Georges Périnal

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Georges Périnal (* 1897 in Paris , † April 23, 1965 in London ) was a French cameraman .


Périnal began his career in 1913 as a projectionist and shortly afterwards became a cameraman for documentaries for the Pathé company . After the First World War , in which he did his military service, he worked again as a projectionist and photographer of commercials and worked as a cameraman for Jean Epstein and Jean Cocteau . Through his camera work for Under the Roofs of Paris and Long Live Freedom , the British film producer Alexander Korda became aware of him and brought him to London, where Périnal received a lifelong contract and primarily worked on the films of Alexander and Zoltan Korda .

When the Second World War broke out , Alexander Korda emigrated to the United States and wanted to take Périnal with him, but Périnal refused. He declined to join the American Society of Cinematographers , making it impossible to get a work permit in the United States. During the war he rarely worked as a cameraman. With Korda's return from the United States in 1945, both resumed their collaboration. Périnal also worked with other directors such as Otto Preminger . After the film Oscar Wilde , he ended his career as a cameraman.

Périnal was nominated twice for an Oscar in the category Best Cinematography and received this award in 1941 for the film The Thief of Baghdad .

Filmography (selection)


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