Christian Matras

Director of photography
Began his career as a newsreel cameraman and went on to shoot several French classics of the 1930s, including Renoir's "Grand Illusion" (1937). Matras was responsible for the critically celebrated, virtuosic camera ... Read more »
Born: 12/28/1903 in France

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (34)

Montparnasse 19 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Pas Folle la Guepe 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Varietes 1970 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Le Bal du Comte d'Orgel 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Milky Way 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Birds in Peru 1968 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Woman Times Seven 1967 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Lace Wars 1965 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Cartouche 1964 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

This Special Friendship 1964 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Maxime 1961 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Therese Desqueyroux 1961 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Les Lions sont laches 1960 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Christine 1958 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Mirror Has Two Faces 1958 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Beauty Up His Sleeve 1957 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Spies 1957 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Nana 1956 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Une Manche et la belle 1956 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Lola Montes 1955 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Daughters of Destiny 1954 (Movie)

("Lysistrata") (Director of Photography)

Le Plaisir 1954 (Movie)

("Le Masque") ("La Maison Tellier") (Director of Photography)

Madame du Barry 1954 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Secrets d'Alcove 1954 (Movie)

(("Le billet de logement" "Le lit de la Pompadour")) (Photography)

The Earrings of Madame De... 1954 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Fanfan la Tulipe 1953 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

La Ronde 1950 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

L' Idiot 1945 (Movie)

(Photography)

Grand Illusion 1938 (Movie)

(Photography)

Cafe De Paris (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Le Bossu (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Maldonne (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Olivia (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Scheherazade (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Biography

Began his career as a newsreel cameraman and went on to shoot several French classics of the 1930s, including Renoir's "Grand Illusion" (1937). Matras was responsible for the critically celebrated, virtuosic camera movements of Max Ophuls' "La Ronde" (1950), "Le Plaisir" (1951), and "Madame de..." (1953) and added sumptuous color to his gliding camerawork on Ophuls' "Lola Montes" (1955). He also directed two short films, "De Babord a Tribord" (1926) and "Cent sous en balade" (1931).

Milestones

1932

First feature as director of photography, L'or des mers" (dir. Epstein)

1927

Worked as camera assistant on Jean Gremillon's "Maldone"

1926

Short film directing debut (also cinematographer; editor), "Da Babord a Tribord"; only other film as director (co with Emile Monniot), the short "Cent sous en balade" (1931)

1926

Newsreel cameraman for weekly "Eclair Journal"

1925

Entered film industry as assistant to brother, who was supervisor of a special effects studio

Shot five short (or medium-length) films, beginning with Jean Epstein's "Le cor"

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