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Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro to receive George Eastman Award

Tickets on sale NOW for a weekend with Vittorio Storaro, March 24–26

Rochester, N.Y., February 6, 2017—The George Eastman Museum will honor Academy Award–winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro with the George Eastman Award on Saturday, March 25. The award recognizes Storaro’s distinguished contribution to the art of film. In accepting the honor, he joins the company of film legends such as Charles Chaplin, Joan Crawford, Cecil B. DeMille, Michael Douglas, Greta Garbo, Lillian Gish, Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Martin Scorsese, James Stewart, Meryl Streep, and most recently, Michael Keaton. The George Eastman Award was established in 1955 as the first retrospective film award to honor artistic work of enduring value.

“Good cinematographers effectively translate the writer’s ideas, the actors’ performances, and the director’s visions to moving images. A great cinematographer deepens all of these elements and creates a transcendent visual experience for the viewer,” said Bruce Barnes, Ron and Donna Fielding Director, George Eastman Museum.

During his five-decade career, Storaro has collaborated with many celebrated film directors—Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola, Warren Beatty, Carlos Saura, and Woody Allen, among others—to create some of the most visually stunning motion pictures of all time. In 2003, the International Cinematographer’s Guild named Storaro one of the eleven most influential cinematographers in the history of filmmaking, and today he is the only living person on that list. He has won three Academy Awards—for Apocalypse Now, Reds, and The Last Emperor.

The Eastman Museum will celebrate Storaro’s work with three special events at the museum in March, and a series of eleven films that will screen at the Dryden Theatre throughout March and April.

On Friday, March 24, the museum will present a 35mm screening of Apocalypse Now Redux (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979/ 2001), with an introduction by Storaro. The following evening, Saturday, March 25, the museum will honor Storaro at the George Eastman Award Ceremony, which will include a presentation of the award, a conversation with Storaro, and a screening of a rare 35mm print of Dick Tracy (Warren Beatty, 1990). On Sunday, March 26, the museum will present the East Coast premiere of Muhammad: The Messenger of God (2015), with an introduction by Storaro. Tickets are on sale now for all events; available online at eastman.org/storaro or by calling (585) 530-3367.

“We are honored to present the George Eastman Award to Vittorio Storaro—a true painter with light,” said Barnes. “He is perhaps the only master cinematographer who excels at his art and craft while consciously, constantly, and vocally reflecting upon it. We are thrilled that he will be joining us in Rochester to accept the award this March.”

Special Event Information
Vittorio Storaro Introduces Apocalypse Now Redux
Friday, March 24, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $25, general seating

Vittorio Storaro will introduce Apocalypse Now Redux (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979/ 2001), widely considered the cinematographer’s greatest masterpiece, now re-edited to include nearly fifty minutes of footage not seen on the film’s initial release. Elevated to a classic by Storaro’s frighteningly beautiful cinematography, this film remains one of cinema’s definitive statements on the madness of war.

George Eastman Award Ceremony & Screening of Dick Tracy
Saturday, March 25, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $45, preferred seating; $35, reserved seating

The George Eastman Museum will present Vittorio Storaro with its highest honor in motion pictures, followed by an intimate conversation with Storaro and a screening of a rare 35mm print of Dick Tracy (Warren Beatty, 1990). In the film’s impossibly saturated colors and shadows, Storaro created a motion picture that more perfectly than any other captures the graphic artistry of the comic books that have served as source material for so many movies over the past forty years.

Vittorio Storaro Introduces Muhammad: The Messenger of God
Sunday, March 26, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $15, general seating

The George Eastman Museum is proud to host the East Coast premiere and very rare screening of the latest epic productions filmed by the legendary Vittorio Storaro, Muhammad: The Messenger of God (Iran 2015), with an introduction by Storaro himself. Directed by internationally awarded and respected Iranian veteran Majid Majidi (Children of HeavenThe Color of ParadiseThe Song of Sparrows), Muhammad: The Messenger of God is an extravagant historical spectacle chronicling the first thirteen years of a certain Muhammad ibn ‘Abd Allah who soon became known as Prophet Muhammad.

Tickets are on sale now for all events; available online at eastman.org/storaro or by calling (585) 530-3367.

In addition to these three events, the Dryden Theatre is presenting a curated film series dedicated to the George Eastman Award winner, beginning March 9. The series, Painting with Light: A Tribute to Vittorio Storaro, includes the following films from his illustrious career:

  • Thursday, March 9: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
  • Thursday, March 16: Last Tango in Paris (1972)
  • Saturday, March 18: Last Tango in Paris (1972)
  • Friday, March 24: Apocalypse Now Redux (1979/2001) *Special event pricing
  • Saturday, March 25: Dick Tracy (1990) *Special event pricing
  • Sunday, March 26: Muhammad: The Messenger of God (2015) *Special event pricing
  • Wednesday, March 29: One from the Heart (1981)
  • Thursday, March 30: Muhammad: The Messenger of God (2015)
  • Friday, March 31: The Last Emperor (1987)
  • Thursday, April 6: Goya in Bordeaux (1999)
  • Saturday, April 8: Apocalypse Now Redux (1979/2001)
  • Saturday, April 15: Ladyhawke (1985)
  • Saturday, April 29: The Sheltering Sky (1990)
  • Sunday, April 30: Little Buddha (1993)

For more information, visit eastman.org/dryden.

About the George Eastman Award
The George Eastman Museum has championed the history, preservation, creativity, and passion of photography and film since opening its doors in 1949. The George Eastman Award for distinguished contribution to the art of film—by actors, directors, and cinematographers—was established by the museum in 1955 to recognize that same commitment in individuals. The George Eastman Award was the first film award given by a US cultural institution to honor artistic work of enduring value. The first two presentations of the award in 1955 and 1957, known as the Festival of Film Artists, recognized the legends of the silent film era.

About Vittorio Storaro
Born in Rome in 1940, Storaro was educated in cinematography at the Italian Film Institute (Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia), where he graduated in 1960.  He began his career as a cinematographer on Giovinezza Giovinezza (Italy, 1968), directed by Franco Rossi, and since then has worked on more than seventy projects, winning more than forty awards. Storaro is best known for his repeated work with three great directors: Bernardo Bertolucci (The Conformist, Last Tango in Paris, 1900, The Last Emperor, The Sheltering Sky, Little Buddha), Francis Ford Coppola (Apocalypse Now, One From the Heart, Tucker: The Man and His Dream), and Warren Beatty (Reds, Dick Tracy, Bulworth). He was recently the cinematographer for Woody Allen’s Café Society and is currently working on post-production for another Allen feature.