You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

ASC taps Storaro for life kudos

'Apocalypse,' 'Emperor' among D.P.'s credits

Vittorio Storaro, who won Oscars for his work on “Apocalypse Now,” “Reds” and “The Last Emperor,” will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers.

“Apocalypse” director Francis Ford Coppola will present the award at ASC’s gala awards dinner Feb. 18.

Storaro is the 12th recipient of the award, considered the org’s pinnacle achievement. He follows in the footsteps of such influential D.P.s as Conrad Hall, Sven Nykvist, Owen Roizman, Vilmos Zsigmond and Gordon Willis.

“(Storaro) has made an incomparable impact as a cinematographer, both as an artist and as a champion of our art form,” Roizman said Wednesday at an ASC clubhouse luncheon celebrating the announcement. “He was the first to say, ‘cinematography is like a language that we can write with light.’ ”

Storaro, whose work with fellow Italian Bernardo Bertolucci is considered one of the most seminal filmmaking tandems in history, expressed his gratitude to the gathering of fellow D.P.s and execs in attendance. “Thank you for making me feel not just like an Italian cinematographer or a European cinematographer but simply a cinematographer.”

He went on to thank Coppola “for taking me out of my own nest” and introducing his work to a more international audience.

“All of the (previous ASC Lifetime honorees) have left an imprint,” Storaro said. “But we didn’t do that by ourselves; I was lucky to work with Coppola, Bertolucci, Warren Beatty and Carlos Saura.”

It is with these four directors that the 60-year-old D.P., the youngest to receive a lifetime achievement honor, has created his most memorable and influential work. With Coppola he shot “Apocalypse Now,” “One From the Heart” and “Tucker: The Man and His Dream”; Beatty worked with Storaro on such films as “Reds,” “Dick Tracy” and “Bulworth”; with Saura, Storaro created the look for “Flamenco,” “Tango” and the current “Goya in Bordeaux.”

But his collaborations with Bertolucci caused his peers and critics to take notice, beginning with “The Conformist” (1970) and continuing on such films as “Last Tango in Paris,” “1900,” “The Last Emperor” and “The Sheltering Sky.”

More Film

  • A Murder in Mansfield Documentary Review

    Film Review: 'A Murder in Mansfield'

    Vittorio Storaro, who won Oscars for his work on “Apocalypse Now,” “Reds” and “The Last Emperor,” will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers. “Apocalypse” director Francis Ford Coppola will present the award at ASC’s gala awards dinner Feb. 18. Storaro is the 12th recipient of the award, considered the org’s […]

  • 'Over the Limit' Review: A Mesmerizing

    IDFA Film Review: 'Over the Limit'

    Vittorio Storaro, who won Oscars for his work on “Apocalypse Now,” “Reds” and “The Last Emperor,” will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers. “Apocalypse” director Francis Ford Coppola will present the award at ASC’s gala awards dinner Feb. 18. Storaro is the 12th recipient of the award, considered the org’s […]

  • DreamWorks Animation Campus

    Film News Roundup: DreamWorks Animation Campus Sold for $290 Million

    Vittorio Storaro, who won Oscars for his work on “Apocalypse Now,” “Reds” and “The Last Emperor,” will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers. “Apocalypse” director Francis Ford Coppola will present the award at ASC’s gala awards dinner Feb. 18. Storaro is the 12th recipient of the award, considered the org’s […]

  • Mudbound

    Oscar Myth of 'Pure' Movies: Why Netflix, Amazon Should Be Recognized

    Vittorio Storaro, who won Oscars for his work on “Apocalypse Now,” “Reds” and “The Last Emperor,” will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers. “Apocalypse” director Francis Ford Coppola will present the award at ASC’s gala awards dinner Feb. 18. Storaro is the 12th recipient of the award, considered the org’s […]

  • IMAX Opens First European VR Center

    IMAX Opens First Virtual Reality Center in Europe

    Vittorio Storaro, who won Oscars for his work on “Apocalypse Now,” “Reds” and “The Last Emperor,” will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers. “Apocalypse” director Francis Ford Coppola will present the award at ASC’s gala awards dinner Feb. 18. Storaro is the 12th recipient of the award, considered the org’s […]

  • SGIFF: Why Gavin Lim's Diamond Dogs'

    Why 'Diamond Dogs' Had to Premiere in Singapore

    Vittorio Storaro, who won Oscars for his work on “Apocalypse Now,” “Reds” and “The Last Emperor,” will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers. “Apocalypse” director Francis Ford Coppola will present the award at ASC’s gala awards dinner Feb. 18. Storaro is the 12th recipient of the award, considered the org’s […]

  • Mona Fong Mona Fong, wife of

    Singer, Star, Leading Asian Film Executive Mona Fong Dies at 83

    Vittorio Storaro, who won Oscars for his work on “Apocalypse Now,” “Reds” and “The Last Emperor,” will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Cinematographers. “Apocalypse” director Francis Ford Coppola will present the award at ASC’s gala awards dinner Feb. 18. Storaro is the 12th recipient of the award, considered the org’s […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content