KARL W. FREUND
KARL W. FREUND ( January 16, 1890 – May 3, 1969) was a cinematographer and film director best known for photographing METROPOLIS (1927) directed by FRITZ LANG.
He worked as a cinematographer on over 100 films, including the German Expressionist films The Golem (1920), The Last Laugh (1924) and Metropolis (1927). Freund co-wrote, and was cinematographer on, Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis (1927), directed by Walter Ruttmann.
Freund emigrated to the United States in 1929 where he continued to shoot well remembered films such as Dracula (1931) and Key Largo (1948). Notably, his work on Dracula came under a mostly disorganized shoot with the usually meticulous director Tod Browning leaving cinematographer Freund to take over during much of filming, making Freund something of an uncredited director on the film. He won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for The Good Earth (1937).
METROPOLIS is a 1927 German expressionist epic science fiction drama film directed by FRITZ LANG, Photographer KARL W. FREUND. The film was written by Lang and his wife Thea von Harbou. A silent film is regarded as a pioneering work of science fiction genre in movies, being among the first feature length movies of the genre.
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