Armando Nannuzzi

Armando Nannuzzi (21 September 1925 – 14 May 2001) was an Italian cinematographer and camera operator active from the 1940s until the 1990s. His career spanned six decades and over 100 films.

Armando Nannuzzi
Born(1925-09-21)21 September 1925
Died14 May 2001(2001-05-14) (aged 75)


Nannuzzi briefly worked in the United States in the mid-1980s, and during this period he collaborated with horror novelist Stephen King on Maximum Overdrive, King's directorial debut.

An accident occurred on 31 July 1985, during shooting in a suburb of Wilmington, North Carolina for Maximum Overdrive. A radio controlled lawnmower used in a scene went out of control and struck a block of wood used as a camera support, shooting out wood splinters which injured Nannuzzi, the director of photography on the production. As a result, Nannuzzi lost his right eye.[1][2]

After the incident, Nannuzzi sued Stephen King, and 17 others on 18 February 1987 for $18 million in damages due to unsafe working practices.[1] The suit was settled out of court.[3]

Other films in which he served as a cinematographer include Sandra (1965)[4] and Frankenstein Unbound (1990).[5] He was also a frequent collaborator of Mauro Bolognini's.[6]

Nannuzzi died on 14 May 2001 in Ostia, Italy, although some sources say he died in April 2001.[7] He was 75.

Selected filmography


1955 Lo Svitato
1956 La Finestra sul Luna Park
1956 Donna del giorno
1957 Mariti in città
1958 Giovani mariti
1958 Tre straniere a Roma
1958 Mogli pericolose
1959 Tunisi top secret
1959 Tutti innamorati
1959 La Notte brava


1962 Mafioso
1965 Sandra
1969 The Damned


1970 Waterloo
1977 Jesus of Nazareth
1978 La Cage aux Folles


1980 La Cage aux Folles II
1985 Silver Bullet
1986 Maximum Overdrive


1990 Frankenstein Unbound
1992 Acquitted for Having Committed the Deed


  1. "STEPHEN KING SUED OVER INJURY". The Washington Post. 21 February 1987. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  2. Cheney, Matthew (4 August 2011). "Summer of '86: Maximum Overdrive". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  3. Von Doviak, Scott (2014). Stephen King Films FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the King of Horror on Film. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 9781480386181.
  4. Bennett, Colin (30 December 1967). "A dream takes shape". The Age. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  5. Canby, Vincent (2 November 1990). "Roger Corman s Frankenstein Unbound (1990) Review/Film; 'Corman's Frankenstein Unbound'". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  6. Lane, John Francis (15 May 2001). "Mauro Bolognini". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
  7. "Armando Nannuzzi". People.theiapolis.

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