GIUSEPPE LANCI   AIC

 

Born: 1 May 1942, Rome, Italy; a.k.a. 'Beppe' Lanci.

Education: Centro sperimentale di cinematografia [CSC], Rome.

Awards: 'David di Donatello' Award [1986] for 'Un complicato intrigo di donne, vicoli e delitti'; 'David di Donatello' Award nom [1991] for 'Il sole anche di notte' & 'La condanna'; Camerimage 'Golden Frog' nom [1993] for 'Fiorile'; 'David di Donatello' Award nom [2000] & Italian Film Journalists 'Silver Ribbon' nom [2000] for 'La balia'; Italian Film Journalists 'Silver Ribbon' nom [2001] for 'La stanza del figlio'.


About Andrei Tarkovsky and 'Nostalghia' [1982]: 'The rapport with Andrei on 'Nostalghia' certainly was an event which I remember with great emotion until this day. [We met] by accident. He was looking for a director of photography who was also mentally prepared for this adventure, and through various sources my name came up. A friend of mine introduced me to Andrei. We met at Piazza Navona for tea, and at the end of this encounter he takes out a script and offers it to me. I can feel the emotion of that moment right now.'

'Andrei used to tell me that cinema uses time like a narrative element, while the photography normally remains constant for the duration of a sequence. It is precisely time that the 'dynamic photography' exploits to render a different consistency to the film. An example is the atmospheric conditions within nature: if during a cloudy day the sun comes out at a certain moment this will modify the condition of the light. In an interior space if someone enters a dark room and turns on the light this will change the condition of the light. However, this is all tied to precise actions. This discourse is amplified in 'Nostalghia', where in addition to variations in natural light were added variations, which correspond to emotional motivation rather than any sense of logic.'

'During the shooting phase we used a transport mechanism posted in front of the lights - a series of metal sheets hung on a frame - to vary the light intensity without modifying the color temperature. While in postproduction there was a much more marked technical intervention because the film was printed with a system called ENR at Roma Technicolor laboratory. With the ENR process I was able to desaturate the colors to the maximum and augment the contrast in a scene, even if this restricted me to print on color positive even the sequences shot in black and white.'

'During the filming Andrei would [sometimes ask for] a slight increase in shooting speed, hardly noticeable, and therefore far from the slow motion effect we have been accustomed to seeing in many films. This was solely to have greater suspension, therefore always in the service of a certain atmosphere in the film. Technically this variation in speed consisted of a slight adjustment of the diaphragm. Andrei was very precise and exacting with his choice of photography, and not only myself but also the whole troupe was so impressed by his personality that we complied voluntarily with his every request.' [From interview with Roberto Aita, 2001.]


 

 FILMS

1963

Pane e altro [Andrea Frezza] ?; short/25m; prod CSC

1963

Montagne russe [Luigi Perelli] ?; short/25m; prod CSC

1963

Gino Severini [Sandro Franchina] 16mm/b&w; doc/47m; cph: Jean Rouch, Bernard Zitzermann, Guido Cosulich, a.o.

1965

Violino [Silvano Agosti] c; doc/11m; cph: Antonio Piazza

1976

Aborto: Parlano le donne [Dacia Maraini] b&w; doc/50m

1977

Maternale/Mother and Daughter [Giovanna Gagliardo] c

1977

Difficile morire [Umberto Silva] c

1977

Starcrash/The Adventures of Stella Star/Female Space Invaders [Lewis Coates (= Luigi Cozzi)] c; co-addph; ph: Paul Beeson & Roberto D'Ettore

1979

Salto nel vuoto/Leap Into the Void [Marco Bellocchio] c

1980

Con... fusione [Piero Natoli] c

1981

Piso pisello/Sweet Pea [Peter Del Monte] c

1982

Gli occhi, la bocca/The Eyes, the Mouth [Marco Bellocchio] c

1982

Ehrengard [Emidio Greco] c

 

[Left] with Andrei Tarkovsky [center] - "Nostalghia"

 

1982

Nostalghia/Nostalgia [Andrei Tarkovsky] b&w-c; see above

1983

Stelli emigranti/Wandering Stars [Francesco Bortolini & Claudio Masenza] c; doc/58m; cph: Eugenio Bentivoglio & Robert Levi

1984

Enrico IV/Henry IV [Marco Bellocchio] c

 

[Left] with the brothers Taviani - "Kaos"

 

1984

Kaos/Chaos [Paolo & Vittorio Taviani] c; 2uc: Roberto Locci; aph: Folco Quilici

1984

Blues metropolitano [Salvatori Piscicelli] c

1984

Elogio della pazzia [Roberto Aguerre] c

1985

Un complicato intrigo di donne, vicoli e delitti/Camorra [: The Naples Connection] [Lina Wertmüller] c

