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Also Known As: Milton R Krasner, Milt Krasner Died: July 16, 1988
Born: February 17, 1904 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: director of photography, assistant cameraman, camera operator

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Began his film career at age 15 and graduated to director of photography in 1933. Although Krasner had shot nearly 90 films in nearly all genres before the end of WWII, it was in the post-war period that Krasner distinguished himself as a highly versatile cinematographer. He is best remembered for his neorealist-influenced, black-and-white work in the late 40s (especially the Fritz Lang's noir thrillers "The Woman in the Window" 1944 and "Scarlet Street" 1945 and the stark fight picture "The Set Up" 1949), the Bette Davis classic "All About Eve" (1950), and his glossy CinemaScope compositions--particularly his collaborations with Vincente Minnelli--in the mid-50s.

Began his film career at age 15 and graduated to director of photography in 1933. Although Krasner had shot nearly 90 films in nearly all genres before the end of WWII, it was in the post-war period that Krasner distinguished himself as a highly versatile cinematographer. He is best remembered for his neorealist-influenced, black-and-white work in the late 40s (especially the Fritz Lang's noir thrillers "The Woman in the Window" 1944 and "Scarlet Street" 1945 and the stark fight picture "The Set Up" 1949), the Bette Davis classic "All About Eve" (1950), and his glossy CinemaScope compositions--particularly his collaborations with Vincente Minnelli--in the mid-50s.

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At age 15 moved to Brooklyn with family; worked after school at Vitagraph Studios, New York putting film on a rack in the laboratory; later worked in cutting room and as assistant to cameraman Charlie Davis
1920:
Moved to San Francisco; worked as camera (date approximate) assistant for various studios including the San Mateo Studio where Broncho Billy Anderson was producing his Westerns
1925:
Went to Hollywood where he worked as assistant cameraman on Johnny Hines feature comedies for First National and Harry Carey Westerns for Pathe
1927:
Returned to San Francisco to work on Jackie Coogan film, "Johnny Get Your Hair Cut" and the first of several Ken Maynard Westerns
1930:
Became second cameraman (camera operator) on film, "Rain or Shine" (dir. Frank Capra)
1933:
Promoted to first cameraman with "Strictly Personal"
1936:
Worked almost exclusively for Universal Pictures
1942:
Shot his first three-strip Technicolor film as director of photography, "Arabian Nights"
1949:
Began a sixteen-year stay at Twentieth Century-Fox with "House of Strangers"
1954:
Shot his first film in CinemaScope, "Three Coins in the Fountain"
1959:
Began almost exclusive eight-year relationship with MGM with "Count Your Blessings"
1963:
Served as cinematogtapher on "How the West Was Won"; shot film in three-camera Cinerama
1970:
Completed last feature film, "Beneath the Planet of the Apes"
1971:
Began shooting "Zachariah" (left production in Mexico after death of his mother)
1971:
Worked on TV lensing "McMillan and Wife" and episodes of "Colombo"
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Notes

Krasner pioneered techniques with rear projection and zoom shots as well split screen and other special effects.

"And if I'm going to specialize in anything, I think I'd like it to be color ... it's so much more gratifying on the screen and so much more filled with as yet unattained possibilities that I admit I'd like to do more of it, to explore more of the artistic and technical possibilities of what is, I am sure, the coming medium for truly expressive camerawork." -- Milton Krasner following his Oscar nomination for "Arabian Nights", 1942 in American Cinematographer

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wife:
Mildred Krasner. Married in 1932; died in 1970.

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son:
Thomas Krasner. Holds a PhD.

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