Kiss Cinematographer - 1964
      0% 19% They Saved Hitler's Brain Cinematographer - 1963
      95% 82% Shock Corridor Cinematographer - 1963
      No Score Yet 70% Back Street Cinematographer - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thunder in the Sun Cinematographer - 1959
      No Score Yet 0% Vice Raid Cinematographer - 1959
      No Score Yet 50% Top Secret Affair Cinematographer - 1957
      94% 77% The Three Faces of Eve Cinematographer - 1957
      93% 90% The Night of the Hunter Cinematographer - 1955
      No Score Yet 80% Black Tuesday Cinematographer - 1955
      No Score Yet 33% Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd Cinematographer - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stronghold Cinematographer - 1951
      No Score Yet 75% The Underworld Story Cinematographer - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Smart Woman Cinematographer - 1948
      No Score Yet 58% Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman Cinematographer - 1947
      86% 87% Let There Be Light Cinematographer - 1946
      89% 84% The Magnificent Ambersons Cinematographer - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady in the Morgue Cinematographer - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Cover the War Cinematographer - 1937