Lazare Meerson

Production designer
Influential and highly imaginative art director who left Russia after the revolution and, after a spell in Germany, joined Alexandre Kamenka's Societe des Films Albatros in 1924. Starting out as an assistant to Alberto ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1899 in Russia

Filmography

Art Department (6)

The Citadel 1938 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

Fire Over England (Movie)

(Set Designer)

Fire Over England (Movie)

(Art Director)

Knight Without Armour (Movie)

(Set Designer)

The Divorce of Lady X (Movie)

(Set Designer)

The Divorce of Lady X (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Biography

Influential and highly imaginative art director who left Russia after the revolution and, after a spell in Germany, joined Alexandre Kamenka's Societe des Films Albatros in 1924. Starting out as an assistant to Alberto Cavalcanti, Meerson went on to transform French production design with his work on films by Rene Clair ("A Nous La Liberte" 1931, "Le Million" 1932, etc.) and Jacques Feyder ("La Kermesse Heroique" 1935). Meerson was a major influence on the "poetic realism" movement of which his apprentice, Alexandre Trauner, would become the preeminent designer. He worked from 1936 for Alexander Korda but, unhappy with Korda's Hollywood-style production methods, was planning to to return to France when he died of meningitis at the age of 38.

Relationships

Mary Meerson

Wife
born c. 1900 after Meerson's death had four-decade relationship with Henri Langlois died on July 19, 1993

Milestones

1936

Went to work for Alexander Korda at London Films

1930

Began working at Tobis studios

1924

Moved to France, began work for Albatross Films

1917

Moved to Germany

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