Tonino Delli Colli

Tonino Delli Colli (20 November 1923 16 August 2005) was an Italian cinematographer.[1]

Tonino Delli Colli
Born(1923-11-20)20 November 1923[1]
Died16 August 2005(2005-08-16) (aged 81)[1]
Rome, Italy[1]
RelativesFranco Delli Colli (cousin)


Cousin of Franco Delli Colli, Antonio (Tonino) Delli Colli was born in Rome, and began work at Rome's Cinecittà studio in 1938, at the age of sixteen. By the mid-1940s he was working as a cinematographer and in 1952 shot the first Italian film in colour, Totò a colori.[1] He went on to work with a number of acclaimed and diverse directors including, Sergio Leone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,[1] Once Upon a Time in the West and Once Upon a Time in America), Roman Polanski (Death and the Maiden and Bitter Moon), Louis Malle (Lacombe, Lucien), Jean-Jacques Annaud (The Name of the Rose), and Federico Fellini, whose last three films he photographed.

His collaboration with Pier Paolo Pasolini was especially fruitful: they made twelve films together, including Pasolini's debut Accattone (1961), Mamma Roma (1962), The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964), The Decameron (1971), The Canterbury Tales (1972) and Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (1976).

His last film was Roberto Benigni's Life Is Beautiful (1997),[1] for which he won his fourth David di Donatello for Best Cinematography. In 2005 he was awarded the American Society of Cinematographers' International Achievement Award. In August of the same year, he died at home in Rome.

Tonino Delli Colli died from a heart attack in 2005 at the age of 81 in Rome, Italy.[1]

In 2005, Delli Colli was posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th annual Camerimage Film Festival in Łódź, Poland.

Selected filmography


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