Sergio Salvati

Sergio Salvati (born 16 June 1938) is an Italian cinematographer who was born in Trastevere, a working class neighborhood of Rome, Italy. His father, Aldofo Salvati, was already a key grip in the early days of Italian cinema, and through his father's contacts Sergio began his career developing negatives in a small photographic laboratory in Rome, the SPES directed by Di Ettore Catalucci.

Sergio Salvati
Born (1938-06-16) 16 June 1938 (age 82)
Years active1960 – present

In 1956 his father was working with Enzo Serafin, who asked Sergio to work with him as camera assistant on Raw Wind in Eden starring Esther Williams and Jeff Chandler. Many other films shot in Italy would follow, both cult classics and commercial cinema. He would be a camera assistant on Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) and later assistant to Ennio Guarnieri on three projects from the 60s and 70s: Pier Paolo Pasolini's Medea (1969), L'Invasion (1970) directed by Yves Allegret and Mauro Bolognini's Metello (1979).

During his career, Salvati would be director of photography for 11 films directed by Lucio Fulci, the Italian master of gore, including the famous Maschera Di Cera (1989) taken over by Dario Dargento when Fulci died during preparation of the film. He would also be cinematographer on Charlie Bender's Puppetmaster (1989). After having filmed scenes of Christian De Sica's remake of his father's film, Il Conte Max (1991), in Marrakech, Sergio Salvati established the groundwork for a collaboration with the country of Morocco that continues until today. He worked alongside his friend Ennio Guarnieri on two films from the TNT Bible series shot in Ouarzazate, the Hollywood of Morocco: Jacob (1994) and The Seventh Scroll (1999).

He has taught and continues to teach cinematography in film schools in both Ouarzazate and Casablanca. And at the age of 73, he was director of photography on an independent Moroccan film, The Return of the Son, directed by Ahmed Boulane. He has taught at the famous Centro Sperimentale Di Cinematografia in Rome and freely shares his experience with young filmmakers, as well as perpetuating the rich tradition of "Italian cinema". Salvati was president of the AIC, Associazione Italiana Autori della Fotografia, from 2007 through 2008 and remains on the board of directors.

Partial filmographyEdit

Note: The films listed as N/A are not necessarily chronological.
Title Year Credited as Notes Ref(s)
Director of photography Camera operator Other
La strega in amore 1966 Yes Assistant cameraman [1]
My Name Is Nobody 1973 Yes Uncredited [2][3]
Four of the Apocalypse 1975 Yes [4][5]
Dracula in the Provinces Yes [6]
Sette note in nero 1977 Yes [7]
Zombi 2 1979 Yes [8][9]
Dr. Jekyll Likes Them Hot Yes [10][11]
Contraband 1980 Yes [12]
City of the Living Dead Yes [13]
The Black Cat 1981 Yes [14]
The Beyond Yes [15][16]
The House by the Cemetery Yes [17]
1990: The Bronx Warriors 1982 Yes [18]



  1. ^ Curti 2015, p. 171-172.
  2. ^ Curti 2015, p. 197.
  3. ^ Curti 2016, p. 198.
  4. ^ "I quattro dell'Apocalisse (1975)" (in Italian). Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  5. ^ Buchanan, Jason. "Four of the Apocalypse". AllMovie. Archived from the original on August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  6. ^ Curti 2017, p. 138.
  7. ^ Curti 2017, p. 172.
  8. ^ "Zombi 2 (1979)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  9. ^ Firsching, Robert. "Zombie". AllMovie. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  10. ^ Curti 2017, p. 205.
  11. ^ Curti 2017, p. 206.
  12. ^ Curti 2013, p. 277.
  13. ^ Curti 2019, p. 42.
  14. ^ Curti 2019, p. 55.
  15. ^ Firsching, Robert. "The Beyond". AllMovie. Archived from the original on August 29, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  16. ^ Curti 2019, p. 64.
  17. ^ Curti 2019, p. 84.
  18. ^ Newman, Kim (1983). "Bronx Warriors "(1990 I Guerrieri del Bronx)"". Monthly Film Bulletin. London: British Film Institute. 50 (588): 191–192. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)


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