AFFONSO BEATO   ABC/ASC

 

Born: 13 July 1941, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as Affonso Henriques Ferreira Beato.

Education: Escola Nacional de Belas Artes [Painting].

Career: 'My father was born in Portugal. He came from a very poor family and immigrated to Brazil. He became a Ford Motor Company representative and later owned a glass manufacturing factory, which had fascinating technologies. He was determined to assure me a good education. My family had a Leica camera. Later I got a Hasselblad camera and started photographing architecture. I attended photography classes at the museum. I was also interested in movies. I would skip school to go see a movie instead. [...] I failed the test for the Naval Academy after high school when I was 16 years old. I went to work instead. We found ways to produce small, independent movies, but the political situation in Brazil became difficult. The military government started arresting filmmakers, musicians and other artists. My wife and I had an opportunity to go to New York [1970]. We planned to stay there for a couple of years. I met Jim McBride, a director in New York, who had seen 'Antonio das mortes' [1968]. We have done 13 pictures together; the first one was 'Hot Times' [in 1974]. I lived in New York City on the west side of Manhattan for 15 years. It was an interesting place and time to live. It was a time for reflection. There was great freedom in all of the arts, pop culture and music. All of those things had a great influence on me personally as a human being as well as a cinematographer. [...] I went back to Brazil for about five years [1985-90] as one of the heads of Empresa Brasileira de Filmes Sociedade Anônima [Embrafilme (created in 1969 and disbanded in 1990)], the state film production house. I was vice-president for cultural affairs and also for a film technology center that provided support for students who were making short films.' [From the KODAK OnFilm website.]

Ph 300+ commercials [for Shell, Exxon, C&A, Heineken, Fiat, a.o.], 60+ shorts and music videos.

One of the founding members [in 2000] of the ABC and president [2004-06]. Active member of the ASC since October 2002.

Teaches cinematography at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA.

In January 2011, Beato released his Stereo Depth 3D Calculator as an iPhone app.

Appeared in the tv-doc 'Retratos brasileiros - Affonso Beato' [2007, Jorge Monclar].

Awards: Festival de Brasilia 'Melhor fotografia' [1965]; Coruja de Ouro 'Melhor fotografia' [1969]; Festival de Gramado 'Melhor fotografia internacional' [1997]; Grande Prêmio Brasil [1999] for 'Orfeu'; Camerimage 'Golden Frog' nom [1999] & Goya Award nom [2000] for 'Todo sobre mi madre'; Prêmio ABC de Cinematografia [2001] for 'Vento' [commercial] and 'Pérola negra' [music video].

Website: Affonso Beato


 

 FILMS

1964

Cara a cara/Face to Face [Júlio Bressane] c

1964

Memória do Cangaço/Memories of the Cangaço [Paulo Gil Soares] b&w; doc/29m; + co-sincronização; also seg of 'Brasil verdade' (1968)

1965

Lima Barreto: Trajetória [Júlio Bressane] b&w; doc/11m

1965

Heitor dos Prazeres [Antonio Carlos da Fontoura] 16mm-35bu/c; doc/14m

1965

O circo [Arnaldo Jabor] c; doc/35m

1967

Brasília, contradições de uma cidade nova/Brasilia, Contradictions of a New City [Joaquim Pedro de Andrade] c; doc/23m

1967

Arte pública [Paulo Roberto Martins & Jorge Sirito de Vives] c; doc/14m

1968

1968/Passeatas de 68 [Glauber Rocha & Affonso Beato (as Affonso Beatto)] b&w; doc/22m

1968

O dragão da maldade contra o Santo Guerreiro/Antonio-das-mortes [Glauber Rocha] c; as Alfonso Beato

1968

Copacabana me engaña/Copacabana Fools Me [Antonio Carlos da Fontoura] b&w; cph: Jorge Bodanzky

1968

O bravo guerreiro/The Brave Warrior [Gustavo Dahl] b&w

1968

Brasil verdade [doc/130m/4 seg] see 'Memória do Cangaço' (1964)

1968

Viagem ao fim do mundo/Voyage to the End of the World [Fernando Campos] b&w; cph: Oswaldo De Oliveira & Cliton Villela

1969

Le maître du temps/O homem das estrelas [Jean-Daniel Pollet] c; cph: Jean Collomb

1969

Amáscara da traição [Roberto Pires] c; cph: Pompilho Tostes

1969

Macunaíma/Jungle Freaks [Joaquim Pedro de Andrade] c; addph; ph: Guido Cosulich

1969

Os imaginários [Geraldo Sarno] 16mm/b&w; doc/9m; as Afonso Beato; cph: Leonardo Bartucci & Lauro Escorel

