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Angenieux History 2013: Special Edition
Angénieux Special Report

The Angénieux company has been designing and building motion picture lenses for more than 78 years–lenses that defined the look of many films and influenced the way they were shot.

This special report follows a time-line of Angénieux’s history, from its founding by Pierre Angénieux in the 1930s to the new lenses that continue to be developed today. We take some detours to follow the paths of cinematographers and directors working with Angénieux cinema lenses on features, commercials, television shows, series,  documentaries and specials.

This report was born in Cannes 2013, where Philippe Rousselot, ASC, AFC was honored for his prolific and amazing cinematography. The award was conceived and created by Angénieux. It was an equipment-agnostic event. No one counted which films were done on what cameras or lenses. It was, however, abundantly clear that Angénieux’s place in the world of cinema was profound, and its history is fascinating.

I hope you enjoy this report. It is a work in progress, and I would be delighted to welcome comments, pictures, anecdotes, and additions from you.

Updated 9/9/13


  • Haskell Wexler, ASC Pierre-William Glenn, AFC
  • Luciano Tovoli, ASC, AIC
  • Angénieux History
  • Retrofocus Cine Lenses
  • Orson Welles
  • 1960. The first 35mm Angénieux Zoom. 35-140 f/3.5
  • Angénieux 35mm 35-140 f/3.5 Zoom
  • 1961. Franscope Angénieux Front Anamorphic Zoom
  • Raoul Coutard
  • Willy Kurant, ASC, AFC
  • 1961. 10:1 Zoom for 16mm
  • 1962. 10:1 Zoom for 35mm
  • Roberto Rossellini
  • Peter Macdonald, BSC
  • NASA to Nixon
  • 25-250 HP and HR
  • Optimo 24-290 T2.8
  • Bill Bennett, ASC
  • Jon Fauer, ASC
  • Angénieux 75th Anniversary
  • Optimo Lightweight and New Anamorphic Zooms
  • Cannes and other Film Festivals
  • Cannes Film Festival
  • Angénieux Optimo Lightweight Zoom Lenses
  • Angénieux 45-120 mm T2.8
  • Angénieux 19.5-94 and 28-340 Optimos
  • New Angénieux 19.5-94 and 28-340 Optimos
  • 17-80 and 24-290 Optimos
  • Angénieux Optimo Anamorphic 56-152 mm
  • Laurent Mannoni on Angénieux
  • Angénieux Factory Tour



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