Alberto Cavalcanti

Production designer, Editor, Production head
Designed sets for French experimental filmmakers in the 1920s and directed his first film in 1926, the experimental city symphony "Rien que les heures. " Cavalcanti moved to England in 1934, making documentaries and ... Read more »
Born: 02/06/1897 in Rio de Janeiro, BR

Filmography

Director (5)

A Man And The Cinema 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Herr Puntila and His Servant Matti 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

O Canto do Mar 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

Champagne Charlie (Movie)

(Director)

They Made Me a Fugitive (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (2)

Herr Puntila and His Servant Matti 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

O Canto do Mar 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (1)

A Man And The Cinema 1977 (Movie)

(Himself)
Producer (1)

O Canto do Mar 1952 (Movie)

(Producer)
Production Management (1)

Love Letters and Live Wires 2008 (Movie)

(N or NW) (Production Supervisor)
Sound (1)

Love Letters and Live Wires 2008 (Movie)

Sound Direction(Night Mail) (Sound)

Biography

Designed sets for French experimental filmmakers in the 1920s and directed his first film in 1926, the experimental city symphony "Rien que les heures. " Cavalcanti moved to England in 1934, making documentaries and later documentary-influenced features at Ealing Studios before returning to Brazil in 1949. His best British features show considerable stylistic flair; working within the traditions of British realism, he nonetheless brought surrealistic touches to the genuinely odd wartime drama "Went the Day Well?" (1942) and his striking contributions to the classic anthology horror film, "Dead of Night" (1945). The latter film showcased Cavalcanti's occasional penchant for the expressionistic, which was highlighted in his masterful foray into film noir, "They Made Me a Fugitive" (1947).

EDUCATION

studied law and architecture in Geneva, Switzerland

Milestones

1968

Began teaching at UCLA

1955

Returned to Europe

1950

Returned to Brazil

1940

Moved to Ealing Studios

1937

Succeeded Grierson as head of GPO (name changed to Crown Film Unit at outbreak of WWII)

1934

Moved to England and began working for John Grierson at GPO Film Unit

1927

Feature directing, co-writing and editing debut, "En rade"

1926

First medium-length film as director (also writer; producer; editor), "Rien que les heures"

Produced short films for Len Lye, Norman McClaren, Pat Jackson, Humphrey Jennings and others while at GPO/Crown

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