Paul Ivano

Paul Ivano, ASC (May 13, 1900 – April 9, 1984), was a SerbianFrenchAmerican cinematographer whose career stretched from 1920 into the late 1960s.[3][4][5] Born Paul Ivano Ivanichevitch, to Serbian parents in Nice, France, he served for two years with the Franco–American Ambulance Corps and the American Red Cross Ambulance Corps, between 1916 and 1918.[4][6] After the conclusion of World War I, he remained in the Balkans, acting as a photographer and interpreter for the American Red Cross.[4] He arrived in the United States in 1919, and moved to California, the following year.[4] In 1947 he was the cameraman who made the first aerial helicopter shots for an American feature film in Nicholas Ray's film noir They Live by Night.[7][8]

Paul Ivano
Ivano (right) with camera assistants Robert Lazlo and Frank Heisler and Ella Raines on the set of The Suspect (1944)
Paul Ivano-Ivanichevitch (Romanized Serbian)

May 13, 1900 (1900-05-13)
DiedApril 9, 1984 (1984-04-10) (aged 83)
Spouse(s)Margaret (Greta) Ginsburg Ivano[1][2]

Select filmography

Year Film Genre Other notes
1949 Search for Danger
1945 Pursuit to Algiers Detective
The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry Film noir Director of photography
The Frozen Ghost
Senorita from the West
1944 The Suspect Director of photography
The Impostor
1943 Flesh and Fantasy
1936 The Plow That Broke the Plains Short documentary film, selected in 1999, to be preserved in the U.S. National Film Registry Cinematography (uncredited)
1929 Queen Kelly After this Erich von Stroheim silent film, Ivano worked in sound movies for less prestigious directors in the 1930s.
1921 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Top-grossing film of 1921



  1. Paul I Ivanichevitch and Margaret Ginsburg in the California, County Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1849-1980. California Department of Public Health. 1932-07-18. Retrieved 2018-12-27 via
  2. Greta Ivano, 21 Nov 1998, United States Social Security Death Index. Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service: United States Social Security Administration. 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2018-12-26 via FamilySearch database.
  3. Paul Ivano on IMDb
  4. "Biography/History — Paul Ivano Papers, Special Collections, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences". Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  5. "Paul Ivano, Cinematographer From Silent Era to Television". The New York Times. 1984-04-21. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  6. Slide, Anthony (August 1985). "Ivano and Valentino: A Unique Partnership". American Cinematographer. Vol. 66 no. 8. Retrieved 2018-12-27 via Questia.
  8. Greco, Joseph (1999). The File on Robert Siodmak in Hollywood: 1941-1951. pp. 117–118.

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