1985

Diavolo in corpo/Devil in the Flesh [Marco Bellocchio] c

1985

La Venexiana/The Venetian Woman [Mauro Bolognini] c

1986

Every Time We Say Goodbye [Moshe Mizrahi] c; add unit ph: Daniel Schneor

1986

Good Morning Babilonia/Good Morning Babylon [Paolo & Vittorio Taviani] c

1987

Havinck [Frans Weisz] c

1987

La visione del sabba/The Witches' Sabbath [Marco Bellocchio] c

1988

Francesco/St. Francis of Assisi [Liliana Cavani] c; 148m; cph (3 weeks in Perugia): Ennio Guarnieri

1988

Paura e amore/Three Sisters/Love and Fear [Margarethe von Trotta] c

1988

Zoo [Cristina Comencini] c; cph: Alfio Contini

1988

Palombella rossa/Red Wood Pigeon [Nanni Moretti] c

1988

Un amore di donna/Love of a Woman [Nelo Risi] c

1989

Il prete bello/Les p'tits vélos [Carlo Mazzacurati] c

1989

La Baule-les-Pins/C'est la vie [Diane Kurys] p/c

1989

Il sole anche di notte/Night Sun/Sunshine Even by Night [Paolo & Vittorio Taviani] tvi/c

1989

I taràssachi/The Dandelions [Rocco Mortelliti, Francesco Martinotti & Fulvio Ottaviano] c; docudrama/65m; 10 seg

1989

In nome del popolo sovrano/In the Name of the Sovereign People [Luigi Magni] c; cph: Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli

1990

La condanna/The Condemnation/The Conviction [Marco Bellocchio] c

1990

La villa del venerdì/Husbands and Lovers/In Excess [Mauro Bolognini] c

1991

Le amiche del cuore/Close Friends [Michele Placido] c

 

 

1991

Johnny Stecchino/Johnny Toothpick [Roberto Benigni] c

1991

Caldo soffocante [Giovanna Gagliardo] c

1992

Fiorile/Wild Flower [Paolo & Vittorio Taviani] c

1992

Tra due risvegli/Between Two Awakenings [Amedeo Fago] c

1993

Caro diario/Dear Diary [Nanni Moretti] c

1994

Il teppista [Veronica Bilbao La Vieja (= Veronica Perugini)] c

1994

Con gli occhi chiusi/With Closed Eyes [Francesca Archibugi] c

1994

Roma dodici novembre 1994/Rome, November 12, 1994 [idea & co-ord: Francesco Maselli] 16mm/c; doc/33m; cph: Alessandro D'Eva, Franco Di Giacomo, Sergio Salvati, Gianlorenzo Battaglia, a.o.

1995

Il principe di Homburg/Ritratto di un eroe romantico/The Prince of Homburg [Marco Bellocchio] c

1995

Compagna di viaggio/Travelling Companion [Peter Del Monte] c

1995

Le affinità elettive/The Elective Affinities [Paolo & Vittorio Taviani] c

1995

Scooter [Roberto Palmerini] c; short/20m

1995

La strategia della maschera [Rocco Mortelliti] replaced by ph Maurizio Dell'Orco

1996

Aprile/April [Nanni Moretti] c

1996

Il grido d'angoscia dell'uccello predatore - 20 tagli d'Aprile [Nanni Moretti] c; short/27m; 20 scenes shot for 'Aprile', but not used in the final film; released in 2003

1997

Tu ridi/You're Laughing [Paolo & Vittorio Taviani] c

1997

I piccoli maestri/Little Teachers [Daniele Luchetti] c

1997

Santo Stefano [Angelo Pasquini] c; cph: Franco Di Giacomo

1998

La balia/The Nanny [Marco Bellocchio] c

1999

Tierra del fuego/Terra del fuoco [Miguel Littin] c

2000

La stanza del figlio/The Son's Room [Nanni Moretti] c 

2001

Nowhere [Luis Sepúlveda] c

2001

Bimba - È clonata una stella [Sabina Guzzanti] c

2003

La spettatrice/The Spectator [Paolo Franchi] c

2003

Nel mio amore/Answer Me [Susanna Tamaro] c

2004

Peperoni ripieni e pesci in faccia/Too Much Romance... It's Time for Stuffed Peppers [Lina Wertmüller] c

2006

La masseria delle allodole/The Lark Farm [Paolo & Vittorio Taviani] c

2008

No Problem [Vincenzo Salemme] c

2009

LO STrAGE [various students] c; short/8m

2011

Di là dal vetro/Beyond the Glass [Andrea Di Bari] HD/c; short/18m

2012

Occhi a sogni aperti [Giancarlo Marinelli] pre-production; scheduled to start shooting in May 2009; later September 2012

 

 TELEVISION

1978

La macchina cinema/The Cinema Machine [Silvano Agosti, Marco Bellocchio, Sandro Petraglia & Stefano Rulli] 5-part doc series/b&w-c/225m/16mm (1979); collab; ph: Tonino Nardi; for RAI 2-tv

