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Vittorio Storaro: Visual aid

Vittorio Storaro: Visual aid -- ''Dick Tracy,'' ''Tucker,'' and ''Reds'' are some of the cinematographer's films

Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro of The Sheltering Sky, repeatedly proves that film is more than just a director's medium or an actor's showcase. He has flooded some of the most visually memorable films of the last 20 years with his kind of light, and won three Oscars for his process (Apocalypse Now, Reds, and The Last Emperor). A frequent collaborator of Bertolucci and Francis Coppola, Storaro created the look of these photogenic films, among many others.

Dick Tracy (1990)
The neatest thing about Warren Beatty's cartoon movie is the delicious ice-cream color scheme imperially whipped up by Storaro.

Tucker (1988)
For Coppola's fable of a car builder who dares to challenge Detroit, Storaro says he was partly under the influence of Norman Rockwell.

Captain Eo (1986)
You have to go to Disneyland or Disney World to see this science fiction 3-D short starring Michael Jackson.

Last Tango in Paris (1972)
When Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider dance, the camera moves with them in a vertigo-inducing whirl, and the scene is lit by an autumnal light.

Originally posted Dec 14, 1990 Published in issue #44 Dec 14, 1990 Order article reprints
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