Pasqualino De Santis

Director of photography, Camera operator, Set designer
Pasqualino De Santis learned his craft at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome during the 1940s. He shot his first feature, Non c'e Pace tra gli Ulivi/Under the Olive Tree" (1950), in collaboration with his ... Read more »
Born: 04/23/1927 in Italy

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (40)

The Truce 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Les Coleurs de diable 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Month By the Lake 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Devil, Probably 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Palermo Connection 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

High-Frequency 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Chronicle of a Death Foretold 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

I Soliti Ignoti... Vent'Anni Dopo 1988 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Musica per Vecchi Animali 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Salome 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Harem 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Rigoletto 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Bizet's Carmen 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

L' Argent 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Misunderstood 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Sheena 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Marco Polo 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

I Tre fratelli 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

La Terrazza 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Cristo si e Fermato a Eboli 1977 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Cadaveri Eccellenti 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Nene 1976 (Movie)

(Camera)

Una Giornata Particolare 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Conversation Piece 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

L' Innocente 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Mezzanotte va la ronda del Piacere 1974 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Lancelot of the Lake 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Lucky Luciano 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Death in Venice 1971 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Guernica 1971 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

The Assassination of Trotsky 1971 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Mattei Affair 1971 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

A Place For Lovers 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Uomini Contro 1969 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Romeo & Juliet 1968 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Cinderella - Italian Style 1966 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

L' Eclisse 1962 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

La Notte 1960 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

The Road a Year Long 1957 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Marco Polo (TV Show)

Cinematographer

Biography

Pasqualino De Santis learned his craft at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome during the 1940s. He shot his first feature, Non c'e Pace tra gli Ulivi/Under the Olive Tree" (1950), in collaboration with his older brother, Guiseppe.

De Santis apprenticed worked as camera operator for noted cinematographer Gianni Di Venzano on such classic films as Michelangelo Antonioni's "La Notte" (1961), Federico Fellini's "8 1/2" (1963) and Francesco Rosi's "The Moment of Truth" (1965). For the latter, De Santis succeeded his teacher when Di Vezano became ill and it marked the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration between director and cameraman which included "Re: Lucky Luciano" (1973), "Bizet's Carmen" (1984) and "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" (1987).

Over his career, De Santis earned a reputation as a master of interior shots. In 1968, he earned a Best Cinematography Oscar for his lush, lyrical lensing of Franco Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet". He was also responsible for the arresting images in Luchino Visconti's "The Damned" (1969) and, especially, "Death in Venice" (1971). De Santis went on to collaborate with directors as diverse as Robert Bresson ("Lancelot of the Lake" 1974; "L'Argent" 1983) and American Jerry Schatzberg ("Misunderstood" 1984).

While on location in the Ukraine shooting Rosi's "The Truce", De Santis suffered a fatal heart attack in June 1996.

Relationships

Giuseppe Santis

Brother
born in 1917 survived him died in May 1997

EDUCATION

Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia

Milestones

1996

Died on the set of Rosi's "The Truce"

1990

Last collaboration with Rosi, "The Palermo Connection"

1984

First US film, "Misunderstood", directed by Jerry Schatzberg

1968

First collaboration with Luciano Visconti, "The Damned"

1968

Won Oscar for Best Cinematography for Franco Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet"

1965

Succeeded Di Venanzno as cinematographer on "The Moment of Truth", directed by Francesco Rosi

1950

First feature credit, "Non c'e Pace tra gli Ulivi/Under the Olive Tree", directed by his brother Guiseppe

Worked as camera operator for Gianni Di Venanzo on such films as "8 1/2" (1963) and "Juliet of the Spirits" (1965)

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