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Italian cinematographer Dante Spinotti worked with such internationally respected directors from his native country as Lina Wertmuller, Liliana Cavani and Giacomo Battiato before making his American debut with Michael Mann's "Manhunter" (1986), an early introduction to the Thomas Harris character Hannibal Lecter. He reunited with Mann for "The Last of the Mohicans" (1992), allowing his camera to run alongside Daniel Day-Lewis' Hawkeye and accompany the trajectory of a bullet or the flight of a tomahawk, and again for the dynamite cops-and-robbers saga "Heat" (1995). Another frequent partner has been director Garry Marshall, the two teaming on "Beaches" (1988), "Frankie and Johnnie" (1991) and "The Other Sister" (1999). Spinotti was also director of photography on two Michael Apted films, "Blink" and "Nell" (both 1994).Spinotti's collaboration with Curtis Hanson yielded the critically acclaimed "L.A. Confidential" (1997). Rejecting the classic film noir approach, Hanson and Spinotti pored over the work of Swiss-born still photographer Robert Frank, intrigued by the contemporary look and feel of his pictures that were still true to their period. Inspired by Frank's photos, Spinotti took every...

Italian cinematographer Dante Spinotti worked with such internationally respected directors from his native country as Lina Wertmuller, Liliana Cavani and Giacomo Battiato before making his American debut with Michael Mann's "Manhunter" (1986), an early introduction to the Thomas Harris character Hannibal Lecter. He reunited with Mann for "The Last of the Mohicans" (1992), allowing his camera to run alongside Daniel Day-Lewis' Hawkeye and accompany the trajectory of a bullet or the flight of a tomahawk, and again for the dynamite cops-and-robbers saga "Heat" (1995). Another frequent partner has been director Garry Marshall, the two teaming on "Beaches" (1988), "Frankie and Johnnie" (1991) and "The Other Sister" (1999). Spinotti was also director of photography on two Michael Apted films, "Blink" and "Nell" (both 1994).

Spinotti's collaboration with Curtis Hanson yielded the critically acclaimed "L.A. Confidential" (1997). Rejecting the classic film noir approach, Hanson and Spinotti pored over the work of Swiss-born still photographer Robert Frank, intrigued by the contemporary look and feel of his pictures that were still true to their period. Inspired by Frank's photos, Spinotti took every opportunity to film exclusively with practical lights (i.e., fluorescents and street lamps), augmenting with bat strips ("I call bat strips my 'no-light lights'") when the practicals needed a boost. After teaming with Roland Joffe for "Goodbye Lover" (1999), a female detective story also set in the City of Angels, Spinotti made the best of the interiors and Midwestern locations for Mann's "The Insider" (also 1999) and earned his first Oscar nomination. He then joined Hanson for "Wonder Boys" (2000), proving that dark, dreary weather is not incompatible with comedy.

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 Himmel Ohne Sterne (1959) Elsbeth Friese
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