Wednesday, November 27, 2013

RIP Marcello Gatti


Marcello Gatti dies at the age of 89 years, one of the most important directors of Italian photography
 
Marcello Gatti has died, he photographed Brando and the Battle of Algiers
 
In the course of his long career the cinematographer won 5 Silver Ribbons, photographed 2 films
nominated for an Oscar (in addition to Pontecorvo 's masterpiece, even The Four Days of Naples Nanny Loy) and another Palme d'Or at Cannes (Chroniques des années de braise), worked with among others with Polanski, and Lizzani Cosmatos. In TV he did Moses with Burt Lancaster, various series of the Octopus, the first drama of Morandi and then, behind the 'Secret Mirror'
(first Italian candid camera), he was there to film .
 
The film he is often remembered for is that The Battle of Algiers (1966), which earned the Golden Lion in Venice and 3 Oscar nominations which stood out for the grainy photography and documentary that Gatti had already begun to develop in The Four days of Naples (1962) Nanni Loy, which was also nominated for an Oscar. With Pontecorvo he also turned out  Queimada
(helping to bring Marlon Brando on the set after an argument with the director) and Ogro .
 
After the success of the Battle of Algiers Roman Polanski entrusts his movie Italian What? (1972; What ?) With Mastroianni. And Mohammed Lakhdar - Hamina him back to Algeria to turn Chroniques des années de braise Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1975.
 
Among the more than 150 films we can also mention the stage of genre cinema, from 'cop': Mark il poliziotto e La polizia ha le mani legateMark; thriller: The Black Belly of the Tarantula comedies: Mr. Robinson, Bluff history scams and crooks and Three tigers against three tigers.
 
Of the 5 Silver Ribbons obtained two overcame them even in the same year, in 1970, winning the award in both the black and white category for Giannarelli of the Sierra Maestra, which in that color for Anonymous Venetian by Enrico Maria Salerno.
 
Of his television work remain Mirror Secret Nanni Loy; dramas with Gianni Morandi Want to sing, and the fifth and sixth series of The Octopus detective with the poignant farewell Vittorio Mezzogiorno; insurance on the death of Charles Lizzani and Moses Burt Lancaster.
 
Always close to the ideals of the left Gatti was arrested in 1943 for having defaced a portrait of Mussolini on the walls of Cinecittà being sentenced to five years in prison, then turned into exile, and in 1968 occupied the Experimental Center of Cinematography with students and other characters of Italian cinema as Bellocchio and Bertolucci. It has long been president of the Association of Italian directors of photography (AIC).


GATTI, Marcello
Born: 2/9/1924, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 11/26/2013, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Marcello Gatti's westerns - cinematographer:
The Ruthless Colt of the Gringo – 1965 (co)
The Tall Women - 1966
Bastard, Go and Kill – 1971

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