Dante Spinotti

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Dante Spinotti
Born (1943-08-22) 22 August 1943 (age 77)
OccupationCinematographer
Years active1972-present

Dante Spinotti, A.S.C., A.I.C. (born 22 August 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 known for his collaborations with directors Michael Mann, Michael Apted, Deon Taylor, 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).

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Biography

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 was the cinematographer on both adaptations of the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris: Michael Mann's 1986 adaptation (titled Manhunter), and Brett Ratner's 2002 adaptation. [4] He won the Golden Camera 300 award at the Manaki Brothers Film Festival in Macedonia for lifetime achievement.

Filmography

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YearTitleDirectorNotes
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
Manhunter 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 Colors Herbert Ross
1992 The Last of the Mohicans Michael Mann BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Cinematography
The End Is Known Cristina Comencini
1993 The Secret of the Old Woods Ermanno Olmi
Blink Michael Apted
1994 Nell
1995 Heat Michael MannNominated – 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 Cinematography
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 Cinematography
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 RatnerNominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2007 Slipstream Anthony Hopkins
2008 Deception Marcel Langenegger
Flash of Genius Marc Abraham
2009 Public Enemies Michael MannNominated – 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
2015 I Saw the Light Marc Abraham
2017 Freak Show Trudie Styler
2018 Traffik Deon Taylor
Ant-Man and the Wasp Peyton Reed
2019 Black and Blue Deon Taylor
2020 Fatale
Elyse Stella Hopkins
TBABeverly Hills Cop IV Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah

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References

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  2. "Dante Spinotti - British Cinematographer". British Cinematographer. 2015-05-09. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
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  4. French, Philip (2002-10-12). "Film of the week: Red Dragon". The Observer. ISSN   0029-7712 . Retrieved 2020-11-13.