Dante Spinotti

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Dante Spinotti
Born (1943-08-22) August 22, 1943 (age 74)
Ovaro, Italy
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1972-present

Dante Spinotti, A.S.C., A.I.C. (born August 22, 1943) is an Italian cinematographer and a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[1] He is best known for his collaborations with directors Michael Mann, Michael Apted, and Brett Ratner, and is frequently credited with helping to pioneer the use of high-definition digital video in cinematography.[2][3] He is a BAFTA Award recipient and two-time Academy Award nominee (for L.A. Confidential and The Insider).

Biography[edit]

Spinotti was born in Tolmezzo, near the Austrian border, he began experimenting with still photography at the age of 11 with a camera given to him by his uncle, a cinematographer and director specializing in documentaries and newsreels. He worked as a camera operator on documentaries for much of his early career.

Among the more notable films he has worked on are The Last of the Mohicans, Heat, and L.A. Confidential. Spinotti also was the cinematographer for Brett Ratner's films, such as Red Dragon (2002), After the Sunset (2004), and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).

Spinotti has the distinction of being the cinematographer on both film versions of author Thomas Harris' Red Dragon: Michael Mann's 1986 adaptation (titled Manhunter), and Brett Ratner's 2002 adaptation (which retains the novel's original title). He won the Golden Camera 300 award at the Manaki Brothers Film Festival in Macedonia for lifetime achievement.

Filmography[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Director Notes
1981 La disubbidienza Aldo Lado
1983 Cinderella '80 Roberto Malenotti
Dream of a Summer Night Gabriele Salvatores
Hearts and Armour Giacomo Battiato
1984 Basileus Quartet Fabio Carpi
Così parlò Bellavista Luciano De Crescenzo
1985 The Berlin Affair Liliana Cavani
The Dark Side of Love Salvatore Samperi
1986 Crimes of the Heart Bruce Beresford
Manhuntsr Michael Mann
1987 From the Hip Bob Clark
1988 Beaches Garry Marshall
The Legend of the Holy Drinker Ermanno Olmi
Fair Game Mario Orfini
Illegally Yours Peter Bogdanovich
1989 Torrents of Spring Jerzy Skolimowski
1990 The Comfort of Strangers Paul Schrader
A Violent Life Giacomo Battiato
1991 Frankie and Johnny Garry Marshall
Hudson Hawk Michael Lehmann
True Colora Herbert Ross
1992 The Last of the Mohicans Michael Mann Nominated – American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
1993 The Secret of the Old Woods Ermanno Olmi
The End Is Known Cristina Comencini
1994 Blink Michael Apted
Nell
1995 Heat Michael Mann Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
The Quick and the Dead Sam Raimi
1996 The Mirror Has Two Faces Barbra Streisand
1997 L.A. Confidential Curtis Hanson Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
1998 Goodbye Lover Roland Joffé
1999 The Insider Michael Mann Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
The Other Sister Garry Marshall
2000 The Family Man Brett Ratner
Wonder Boys Curtis Hanson
2001 Bandits Barry Levinson
2002 Pinocchio Roberto Benigni
Red Dragon Brett Ratner
2004 After the Sunset
2006 The Contract Bruce Beresford
X-Men: The Last Stand Brett Ratner Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2007 Slipstream Anthony Hopkins
2008 Deception Marcel Langenegger
Flash of Genius Marc Abraham
2009 Public Enemies Michael Mann Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2010 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Michael Apted
2011 Tower Heist Brett Ratner
2013 ReWined Ferdinando Vicentini Orgnani
2014 Hercules Brett Ratner
2017 Freak Show Trudie Styler
2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp Peyton Reed

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dante Spinotti". IMDb. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dante Spinotti - British Cinematographer". British Cinematographer. 2015-05-09. Retrieved 2018-03-18. 
  3. ^ Caranicas, Peter (2016-11-18). "Dante Spinotti on Technology, New Workflow, Directors' Personalities". Variety. Retrieved 2018-03-18. 

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