1969

A mão do homem [Paulo Gil Soares] 16mm-35bu/c; doc/19m; as Afonso Beato; cph (+ prod): Thomaz Farkas

1969

A morte do boi [Paulo Gil Soares] c; doc/11m

1969

Casa de farinha [Geraldo Sarno] 16mm/c; doc/13m; cph: Lauro Escorel; also seg of 'Herança do Nordeste' (1972)

1970

Jornal do sertão [Geraldo Sarno] 16mm-35bu/b&w; doc/13m; as Afonso Beato; cph: Leonardo Bartucci & (+ co-prod) Thomaz Farkas

1970

Região: Cariri [Geraldo Sarno] 16mm-35bu/b&w-c; doc/10m

1970

Viva Cariri! [Geraldo Sarno] 16mm-35bu/b&w-c; doc/37m; cph: Lauro Escorel; addph: Eduardo Escorel & Jorge Bodanski

1970

Jaramataia [Paulo Gil Soares] c; doc/20m;  also seg of 'Herança do Nordeste' (1972)

1970

Vaquejada [Paulo Gil Soares] 16mm-35bu/c; doc/11m; addph: Lauro Escorel (+ c.asst) & Thomaz Farkas (+ prod)

1970

O engenho [Geraldo Sarno] 16mm-35bu/c; doc/10m; cph: Lauro Escorel

1970

O homem de couro [Paulo Gil Soares] 16mm/c; doc/21m; addph; ph (+ prod): Thomaz Farkas

1970

Frei Damião - trombeta dos aflitos, martelo dos herejes [Paulo Gil Soares] 16mm-35bu/c; doc/20m; addph: Thomaz Farkas (+ prod) & Lauro Escorel (+ c.asst)

1970

Erva Bruxa [Paulo Gil Soares] 16mm/c; doc/22m; also seg of 'Herança do Nordeste' (1972)

1970

Pindorama [Arnaldo Jabor] c

1971

P'Cicero/Padre Cícero [Geraldo Sarno] 16mm/b&w-c; doc/10m; cph: Lauro Escorel; also seg of 'Herança do Nordeste' (1972)

1971

O capitão bandeira contra o Dr. Moura Brasil [Antônio Calmon] cs/b&w-c

1971

La tierra prometida/The Promised Land [Miguel Littin] c

1972

De raízes & rezas, entre outros [Sergio Muniz] c; doc/39m; cph: Thomaz Farkas & Jorge Bodansky

1972

Herança do Nordeste [doc/82m/5 seg] see 'Casa de farinha' (1969), 'Jaramataia' (1970), 'Erva Bruxa' (1970) & 'P'Cícero' (1971)

1974

Hot Times/A Hard Day for Archie/Sweet Sixteen [Jim McBride] c

1975

Terra dos Índios/Land of the Indians [Zelito Viana] c; doc/105m; cph: Lúcio Kodato, Ricardo Stein & Luiz Carlos Saldanha

1975

Ensaio [Roberto Duarte] c; doc/11m

1975

Destino manifiesto [José García] b&w-c; doc/56m; cph: J. García

1976

The Double Day [Helena Solberg-Ladd] 16mm/c; doc/52m; cph: Christine Burrill

1977

Porto Rico: paraíso invadido/Puerto Rico: Paradise Invaded [Affonso Beato] c; doc/30m

1977

The Boss' Son [Bobby Roth] c

1980

You Better Watch Out/Christmas Evil/Terror in Toyland [Lewis Jackson] c; cph: Ricardo Aronovich

1980

Circle of Power/Mystique/Brainwash/The Naked Weekend [Bobby Roth] c

1980

Documenteur [: An Emotion Picture] [Agnès Varda] 16mm-35bu/c; short/58m; cph: Nurith Aviv & Bob Carr

1981

Routes of Exile: A Moroccan Jewish Odyssey [Eugene Rosow] 16mm/c; doc/90m; cph: Armand Marco & Jeri Sopanen

1982

Los dos mundos de Angelita/The Two Worlds of Angelita [Jane Morrison] 16mm-35bu/c

1983

Para viver um grande amor/To Live a Great Love [Miguel Faria Jr.] c

1984

Além da paixão/Happily Ever After/Beyond Passion/Felizes para sempre [Bruno Barreto] c

