Saturday, January 12, 2013

RIP Luigi Kuveiller

Cinematographer Luigi Kuveiller died  in Rome on January 10 2013.

Born in Rome on October 3, 1927, Luigi Kuveiller was a noted Italian cinematographer during the 1960s and 1970s who made his first big splash working with the seriously underrated Italian film director Elio Petri on several of his films including the Academy award winning “A Citizen Above Suspicion” (1970). He also lensed Dario Argento's ground breaking giallo “Deep Red” (1975) and Lucio Fulci's notorious “New York Ripper” (1982) as well as both of the Paul Morrissey/Andy Warhol produced “Dracula” (1974) and “Frankenstein” (1973). He even worked with Billy Wilder on “Avanti!” (1972). Kuveiller never earned the many accolades but his films almost always showed a polished sophistication, full of kinetic camera movements and yet tastefully restrained and always in the service of the director he worked with. Kuveiller has enjoyed steady work in mostly Italian projects up to 2004. He was the cinematographer on one Euro-western “A Man Called Sledge” directed by Vic Morrow and starring James Garner.

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