Kaufman, Boris

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From the description of Reminiscences of Boris Kaufman : oral history, 1959. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 86131818

Boris Kaufman, a cinematographer, was born and raised in Bialystok, in the northeastern part of modern-day Poland and, following WWI, educated and trained in France. He is well known for his work with Jean Vigo in France from the late 1920s to the mid 1930s and for his work with Elia Kazan and Sidney Lumet in the U.S. in the 1950s and 1960s; Kazan's On the Waterfront (1954) won an Academy Award for best black-and-white cinematography. Kaufman was the youngest of three brothers, including filmmaker Denis Kaufman (who adopted the name Dziga Vertov) and cinematographer Mikhail Kaufman. Further information is available in standard print and online biographical resources.

The following chronology provides dates for key events and film projects:

1906 August 24 Boris Kaufman born in Bialystok, modern-day Poland

1927 Les Halles Centrales

1930 A propos de Nice

1933 Zéro de conduite

1934 L'Atalante

1936 On ne roule pas Antoinette

1938 Fort Dolorès

1939 Sérénade

1939-41 serves in French infantry

1941-42 moves to New York

1942-43 works for National Film Board of Canada

1943-45 works for U.S. Office of War Information

1945 A Better Tomorrow

1954 Garden of Eden

1954 On the Waterfront

1954 Within Man's Power

1956 Baby Doll

1956 Crowded Paradise

1956 Patterns

1956 Twelve Angry Men

1959 That Kind of Woman

1959 The Fugitive Kind

1961 Splendor in the Grass

1962 Long Day's Journey into Night

1963 All the Way Home

1964 The Pawnbroker

1964 The World of Henry Orient

1965 Film

1966 The Group

1967 Bye Bye Braverman

1968 Uptight

1968 The Brotherhood

1969 Tell Me that You Love Me, Junie Moon

1972 retires from filmmaking

1980 June 24 Boris Kaufman dies in New York

From the guide to the Boris Kaufman papers, 1836-2004, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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associatedWith Aveline, Claude, 1901- person
associatedWith Brando, Marlon. person
associatedWith Dassin, Jules, 1911- person
associatedWith Dasté, Jean, 1904-1994 person
associatedWith Fonda, Henry, 1905-1982 person
associatedWith Franklin, Joan, person
associatedWith Franklin, Robert, person
associatedWith Gance, Abel. person
associatedWith Kaufman, Mikhail Abramovich, 1897-1980 person
associatedWith Kazan, Elia. person
associatedWith Kubrick, Stanley. person
associatedWith Lods, Jean. person
associatedWith Loren, Sophia, 1934- person
associatedWith Lumet, Sidney, 1924- person
associatedWith Malden, Karl. person
associatedWith Merle, Pierre. person
associatedWith Painlevé, Jean. person
associatedWith Parlo, Dita. person
associatedWith Preminger, Otto. person
associatedWith Renoir, Jean, 1894-1979 person
associatedWith Vertov, Dziga, 1896-1954 person
associatedWith Vigo, Jean, 1905-1934 person
associatedWith Wallach, Eli, 1915- person
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Birth 1906

Death 1980


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