Tonino Delli Colli
|Tonino Delli Colli|
20 November 1923|
16 August 2005 (aged 81)|
|Relatives||Franco Delli Colli (cousin)|
Cousin of Franco Delli Colli, Antonio (Tonino) Delli Colli was born in Rome, and began work at Rome's Cinecittà studio in 1938, at the age of sixteen. By the mid-1940s he was working as a cinematographer and in 1952 shot the first Italian film in colour, Totò a colori. He went on to work with a number of acclaimed and diverse directors including, Sergio Leone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West and Once Upon a Time in America), Roman Polanski (Death and the Maiden and Bitter Moon), Louis Malle (Lacombe, Lucien), Jean-Jacques Annaud (The Name of the Rose), and Federico Fellini, whose last three films he photographed.
His collaboration with Pier Paolo Pasolini was especially fruitful: they made twelve films together, including Pasolini's debut Accattone (1961), Mamma Roma (1962), The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964), The Decameron (1971), The Canterbury Tales (1972) and Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (1976).
His last film was Roberto Benigni's Life Is Beautiful (1997), for which he won his fourth David di Donatello for Best Cinematography. In 2005 he was awarded the American Society of Cinematographers' International Achievement Award. In August of the same year, he died at home in Rome.
- Hand of Death (1949)
- The Rival of the Empress (1951)
- Toto in Color (1952)
- The White Angel (1955)
- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
- The Day of the Owl (1968)
- Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
- The Decameron (1971)
- Seven Beauties (1975)
- Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
- The Name of the Rose (1986)
- Bitter Moon (1992)
- Death and the Maiden (1994)
- Life is Beautiful (1997)
- Wingfield, Brian (21 August 2005). "Tonino Delli Colli, Prolific Cinematographer, Dies at 81". The New York Times.