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Also Known As: Died: March 7, 1987
Born: July 31, 1915 Cause of Death: complications following an operation
Birth Place: France Profession: director of photography, director, producer, editor, sound recordist

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After Raoul Coutard, the most distinguished cinematographer to have come to prominence with the French New Wave. Decae directed several films through the 1940s before becoming the regular cinematographer for Jean-Pierre Melville ("Bob le Flambeur" 1955, etc.). He shot the debut features of both Claude Chabrol ("Le Beau Serge" 1958) and Francois Truffaut ("The 400 Blows" 1959) and also worked frequently for Louis Malle ("Elevator to the Gallows" 1957, etc.). Decae began shooting international production in the late 1960s and remained active until a few years before his death. He demonstrated a special flair for atmospheric nighttime sequences.

After Raoul Coutard, the most distinguished cinematographer to have come to prominence with the French New Wave. Decae directed several films through the 1940s before becoming the regular cinematographer for Jean-Pierre Melville ("Bob le Flambeur" 1955, etc.). He shot the debut features of both Claude Chabrol ("Le Beau Serge" 1958) and Francois Truffaut ("The 400 Blows" 1959) and also worked frequently for Louis Malle ("Elevator to the Gallows" 1957, etc.). Decae began shooting international production in the late 1960s and remained active until a few years before his death. He demonstrated a special flair for atmospheric nighttime sequences.

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French Air Force cameraman during WWII
1941:
Co-directed (with Brother Claude Decae) and shot first short film, "Eau Vive"
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Photographic reporter for "Petit Parisien"
1947:
First feature as director of photography, Jean-Pierre Melville's "Le silence de la mer"
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brother:
Claude Decae. Made some amateur films with Henri.

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