Franz Planer

Director of photography, Portrait photographer
Began photographing films in Germany in 1919 and worked throughout Europe before arriving in Hollywood in 1937. Planer's mobile, sinuous style chimed perfectly with that of director Max Ophuls, with whom he collaborated ... Read more »
Born: 03/28/1894

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (45)

King of Kings 1961 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Children's Hour 1961 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Unforgiven 1960 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Stage Struck 1958 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Big Country 1958 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Nun's Story 1958 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Pride and the Passion 1957 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Mountain 1956 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Not As a Stranger 1955 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Left Hand of God 1955 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1954 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Caine Mutiny 1954 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Long Wait 1954 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bad For Each Other 1953 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Roman Holiday 1953 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T 1953 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Death of a Salesman 1951 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Decision Before Dawn 1951 (Movie)

(Photography)

The Blue Veil 1951 (Movie)

(Photography)

Champion 1949 (Movie)

(Photography)

Criss Cross 1949 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Letter From an Unknown Woman 1948 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Carolina Blues 1944 (Movie)

(Photography)

Secret Command 1944 (Movie)

(Photography)

My Kingdom For a Cook 1942 (Movie)

(Photography)

Something to Shout About 1942 (Movie)

(Photography)

Time Out For Rhythm 1940 (Movie)

(Photography)

Holiday 1937 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Liebelei 1931 (Movie)

(Photography)

711 Ocean Drive (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Alraune (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Appointment in Berlin (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Flight Lieutenant (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Honolulu Lu (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Meet Boston Blackie (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Once More, My Darling (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Once Upon a Time (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

One Touch of Venus (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Strange Affair (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Exile (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Face Behind the Mask (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Spirit of Stanford (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Wife Takes a Flyer (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Three Husbands (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Biography

Began photographing films in Germany in 1919 and worked throughout Europe before arriving in Hollywood in 1937. Planer's mobile, sinuous style chimed perfectly with that of director Max Ophuls, with whom he collaborated on "Liebelei" (1932), "The Exile" (1947) and "Letter from an Unknown Woman" (1948). He was also responsible for some fine color cinematography, notably on William Wyler's "The Big Country" (1958) and Blake Edwards' "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961).

EDUCATION

Studied art with Herman Wagner

Milestones

1961

Last films for which he directed photography: "The Children's Hour", "Breakfast At Tiffany's" and "King of Kings"

1948

Cinematographer of Ophuls' "Letter From an Unknown Woman"

1938

First American film directed photography, George Cukor's "Holiday"

1932

First time as D.P. With Max Ophuls directing, "Liebelei"

1931

Directed photography for feature "Nie Wier Liebe"

1924

Assistant cinematographer on Murnau's "Die Finanzen des Grossherzogs"

1919

Entered German film with "Der Ochsenkrieg"

Moves to London

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