Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Remembering Armando Nannuzzi

Armando Nannuzzi was born on September 21, 1925, in Rome, Italy. Armando became one of the premier camera operators and cinematographers in the Italian film industry. He worked as a camera operator from 1942-1955. He then became a cinematographer until the 1990s. Nannuzzi became a master using contrasts of light and shade. Armando worked on over 100 films during this period including “The Birgand” (1959), “Boccaccio” '70” (1962), “Waterloo” (1970), “La cage aux folles” (1979), “Frankenstein Unbound” (1990). Nannuzzi worked with Stephen King in the 1980s and during the shooting of “Maximum Overdrive” a radio controlled lawnmower hit a block of wood which caused splinters to fly out and as a result Armando lost an eye. A lawsuit was filed by Nannuzzi but it was settled out of court. Armando was the cinematographer on two Euro-westerns “My Name is Nobody” directed by Sergio Leone and starring Terence Hill and Henry Fonda and 1973's “Chino” starring Charles Bronson. Nannuzzi died on May 12, 2001 in Ostia, Rome, Italy. We remember Armando Nannuzzi today on what would have been his 85th birthday.

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