Vittorio Storaro

Vittorio Storaro

Highest Rated: 100% The Spider's Stratagem (1970)

Lowest Rated: 10% Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

Birthday: Jun 24, 1940

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

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.

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46% 58% A Rainy Day in New York Cinematographer - 2019
32% 42% Wonder Wheel Cinematographer $1.2M 2017
71% 56% Café Society Cinematographer $11.1M 2016
No Score Yet 100% Keepers of the Magic Self - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Muhammad: The Messenger of God Cinematographer - 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond Self - 2015
76% 88% Flamenco, Flamenco Cinematographer $63.2K 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Trick in the Sheet Cinematographer - 2009
No Score Yet 52% I, Don Giovanni Cinematographer - 2009
30% 25% Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist Cinematographer $41.8M 2005
10% 27% Exorcist: The Beginning Cinematographer $41.8M 2004
54% 72% Goya in Bordeaux Cinematographer $716.6K 1999
68% 86% Tango Cinematographer $1.7M 1998
No Score Yet 40% Flamenco Cinematographer $450K 1995
68% 53% Little Buddha Cinematographer $2.3M 1993
50% 79% The Sheltering Sky Cinematographer $1.4M 1990
75% 56% New York Stories Cinematographer $10.6M 1989
83% 67% Tucker: The Man and His Dream Cinematographer $19.2M 1988
37% 39% Ishtar Cinematographer $12.7M 1987
89% 88% The Last Emperor Cinematographer $43M 1987
67% 74% Ladyhawke Cinematographer - 1985
89% 83% Reds Cinematographer - 1981
98% 94% Apocalypse Now Cinematographer $78.8M 1979
93% 91% Apocalypse Now Redux Cinematographer - 1979
58% 85% 1900 Cinematographer $66.1K 1976
83% 76% Last Tango in Paris Cinematographer - 1972
98% 90% The Conformist Cinematographer - 1971
100% 79% The Spider's Stratagem Cinematographer - 1970

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