In 1917 Aaes attended the Danish Naval Academy, then attended art school while simultaneously working as an assistant for Nordisk Films and for the Folketeatret of Copenhagen.
During the 1920s, Aaes worked as a designer in the Berlin theatre. Later in the decade he moved to Paris, designing sets for avant garde films for directors such as Jean Renoir and Alberto Cavalcanti until 1932.
- Captain Fracasse (1929)
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