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).
Cinematography (Feature Film)
Film Production - Main (Feature Film)
Began career in features as assistant cameraman
At age 16, shot first feature
First collaboration with Roberto Rossellini, "Paisan"
Shot "Stromboli" for Rossellini
First collaboration with Federico Fellini, "Luci del Varieta"
Won acclaim for Fellini's "La Strada"
Final collaboration with Fellini, "Boccaccio '70"
Shot last film to date, Pier Paolo Pasolini's documentary "Sopraluoghi in Palestina"