|Majid Majidi lauds Vittorio Storaro||
Storaro has collaborated with Majidi in “Muhammad (S)”, the blockbuster about the Prophet Muhammad (S), which is in the postproduction stage.
“In my opinion, Vittorio not only is a cinematographer, but also is a philosopher, poet, painter, and moreover he is a great man. His great fame never overshadowed our group and he behaved gracefully like a great brother and a great father toward the group,” Majidi said on the sidelines of a workshop held by Storaro at the Iranian Artists Forum in Tehran on Sunday.
The workshop has been organized by the 32nd Fajr International Film Festival, which is currently underway in Tehran.
“When he came to Iran to collaborate in the ‘Muhammad (S)’ project, I met him clad in an elegant suit and tie. This raised the question, how can I take him for photography to the desert in such attire,” Majidi said.
“We drove him part of the way to the location in the Kalut Desert, but he suggested that we go the rest of the way on foot. He walked all the day and everybody was tired and finally his shoes were torn,” he added.
“The entire group was amazed at the energy he devoted to the project. He was very punctual and careful, and he prepared everything before we begin working,” he stated.
Majidi and producer Mohammad-Mehdi Heidarian visited Storaro, Rome in June 2010 to invite him to collaborate in the project, which focuses on the early life of the Prophet Muhammad (S), MovieMaker, an American magazine on the art and business of filmmaking, reported in May 2013.
“They explained that their goal was to have an international audience understand the story of the Prophet Muhammad (S) and the meaning of the Quran,” Storaro said.
“I asked if the movie would divide or unite people of different religions. They said their goal was to unite people of different faiths. It’s a story about the dignity of human beings,” he added.
Afterwards, Storaro, 74, began reading a book about the life of the Prophet Muhammad (S) in order to better understand Islam.
In 2003, a survey conducted by the International Cinematographers Guild considered Storaro as one of history’s ten most influential cinematographers.
Storaro has collaborated with many important directors including Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola and Warren Beatty.
He won his first Oscar for the American film “Apocalypse Now”, directed by Francis Ford Coppola in 1979. He has also received Oscars for “Reds” in 1981 and “The Last Emperor” in 1987. In addition, he earned an Oscar nomination for his collaboration in “Dick Tracy” in 1990.
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