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).
Cinematography (Feature Film)
Film Production - Main (Feature Film)
Entered film industry as assistant to brother, who was supervisor of a special effects studio
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)
Newsreel cameraman for weekly "Eclair Journal"
Worked as camera assistant on Jean Gremillon's "Maldone"
First feature as director of photography, L'or des mers" (dir. Epstein)