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Eugen Schüfftan (21 July 1893, Breslaumarker, Silesia, Germanymarker now Wroclawmarker, Polandmarker - 6 September 1977, New York Citymarker) was an Academy Award-winning cinematographer.

He invented the Schüfftan process, a special effects technique that employed mirrors to insert actors into miniature sets. One of the first uses of the process was for Metropolis (1927), directed by Fritz Lang. The technique was widely used throughout the first half of the 20th century until it was supplanted by the travelling matte and bluescreen techniques.

Schüfftan won the 1962 Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White for his work on the film The Hustler.


Year Film Director Notes
1924 Die Nibelungen Fritz Lang
1927 Metropolis Fritz Lang
1927 Napoléon Abel Gance
1930 People on Sunday Curt Siodmak, Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer, Fred Zinnemann
1930 Farewell Robert Siodmak
1930 The Stolen Face Philipp Lothar Mayring, Erich Schmidt
1931 Gassenhauer Lupu Pick
1931 The Scoundrel Eugen Schüfftan, Franz Wenzler
1931 Meine Frau, die Hochstaplerin Kurt Gerron
1931 I'd Rather Have Cod Liver Oil Max Ophüls
1932 Coeurs joyeux Hanns Schwarz, Max de Vaucorbeil
1932 The Mistress of Atlantis Georg Wilhelm Pabst
1932 Zigeuner der Nacht Hanns Schwarz
1932 L'Atlantide Georg Wilhelm Pabst
1932 Queen of Atlantis Georg Wilhelm Pabst
1932 La Voix sans visage Leo Mittler
1933 Les Requins du pétrole Rudolf Katscher
1933 Du haut en bas Georg Wilhelm Pabst
1933 Läufer von Marathon Ewald André Dupont
1933 Unsichtbare Gegner Rudolf Katscher
1934 Le Scandale Marcel L'Herbier
1934 La Crise est finie Robert Siodmak
1934 Irish Hearts Brian Desmond Hurst
1935 The Invader Adrian Brunel
1935 Children of the Fog John Quin
1935 La Tendre ennemie Max Ophüls
1936 The Robber Symphony Friedrich Feher
1936 Komedie om geld Max Ophüls
1937 Bizarre, Bizarre Marcel Carné
1938 Port of Shadows Marcel Carné
1944 It Happened Tomorrow René Clair
1955 Ulysses Mario Camerini
1958 Head Against the Wall Georges Franju
1960 Eyes Without a Face Georges Franju
1961 The Hustler Robert Rossen
1961 Something Wild Jack Garfein

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