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Alfred Junge

Born in 1886, Junge had wanted to be an artist from childhood. Dabbling in theatre in his teenage years he joined the Gorlitz Stadttheater at eighteen and was involved in all areas of production, he worked in the theatre for over fifteen years. Along with many German emigres Junge began his career in cinema at Berlin's UFA studios, working there as an art director from 1920 until 1926, when he joined the production team of E.A. Dupont who was relocating to British International Pictures in London. He remained with BIP at Elstree studios until 1930 when he returned briefly to the continent to work in Germany and then in France with Marcel Pagnol. From 1932 he remained based in Britain.

Michael Balcon put him in charge of the new Gaumont-British art department where his organisational skills as well as talent came into their own, running a large staff of art directors and craftsmen who worked on any number of films at one time. After Gaumont Britain's first real supervising art director moved to MGM's new British operation where he continued until the out-break of the second world war. After a brief spell spent interned as an enemy alien on the Isle of Mann Junge returned to London where he began work with Powell and Presburger in 1939 on Contraband, the first of eight pictures with them.

In fact he first worked with Powell on The Fire Raisers (1934) and that was the first of 11 pictures they made together.

They only parted company when P&P went on to make The Red Shoes in 1948 and Powell wanted to use Hein Heckroth who had a lighter, painters eye for design.

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