Henri Alekan

Henri Alekan (10 February 1909, Paris – 15 June 2001, Auxerre, Bourgogne) was a French cinematographer. 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. He 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, however, and he worked with Raúl Ruiz on The Territory and On Top of the Whale, with Joseph Losey on Figures in a Landscape and The Trout, and with Wim Wenders on The State Of Things and Wings of Desire. His last films were made with the Israeli director Amos Gitai. He wrote one of the best books about cinematography Des lumières et des ombres (1984, Éditions du Collectionneur). Alekan died from leukemia on 15 June 2001 in Auxerre, Bourgogne, aged 92. Source: Article "Henri Alekan" from Wikipedia in english, licensed ...

Faraway, So Close! (1993)

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Damiel is now married to Marion, runs the pizzeria “Da Angelo” and the two have a child. The solitarily remaining angel Cassiel is more and more dissatisfied with his destiny as a mere observer of human life and finally decides to take the great leap. As Karl Engel ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Otto Sander  •  Bruno Ganz  •  Nastassja Kinski  •  Peter Falk

Damiel is now married to Marion, runs the pizzeria “Da Angelo” and the two have a child. The solitarily remaining angel Cassiel is more and more dissatisfied with his destiny as a mere observer of human life and finally decides to take the great leap. As Karl Engel ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wim Wenders
CAST:  Otto Sander  •  Bruno Ganz  •  Nastassja Kinski  •  Peter Falk

Our Nazi (1984)

In Our Nazi, we are plunged into a situation we barely, and only slowly, understand: the filming of Thomas Harlan’s experimental feature Wundkanal (1984), in which true-life ex-SS officer Alfred Filbert, now very old, is ‘put on trial’ for the camera, without him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Kramer
CAST:  Albert Filbert  •  Henri Alekan  •  Thomas Harlan  •  Heike Geschonneck

In Our Nazi, we are plunged into a situation we barely, and only slowly, understand: the filming of Thomas Harlan’s experimental feature Wundkanal (1984), in which true-life ex-SS officer Alfred Filbert, now very old, is ‘put on trial’ for the camera, without him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Kramer
CAST:  Albert Filbert  •  Henri Alekan  •  Thomas Harlan  •  Heike Geschonneck

Stranger on the Prowl (1952)

A down-and-out crook on the lam befriends a young street urchin, in an Italian port city. At first amused that the boy is a sneak thief, he tries to deflects the kid from a life of crime. Tipped off by a woman anxious to collect the reward for him (who is wanted ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Losey
CAST:  Paul Muni  •  Joan Lorring  •  Vittorio Manunta  •  Luisa Rossi

A down-and-out crook on the lam befriends a young street urchin, in an Italian port city. At first amused that the boy is a sneak thief, he tries to deflects the kid from a life of crime. Tipped off by a woman anxious to collect the reward for him (who is wanted ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Losey
CAST:  Paul Muni  •  Joan Lorring  •  Vittorio Manunta  •  Luisa Rossi

7 False Connections (1984)

Short film showing cinematographer Henri Alekan, director Raúl Ruiz and actress Olimpia Carlisi at work creating sublime visual effects of the sort seen in City of Pirates.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raúl Ruiz
CAST:  Olimpia Carlisi  •  Henri Alekan  •  Raúl Ruiz

Short film showing cinematographer Henri Alekan, director Raúl Ruiz and actress Olimpia Carlisi at work creating sublime visual effects of the sort seen in City of Pirates.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raúl Ruiz
CAST:  Olimpia Carlisi  •  Henri Alekan  •  Raúl Ruiz

Alekan, la lumière (1988)

An episode of the show "Océaniques " about the craft and lighting techniques of the legendary French cinematographer Henri Alekan  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michel Dumoulin
CAST:  Henri Alekan  •  Néstor Almendros  •  Michel Dumoulin  •  Wim Wenders

An episode of the show "Océaniques " about the craft and lighting techniques of the legendary French cinematographer Henri Alekan  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michel Dumoulin
CAST:  Henri Alekan  •  Néstor Almendros  •  Michel Dumoulin  •  Wim Wenders

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DIRECTION:  Martina Müller
CAST:  Magda Schneider  •  Daniel Gélin  •  Peter Ustinov  •  Edwige Feuillère

The Other Eye (1991)

This film essay explores the strange case of G.W.Pabst, the Austrian filmmaker who was considered a giant of early cinema before his reputation went behind a cloud.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Johanna Heer  •  Werner Schmiedel
CAST:  Henri Alekan  •  Freddy Buache  •  Anne Friedberg  •  Jan-Christopher Horak

This film essay explores the strange case of G.W.Pabst, the Austrian filmmaker who was considered a giant of early cinema before his reputation went behind a cloud.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Johanna Heer  •  Werner Schmiedel
CAST:  Henri Alekan  •  Freddy Buache  •  Anne Friedberg  •  Jan-Christopher Horak

Screening at the Majestic (1997)

More than fifty years after its making, we return to the set of Jean Cocteau's 1946 film "La Belle et la Bete" (Beauty and the Beast). Included are interviews with the the lead actors, the cinematographer, along with excerpts read from the director's journal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Kovacs
CAST:  Jean Marais  •  Mila Parély  •  Henri Alekan

More than fifty years after its making, we return to the set of Jean Cocteau's 1946 film "La Belle et la Bete" (Beauty and the Beast). Included are interviews with the the lead actors, the cinematographer, along with excerpts read from the director's journal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Kovacs
CAST:  Jean Marais  •  Mila Parély  •  Henri Alekan

Jean Cocteau: Lies and Truths (1997)

This documentary consists mainly of archive interviews of Jean Cocteau, and it features interesting contributions by Jean Marais and especially Jean-Luc Godard, who discusses Cocteau's foray into cinema. The film documents all the artistic media explored by a man ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noël Simsolo
CAST:  Jean Cocteau  •  Jean-Luc Godard  •  Jean Marais  •  Alejandro Jodorowsky

This documentary consists mainly of archive interviews of Jean Cocteau, and it features interesting contributions by Jean Marais and especially Jean-Luc Godard, who discusses Cocteau's foray into cinema. The film documents all the artistic media explored by a man ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noël Simsolo
CAST:  Jean Cocteau  •  Jean-Luc Godard  •  Jean Marais  •  Alejandro Jodorowsky

Cinématon XXXIV (1984)

Reel 34 of Gérard Courant’s on-going Cinematon series.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Courant
CAST:  Henri Alekan  •  Alain Sayag  •  Patrick Chammings  •  Dominique Païni

Reel 34 of Gérard Courant’s on-going Cinematon series.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Courant
CAST:  Henri Alekan  •  Alain Sayag  •  Patrick Chammings  •  Dominique Païni

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DIRECTION:  Gérard Courant
CAST:  Henri Alekan

Rodin's Hell (1959)

The work of Rodin imagined in the form of a ballet. It is the journey of man in his life, in his loves, until his death. In the second part, it is the fall to hell as Rodin carved it in his "Door of Hell".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henri Alekan
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The work of Rodin imagined in the form of a ballet. It is the journey of man in his life, in his loves, until his death. In the second part, it is the fall to hell as Rodin carved it in his "Door of Hell".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henri Alekan
CAST: 

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DIRECTION:  Hubert Niogret
CAST:  Julien Duvivier  •  Henri Alekan  •  Dany Carrel  •  Michel Romanoff