Vittorio Storaro, A.S.C., A.I.C. (born 24 June 1940 in Rome) is an Italian cinematographer widely recognized for his work on numerous classic films including The Conformist, Apocalypse Now, and The Last Emperor. In the course of over fifty years, he has collaborated with directors such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola, Warren Beatty, and Woody Allen. He has received three Academy Awards for Best Cinematography for the films Apocalypse Now (1979), Reds (1981), and The Last Emperor (1987), and is one of three living persons who has won the award three times, the others being Robert Richardson and Emmanuel Lubezki.
Storaro is known for stylish, fastidious, and flamboyant personal fashion. Francis Ford Coppola once noted that Storaro was the only man he ever knew that could fall off a ladder in a white suit, into the mud, and not get dirty.
Storaro was born in Rome. The son of a film projectionist, Storaro began studying photography at the age of 11. He went on to formal cinematography studies at the national Italian film school, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, when he was 18.
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A married couple are going to the San Sebastian Film Festival. The magic of the festival, the beauty and charm of Spain, and the fantasy of movies are what they get caught up in. She has an affair wit...
A Rose in Winter
The true story of Edith Stein, a German Jewish philosopher and feminist who converted to Christianity and became a nun, and died in Auschwitz to became Saint and Martyr, the Patron of Europe with the ...
The story of four characters whose lives intertwine amid the hustle and bustle of the Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s: Ginny, an emotionally volatile former actress now working as a waitress ...
Keepers of the Magic
This ground-breaking documentary explores our fascination with moving images and provides insight into how cinema's most famous moments came to be.
Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond
Pierre Filmon met Vilmos Zsigmond, a legendary American cinematographer. The journey was with the shadowmaker and his friends.
The story of a young man who arrives in Hollywood during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry, falls in love, and finds himself swept up in the vibrant café society that defined the spirit of...
And the Oscar Goes To...
The Oscar goes to the story of the gold- plated statuette that became the film industry's most coveted prize. The Academy's history began in 1927 with the birth of Louis B. The head of MGM formed a pr...
Red Chairs - Parma and the Cinema
The relations between Parma and cinema were so strong for almost the whole of the twentieth century that this city became an early laboratory of ideas and theories on cinema and a set chosen by some o...
Marlon Brando: An Actor Named Desire
In his early days as an actor, a shy young man with theatrical ambitions, like many others, but his charisma and superb acting skills made him truly unique, so that the doors to the starry sky of Holl...
A documentary about director Paul Schrader's journey through hell and back while making film history. After being fired from the production and his version of the film being put on hold, Schrader is b...
Michelangelo Merisi was called by Fate to become the Caravaggio. The ideal vision of the world imposed by the Renaissance painters will be challenged by a violent genius. The provoker scandalized patr...
Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist
Father Lankester Merrin was forced to participate in terrible acts by the Nazis, but he is now focused on helping with an archaeological dig. There, the crew discovers a church thatpredates Christian ...
Zapata: The dream of a hero
The most expensive Mexican movie ever produced, with a massive ad campaign, and the largest opening in the nation's history, was the fictionalized portrayal of Emiliano Zapata as an Indigenous Mexican...
Exorcist: The Beginning
Father Merrin took a sabbatical from the Church to conduct archaeological excavations in British-administered East Africa after living through traumatizing events during WWII. Merrin unearthed an anci...
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Frank Herbert's Dune
Frank Herbert's Dune is a three-part miniseries written and directed by John Harrison.
A child named Mirka changes the lives of people on a farm at the top of the mountains.
Picking Up the Pieces
A small New Mexican village discovers a severed hand that is considered a miracle of God, when it actually belongs to a murdered spouse with a husband in search of it.
Goya in Bordeaux
The last years of Francisco Goya's life were spent in voluntary exile in Bordeaux, protesting the rule of Ferdinand VII. He is living with his wife and daughter. He relives key times in his life when ...
A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and cul...
The most spectacular and seductive dance film ever made was inspired by a dangerous love affair. The Foreign Language Film was nominated for an Oscar.
The history of color photography in motion pictures.
A young girl, after failing an exam, is forced by her father, a taxi-driver, to learn his profession. Soon she discovers that her father is not only a driver but also a member of a racist group elimin...
