Rudolph Mate

Director of photography, Director, Assistant cameraman
Distinguished cinematographer of Hungarian parentage who began his career in Germany in the 1920s. Mate shot several films for Carl Theodor Dreyer, notably the dream-like masterpiece "Vampyr" (1932), before moving to ... Read more »
Born: 01/21/1898 in Poland

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (19)

Gilda 1946 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Address Unknown 1944 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Cover Girl 1944 (Movie)

(Photography)

Sahara 1942 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

They Got Me Covered 1942 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Pride of the Yankees 1941 (Movie)

(Photography)

To Be or Not to Be 1941 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

To Be or Not to Be 1941 (Movie)

(Photography)

My Favorite Wife 1940 (Movie)

(Photography)

Foreign Correspondent 1939 (Movie)

(Photography)

Seven Sinners 1939 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Love Affair 1938 (Movie)

(Photography)

Blockade 1937 (Movie)

(Photography)

Come and Get It 1936 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Stella Dallas 1936 (Movie)

(Photography)

Dodsworth 1935 (Movie)

(Photography)

Vampyr 1931 (Movie)

(Photography)

The Marvelous Life of Joan of Arc 1929 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Passion of Joan of Arc 1926 (Movie)

(Photography)
Director (16)

Aliki - My Love 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

The Loretta Young Theater 1953 - 1962 (Tv Show)

Director

The 300 Spartans 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Come Prima 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Deep Six 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Miracle in the Rain 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Port Afrique 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Rawhide Years 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Three Violent People 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Far Horizons 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The Black Shield of Falworth 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

The Violent Men 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Forbidden 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

When Worlds Collide 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

D.O.A. 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

No Sad Songs For Me 1950 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (2)

Aliki - My Love 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

The 300 Spartans 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Distinguished cinematographer of Hungarian parentage who began his career in Germany in the 1920s. Mate shot several films for Carl Theodor Dreyer, notably the dream-like masterpiece "Vampyr" (1932), before moving to Hollywood in 1934. His expressionist sensibility redeemed several lesser films, like Tay Garnett's "Professional Soldier" (1935), as well as making significant contributions to classics such as Charles Vidor's "Gilda" (1946). Mate turned to directing in 1947, with results ranging from the highly competent to the forgettable; his most famous directorial effort is the riveting 1949 noir standard "D.O.A."

EDUCATION

University of Budapest

Budapest

Milestones

1963

Last solo directing credit, "Aliki--My Love"; also co-directed film, "Il Re Dei Sette Mari", with Primo Zeglio

1949

Solo directing debut, "The Dark Past"

1947

US co-directing debut (with Don Hartman), "It Had to Be You" (also co-photographer)

1941

Succeeded Gregg Toland as head of photography for Goldwyn

1935

First US English language film as cinematographer, "Dressed to Thrill"

1934

First film as cinematogrpaher in US, "Nada mas que una mujer" (Spanish language version of Louis King's "Pursued," directed by Harry Lachman)

1934

To Hollywood; signed contract with Fox

1934

Final French film as cinematographer, Fritz Lang's "Liliom"

1931

Co-directing debut (with Jean Bertin), "Le costaud des P.T.T."

1927

To Paris as director of photography, beginning with the second of several films for Carl Dreyer, "La passion de Jeanne d'Arc/The Passion of Joan of Arc"

1921

To Vienna, then Berlin

Worked as director of photography on seven films while in Germany, beginning with "Dunkle gassen/Der schwarze Boxer"

Bonus Trivia

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At various points in his career, Mate was credited under the prename Rudolf, Rudy or Rudolph.

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