Directors: Mate, Rudolph–Filmography (Five-Time Oscar-Nominated Cinematographer)

Rudolph Maté (January 21, 1898–October 27, 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 UK, before moving to Hollywood in the mid-1930s.

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 University of Budapest.

He worked as an assistant cameraman in Hungary and throughout Europe, sometimes with colleague Karl Freund.

Maté worked on several of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s films, including The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) and Vampyr (1932).

He worked as cinematographer on Hollywood films from the mid-1930s, including Dodsworth (1936), the Laurel and Hardy Our Relations (1936) and Stella Dallas (1937).

Oscar Context: 5 Consecutive Noms

He was nominated for the Best Cinematography Oscar in five consecutive years, for 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; including the film noir D.O.A. (1949), No Sad Songs for Me (1950), When Worlds Collide (1951), and the epic The 300 Spartans (1962).

A year after completing his last film, a low budget comedy shot in Greece and scored by Manos Hatzidakis, Maté suffered heart attack in Hollywood and died on October 27, 1964, at age 66.

Films Directed by Rudolph Maté

It Had to Be You (1947)

The Dark Past (1948)

D.O.A. (1949)

No Sad Songs for Me (1950)

Union Station (1950)

Branded (1950)

The Prince Who Was a Thief (1951)

When Worlds Collide (1951)

The Green Glove (1952)

Sally and Saint Anne (1952)

Paula (1952)

The Mississippi Gambler (1953)

Second Chance (1953)

Forbidden (1953)

Siege at Red River (1954)

The Black Shield of Falworth (1954)

The Violent Men (1955)

The Far Horizons (1955)

The Rawhide Years (1955)

Miracle in the Rain (1956)

Port Afrique (1956)

Three Violent People (1956)

The Deep Six (1958)

For the First Time (1959)

Revak the Rebel (1960)

The 300 Spartans (1962)

Seven Seas to Calais (1962)


As Cinematographer

Kutató Sámuel (1919)
Alpentragödie (1920)
Das Gänsemädchen (1920)
Lucifer (1921)
Der geistliche Tod (1921)
Parema – Das Wesen aus der Sternenwelt (1922)
Eine mystische Straßenreklame (1922)
Dunkle Gassen (1923)
Das verlorene Ich (1923)
The Merchant of Venice (1923)
The Lost Soul, or: The Dangers of Hypnotism (1923)[3]
Michael (1924)
Peter the Pirate (1925)
Excluded from the Public (1927)
The Impostor (1927)
Infantrist Wamperls dreijähriges Pech (1927)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Franz Schubert und seine Zeit (1928)
Die Bauernprinzessin (1928)
Der Lohn der guten Tat (1928)
Miss Europe (1930)
Le monsieur de minuit (1931)
Vampyr (1932)
Monsieur Albert (1932)
La couturière de Luneville (1932)
Lily Christine (1932)
Insult (1932)
Aren’t We All? (1932)
The Merry Monarch (1933)
Die Abenteuer des Königs Pausole (1933)
Les aventures du roi Pausole (1933)
Une femme au volant (1933)
On the Streets (1933)
Paprika (1933)
The Last Billionaire (1934)
Liliom (1934)
Nothing More Than a Woman (1934) (Spanish language version of Pursued)
Dante’s Inferno (1935)
Dressed to Thrill (1935)
Metropolitan (1935)
Navy Wife (1935)
Professional Soldier (1935)
Charlie Chan’s Secret (1936)
Dodsworth (1936)
A Message to Garcia (1936)
Our Relations (1936)
Come and Get It (1936)
Outcast (1937)
Stella Dallas (1937)
The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938)
Blockade (1938)
Youth Takes a Fling (1938)
Trade Winds (1938)
Love Affair (1939)
The Real Glory (1939)
My Favorite Wife (1940)
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
The Westerner (1940)
Seven Sinners (1940)
That Hamilton Woman (1941)
The Flame of New Orleans (1941)
It Started with Eve (1941)
To Be or Not to Be (1942)
The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
They Got Me Covered (1943)
Sahara (1943)
Address Unknown (1944)
Cover Girl (1944)
Tonight and Every Night (1945)
Over 21 (1945)
Gilda (1946)
Down to Earth (1947)
It Had to Be You (1947)
The Lady from Shanghai (1947) (uncredited)