Ernest Haller

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Ernest Haller (born May 31, 1896 in Los Angeles , † October 21, 1970 in Marina del Rey , California ) was an American cameraman .


Haller began his acting career in 1914 for Biograph Studios. In those early years of the film, the careers of the new medium were not yet regulated and so it probably came from the mixture of interest, chance and chance for camera work, which was typical for the times. He soon became known for his sensitive handling of light and shadow and rose to the position of chief cameraman at Warner Brothers in the mid-1930s . There he was responsible for most of Bette Davis' films, among other things . In particular, his lighting for Solange a Heart Beats from 1945 should be the style - and eponymous - for the film noir . Haller immersed the melodramatic story about an ambitious mother, played by Joan Crawford , who dares to rise up in society for her daughter, using side lighting and accentuated backlights in hard light-dark contrasts ( low key ) that are in radical contradiction to the otherwise in Hollywood, the usual bright lighting with lots of skylights, which was still handed down from the theater lighting.

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Haller was nominated seven times for an Oscar and received it in 1940 for his work on the classic Gone with the Wind, written the previous year .

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