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Vittorio Storaro

Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC was born in Rome in 1940, where his father was a projectionist at Lux Film Studio. Storaro began studying photography at a technical school at the age of 11 and subsequently enrolled at the Italian Cinemagraphic Training Centre. Storaro began his career as an assistant cameraman at the age of 20 and stepped up to the role of camera operator. During a lull in production in Italy, Storaro dedicated several years to studying all forms of artistic expression including literature, painting, sculpting and music.
He returned to work as an assistant cameraman in 1966 on Before the Revolution, the first film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Storaro earned his first cinematography credit two years later for Giovinezza, Giovinezza (Youthful, Youthful), by F. Rossi. His third film La Strategia del Ragno (The Spider Stratagem) marked the beginning of his long collaboration with Bertolucci. In 1970, Bertolucci and Storaro collaborated on The Conformist, a seminal film in the history of contemporary cinematography. Storaro's first mainstream studio film was Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola in 1979. Storaro earned his first Oscar for that effort. He received his second Oscar in 1981 for Reds, directed by Warren Beatty and a third Oscar for The Last Emperor in 1987, directed by Bertolucci. Storaro earned a fourth Oscar nomination for Dick Tracy in 1990. His other feature credits include 1900, Luna, Last Tango in Paris, Tucker: A Man and His Dreams, One From the Heart, Little Buddha, Ladyhawke, Tango and Bulworth. His eclectic body of work also includes the TV mini-series, Peter the Great, the opera La Traviata, a 15-hour documentary, Roma Imago Urbis, which plays at museums around the world, and Captain E-O, an extraordinary 3-D film. Storaro was president of AIC (Association of Italian Cinematographers) and a founder of IMAGO, an alliance of some 20 cinematography organization in Europe. He coined the phrase and popularized the concept that cinematographers are co-authors of the films they help to create.

Filmography

2000
Dune (TV Series)
La Traviata à Paris (TV)
Picking Up the Pieces

1999
Mirka
Goya en Burdeos

1998
Tango
Bulworth

1996
Taxi

1995
Flamenco (de Carlos Saura)

1993
Piccolo Buddha

1992
Tosca: In the Settings and at the Times of Tosca (TV)
Writing with Light: Vittorio Storaro

1990
The Sheltering Sky
Dick Tracy

1989
New York Stories ("Life without Zoe")

1988
Tucker

1987
Ishtar

1987
L'ultimo imperatore

1986
Peter the Great (TV Series)

1985
Ladyhawke

 

1983
Wagner (TV Series)

1982
One from the Heart

1981
Reds

1979
La Luna

1979
Apocalypse Now
Agatha

1976
Scandalo

1976
Novecento

1974
Le Orme

1974
The Driver's Seat

1973
Giordano Bruno
Malizia
Blu gang vissero per sempre felici e ammazzati

1972
Ultimo tango a Parigi

1971
Addio, fratello crudele
Una Giornata nera per l'ariete

1970
Il conformista
La strategia del ragno
L'ccello dalle piume di cristallo

1969
Delitto al circolo del tennis
Giovinezza, giovinezza
I Normanni