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Also Known As: Alberto De Almeida-Cavalcanti, A Cavalcanti Died: August 23, 1982
Born: February 6, 1897 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Rio de Janeiro, BR Profession: director, production designer, producer, screenwriter, production head, editor, teacher

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Designed sets for French experimental filmmakers in the 1920s and directed his first film in 1926, the experimental city symphony "Rien que les heures". Cavalcanti moved to England in 1934, making documentaries and later documentary-influenced features at Ealing Studios before returning to Brazil in 1949. His best British features show considerable stylistic flair; working within the traditions of British realism, he nonetheless brought surrealistic touches to the genuinely odd wartime drama "Went the Day Well?" (1942) and his striking contributions to the classic anthology horror film, "Dead of Night" (1945). The latter film showcased Cavalcanti's occasional penchant for the expressionistic, which was highlighted in his masterful foray into film noir, "They Made Me a Fugitive" (1947).

Designed sets for French experimental filmmakers in the 1920s and directed his first film in 1926, the experimental city symphony "Rien que les heures". Cavalcanti moved to England in 1934, making documentaries and later documentary-influenced features at Ealing Studios before returning to Brazil in 1949. His best British features show considerable stylistic flair; working within the traditions of British realism, he nonetheless brought surrealistic touches to the genuinely odd wartime drama "Went the Day Well?" (1942) and his striking contributions to the classic anthology horror film, "Dead of Night" (1945). The latter film showcased Cavalcanti's occasional penchant for the expressionistic, which was highlighted in his masterful foray into film noir, "They Made Me a Fugitive" (1947).

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  They Made Me a Fugitive (1948) Director
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  Nicholas Nickleby (1947) Director
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  Dead of Night (1945) Director ("The Ventriloquist'S Dummy" "The Christmas Story")
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  Champagne Charlie (1944) Director
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  Went the Day Well? (1942) Director
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  Message From Geneva (1936) Director
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  Coal Face (1935) Director

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1926:
First medium-length film as director (also writer; producer; editor), "Rien que les heures"
1927:
Feature directing, co-writing and editing debut, "En rade"
1934:
Moved to England and began working for John Grierson at GPO Film Unit
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Produced short films for Len Lye, Norman McClaren, Pat Jackson, Humphrey Jennings and others while at GPO/Crown
1937:
Succeeded Grierson as head of GPO (name changed to Crown Film Unit at outbreak of WWII)
1940:
Moved to Ealing Studios
1950:
Returned to Brazil
1955:
Returned to Europe
1968:
Began teaching at UCLA
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