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Vittorio Storaro - The Last Cinematographer?
List creator: hamano
Created on: October 3, 2003 - 1:33 AM PDT
Description: This 3 time Oscar winning artist reached his peak as cinematography's golden age drew to a close and special effects came to greatly influence the look of a film. Storaro is still striving to create films optically, without compositing or CG.

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Last Tango in Paris (1972)
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  The earliest collaboration with Bertolucci out on DVD? The atmosphere of intimacy/alienation depicted in the mostly indoor filming was inspired by the art of existential painter Francis Bacon.
Apocalypse Now: Redux (2001)
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  1st Oscar. Storaro used a dye-transfer method to restore the color of the original film when Coppola did the re-edit. Storaro used lights to add artificial color to real color, inspired by Burne Hogarth's Tarzan comics art.
Ladyhawke (1985)
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  Ridley Scott's Legend was another fantasy romance from this period. In comparison, see how Storaro delivers the goods without all that production design and special effects. Just beautiful images captured by the lens. Look for some Magritte-like images.
The Last Emperor (1987)
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  3rd Oscar. Storaro was inspired by the ink and color paintings of China, like the work of 13th Century artist Qian Xuan. That was about the time the Mongols were completing their conquest of China, as the Japanese were planning to during the time of Pu Yi
Bulworth (1998)
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  Storaro's collaboration with Warren Beatty began with his 2nd Oscar win, Reds. They went on to make Dick Tracy and Bulworth together.
The Sheltering Sky (1990)
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  How do you film a journey into nothingness? Bertolucci's adaptation of the novel by Paul Bowles lets the viewer drift along with Port & Kit through Storaro's imagery and Ryuichi Sakamoto's music.
Goya in Bordeaux (1999)
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  Storaro went to town with lighting and the use of translights (huge photographic murals that are hung and lit from the front or rear) to decorate the sets. Other than the actors, props and furniture, that's all there is. 4th Carlos Saura collaboration.
Dune (Disc 1 of 3) (2000)
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  Storaro is a big fan of Frank Herbert's Dune novels. He was chosen to lens the first attempt to put Dune on celluloid, but scheduling problems sent the project to David Lynch and another cinematographer. Storaro's chance finally came along a few years ago
Dune (Disc 2 of 3) (2000)
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  This miniseries project was perfect because Storaro felt that it had the length to do justice to the novel, and it didn't have a big enough budget for CG and special effects. Storaro was free to apply his film techniques to create the world of Dune.
Tango (1998)
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  Another film by Saura.
Here is Storaro's Homepage.
Dick Tracy (1990)
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  Another Beatty project.
Here's some Storaro stuff at the International Cinematographer's Guild.
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
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  Another collaboration with Coppola.
This is an interesting Sheltering Sky article.

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