Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro

Vittorio Storaro has been named as one of history’s most influential cinematographers, and with titles to his name like Apocalypse Now, Reds, and The Last Emperor, it’s little surprise why. Istituto Lorenzo de Medici was pleased to host him recently in Florence, where he has been promoting his new book on cinematography.

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Storaro, born in Rome in 1940, first worked with director Bernardo Bertolucci in 1966, marking the beginning of a fruitful relationship that would lead to his collaborations with Francis Ford Coppola and Warren Beatty.

Storaro, who is revered for not only his cinematographic skill, titles and awards, but also his intellect and knowledge, spoke at the event. He believes cinema is just one facet of culture, and that to understand and create great cinema, one must know about philosophy, music, art and architecture.

He told the audience about the times in his career when he would turn down work in order to study and learn so that he would be ready to start afresh for his next project… Read more on The Florentine.