Biography

From Wikipedia

Alex Phillips (January 11, 1900 Renfrew, Ontario – June 14, 1977) was a Canadian-born Mexican cinematographer and the father of Alex Phillips, Jr., also a cinematographer.

In his youth, his family moved to Russia, but he returned to Canada because of his dislike with the czarist government. He enlisted in the Canadian Army where he met Mary Pickford who introduced him to Hollywood since he expressed his interest in becoming an actor.

He auditioned with Fox and Paramount Pictures but was unable to obtain a role. He later approached Christie Comedies where he was advised to look for more stable positions in the movie industry and started his career in cinematography and film editing. He received an opportunity when an assistant fell sick and was able to travel to France with the Canadian Official Photography. After Christie Comedies went bankrupt, he was hired by Samuel Goldwyn while he attended evening classes. He received the opportunity of working with Barnes, Edison and Meyer, and learned techniques such as graduations, tridimensional vision and the sense of potential balance. Phillips then began experimenting with lights and camera movements.

He moved to Mexico in 1931 and worked with directors such as Arcady Boytler, Roberto Gavaldón, Julio Bracho and Luis Buñuel. He worked on some of the earliest Mexican movies such as the silent film Santa (1931) where his worked was considered expressionist. He worked in more than 250 movies in Mexico and 150 in the United States including La mujer del puerto (1934), Aventuras de Robinson Crusoe (1952 with Luis Buñuel), La Red (1953 with Emilio Fernández). His last film was El castillo de la pureza (1972 with Arturo Ripstein).

From Wikipedia

Alex Phillips (January 11, 1900 Renfrew, Ontario – June 14, 1977) was a Canadian-born Mexican cinematographer and the father of Alex Phillips, Jr., also a cinematographer.

In his youth, his family moved to Russia, but he returned to Canada because of his dislike with the czarist government. He enlisted in the Canadian Army where he met Mary Pickford who introduced him to Hollywood since he expressed his interest in becoming an actor.

He auditioned with Fox and Paramount Pictures but was unable to obtain a role. He later approached Christie Comedies where he was advised to look for more stable positions in the movie industry and started his career in cinematography and film editing. He received an opportunity when an assistant fell sick and was able to travel to France with the Canadian Official Photography. After Christie Comedies went bankrupt, he was hired by Samuel Goldwyn while he attended evening classes. He received the opportunity of working with Barnes, Edison and Meyer, and learned techniques such as graduations, tridimensional vision and the sense of potential balance. Phillips then began experimenting with lights and camera movements.

He moved to Mexico in 1931 and worked with directors such as Arcady Boytler, Roberto Gavaldón, Julio Bracho and Luis Buñuel. He worked on some of the earliest Mexican movies such as the silent film Santa (1931) where his worked was considered expressionist. He worked in more than 250 movies in Mexico and 150 in the United States including La mujer del puerto (1934), Aventuras de Robinson Crusoe (1952 with Luis Buñuel), La Red (1953 with Emilio Fernández). His last film was El castillo de la pureza (1972 with Arturo Ripstein).

Personal Info

Known For Camera

Gender Male

Known Credits 75

Birthday 1901-01-11

Day of Death 1977-06-14

Place of Birth Renfrew, Ontario, Canada

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Also Known As

  • Alex Phillips Sr.
  • Alec Phillips
  • Alex Philips

Camera TV ShowsMovies

1973 Castle of Purity Director of Photography
1972 The Night of a Thousand Cats Director of Photography
1971 El médico módico Director of Photography
1971 Dead Aim Director of Photography
1970 Remolino de pasiones Director of Photography
1969 Memories of the Future Director of Photography
1967 La guerrillera de Villa Director of Photography
1967 La soldadera Director of Photography
1967 Estrategia matrimonio Director of Photography
1966 Alazán y enamorado Director of Photography
1966 Juan Colorado Director of Photography
1966 Time to Die Director of Photography
1965 Black Wind Director of Photography
1965 Blue Demon Director of Photography
1962 Pueblito Director of Photography
1962 El rapto de las sabinas Director of Photography
1962 Geronimo Director of Photography
1960 For the Love of Mike Director of Photography
1959 Little Red Riding Hood Director of Photography
1959 The Wonderful Country Director of Photography
1959 Sube y Baja Director of Photography
1958 La odalisca No. 13 Director of Photography
1958 Música de Siempre Director of Photography
1958 The Last of the Fast Guns Director of Photography
1958 El diario de mi madre Director of Photography
1958 Escuela de rateros Director of Photography
1956 Adam and Eve Director of Photography
1956 Tizoc Director of Photography
1955 María la Voz Director of Photography
1954 Sombra Verde Director of Photography
1954 Robinson Crusoe Director of Photography
1953 The Proud and the Beautiful Director of Photography
1953 Reportaje Director of Photography
1953 Rossana Director of Photography
1952 Rostros olvidados Director of Photography
1952 Mexican Bus Ride Director of Photography
1951 Paraíso robado Director of Photography
1951 In the Palm of Your Hand Director of Photography
1951 Mujeres sacrificadas Director of Photography
1951 Deseada Director of Photography
1950 Mi querido capitán Director of Photography
1950 Aventurera Director of Photography
1950 The Devil Is a Woman Director of Photography
1950 Perdida Director of Photography
1949 Coqueta Director of Photography
1948 Revenge Director of Photography
1948 Cortesana Director of Photography
1948 May God Forgive Me Director of Photography
1947 The Kneeling Goddess Director of Photography
1946 La Otra Director of Photography
1946 María Magdalena, pecadora de Magdala Director of Photography
1946 Pepita Jimenez Director of Photography
1945 Twilight Director of Photography
1944 Amok Director of Photography
1944 Gran Hotel Director of Photography
1943 Doña Bárbara Director of Photography
1941 El secreto del sacerdote Director of Photography
1940 Hombre o demonio Director of Photography
1940 Madre a la fuerza Director of Photography
1940 Viviré otra vez Director of Photography
1938 La zandunga Director of Photography
1937 La paloma Director of Photography
1937 Ave sin rumbo Director of Photography
1936 El baúl macabro Director of Photography
1936 Celos Director of Photography
1934 Cruz Diablo Director of Photography
1934 The Woman of the Port Director of Photography
1933 El tigre de Yautepec Director of Photography
1933 Shadow of Pancho Villa Director of Photography
1932 Hand to Hand Director of Photography
1932 Las águilas frente al sol Director of Photography
1932 Santa Director of Photography
1926 The Nervous Wreck Director of Photography
1924 Hold Your Breath Director of Photography
1924 Ride 'Em Cowboy Director of Photography

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