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Award Year

Celebrating the art of Cinematography in 2005, the second Coolidge Award honored Vittorio Storaro, whose career has impacted the way we see films, and has enriched our experience immeasurably.

The 2nd Coolidge Award

On April 5, 2005, Vittorio Storaro flew in from Rome for the Coolidge Award Festivities. Events over the two days included:

  • A special screening of Reds, with a print supervised by Storaro himself, who introduced the film and answered audience questions afterward.

  • A panel discussion with fellow cinematographers Stefan Czapsky, Richard Crudo, and documentary deity Albert Maysles.

  • On April 6th, a gala award ceremony included live performances of Opera, Flamenco and Tango. Eloquent tributes were paid to Mr. Storaro by film critic and scholar Elvis Mitchell, B.U. professor and author Jeff Kline, journalist Bob Fisher and the President of the American Society of Cinematographers, Richard Crudo. A surprise testimonial, via video screen, came from actor/director Warren Beatty, with whom Storaro has a close friendship and working partnership.

  • Repertory screenings included Apocalypse Now, The Conformist, Last Tango in Paris, and 1900.

About Vittorio Storaro

Vittorio Storaro is the internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning cinematographer whose stunning camerawork is the centerpiece of many extraordinary film classics including Apocalypse Now, The Conformist, The Last EmperorFlamenco, and Reds. He has worked with such distinguished directors as Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola, Carlos Saura, Warren Beatty and Dario Argento. Storaro's numerous international awards for his work includes three Academy Awards for Best Cinematography.

In addition to his prolific film career, Storaro has authored a three volume book entitled "Writing With Light," a collection of writings and images based on his career of over 30 years. The collection is part of his teaching program at the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Images in L'Aquila, Italy, of which he is also a founder.