Began his career as a projectionist in 1913 and went on to photograph some of the finest French films of the early 1930s, by directors including Jean Cocteau ("Blood of a Poet" 1930) and Rene Clair ("A nous la liberte" 1931, "Le million" 1932). Perinal began working with Alexander Korda in London in 1933 and applied his talents to a succession of fine English films, notably the Oscar-winning "The Thief of Bagdad" (1940). He worked in France and Hollywood in the late 1950s.
Cinematography (Feature Film)
Film Production - Main (Feature Film)
First short film photographed, "Chartres"
First effort as director of photography for Rene Clair, "Sous les toits de Paris/Under the Roofs of Paris"
Left France for England as cinematographer Alexander Korda's "The Private Life of Henry VIII"
Last film assignment as cinematographer, "The Day They Robbed The Bank of England"