George Eastman Award: Vittorio Storaro

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    Vittorio Storaro on the set of Muhammad: The Messenger of God. Courtesy of Vittorio Storaro.

The George Eastman Museum will honor Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro with the George Eastman Award, the museum’s highest honor in motion pictures, 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, Gary Cooper, 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.

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. The Eastman Museum will celebrate his work as one of history’s most influential cinematographers with two special events at the museum in March, and a series of eleven films that will screen at the Dryden Theatre throughout March and April.

Special Event Information

Vittorio Storaro Introduces Apocalypse Now Redux

Friday, March 24, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $25, general seating ($10 for active military and veterans with ID)

Vittorio Storaro will introduce Apocalypse Now Redux (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979/ 2001), widely considered his 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 & Film—Dick Tracy​

Saturday, March 25, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $45, preferred seating; $35, reserved seating; $250, pre-ceremony dinner with Storaro, preferred 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).

Proceeds benefit the important work of the George Eastman Museum.

Vittorio Storaro Introduces Muhammad: Messenger of God

Sunday, March 26, 2 p.m.
Tickets: FREE admission (no reserved seats; first come, first served)

The George Eastman Museum is proud to host the East Coast premiere and very rare screening of one of the latest epic productions filmed by Storaro, with an introduction by Storaro himself. Directed by internationally awarded and respected Iranian veteran Majid Majidi, this extravagant historical spectacle chronicles the first thirteen years in the life of Prophet Muhammad. After the screening, Dr. Muhammad Shafiq, executive director of the Brian and Jean Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue and professor of religious studies at Nazareth College, will provide context and commentary on the film, which has been the source of international controversy.


Film Series

Painting with Light: A Tribute to Vittorio Storaro

The Dryden Theatre presents some highlights of the impressive career of this master cinematographer, demonstrating the tremendous impact his work has had on the advancement of visual arts.

Thursday, March 9: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
Thursday, March 16 & Saturday, March 18: Last Tango in Paris (1972)
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)—Free to members
Saturday, April 29: The Sheltering Sky (1990)
Sunday, April 30: Little Buddha (1993)

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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 his first film, Giovinezza Giovinezza (Italy), directed by Franco Rossi in 1968, and since then has worked on more than 70 projects, winning more than forty awards. Storaro has won three Academy Awards—for Apocalypse NowReds, and The Last Emperor. He is best known for his repeated work with three great directors: Bernardo Bertolucci (The ConformistLast Tango in Paris1900The Last EmperorThe Sheltering SkyLittle Buddha), Francis Ford Coppola (Apocalypse NowOne From the HeartTucker: The Man and His Dream), and Warren Beatty (RedsDick TracyBulworth). He was recently the cinematographer for Café Society and is currently working on post-production for another Allen feature.