Vittorio Storaro

Director of photography
A modern master of his art who came to prominence for his work on the films of Bernardo Bertolucci, Vittorio Storaro has also shot a number of English-language films, including several directed by Francis Ford Coppola ... Read more »
Born: 06/23/1940 in Italy

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (43)

Flamenco, Flamenco 2014 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Orlando Furioso 2014 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Io, Don Giovanni 2009 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

All the Invisible Children 2005 (Movie)

(segment "Ciro") (Director of Photography)

Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Exorcist: The Beginning 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Zapata: El Sueno del Heroe 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Frank Herbert's Dune 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Goya in Bordeaux 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

La Traviata From Paris 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Mirka 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Picking Up the Pieces 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bulworth 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Tango 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Flamenco 1997 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Taxi 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Little Buddha 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Tosca From Rome 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Sheltering Sky 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

New York Stories 1989 (Movie)

("Life Without Zoe") (Director of Photography)

Tucker: the Man and His Dream 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Ishtar 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Last Emperor 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Ladyhawke 1985 (Movie)

(Photography)

Wagner 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

One From the Heart 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Reds 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Agatha 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Apocalypse Now 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Luna 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

1900 1977 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Submission 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Giordano Bruno 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Last Tango in Paris 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Malizia 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Body of Love 1971 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Conformist 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Tis Pity She's a Whore 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Giovinezza Giovinezza 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Spider's Stratagem 1969 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

The Gallery Murders 1968 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Peter the Great (TV Show)

Director of Photography
Actor (6)

Cinematographer Style 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ljuset Haller Mig Sallskap 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

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

Himself (Actor)

Omnibus 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Glorious Technicolor (TV Show)

Actor
Other (1)

Captain Eo 1986 (Movie)

lighting consultant (Consultant)

Biography

A modern master of his art who came to prominence for his work on the films of Bernardo Bertolucci, Vittorio Storaro has also shot a number of English-language films, including several directed by Francis Ford Coppola ("Apocalypse Now" 1979, "One From the Heart" 1982, "Tucker: The Man and His Dream" 1988). Arguably the best cinematographer of his generation, he is unparalleled in his eloquent use of color and there is no director of photography on the scene in the 1990s who is as fully understanding of the comparisons between film composition and painting--so much so that his films seem to realize the cognizance of lighting that could only be attempted with a brush stroke by great painters. Storaro is more than a genius of lighting; he has demonstrated an understanding of the psychological and emotional potential of film which could never even be approached under the color film stocks used prior to the late 60s. Light and color for Storaro are expressions of the conscious and the unconscious. For example, each act of "The Last Emperor" (1987) has a color scheme to correspond to the level of the story. The first part of the film, in which the emperor is seen trying to commit suicide, is devoid of almost all color except red while in the flashback sequences, the youngest part of the emperor's life is filled with the yellows of youth and new birth which almost devour the screen. Light becomes energy, but energy translated into an analytical force. In "Last Tango in Paris" (1972), orange becomes the color of passion, while in "The Conformist" (1971), the film is almost in black and white, but blue pierces through indicating the conflict between light and shadows.

Relationships

Teodolindo Storaro

Mother

Francesca Storaro

Daughter

Fabrizio Storaro

Son

Giovanni Storaro

Son

Antonia LaFolla

Wife
married on December 29, 1962

Renato Storaro

Father
worked for Lux Film

EDUCATION

Italian Cinemagraphic Training Center

1956 - 1958

Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia

1960

Duca D'Aosta Technical Photographic Institute

1951 - 1956

Milestones

2000

Served as cinematographer on the TV miniseries "Frank Herbert's Dune" (Sci-Fi Channel); received Emmy

1999

Collaborated again with Saura on "Goya in Bordeaux"

1998

Was director of photography for Warren Beatty again "Bullworth"

1998

Shot Carlos Saura's Oscar-nominated foreign film "Tango"

1993

Did cinematography for TV special "Tosca From Rome"

1992

Was interviewed in documentary "Visions of Light"

1990

Nominated for Academy Award for Beatty's "Dick Tracy"; same year shot Bertolucci's "The Sheltering Sky"

1987

Broke new ground in cinematography with Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor"; won third Oscar

1987

Was director of photography on the disastrous "Ishtar"

1986

First work for US TV, "Peter the Great"

1986

Served as lighting and photographic consultant for Disney World's 3-D film, "Captain Eo"

1981

Won second Academy Award for "Reds", directed by Warren Beatty

1979

Won first Academy Award for "Apocalypse Now"; worked with Francis Ford Coppola for first time

1972

Shot internationally acclaimed "Last Tango in Paris", directed by Bertolucci

1969

First screen collaboration with Bernardo Bertolucci, "The Spider's Strategem"

1968

Shot first feature film, "Giovinezza, Giovinezza/Youthful, Youthful"; directed by Franco Rossi

1961

Shot first short film, "Etruscologia/Profanatori di tombe"

1951

Began studying photography

Bonus Trivia

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"I can honestly say that I don't see myself doing anything else but trying to express myself through light in cinematography. . . . Photography for me, means writing with light. It's writing in the sense that I'm trying to express something that is inside of me. With my sensibility, my structure, my cultural background, I'm trying to express what I really am. I'm trying to describe the story of the film through the light." --Vittorio Storaro quoted in "The Illustrated Who's Who of the Cinema"

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"All movies are the resolution between light and shadows. Light reveals truth, shadows obscure it." --Vittorio Storaro in THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 1994

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