Vittorio Storaro, A.S.C., A.I.C. (born 24 June 1940 in Rome) is an Italian cinematographer widely recognized for his work on numerous classic films including The Conformist, Apocalypse Now, and The Last Emperor. In the course of over fifty years, he has collaborated with directors such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola, Warren Beatty, and Woody Allen.
Vittorio Storaro at Cannes in 2001
|Education||Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia|
He has received three Academy Awards for Best Cinematography for the films Apocalypse Now (1979), Reds (1981), and The Last Emperor (1987), and is one of three living persons who has won the award three times, the others being Robert Richardson and Emmanuel Lubezki.
Storaro was born in Rome. The son of a film projectionist, Storaro began studying photography at the age of 11. He went on to formal cinematography studies at the national Italian film school, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, when he was 18.
Storaro is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential cinematographers of all time. He has worked with many important film directors, in particular Bernardo Bertolucci, with whom he has had a long collaboration. His philosophy is largely inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's theory of colors, which focuses in part on the psychological effects that different colors have and the way in which colors influence our perceptions of different situations.
The first American film that Storaro worked on was Apocalypse Now (1979). Director Francis Ford Coppola gave him free rein on the film's visual look. Apocalypse Now earned Storaro his first Academy Award.
In 2002, Storaro completed the first in a series of books that attempt to articulate his philosophy of cinematography more substantively.
In 2017, Storaro was honored with the George Eastman Award. The same year he also attended the New York Film Festival at which he debated with Ed Lachman on cinematography and its transition to digital.
His other film credits include 1900, Last Tango in Paris, Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, One from the Heart, Bulworth, The Sheltering Sky, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Ladyhawke, Tango, and Goya en Burdeos.
With his son Fabrizio, he created the Univisium format system to unify all future theatrical and television movies into one respective aspect ratio of 2.00:1. As of 2020, this unification has not happened, and the universal replacement of 4:3 televisions by large, wide-screen displays greatly reduces the need to modify scope-ratio films for home theater presentation.
Storaro is known for stylish, fastidious, and flamboyant personal fashion. Francis Ford Coppola once noted that Storaro was the only man he ever knew that could fall off a ladder in a white suit, into the mud, and not get dirty.
- The Conformist (1970)
- Last Tango in Paris (1972)
- 1900 (1976)
- Apocalypse Now (1979)
- Luna (1979)
- One from the Heart (1981)
- Reds (1981)
- Ishtar (1987)
- The Last Emperor (1987)
- Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
- New York Stories (1989)
- Dick Tracy (1990)
- The Sheltering Sky (1990)
- Bulworth (1998)
- Café Society (2016)
- Wonder Wheel (2017)
- A Rainy Day in New York (2019)
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1980||Best Cinematography||Apocalypse Now||Won|||
|1988||The Last Emperor||Won|
|1980||Best Cinematography||Apocalypse Now||Nominated|||
|1989||The Last Emperor||Nominated|||
|1991||The Sheltering Sky||Won|||
|1986||Best Cinematography for a Miniseries or Special||Peter the Great||Nominated|
|2001||Frank Herbert's Dune||Won|
|1998||Technical Grand Prize||Tango, no me dejes nunca||Won|||
|1988||Outstanding Cinematography||The Last Emperor||Won|
|2001||Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography||Dune||Nominated|
|Lifetime Achievement Award||N/A||Won|
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- "Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC Honored with George Eastman Award". American Society of Cinematographers. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
- Chris O'Falt (13 October 2017). "Digital Cinematography Smackdown: Vittorio Storaro and Ed Lachman Debate, With Love". IndieWire. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
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- "Past Winners and Nominees – Film Nominations 1979". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- "Past Winners and Nominees – Film Nominations 1982". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- "Past Winners and Nominees – Film Nominations 1988". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- "Past Winners and Nominees – Film Nominations 1990". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- "Festival de Cannes: Tango". festival-cannes.com. Festival de Cannes. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
- Masters of Light - Conversations with cinematographers (1984) Schaefer, S & Salvato, L., ISBN 0-520-05336-2
- Writer of Light: The Cinematography of Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC (2000) Zone, R., ISBN 0-935578-18-8
- Vittorio Storaro: Writing with Light: Volume 1: The Light (2002) Storaro, V., ISBN 1-931788-03-0
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