One HEAT Minute: Episode #100 - Dante Spinotti
ONE HEAT MINUTE is the podcast examining Michael Mann's 1995 crime saga HEAT, minute by minute. It's the 100th minute (1:39:00-1:40:00) - host Blake Howard joins one of the greatest living cinematographers and the very cinematographer of HEAT - the one and only Dante Spinotti. Blake and Dante discuss HEAT as one of the finest movies he's ever worked on, L.A as the most cinematic city, Michael Mann mapping the psychological trajectory of his characters, shooting the entire film in 2000 ASA to give the picture its defining grainy look and provoking Christopher Nolan.
Dante Spinotti was born in Tolmezzo, Udine, in the northeastern Italian Region of Friuli. He began his career at RAI (Italian TV), before that he spent a lot of time in Kenia as cinematographer for his uncle. In 1985, producer Dino De Laurentiis offered him a chance to work in the USA for the first time with Michael Mann for the feature Manhunter (1986). From that experience, Spinotti became one of the most appreciated cinematographers in Hollywood. Among his works are The Last of the Mohicans (1992) (Academy Nomination), Heat (1995), L.A. Confidential (1997) (Academy Nomination), The Insider (1999) (Academy Nomination), and Wonder Boys (2000). He and his wife Marcella, and they live in Los Angeles, Rome, and Tolmezzo.