Boris Kaufman


Director Of Photography

About

Birth Place
Poland
Died
June 20, 1989

Biography

Younger brother of Soviet filmmakers Dziga Vertov and Mikhail Kaufman who went to France in the mid-1920s and shot all of Jean Vigo's films, among others. In the US after WWII, he photographed a number of shorts and documentaries before being hired as cinematographer on Elia Kazan's "On The Waterfront" (1954). For the next fifteen years Kaufman remained independent from Hollywood and wor...

Biography

Younger brother of Soviet filmmakers Dziga Vertov and Mikhail Kaufman who went to France in the mid-1920s and shot all of Jean Vigo's films, among others. In the US after WWII, he photographed a number of shorts and documentaries before being hired as cinematographer on Elia Kazan's "On The Waterfront" (1954).

For the next fifteen years Kaufman remained independent from Hollywood and worked almost exclusively with left-oriented directors on a number of outstanding films shot in New York. He worked on seven Sidney Lumet features including "The Pawnbroker" (1965), a strikingly photographed black-and-white journey through the mind of a concentration camp survivor living in Harlem.

Filmography

 

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970)
Director of Photography
Bye Bye Braverman (1968)
Director of Photography
Uptight (1968)
Director of Photography
The Brotherhood (1968)
Director of Photography
The Group (1966)
Director of Photography
The Pawnbroker (1965)
Director of Photography
The World of Henry Orient (1964)
Director of Photography
Gone Are the Days! (1963)
Director of Photography
All the Way Home (1963)
Cinematographer
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Director of Photography
Splendor in the Grass (1961)
Director of Photography
The Fugitive Kind (1960)
Director of Photography
That Kind of Woman (1959)
Director of Photography
12 Angry Men (1957)
Director of Photography
Singing in the Dark (1956)
Director of Photography
Crowded Paradise (1956)
Director of Photography
Baby Doll (1956)
Director of Photography
Patterns (1956)
Director of Photography
Garden of Eden (1954)
Director of Photography
On the Waterfront (1954)
Director of Photography
Leonardo da Vinci (1953)
Photography
Zou Zou (1934)
Camera Operator
Le Chemin du bonheur (1933)
Camera Operator

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Cinderella (1937)
Photography
Oeil-de-Lynx, detective (1936)
Photography
On ne roule pas Antoinette (1936)
Photography
L' Homme sans coeur (1936)
Photography
Lucrece Borgia (1935)
Photography
L'Atalante (1934)
Photography
Zéro de conduite (1933)
Photography
Le Mile de Jules Ladoumegue (1932)
Photography
La Natation par Jean Taris champion de France (1931)
Photography
A propos de Nice (1929)
Photography

