Robert Surtees

Robert Surtees

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

Lowest Rated: 0% It Started in Naples (1960)

Birthday: Aug 09, 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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36% 64% A Star Is Born Cinematographer - 1976
36% 38% The Hindenburg Cinematographer - 1975
79% 88% The Cowboys Cinematographer - 1972
100% 90% The Last Picture Show Cinematographer - 1971
79% 72% Summer of '42 Cinematographer - 1971
83% 73% Sweet Charity Cinematographer - 1969
29% 57% Doctor Dolittle Cinematographer - 1967
87% 90% The Graduate Cinematographer $285.8K 1967
No Score Yet 48% Lost Command Cinematographer - 1966
89% 73% The Chase Cinematographer - 1966
50% 44% The Satan Bug Cinematographer - 1965
70% 73% Mutiny on the Bounty Cinematographer - 1962
0% 57% It Started in Naples Cinematographer - 1960
86% 89% Ben-Hur Cinematographer - 1959
No Score Yet 43% Tribute to a Bad Man Cinematographer - 1956
88% 75% Oklahoma! Cinematographer - 1955
44% 77% The Long, Long Trailer Cinematographer - 1954
83% 55% Mogambo Cinematographer - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild North Cinematographer - 1952
No Score Yet 53% The Merry Widow Cinematographer - 1952
79% 86% The Bad and the Beautiful Cinematographer - 1952
88% 73% Quo Vadis? Cinematographer - 1951
No Score Yet 50% The Strip Cinematographer - 1951
91% 76% Act of Violence Cinematographer - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Jack Cinematographer - 1949
57% 51% A Date With Judy Cinematographer - 1948
80% 17% The Unfinished Dance Cinematographer - 1947
No Score Yet 50% Two Sisters From Boston Cinematographer - 1946
No Score Yet 64% Music for Millions Cinematographer - 1944
No Score Yet 20% Meet the People Cinematographer - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Don't You Believe It Cinematographer - 1943

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