Nestor Almendros

Director of photography, Director, Documentarian
Award-winning international cinematographer who rose to prominence in the 1960s and 70s. Almendros' crisp black-and-white style recalled the early silent masters and he also did brilliant color work for Francois ... Read more »
Born: 10/29/1930 in Barcelona, ES

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (46)

Dubuffet 2014 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

El Baston 2014 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

The Wild Child 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Billy Bathgate 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

New York Stories 1989 (Movie)

("Life Lessons") (Director of Photography)

Imagine: John Lennon 1988 (Movie)

(new interview footage) (Director of Photography)

Nadine 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Heartburn 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Mes Petites Amoureuses 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Places in the Heart 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Confidentially Yours 1983 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Pauline at the Beach 1983 (Movie)

(Camera)

Sophie's Choice 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Still of the Night 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Last Metro 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Blue Lagoon 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Kramer vs. Kramer 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Days of Heaven 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Goin' South 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Love on the Run 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Madame Rosa 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Koko le gorille qui parle 1977 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Perceval le gallois 1977 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Green Room 1977 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

The Man Who Loved Women 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Cambio de Sexo 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Des journees entieres dans les arbres 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Gentleman Tramp 1975 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

La Marquise d'O... 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Cockfighter 1974 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

General Idi Amin Dada 1974 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Mistress 1974 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Story of Adele H. 1974 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Femmes Au Soleil 1973 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

La Gueule ouverte 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

L' Oiseau Rare 1972 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Poil de Carotte 1972 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Chloe in the Afternoon 1971 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Claire's Knee 1971 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

La Vallee 1971 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bed and Board 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

My Night at Maud's 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Two English Girls 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

More 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

La Collectionneuse 1965 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Six in Paris 1964 (Movie)

(("St Germain-des-Pres" "Place de l'Etoile")) (Photography)
Writer (3)

El Baston 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nadie Escuchaba 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mauvaise Conduite 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (3)

El Baston 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Nadie Escuchaba 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Mauvaise Conduite 1984 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (3)

Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Castro's Cuba: Two Views 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

The Longest Shadow 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Associate Producer

Nadie Escuchaba 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Award-winning international cinematographer who rose to prominence in the 1960s and 70s. Almendros' crisp black-and-white style recalled the early silent masters and he also did brilliant color work for Francois Truffaut (eight features, from 1969's "The Wild Child" to 1982's "Confidentially Yours") and Eric Rohmer (the black-and-white "My Night at Maud's" in 1969 and the sun-dappled "Claire's Knee" in 1970). During this period, Almendros collaborated with producer-director Barbet Schroeder on "More" (1969), "Maitresse" (1975) and the documentaries "General Idi Amin Dada" (1974) and "Koko, the Talking Gorilla" (1978).

Relationships

Sergio Almendros

Brother

Maria Rosa Almendros

Sister

Herminio Almendros

Father
Republican Loyalist who left Spain for Havana after the Spanish Civil War

Maria Almendros

Mother

EDUCATION

Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia

1956

Havana University

1955

City College of New York

New York , New York 1956

Havana University

1955

Milestones

1991

Last film as cinematographer, "Billy Bathgate", directed by Benton; also shot (uncredited) the photo-booth sequence in "The Mambo Kings" (1992)

1990

Served as director of photography for the Martin Scorsese's short about Giorgio Armani, "Made in Milan"

1984

Was cinematographer on Benton's semi-autobiographical "Places in the Heart"

1984

Shot Richard Avedon directed-commercials for Calvin Klein

1983

Final collaboration with Truffaut, "Confidentially Yours"

1982

Served as director of photography for "Sophie's Choice"; earned fourth Oscar nomination

1980

Shot "The Blue Lagoon"; received third Oscar nomination

1979

Earned second Academy Award nomination for his pristine cinematography for "Kramer vs. Kramer"; first of five films with director Robert Benton

1978

Won an Oscar for his lyrical work on Terrence Malick's "Days of Heaven"

1975

Created the appropriate atmosphere through meticulous use of light for Truffaut's study of obsessive love "L'Histoire d'Adele H./The Story of Adele H."

1974

Went to USA to film Monte Hellman's "Cockfighter/Born to Kill"

1968

First of nine films with director Francois Truffaut, "The Wild Child"

1967

Co-shot first US film, "The Wild Racers" in France

1966

First feature as sole director of photography, Rohmer's "La Collectionneuse"; went on to make eight more films with Rohmer

1966

Made shorts and directed documentaries for educational television

1965

Visited location of "Paris vu par.../Six in Paris" on day that cinematographer walked off in a dispute; volunteered to take over and was hired as director of photography for the Eric Rohmer and Jean Douchet episodes of the omnibus feature

1964

First collaboration with Eric Rohmer, the short "Nadia a Paris"

1962

Moved to Paris

1961

Directed two non-government sponsored shorts, "Gente en la Playa" and "La Tumba Francesca"; banned by the government

1948

Moved to Cuba after WWII, following his father who had moved there at the end of the Spanish Civil War

Won particular praise for cinematography on Rohmer's "Ma Nuit Chez Maud/My Night at Maud's" and "Claire's Knee"

Taught Spanish at Vassar College

Moved to New York; made two 16mm underground shorts, "The Mount of Luna" and "58-59"; contributed to FILM CULTURE magazine (date approximate)

Co-founded Havana's first cine-club, wrote film criticism for local publications and directed six 8mm and 16mm shorts

Returned to Cuba after Fidel Castro's ascention to power; made documentaries in Cuba celebrating the Cuban revolution at ICAIC

Bonus Trivia

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"Most cameramen are technicians or liars. When started, I found that my job consisted principally in de-lighting sets, that is removing all the fake, conventioanl movie lighting that had been set up by lighting technicians. They were old-fashioned. They believed in a very glossy kind of photography, that faces should never be in a shadow, that there should always be a lot of back lighting, with no shadows in the sets anywhere." --Nestor Almendros in a 1971 interview (quoted in his The New York Times obituary, March 5, 1992).

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Named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government (1976)

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