The film presents thirteen rhythms of flamenco, each with song, guitar, and dance: the up-tempo bularas, a brooding farruca, an anguished martinete, and a satiric fandango de huelva. There are tangos,...
Writing with Light: Vittorio Storaro
The Last Emperor is the subject of a documentary. Vittorio has worked with people like Warren Beatty and Bernardo Bertolucci. There is on-set footage from Dick Tracy. He gives a history of lighting in...
Visions of Light
Cameramen and women discuss the craft and art of cinematography and of the "DP" (the director of photography), illustrating their points with clips from 100 films, from Birth of a Nation to Do the Rig...
Contemporary Rome is the setting for this unique and highly innovative version of Puccini's Tosca, performed in the Roman locations--and at the same times of day--as Puccini had written into his score...
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
A chronicle of the production problems, including bad weather, actors' health, war near the filming locations, and more, which plagued the filming of Apocalypse Now, increasing costs and nearly destro...
CENTRAL PARK is a film about the famous New York City landmark and the variety of ways in which people use it: running, boating, walking, skating, music, theatre, sports, picnics, parades and concerts...
New York Stories
Three stories happening in New York. The first, by Scorsese, is about a painter who creates his works helped by high volume music and an attractive assistant; second, by Coppola, is about a rich and b...
Tucker: The Man and His Dream
The city of Ypsilanti, Michigan, was founded in 1945. Tucker wants to design the car of the future, but he will be sabotaged by his unrealistic expectations and the Detroit automobile industry tycoons...
Two terrible lounge singers get booked to play a gig in a Moroccan hotel but somehow become pawns in an international power play between the CIA, the Emir of Ishtar, and the rebels trying to overthrow...
The Last Emperor
A dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his ...
The man on his shoulders is a cruel curse. Punished for loving each other, Navarre has to become a wolf by night and Lady Isabeau has to become a hawk by day. In order to break the spell, they must at...
The Making of 'One from the Heart'
A short documentary on the Francis Ford Coppola musical One From the Heart.
One from the Heart
Hank and Frannie are no longer able to live together. Frannie leaves Hank on the anniversary of their relationship after five years. As bright as they may seem, they are not a stage of lights and colo...
An account of the revolutionary years of the legendary American journalist John Reed (1887-1920), who shared his adventurous professional life with his radical commitment to the socialist revolution i...
At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterio...
An American opera singer has an incestuous relationship with her son to help him overcome his heroin addiction while on tour in Italy.
In the 19th century. The journalist is looking for something.
In wartime France, Pharmacist Elaine (Lisa Gastoni) begins a torrid affair with her shop assistant Armand (Franco Nero), but she soon becomes dominated by him. He demands more & more from her, hum...
The lives of two men during the political turmoils that took place in Italy in the first half of the 20th century are chronicled in the film.
Lise, a mentally unbalanced middle-aged woman, travels from her home in London to Rome, Italy, where she begins a fatal destiny that she had helped to arrange for herself, a premeditated search for so...
Bruno Giordano, a free thinking philosopher, poet and scientist, has found protection in Venice from his enemies in the Catholic Church. The Roman Inquisition wants to put him on trial.
A widower and two of his sons become infatuated by their beautiful housekeeper, and all three set out to seduce her using their own unique methods.
A group of young desperados are hunted by a bank guard.
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"The Aeneid" is a seven part adaptation.
'Tis Pity She's a Whore
Annabella is married to Soranzo. Giovanni is her brother and she is pregnant by him. Soranzo plots revenge as jealousies threaten to expose her past. "Pity she's a whore" is a play based on John Ford'...
The Fifth Cord
While the police are considering a suspect in their investigation, a journalist is on the trail of a murderer who has been targeting people around him.
A weak- willed Italian man becomes a fascist and goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher who is a political dissident.
The Spider's Stratagem
Athos returned to his hometown to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of his father, who was killed by Fascists in 1936. As he untangles a web of lies that seems to encompass the whole...
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
Sam Dalmas, an American writer living in Rome, witnessed a violent struggle between a young woman and a black-coated figure in an art gallery. Dalmas tried to intervene but was caught between the gall...