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Born: Cause of Death: meningitis
Birth Place: Russia Profession: production designer

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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.

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.

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1917:
Moved to Germany
1924:
Moved to France, began work for Albatross Films
1930:
Began working at Tobis studios
1936:
Went to work for Alexander Korda at London Films
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wife:
Mary Meerson. Archivist, former artist's model. Born c. 1900; after Meerson's death had four-decade relationship with Henri Langlois; died on July 19, 1993.

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