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Fortunino Matania


Matania painted the audience onto a photographic transparency of an empty Albert Hall for this scene from [[The Man Who Knew Too Much]]

Chevalier Fortunino Matania (1881-1963) was an Italian artist noted for his realistic portrayal of historical subjects, including the trenches of the First World War.

Matania's skill in creating highly realistic paintings of architecture and crowds resulted in him being hired to create images and mattes for a variety of British and Hollywood films, including Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1923) and Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934).