Dante Spinotti

Director of photography
Italian cinematographer Dante Spinotti worked with such internationally respected directors from his native country as Lina Wertmuller, Liliana Cavani and Giacomo Battiato before making his American debut with Michael ... Read more »
Born: 08/21/1943 in Italy

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (60)

I Saw the Light 2015 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hercules 2014 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Chaos 2011 (Tv Show)

Director of Photography

Season of the Witch 2011 (Movie)

(Shreveport Additional Photography) (Director of Photography)

Tower Heist 2011 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 2010 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Public Enemies 2009 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

State of Play 2009 (Movie)

(Additional Photography) (Director of Photography)

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman 2009 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Deception 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Flash of Genius 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Slipstream 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Contract 2007 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

The Contract 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Prison Break 2005 (Tv Show)

Director of Photography

After the Sunset 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Pinocchio 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Red Dragon 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bandits 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Family Man 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Wonder Boys 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Goodbye Lover 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Insider 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Other Sister 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

L.A. Confidential 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Mirror Has Two Faces 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Star Maker 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Heat 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Quick and the Dead 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Blink 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Nell 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Il Segreto del Boscho Vecchio 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Last of the Mohicans 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Frankie and Johnny 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hudson Hawk 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Comfort of Strangers 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

True Colors 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Torrents of Spring 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Una Vita Scellerata 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Aria 1988 (Movie)

("Die Tote Stadt") (Director of Photography)

Beaches 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Illegally Yours 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

La Leggenda del Santo Bevitore 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Mamba 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

From the Hip 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Choke Canyon 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Crimes of the Heart 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Interno Berlinese 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Manhunter 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Voyage of the Rock Aliens 1985 (Movie)

("When the Rain Begins to Fall") (Director of Photography)

Basileus Quartet 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Sotto, Sotto 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Cosi' Parlo' Bellavista 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Fotografando Patrizia 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

I Paladini Storia d'Armi e d'Amori 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Le Armi e Gli Amori 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Sogno di Una Notte d'Estate 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Cenerentola '80 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Il Minestrone 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Actor (3)

Deception 2008 (Movie)

Herr Kleiner / Mr. Moretti (Actor)

Cinematographer Style 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Italian cinematographer Dante Spinotti worked with such internationally respected directors from his native country as Lina Wertmuller, Liliana Cavani and Giacomo Battiato before making his American debut with Michael Mann's "Manhunter" (1986), an early introduction to the Thomas Harris character Hannibal Lecter. He reunited with Mann for "The Last of the Mohicans" (1992), allowing his camera to run alongside Daniel Day-Lewis' Hawkeye and accompany the trajectory of a bullet or the flight of a tomahawk, and again for the dynamite cops-and-robbers saga "Heat" (1995). Another frequent partner has been director Garry Marshall, the two teaming on "Beaches" (1988), "Frankie and Johnnie" (1991) and "The Other Sister" (1999). Spinotti was also director of photography on two Michael Apted films, "Blink" and "Nell" (both 1994).

Milestones

2000

Reteamed with Hanson as director of photography on "Wonder Boys"

1999

Earned first Oscar nomination for his work on Mann's "The Insider"

1999

Worked as director of photography on Roland Joffe's "Goodbye Lover", a detective story set in L.A.

1997

Took inspiration from the still photography of Swiss-born Robert Frank to create the distinctive contemporary look of Curtis Hanson's "L.A. Confidential"

1996

Began work on "The Mirror Has Two Faces", directed by Barbra Streisand; was replaced by Andrzej Bartkowiak

1995

Third collaboration with Mann, "Heat"

1994

Was director of photography for two Michael Apted films, "Blink" and "Nell"

1992

Reteamed with Mann on "The Last of the Mohicans"

1991

Second film with Marshall, "Frankie and Johnnie"

1990

His stunning visuals of Venice upstaged the actors in Paul Schrader's "The Comfort of Strangers"

1989

Helped Jerzy Skolomowski exquisitely etch "Torrents of Spring"

1988

Worked with Garry Marshall on "Beaches"

1986

Collaborated with Bruce Beresford on "Crimes of the Heart"

1986

First film in the USA, Michael Mann's "Manhunter"

1985

Served as director of photography on Lina Wertmuller's "Sotto Sotto"

1980

Early credits as director of photography, the Italian movies "Il Minestrone" and "Cenerentola"

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources list 1943 as the year of Mr. Spinotti's birth.

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"On 'L.A. Confidential', I tried to compose shots as if I were using a still camera. I was constantly asking myself, 'Where would I be if I were holding a Leica?' This is one reason I suggested shooting in the Super 35 widescreen format; I wanted to use spherical lenses, which for me have a look and feel similar to still-photo work. We would also be shooting a lot at night. With anamorphic lenses, which we used on 'Heat', you are limited to a stop of f5.6; with spherical lenses you can open up to f2.8, 2.3 or more and still get a very sharp image. We also wanted to have the ability to move around and use Steadicam, which is easier with spherical lenses." --Dante Spinotti to American Cinematographer, October 1997

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