Léonce-Henri Burel (23 November 1892 – 21 March 1977) was a French cinematographer whose career extended from the silent era until the early 1970s. He was the director of photography on more than 120 films, working almost exclusively in black-and-white.[1]

Léonce-Henri Burel
Born(1892-11-23)23 November 1892
Died21 March 1977(1977-03-21) (aged 84)
Years active1914–1972

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After studying at the University of Nantes, he initially worked as a photoengraver before becoming a camera operator. At the Film d'Art company in 1915 he was noticed by Abel Gance and began a collaboration with him which extended over 16 films, including J'accuse, La Roue, and Napoléon. In the period of silent films he also worked on several productions with Jacques Feyder. During the 1930s he worked regularly with Jean Dréville and Henri Decoin. With Le Journal d'un curé de campagne, for which he won the best cinematography award at the Venice Film Festival in 1951, Burel began another important collaboration with the director Robert Bresson which continued through three further films.[1] Burel also directed three films himself between 1922 and 1932.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Léonce-Henri Burel", at Ciné-Ressources. [Retrieved 24 May 2015.]
  2. ^ Dictionnaire du cinéma français, sous la direction de Jean-Loup Passek. (Paris: Larousse, 1987.) p. 63.

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