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Henri Alekan (1909–2001)

Henri Alekan was born on February 10, 1909 in Paris, France as Henri Albert Alakan. He is known for his work on Roman Holiday (1953), Wings of Desire (1987) and Beauty and the Beast (1946). He was married to Nadia Starcevic. He died on June 15, 2001 in Auxerre, Yonne, France. See full bio »


(age 92) in Auxerre, Yonne, France

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 1989 J'écris dans l'espace (Documentary)
 1986 Esther
 1984 Cinéma cinémas (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
- 7 faux raccords (1984)
 1984 Notre nazi (Documentary)
 1984 Wundkanal
 1983 La belle captive (director of photography)
 1982 En rachâchant (Short)
 1981 The Territory (director of photography)
 1979 La dame de Monte Carlo (Short)
 1978 Les divisions de la nature (TV Short)
 1975 La pupa del gangster (director of photography)
 1971 Red Sun (director of photography)
 1971 La possédée (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1968 Mayerling (director of photography)
 1967 Versailles (Documentary short)
 1966 Triple Cross (director of photography - as Henry Alekan)
 1966 Danger Grows Wild (director of photography)
 1965 Lady L (director of photography)
 1964 Le récit de Rebecca (Short)
 1964 Topkapi (director of photography)
 1964 Le mandarin merveilleux (TV Movie)
 1962 Five Miles to Midnight (photographed by)
 1962 Tales of Paris (segments "Ella", "Antonio")
 1961 Avant le petit déjeuner (Short)
 1961 Black Tights (director of photography)
 1957/II Don Carlos (TV Movie)
 1956 Un matin comme les autres (Short)
 1955 The Best Part
 1955 Frou-Frou
 1954 Human Cargo
 1954 Zoé
 1953 Julietta
 1953 Roman Holiday (director of photography)
 1953 Fatal Affair
 1952 Three Women (segment "Boitelle")
 1950 Just Me
 1949 Riptide
 1948 Anna Karenina (photography)
 1947 Woman of Evil
 1947 The Damned
 1947 Passionnelle (night scenes, uncredited)
 1946 Comédiens ambulants (Documentary short)
 1945 Échec au roy
 1942 Ceux du rail (Documentary short)
 1940 Les musiciens du ciel (uncredited)
 1936 La vie est à nous (Documentary)
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Other Works:

Book: "Le vécu et l'imaginaire" See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

H. Alekan | Henry Alekan | Alekan | Henri Alékan

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Personal Quote:

[when asked what a cinematographer's job really was] To obtain psychological reactions out of mere technical means.


Was captured and imprisoned by the Germans when they invaded France in 1940, but he escaped from prison and formed his own resistance group. See more »

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