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Born: December 29, 1903 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: France Profession: director of photography

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Began his career as a newsreel cameraman and went on to shoot several French classics of the 1930s, including Renoir's "Grand Illusion" (1937). Matras was responsible for the critically celebrated, virtuosic camera movements of Max Ophuls' "La Ronde" (1950), "Le Plaisir" (1951), and "Madame de..." (1953) and added sumptuous color to his gliding camerawork on Ophuls' "Lola Montes" (1955). He also directed two short films, "De Babord a Tribord" (1926) and "Cent sous en balade" (1931).

Began his career as a newsreel cameraman and went on to shoot several French classics of the 1930s, including Renoir's "Grand Illusion" (1937). Matras was responsible for the critically celebrated, virtuosic camera movements of Max Ophuls' "La Ronde" (1950), "Le Plaisir" (1951), and "Madame de..." (1953) and added sumptuous color to his gliding camerawork on Ophuls' "Lola Montes" (1955). He also directed two short films, "De Babord a Tribord" (1926) and "Cent sous en balade" (1931).

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1925:
Entered film industry as assistant to brother, who was supervisor of a special effects studio
1926:
Short film directing debut (also cinematographer; editor), "Da Babord a Tribord"; only other film as director (co with Emile Monniot), the short "Cent sous en balade" (1931)
1926:
Newsreel cameraman for weekly "Eclair Journal"
1927:
Worked as camera assistant on Jean Gremillon's "Maldone"
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Shot five short (or medium-length) films, beginning with Jean Epstein's "Le cor"
1932:
First feature as director of photography, L'or des mers" (dir. Epstein)
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