ASC honors Italo lenser

Neorealist pioneer Delli Colli worked on over 130 pix

Italian cinematographer Tonino Delli Colli, best known for collaborating with Sergio Leone, will receive the American Society of Cinematographers’ international achievement award.

Delli Colli helped pioneer neorealist cinema after WWII and earned over 130 cinematography credits between 1944 and 1997. The Ministry of Performing Arts in Italy has presented the David di Donatello Award to Delli Colli four times, and his award-winning films include “The Name of the Rose,” “Once Upon a Time in America,” “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “Life Is Beautiful.”

Kudos will be presented to Delli Colli during the 19th annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards at the Century Plaza Feb. 20. Past recipients include Freddie Young, Jack Cardiff, Gabriel Figueroa, Henri Alekan, Raoul Coutard, Freddie Francis, Giuseppe Rotunno, Oswald Morris, Billy Williams, Douglas Slocombe, Witold Sobocinski and Miroslav Ondricek.

“Tonino Delli Colli is one of our great artists and it’s high time he was singled out for recognition,” said ASC president Richard Crudo.

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