Rudolph Maté

Rudolph Maté (21 January 1898 – 27 October 1964), born Rudolf Mayer, was a Polish-Hungarian-American cinematographer, film director and film producer who worked as cameraman and cinematographer in Hungary, Austria, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, before moving to Hollywood in the mid 1930s.

Not to be confused with cinematographer Russell Metty.
Rudolph Maté
Rudolf Mayer

(1898-01-21)21 January 1898
Died27 October 1964(1964-10-27) (aged 66)
Film director
Film producer
Years active1919–1962
AwardsFive Oscar nominations

Life and career

Born in Kraków (then in the Grand Duchy of Krakow, Austro-Hungarian Empire, now in Poland) into a Jewish family, Maté began in the film business after his graduation from the University of Budapest. He worked as an assistant cameraman in Hungary and later throughout Europe, sometimes with colleague Karl Freund. Maté worked on several of Carl Th. Dreyer's films, including The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) and Vampyr (1932).

worked as cinematographer on Hollywood films from the mid-1930s, including Dodsworth (1936), the Laurel and Hardy feature Our Relations (1936) and Stella Dallas (1937). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography in five consecutive years, for Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent (1940), Alexander Korda's That Hamilton Woman (1941), Sam Wood's The Pride of the Yankees (1942), Zoltan Korda's Sahara (1943), and Charles Vidor's Cover Girl (1944).

In 1947, he turned to directing films; his credits include the film noir D.O.A. (1949), No Sad Songs for Me (1950), When Worlds Collide (1951), and the epic The 300 Spartans (1962).

Some sixteen months after completing his last film, a low budget, limited-release comedy shot in Greece and scored by Manos Hatzidakis,[1] Maté suffered a heart attack while in Hollywood and died on 27 October 1964, at the age of 66.[2]


As director

As producer

As cinematographer


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  2. Barson, Michael. "Rudolph Maté". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  3. Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 264. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
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