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Also Known As: Died: February 20, 2000
Born: May 10, 1901 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Italy Profession: director of photography, assistant cameraman

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This celebrated Italian cinematographer began his career at the age of 13 as an assistant cameraman. Within six years, he was shooting his first features. In a career that spanned some forty-five years, Martelli worked with some of Italy's greatest directors from Roberto Roberti to Mario Bonnard. Martelli helped to define the look of Italian neorealism in the post-war years, particularly in his work on Rossellini's "Paisan" (1946) and "Stromboli" (1949). In 1950, he began working with Federico Fellini and was responsible for the beauteous black-and-white images of "La Strada" (1954), "Nights of Cabiria" (1957) and "La Dolce Vita" (1960).

This celebrated Italian cinematographer began his career at the age of 13 as an assistant cameraman. Within six years, he was shooting his first features. In a career that spanned some forty-five years, Martelli worked with some of Italy's greatest directors from Roberto Roberti to Mario Bonnard. Martelli helped to define the look of Italian neorealism in the post-war years, particularly in his work on Rossellini's "Paisan" (1946) and "Stromboli" (1949). In 1950, he began working with Federico Fellini and was responsible for the beauteous black-and-white images of "La Strada" (1954), "Nights of Cabiria" (1957) and "La Dolce Vita" (1960).

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1916:
Began career in features as assistant cameraman
1919:
At age 16, shot first feature
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Worked primarily as Roberto Roberti's cinematographer in the 1920s
1946:
First collaboration with Roberto Rossellini, "Paisan"
1949:
Shot "Stromboli" for Rossellini
1950:
First collaboration with Federico Fellini, "Luci del Varieta"
1954:
Won acclaim for Fellini's "La Strada"
1962:
Final collaboration with Fellini, "Boccaccio '70"
1965:
Shot last film to date, Pier Paolo Pasolini's documentary "Sopraluoghi in Palestina"
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son:
Luigi Martelli. Director.

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