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Alexandre Trauner (1906–1993)

Hungarian-born Alexandre Trauner came to Paris in 1929 to escape the anti-semitic Horty regime in his native country, and to paint. Instead, he became involved in the film industry as an assistant to the famous art director Lazare Meerson. Influenced by cubism and impressionism, he embraced the intellectual freedom in the French capital and ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Apartment Art Director
The Man Who Would Be King Production Designer
Subway Production Designer


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 1989 Reunion
 1988 L'excès contraire (TV Movie)
 1985 Harem
 1985 Subway
 1983 Tchao pantin
 1983 Viadukt
 1979 Don Giovanni
 1978 Fedora
 1975 The Man Who Would Be King (as Alexander Trauner)
 1971 Swashbuckler
 1970 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (as Alexander Trauner)
 1968 Uptight
 1967 The Night of the Generals (as Alexander Trauner)
 1966 How to Steal a Million (as Alexander Trauner)
 1964 Kiss Me, Stupid (as Alexander Trauner)
 1964 Behold a Pale Horse (as Alexander Trauner)
 1960 Once More, with Feeling! (as Alex Trauner)
 1955 Rififi (as Trauner)
 1953 Act of Love
 1951 Othello (as Alexander Trauner)
 1950 La Marie du port (as A. Trauner)
 1950 Manèges (as A. Trauner)
 1947 Voyage surprise (as Trauner)
 1945 Children of Paradise (as Alex. Trauner)
 1943 Lumière d'été (uncredited)
 1941 Remorques
 1939 Le Jour Se Leve (uncredited)
 1938 Hôtel du Nord (as Trauner)
 1938 Port of Shadows (as Trauner)
 1937 Andere Welt
 1937 Bizarre, Bizarre (as Trauner)
 1937 Heart of Paris (as Trauner)
 1934 Sans famille
 1933 Ciboulette
 1932 Danton
 1930 L'Age d'Or (uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

A. Trauner | Alex. Trauner | Alexander Trauner | Alex Trauner | Trauner

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[on the importance of research in production design]: It's very precise work. If the film takes place in Paris, the Parisians must recognize their neighborhood. What counts in research is not so much exactitude as inventiveness. You can't know everything, but you have to have a developed intuition.


Orson Welles, Billy Wilder and Howard Hawks all said that Trauner was the best set designer ever to work in films. See more »

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