Life Events

1927

Immigrated to France

Videos

Movie Clip

Group, The (1966) - More Pantheistic After the rushed wedding of a fellow 1933 graduate of an un-named New England ladies' college, Dottie (Joan Hackett) with Dick (Richard Mulligan), artist and bohemian pal of the groom, in The Group, 1966, Sidney Lumet's film from Vassar grad Mary McCarthy's novel.
Group, The (1966) - Dottie Renfrew Is Engaged Director Sidney Lumet resumes his narrative device with Kathleen Widdoes as college “class scribe” Helena typing, Joan Hackett as Dottie on the train, to a 1930-something New York party hosted by Kay and her boozy playwright husband (Joanna Pettet, Larry Hagman), Jessica Walter, Shirley Knight, et al conversing, in The Group, 1966.
Group, The (1966) - Landlord, Fill The Flowing Bowl Somewhat bawdy English traditional song Landlord, Fill The Flowing Bowl among several choral pieces opening Sidney Lumet's The Group, 1966, introducing classmates Joan Hackett, Candice Bergen, Shirley Knight, Joanna Pettet et al, and their valedictorian Kathleen Widdoes.
Group, The (1966) - Not To The Manor Born New England ladies' college graduates led by "Lakey" (Candice Bergen) at the speedily arranged New York wedding of classmate Kay (Joanna Pettet) to aspiring playwright Harald (Larry Hagman) in Sidney Lumet's The Group, 1966, from the Mary McCarthy novel.
Fugitive Kind, The (1960) - I Think They Got Him Having schmoozed himself and his guitar out of court in a Mississippi town, Valentine “Snakeskin” Xavier seeks shelter at what turns out to be the home of the local sheriff, where his wife Vee (Maureen Stapleton, a close Brando friend) tells him about a breakout, early in The Fugitive Kind, 1960.
Fugitive Kind, The (1960) - You Afraid I'll Snitch? Joanne Woodward as wayward heiress Carol Cutrere blows into a tiny Mississippi downtown (in a new-ish Jaguar XK), having recognized Marlon Brando as drifter “Snakeskin”, Maureen Stapleton as his new friend Vee, helping him land a job in the general store, Emory Richardson as the odd “Uncle Blessing,”in The Fugitive Kind, 1960, from Tennessee Williams’ play, directed by Sidney Lumet.
Fugitive Kind, The (1960) - You're Also Known As Snakeskin? Marlon Brando is largely alone, in the opening before the credits, Sidney Lumet directing, the screenplay by Tennessee Williams (from his poorly reviewed play Orpheus Descending) with Meade Roberts, from The Fugitive Kind, 1960, also starring Anna Magnani, Geraldine Page and Joanne Woodward.
Fugitive Kind, The (1960) - She Made A Mistake About Me After an evening with unglued local heiress Carol, Marlon Brando as drifter-musician “Snakeskin” Xavier introduces himself to Anna Magnani (who got top billing in the Italian release) as “Lady” Torrance, wife of the ailing owner of the general store, looking for work, at least, in The Fugitive Kind, 1960, directed by Sidney Lumet from a Tennessee Williams play.
On The Waterfront (1954) - You Grew Up Very Nice After a meeting broken up by thugs, ex-fighter and union enforcer Terry (Marlon Brando) with Edie (Eva Marie Saint), who doesn't know the role he played in the murder of her brother, the bit with the glove a famous ad-lib, shot on location in Hoboken, NJ, in Elia Kazan's On The Waterfront, 1954.
Splendor In The Grass (1961) - Down On My Knees Sudden leap into suggestive, gothic Midwestern weirdness as 1920's Kansas teens Wilma-Dean (Natalie Wood) and Bud (Warren Beatty) arrive at her house then have to dodge her mother, in Elia Kazan's Splendor In The Grass, 1961, from William Inge's screenplay.
12 Angry Men (1957) - Lucky To Get A Murder The end of director Sidney Lumet's opening scene in the jury room, one take running over six minutes, Jack Klugman, Ed Begley, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Robert Webber, Henry Fonda, Jack Warden, E.G. Marshall, George Voscovec among the speakers, from 12 Angry Men, 1957.
12 Angry Men - It's The Same Knife! Juror 4 (E.G. Marshall) is making up a point leading up to the dramatic moment when Juror 8 (Henry Fonda) pulls out his identical switchblade, in a famous scene from Sidney Lumet's 12 Angry Men, 1957.

Trailer

Group, The (1966) -- Original Trailer No doubt attributable to producer Charles K. Feldman, who invested heavily in the book by Vassar graduate, novelist and political essayist/agitator Mary McCarthy, the luxurious trailer for the partly autobiographical The Group, 1966, with commentary by all the members, Joan Hackett, Elizabeth Hartman, Shirley Knight, Mary-Robin Redd, Jessica Walter, Kathleen Widdoes, Joanna Pettet and Candice Bergen.
That Kind Of Woman (1959) -- Original Trailer Theatrical trailer for the unsuccessful but ambitious racy semi-comedy, starring Sophia Loren, produced by her husband Carlo Ponti, directed by Sidney Lumet, with teen heart-throb Tab Hunter as the leading man, That Kind Of Woman 1959.
On The Waterfront - (Original Trailer) Eight Academy Awards went to On The Waterfront (1954) about a stevedore (Marlon Brando) thinking of informing on the mob.
Baby Doll - (Original Trailer) Carroll Baker stars as the child bride Baby Doll (1956) in the most notorious movie from a Tennessee Williams' play, directed by Elia Kazan.
12 Angry Men - (Original Trailer) Henry Fonda is the lone holdout against convicting a Puerto Rican youth in the jury duty drama 12 Angry Men (1957).
Pawnbroker, The - (Original Trailer) A Harlem pawnbroker (Rod Steiger) tries to cope with his changing neighborhood while haunted by memories of the concentration camps in The Pawnbroker (1965).
Long Day's Journey Into Night - (Wide release trailer) Katharine Hepburn and a great cast star in Sidney Lumet's movie of Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962), Eugene O'Neill's play about his own family's terrible secrets.
World of Henry Orient, The - (Original Trailer) Peter Sellers is a womanizing pianist dogged by the obsession of two young girls in The World Of Henry Orient (1964).
Splendor in the Grass - (Original Trailer) Warren Beatty made his screen debut in Elia Kazan's Splendor In The Grass (1961) co-starring Natalie Wood.

Family

Dziga Vertov
Brother
Director. Born 1896.
Mikhail Kaufman
Brother
Cameraman, filmmaker. Born 1897.

Bibliography