1997

Oscar per due [Felice Farina] tvm

1998

La vita che verrà/Ombre sull'ofanto [Pasquale Pozzessere] 4-part miniseries

 

 FILMS AS CAMERA ASSISTANT/OPERATOR

1965

Idoli controluce [Enzo Battaglia] co-c.asst; ph: Guido Cosulich de Pecine

1965

I pugni in tasca/Fist in His Pocket [Marco Bellocchio] c.op; ph: Alberto Marrama

1965

Altissima pressione/Highest Pressure [Enzo Trapani] co-c.asst; ph: Mario Montuori

1966

Arizona Colt/Il pistolero di Arizona/Man from Nowhere [Michele Lupo] co-c.asst; ph: Guglielmo Mancori

1966

Morire gratis [Sandro Franchina] c.op; ph: Guido Cosulich de Pecine

1967

La morte ha fatto l'uovo/A Curious Way to Love/Death Lays an Egg [Giulio Questi] c.asst; ph: Dario Di Palma

1967

La Cina è vicina/China Is Near [Marco Bellocchio] co-c.op; ph: Tonino Delli Colli

1967

Il giardino delle delizie/Garden of Delights [Silvano Agosti] co-c.asst; ph: Aldo Scavarda

1967

Grazie, zia [Salvatore Samperi] co-c.asst; ph: Aldo Scavarda

1968

Metti una sera a cena/Love Circle/One Night at Dinner [Giuseppe Patroni Griffi] c.asst; ph: Tonino Delli Colli

1968

C'era una volta il West/Once Upon a Time in the West [Sergio Leone] c.asst; ph: Tonino Delli Colli

1968

Fermate il mondo... voglio scendere! [Giancarlo Cobelli] co-c.op; ph: Dario Di Palma

1968

Il diario segreto di una minorenne (è nata una donna) [Oscar Brazzi] c.asst; ph: Alfio Contini

1969

Porcile/Pigpen/Pigsty [Pier Paolo Pasolini] c.asst; ph: Tonino Delli Colli, a.o.

1969

La moglie più bella/The Most Beautiful Wife [Damiano Damiani] c.op; ph: Franco Di Giacomo

1969

Strategia del ragno/The Spider's Stratagem [Bernardo Bertolucci; tvm] co-c.op; ph: Franco Di Giacomo & Vittorio Storaro

1969

Con quale amore, con quanto amore/How Much Do I Love You [Pasquale Festa Campanile] c.op; ph: Franco Di Giacomo

1969

Uccidete il vitello grasso e arrostitelo [Salvatore Samperi] c.op; ph: Franco Di Giacomo

1970

Quando le donne avevano la coda/When Women Had Tails [Pasquale Festa Campanile] c.op; Franco Di Giacomo

1971

4 mosche di velluto grigio/Four Flies on Grey Velvet [Dario Argento] c.op; ph: Franco Di Giacomo

1971

Veruschka [- poesia di una donna] [Franco Rubartelli] co-c.op; ph: Franco Di Giacomo

1971

Nel nome del padre/In the Name of the Father [Marco Bellocchio] c.asst; ph: Franco Di Giacomo

1971

Un'anguilla da trecento milioni/An Eel Worth 300 Million [Salvatore Samperi] c.op; ph: Franco Di Giacomo

1972

Chi l'ha vista morire?/Who Saw Her Die?/The Child [Aldo Lado] c.op; ph: Franco Di Giacomo

1973

La Tosca [Luigi Magni] c.op; ph: Franco Di Giacomo

1973

Polvere di stelle/Stardust [Alberto Sordi] c.op; ph: Franco Di Giacomo

1974

La sbandata [Alfredo Malfatti & Salvatore Samperi] c.op; ph: Franco Di Giacomo

1974

La nottata [Tonino Cervi] c.op; ph: Franco Di Giacomo

1975

L'anatra all'arancia/Duck in Orange Sauce [Luciano Salce] c.op; ph: Franco Di Giacomo

1975

Marcia trionfale/Victory March [Marco Bellocchio] c.op; ph: Franco Di Giacomo

1976

...e tanta paura/Plot of Fear/Too Much Fear [Paolo Cavara] c.op; ph: Franco Di Giacomo

1976

Autostop rosso sangue/Death Drive/The Naked Prey/Hitch Hike/Hitchhike: Last House on the Left [Pasquale Festa Campanile] co-c.op; ph: Franco Di Giacomo & Giuseppe Ruzzolini

1976

Quelle strane occasioni/Strange Occasion [seg #? dir by ?; 3 seg] c.op; ph: ?

1977

In nome del Papa Re [Luigi Magni] c.op; ph: Danilo Desideri

1978

Viaggio con Anita/Travels with Anita/Lovers and Liars [Mario Monicelli] co-c.op; ph: Tonino Delli Colli