Alexandr Hackenschmied

Cinematographer, Film director

1907 – 2004

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Who was Alexandr Hackenschmied?

Alexander Hammid born Alexandr Hackenschmied was a leading photographer, film director, cinematographer and editor in Czechoslovakia between the two world wars. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1938 and became involved in American avant-garde cinema. He is best known known for his film, Crisis, Meshes of the Afternoon and To Be Alive!. He made Meshes of the Afternoon, with his wife Maya Deren—to whom he was married from 1942 to 1947.

He won the 1965 Academy Award for Best Documentary for To Be Alive!, which he co-directed with Francis Thompson.

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Born
Dec 17, 1907
Linz
Also known as
  • Alexander Siegfried Georg Smahel
  • Alexander Hammid
  • Alexander Hackenschmid
  • Alexander Hackenschmied
  • Alexander Hackenschmidt
  • Alexander Hackensmid
  • Alexander Hackeschmied
  • Alexander Hamid
  • Sasha Hammid
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Buddhism
Nationality
  • United States of America
  • Austria
Profession
Died
Jul 26, 2004
New York City

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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