1984

Tropclip [Luiz Fernando Goulart] c

1985

The Big Easy [Jim McBride] c

1988

Great Balls of Fire! [Jim McBride] c

1989

Enid Is Sleeping/Over Her Dead Body [Maurice Phillips] c

1993

Uncovered [Jim McBride] c

1994

Mil e uma/A Thousand and One [Susana de Moraes] c

1995

La flor de mi secreto/The Flower of My Secret [Pedro Almodóvar] c

1995

Cinco dias, cinco noites/Five Days, Five Nights [José Fonseca e Costa] c

1995

Traição/Treason/Betrayal [Arthur Fontes ('First Sin'), José Henrique Fonseca ('Son of a Bitch') & Cláudio Torres ('Diabolic')] c; 3 seg; cph: Breno Silveira

1997

Carne trémula/Live Flesh [Pedro Almodóvar] p/c

1998

Orfeu [Carlos Diegues] s35/c; 2uc: Luís Abramo

1998

Todo sobre mi madre/Tudo sobre minha mãe/All About My Mother [Pedro Almodóvar] p/c

1999

Price of Glory [Carlos Ávila] c

2000

Ghost World [Terry Zwigoff] c; addph: Nancy Schreiber

2001

View from the Top [Bruno Barreto] s35/c; addph: Enrique Chediak

2001

Deus é Brasileiro/God Is Brazilian [Carlos Diegues] s35/c; 2uc: Rodrigo Monte

2002

Dot the I [Matthew Parkhill] c

2002

The Fighting Temptations [Jonathan Lynn] s35/c; SpaceCam ph: Ron Goodman

2004

Dark Water [Walter Salles] p/c; 2uc: Monty Rowan

 

With dir Stephen Frears [left] and actress Helen Mirren - "The Queen"

 

2005

The Queen [Stephen Frears] s16+v (archive)+35mm-to-35mm/c; aph: Adam Dale

2006

Linha de Passe [Walter Salles & Daniela Thomas] announced as ph, but film was ph by Mauro Pinheiro Jr.

2006

Love in the Time of Cholera [Mike Newell] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Rodrigo Monte

 

With dir George C. Wolfe [right] - "Nights in Rodanthe"

 

2007

Nights in Rodanthe [George C. Wolfe] s35/c; aph: David B. Nowell; 2uc: Kees van Oostrum

2010

Celestina [Jose Rivera] pre-production

2012

O tempo e o vento/The Time and the Wind [Jayme Monjardim] HD (Sony F65) scope-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; also tv-miniseries

 

 TELEVISION [also as ph consultant]

1970

Supergirl [- Das Mädchen von den Sternen] [Rudolf Thome] tvm; + small part

1980

Oye Willie [Livia Pérez-Borrero] 7-part series, 1980-81; for PBS-tv

1982

The Brazilian Connection - A Struggle for Democracy/A conexão brasileira [Helena Solberg] 16mm-to-tape/c; doc/58m; cph: Tom Sigel & Ron Zinnerman; for PBS-tv

1991

Marisa Monte - Mais [Lula Buarque de Hollanda & Arthur Fontes] mus special/85m; addph: Mustapha Barat & José Guerra

1991

Blood Ties [Jim McBride] pilot

1992

The Wrong Man [Jim McBride] tvm; + small part

1996

The Informant/Johnny Loves Suzy [Jim McBride] tvm; also in theatres

1996

Pronto [Jim McBride] tvm

1997

Dead by Midnight [Jim McBride] tvm

2001

Adriana Calcanhoto - Público [Jodele Lacher & Suzana de Moraes] mus show/b&w-c/60m

2003

Plainsong [Richard Pearce] tvm; ep #323 'Hallmark Hall of Fame'-series

2008

Maysa - Quando fala o coração [Jayme Monjardim] 9-part miniseries/HD (ARRI D-21), 2009; for Globo-tv

2009

Viver a vida [Jayme Monjardim & Fabricio Mamberti] 116-part series, 2009-10; ph cons; ph: Paulo Souza; for Globo-tv

 

"Cinema Verite"

 

2010

Cinema Verite [Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini] tvm/s8+s35+HD (Panasonic AJ-HPX3700)-to-HD

2011

A grande família [Luiz Felipe Sá & Olivia Guimarães] series, 2001-present; 11th season, 2011; ph cons; ph: Chico Rufino; for Globo-tv

2011

Emoções em Jerusalém/Roberto Carlos - Jerusalém [Jayme Monjardim & Mario Meirelles] mus special/93m/HD; cph: Césio Lima; filmed 7 September; for Globo-tv

 

 FILMS AS CAMERA ASSISTANT

1963

Os fuzis/The Guns [Ruy Guerra] ph: Ricardo Aronovich