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Courant, Curt

(Berlin 1899–Los Angeles 1968)

Cinematographer. The first film he shot was Joe May's Hilde Warren und der Tod in 1917. After this feature, he would go on to become one of the Weimar Republic's greatest commercial cinematographers. Courant's most prestigious assignment came when he was sent to work on Fritz Lang's Woman on the Moon (1929). Even when he was forced into exile in 1933, his reputation preceded him; he worked with Alfred Hitchcock (The Man Who Knew Too Much, 1934) and Berthold Viertel (The Passing of the Third Floor Back, 1935) in Britain, and later filmed Jean Renoir's La Bête humaine (1938) in France. At the height of his fame in the United States, Courant shot Charlie Chaplin's Monsieur Verdoux (1947). After this production, he practically vanished from the Hollywood spotlight. It is mystery as to why he never shot another notable film for the remainder of his life.


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