Henri Alekan

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Portrait of Henri Alekan

Henri Alekan (10 February 1909 Paris, France – 15 June 2001) was a French cinematographer.

Life[edit]

Henri Alekan was born in Montmartre in 1909. At the age of sixteen he and his brother became travelling puppeteers. A little later he started work as third assistant cameraman at the Billancourt studios. He then spent a short time in the army, returning to Billancourt in 1931. In the late 1930s he was the camera operator to Eugene Shufftan on Marcel Carné's Quai des Brumes and Drôle de drame . Alekan was greatly influenced by Schufftan's non-naturalistic style. His first success as a director of photography was René Clément's realistic war drama La Bataille du Rail of 1946. In the same year he worked on Jean Cocteau's fable La Belle et la Bête.

He found himself out of sympathy with the French New Wave cinema which emerged in the late 1950s and Alekan shot some rather conventional films in Hollywood. A new generation of directors appreciated his visionary style, and he worked with Wim Wenders on The State Of Things and Wings of Desire and Raúl Ruiz on The Territory and On Top of the Whale. His last films were made with the Israeli director Amos Gitai.[1]

Alekan died from leukemia on 15 June 2001 in Auxerre, Bourgogne, France, aged 92.

Filmography[edit]

  • The People of France (1936)
  • La Danseuse rouge (1937)
  • Vénus aveugle (1941)
  • Les Petites du quai aux fleurs (1944)
  • La Bataille du rail (1946)
  • La Belle et la bête (1946) (aka Beauty and the Beast)
  • Les Maudits (1947)
  • Anna Karenina (1948)
  • Une si jolie petite plage (1949) (aka Such a Pretty Little Beach or Riptide)
  • La Marie du port (1949)
  • The Lovers of Verona (1949)
  • Juliette ou la clef des songes (1950)
  • Just Me (1950)
  • Stranger on the Prowl (1951)
  • Paris est toujours Paris (1952)
  • The Voyage to America (1951)
  • Trois femmes, trois âmes (1952)
  • Trois femmes (1952) (segment "Boitelle")
  • Roman Holiday (1953)
  • Julietta (1953)
  • Les Amours finissent à l'aube (1953)
  • Quand tu liras cette lettre (1953)
  • Zoé (1954)
  • La Reine Margot (1954)
  • Les Impures (1955)
  • House on the Waterfront (1955)
  • The Heroes Are Tired (1955) (aka Heroes and Sinners)
  • The Toy Wife (1955)
  • La Meilleure part (1956)
  • Le Salaire du péché (1956)
  • Typhoon Over Nagasaki (1957)
  • The Case of Dr. Laurent (1957)
  • Casino de Paris (1957)
  • Cerf-volant du bout du monde (1958)
  • Would-Be Gentleman (1958)
  • Douze heures d'horloge (1959)
  • Forbidden Fruit (1959)
  • Marriage of Figaro (1959)
  • Le Secret du Chevalier d'Éon (1959)
  • Princesse de Clèves (1960)
  • Black Tights (1960)
  • The Battle of Austerlitz (1960)
  • Tales of Paris (1962)
  • Five Miles to Midnight (1963)
  • Topkapi (1964)
  • Lady L (1965)
  • Poppies Are Also Flowers (1966) (aka Danger Grows Wild, The Opium Connection, The Poppy Is Also a Flower)
  • Triple Cross (1966)
  • Mayerling (1968)
  • The Christmas Tree (1969) (aka When Wolves Cry)
  • Figures in a Landscape (1970)
  • The Magic of the Kite (1971)
  • Red Sun (1971)
  • Jackpot (1974-1975) (unfinished film directed by Terence Young)
  • The Territory (1981)
  • I Write in Space (1989)
  • Berlin-Jerusalem (1989)
  • Golem, the Ghost of Exile (1992)
  • The Trout (1982)
  • The State of Things (1982)
  • En rachachant (1982)
  • On Top of the Whale (1982)
  • The Beautiful Prisoner (1982)
  • Une pierre dans la bouche (1983)
  • A Strange Love Affair (1984)
  • Our Nazi (1984)
  • Wundkanal (1985)
  • Esther (1986)
  • Wings of Desire (1987)
  • I Write in Space (1989)
  • Berlin-Jerusalem (1989)
  • Golem, the Ghost of Exile (1992)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ronald Bergen (19 June 2001). "Henri Alekan". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 

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