Robert Surtees

Robert Surtees

Highest Rated: 100% The Last Picture Show (1971)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Aug 9, 1906

Birthplace: Covington, Kentucky, USA

One of the most versatile cinematographers in film history, Robert L Surtees came up through the studio system, beginning as an assistant cameraman to Gregg Toland and Joseph Ruttenberg at Universal in the late 1920s before moving to MGM and establishing himself as a top-flight director of photography. Constantly keeping abreast of cutting-edge technology, he came to specialize in lush, vibrant, widescreen color lensing, but he also distinguished himself in black and white, winning his second Academy Award for "The Bad and the Beautiful" (1952) and returning triumphantly to it for Peter Bogdanovich's "The Last Picture Show" (1971), capitalizing on a deep focus not permitted by color to make the dusty plains and small town locations seem all the more desolate. Between 1944 and 1978, he received 16 Oscar nominations, twice competing with himself in the same category, and though his three wins came during his tenure at MGM, he enjoyed equal success as a freelance artist, collecting 10 nominations in the employ of other studios.

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35% 63% A Star Is Born Cinematography - 1976
36% 38% The Hindenburg Cinematography - 1975
80% 88% The Cowboys Cinematography - 1972
79% 72% Summer of '42 Cinematography - 1971
100% 90% The Last Picture Show Cinematography - 1971
86% 73% Sweet Charity Cinematography - 1969
87% 90% The Graduate Cinematography $285.8K 1967
27% 57% Doctor Dolittle Cinematography - 1967
No Score Yet 47% Lost Command Cinematography - 1966
89% 73% The Chase Cinematography - 1966
50% 44% The Satan Bug Cinematography - 1965
70% 73% Mutiny on the Bounty Cinematography - 1962
0% 57% It Started in Naples Cinematography - 1960
85% 89% Ben-Hur Cinematography - 1959
No Score Yet 43% Tribute to a Bad Man Cinematography - 1956
86% 75% Oklahoma! Cinematography - 1955
50% 77% The Long, Long Trailer Cinematography - 1954
77% 55% Mogambo Cinematography - 1953
No Score Yet 40% The Wild North Cinematography - 1952
79% 86% The Bad and the Beautiful Cinematography - 1952
No Score Yet 56% The Merry Widow Cinematography - 1952
83% 73% Quo Vadis? Cinematography - 1951
No Score Yet 50% The Strip Cinematography - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Jack Cinematography - 1949
92% 76% Act of Violence Cinematography - 1949
No Score Yet 54% Tenth Avenue Angel Cinematography - 1948
57% 51% A Date With Judy Cinematography - 1948
67% 17% The Unfinished Dance Cinematography - 1947
No Score Yet 50% Two Sisters From Boston Cinematography - 1946
No Score Yet 64% Music for Millions Cinematography - 1944
No Score Yet 20% Meet the People Cinematography - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Don't You Believe It Cinematography - 1943