Jost Vacano

Jost Vacano

Darsteller, Kamera
*15.03.1934 Osnabrück

Biography

Jost Vacano was born in Osnabrück on March 15th, 1934. He studied electronic engineering at Munich University and after receiving his degree, he enrolled at the Deutsche Institut für Film und Fernsehen, a film and television school. In the mid-1950s, Vacano started to work in the production of ads and non-fiction films, for instance he assisted Peter Schamoni on a short documentary about the 1957 World Youth Games in Moscow. He also collaborated with Schamoni on six more short films and on the feature film "Schonzeit für Füchse" (1966).

In the 1960s and 1970s, Vacano worked as DoP in television and New German Cinema alike, including Rolf Hädrich's "Mord in Frankfurt" (1968), Peter Beauvais' adaptation of the Siegfried Lenz novel "Die Deutschstunde" (1971), the TV thriller "Kressin und der tote Mann im Fleet" (1971) – also directed by Beauvais –, Roland Klick's "Supermarkt" (1974) and " Lieb’ Vaterland, magst ruhig sein" (1976). He joined the upper echelon of Germany's cinematographers with Volker Schlöndorff's "Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum", for which he was awarded the German Film Prize. This was followed by Wolf Gremm's " Die Brüder" (1976) and "Tod oder Freiheit" (1977).

His creative partnership with director Wolfgang Petersen began with the highly successful submarine thriller "Das Boot", and continued on "Die unendliche Geschichte". At this point, Hollywood already took notice of his talent, thanks to the international success of "Das Boot" and his associated Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography . Vacano shot "RoboCop" for maverick director Paul Verhoeven, and continued to work with the Verhoeven on "Total Recall" (1990), "Showgirls" (1995), "Starship Troopers" (1997) and "Hollow Man" (2000).

Jost Vacano received numerous awards for his work, which is also the subject of the book "Jost Vacano – Die Kamera als Auge des Zuschauers" by Marco Kregel.

Filmography

2012/2013 Roland Klick - The Heart is a Hungry Hunter
Participation
 
1996 Hollywood, Germany - Die amerikanische Herausforderung
Participation
 
1983/1984 Die unendliche Geschichte
Director of photography
 
1982/1983 Die wilden Fünfziger
Director of photography
 
1980/1981 Das Boot
Director of photography
 
1978 Das fünfte Gebot
Director of photography
 
1977 Tod oder Freiheit
Director of photography
 
1976 Die Brüder
Director of photography
 
1975/1976 Lieb Vaterland, magst ruhig sein
Director of photography
 
1975/1976 Potato Fritz
Director of photography
 
1975 Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum
Director of photography
 
1974/1975 Am Wege
Director of photography
 
1974 Sechs Wochen im Leben der Brüder G.
Director of photography
 
1973/1974 Supermarkt
Director of photography
 
1972/1973 Entziehung - Ein Tagebuch
Director of photography
 
1972 Plaza Fortuna
Director of photography
 
1972 Auf Befehl erschossen. Die Brüder Sass, einst Berlins große Ganoven
Director of photography
 
1971/1972 Mandala
Director of photography
 
1971 Die Deutschstunde
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1970/1971 Kressin und der tote Mann im Fleet
Director of photography
 
1969/1970 Schmetterlinge weinen nicht
Director of photography
 
1969/1970 Eine große Familie
Director of photography
 
1969 Die Geschichte der 1002. Nacht
Director of photography
 
1969 Nur der Freiheit gehört unser Leben
Director of photography
 
1968/1969 Ramon Yendias Flucht
Director of photography
 
1968 Prüfung eines Lehrers
Director of photography
 
1968 Der Unfall
Director of photography
 
1968 Ödipus
Director of photography
 
1967/1968 Mord in Frankfurt
Director of photography
 
1967 König Ödipus
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1966/1967 Freitag muß es sein
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1966 Der Barockengel
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1965/1966 Schonzeit für Füchse
Director of photography
 
1964/1965 Hollywood in Deblatschka Pescara
Director of photography
 
1964/1965 Im Zwinger
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1963 Glattes Parkett
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1962 Ein Mann ist ein Mann
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1962 Die Teutonen kommen
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1961/1962 Bodega Bohemia
Director of photography
 
1959 Moskau ruft
Director of photography
 
1957 Moskau 1957
Director of photography
 
1957 Jazz im Kreml
Director of photography