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Dante Spinotti
Born (1943-08-22) 22 August 1943 (age 80)
Years active1972-present

Dante Spinotti, A.S.C., A.I.C. (born 22 August 1943) is an Italian cinematographer and a member of the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[1] He is known for his collaborations with directors Michael Mann, Michael Apted, Deon Taylor, and Brett Ratner, and is frequently credited with helping to pioneer the use of high-definition digital video in cinematography.[2][3] He is a BAFTA Award recipient and two-time Academy Award nominee (for L.A. Confidential and The Insider).


Spinotti was born in Tolmezzo, near the Austrian border. He began experimenting with still photography at the age of 11 with a camera given to him by his uncle, a cinematographer and director specializing in documentaries and newsreels. He worked as a camera operator on documentaries for much of his early career.

Among the more notable films he has worked on are The Last of the Mohicans, Heat, and L.A. Confidential. Spinotti also was the cinematographer for Brett Ratner's films, such as Red Dragon (2002), After the Sunset (2004), and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).

Spinotti was the cinematographer on both adaptations of the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris: Michael Mann's 1986 adaptation (titled Manhunter), and Brett Ratner's 2002 adaptation.[4] He won the Golden Camera 300 award at the Manaki Brothers Film Festival in North Macedonia for lifetime achievement.



Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Director Notes
1981 Il minestrone Sergio Citti
La disubbidienza Aldo Lado
1982 Basileus Quartet Fabio Carpi
1983 Dream of a Summer Night Gabriele Salvatores
Hearts and Armour Giacomo Battiato
1984 Cinderella '80 Roberto Malenotti
Softly, Softly Lina Wertmüller
Così parlò Bellavista Luciano De Crescenzo
1985 The Dark Side of Love Salvatore Samperi
The Berlin Affair Liliana Cavani
1986 Choke Canyon Charles Bail
Manhunter Michael Mann 1st collaboration with Mann
Crimes of the Heart Bruce Beresford
1987 From the Hip Bob Clark
1988 Illegally Yours Peter Bogdanovich
The Legend of the Holy Drinker Ermanno Olmi
Fair Game Mario Orfini
Beaches Garry Marshall
1989 Torrents of Spring Jerzy Skolimowski With Witold Sobociński
1990 A Violent Life Giacomo Battiato
The Comfort of Strangers Paul Schrader
1991 True Colors Herbert Ross
Hudson Hawk Michael Lehmann
Frankie and Johnny Garry Marshall
1992 The Last of the Mohicans Michael Mann
The End Is Known Cristina Comencini
1993 The Secret of the Old Woods Ermanno Olmi
Blink Michael Apted
1994 Nell
1995 The Quick and the Dead Sam Raimi
The Star Maker Giuseppe Tornatore
Heat Michael Mann
1996 The Mirror Has Two Faces Barbra Streisand With Andrzej Bartkowiak
1997 L.A. Confidential Curtis Hanson
1998 Goodbye Lover Roland Joffé
1999 The Other Sister Garry Marshall
The Insider Michael Mann
2000 Wonder Boys Curtis Hanson
The Family Man Brett Ratner 1st collaboration with Ratner
2001 Bandits Barry Levinson
2002 Red Dragon Brett Ratner
Pinocchio Roberto Benigni
2004 After the Sunset Brett Ratner
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand
The Contract Bruce Beresford
2007 Slipstream Anthony Hopkins
2008 Deception Marcel Langenegger
Flash of Genius Marc Abraham
2009 Public Enemies Michael Mann
2010 The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Michael Apted
2011 Tower Heist Brett Ratner
2013 ReWined Ferdinando Vicentini Orgnani
2014 Hercules Brett Ratner
2015 I Saw the Light Marc Abraham
2017 Freak Show Trudie Styler
2018 Traffik Deon Taylor
Ant-Man and the Wasp Peyton Reed
2019 Black and Blue Deon Taylor
Where Are You Valentina De Amicis
Riccardo Spinotti
Also producer
2020 Elyse Stella Hopkins
Fatale Deon Taylor
2024 That's Amore! Nick Vallelonga Post-production
2025 Alto Knights Barry Levinson Post-production

Short film

Year Title Director Notes
1987 Die tote Stadt Bruce Beresford Segment of Aria
2002 Mercedes 'Lucky Star' Michael Mann

Documentary film

Year Title Director Notes
2008 Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman Eric Bricker With Aiken Weiss
2023 Posso entrare? An ode to Naples Trudie Styler

Acting roles

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Frankie and Johnny Man on bus Uncredited
2008 Deception Herr Kleiner/Mr. Moretti [5]
2011 Good Vs. Evil: Battle on the Sea Direct-to-video



Year Title Director
1972 I Nicotera Salvatore Nocita
1979 Paura sul mondo Domenico Campan
1982 Colomba Giacomo Battiato

TV movies

Year Title Director
1975 Tracce sulla neve Alessandro Cane
1980 La signorina Else Enzo Muzii
1981 Fosca
1983 Le ambizioni sbagliate Fabio Carpi
2008 Blue Blood Brett Ratner
2012 Rogue
2015 Edge Shane Black

TV series

Year Title Director Notes
1982 La pietra di Marco Polo Aldo Lado
2005 Prison Break Brett Ratner Episode "Pilot"
2007 Women's Murder Club
2011 CHAOS Brett Ratner Episode "Pilot"

Awards and nominations

Academy Awards

Year Title Category Result
1997 L.A. Confidential Best Cinematography Nominated
1999 The Insider Nominated

BAFTA Awards

Year Title Category Result
1992 The Last of the Mohicans Best Cinematography Won
1997 L.A. Confidential Nominated

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Title Category Result
1992 The Last of the Mohicans Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Nominated
1997 L.A. Confidential Nominated
1999 The Insider Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Title Category Result
1997 L.A. Confidential Best Cinematography Won
1999 The Insider Won

Satellite Awards

Year Title Category Result
1997 L.A. Confidential Best Cinematography Nominated
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Nominated
2009 Public Enemies Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Title Category Result
1995 Heat Best Cinematography Nominated

National Society of Film Critics

Year Title Category Result
1997 L.A. Confidential Best Cinematography Nominated


  1. ^ "Dante Spinotti". IMDb. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Dante Spinotti - British Cinematographer". British Cinematographer. 2015-05-09. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  3. ^ Caranicas, Peter (2016-11-18). "Dante Spinotti on Technology, New Workflow, Directors' Personalities". Variety. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  4. ^ French, Philip (2002-10-12). "Film of the week: Red Dragon". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
  5. ^ Dargis, Manohla (April 25, 2008). "A Sliver of Thrills". New York Times. Retrieved August 6, 2023.