Sol Polito

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Sol Polito
Sol-Polito-1942.jpg
Sol Polito in 1942
BornSalvatore Polito
(1892-11-12)November 12, 1892
Palermo, Italy
DiedMay 23, 1960(1960-05-23) (aged 67)
Los Angeles, California, US
OccupationCinematographer
Years active19141949
Spouse(s)Frances D'Angelis
Children2
RelativesGene Polito (son)

Sol Polito, A.S.C. (born Salvatore Polito, November 12, 1892 — May 23, 1960) was a Sicilian-American cinematographer. He is best known for his work with directors Michael Curtiz and Mervyn LeRoy at Warner Bros. studios in the 1930s and 1940s.

Biography[edit]

Salvatore Polito was born November 12, 1892, in Palermo, Italy, and immigrated to the United States in 1905.[1] He attended school in New York City and began working in the motion picture industry as a still photographer. After experience as a lab assistant and camera assistant, he was promoted to lighting cameraman in 1917.[2]

Polito married Frances (Francesca) D'Angelis in New York in 1914.[3][4] The union produced two sons. The elder son Gene Polito (1918-2010) also became a cinematographer.[5] Younger son S. Robert Polito (1922-2015) became a physician.

Polito moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1919 to continue his career at First National Pictures and Warner Bros.[5] He worked on more than 170 films at various studios,[6] but is best known for his work at Warner Bros. with directors Michael Curtiz and Mervyn LeRoy.[2]

Polito died in Los Angeles on May 23, 1960, aged 67, [7] and was entombed in the Mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles, California.

Accolades[edit]

Polito received three Academy Award nominations:[8]

Select filmography[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
1914 Rip Van Winkle [6]
1915 The Butterfly Oscar A. C. Lund [6]
1915 A Butterfly on the Wheel Maurice Tourneur [6]
1915 The Cotton King Oscar Eagle [6]
1917 The Runaway Dell Henderson [6]
1919 Burglar by Proxy John Francis Dillon [6]
1920 The Misleading Lady George Irving
George W. Terwilliger
[6]
1923 The Bad Man Edwin Carewe [6]
1928 The Haunted House Benjamin Christensen
1929 Scarlet Seas John Francis Dillon [6]
1930 No, No, Nanette Clarence G. Badger [6]
1931 Five Star Final Mervyn LeRoy [6]
1932 Two Seconds Mervyn LeRoy [6]
1932 I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang Mervyn LeRoy [6]
1932 Three on a Match Mervyn LeRoy [6]
1933 Gold Diggers of 1933 Mervyn LeRoy [6]
1933 42nd Street Lloyd Bacon [6]
1934 Dr. Monica William Keighley [6]
1934 Dames Ray Enright [6]
1934 Flirtation Walk Frank Borzage [6]
1935 G Men William Keighley [6]
1936 The Petrified Forest Archie Mayo [6]
1937 The Prince and the Pauper William Keighley [6]
1938 The Adventures of Robin Hood Michael Curtiz [6]
1938 Angels with Dirty Faces Michael Curtiz [6]
1939 The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex Michael Curtiz Nominee (with W. Howard Greene), Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Color)[6][8]
1939 Dodge City Michael Curtiz [6]
1939 Four Wives Michael Curtiz [6]
1940 Virginia City Michael Curtiz [6]
1940 The Sea Hawk Michael Curtiz [6]
1940 Santa Fe Trail Michael Curtiz [6]
1941 The Sea Wolf Michael Curtiz [6]
1941 Sergeant York Howard Hawks Nominee, Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Black and White)[6][8]
1942 Captains of the Clouds Michael Curtiz Nominee, Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Color)[6][8]
1942 Now, Voyager Irving Rapper [6]
1943 This Is the Army Michael Curtiz [6]
1944 Arsenic and Old Lace Frank Capra [6]
1944 The Adventures of Mark Twain Irving Rapper [6]
1945 The Corn Is Green Irving Rapper [6]
1947 The Long Night Anatole Litvak [6]
1948 Sorry, Wrong Number Anatole Litvak [6]
1948 The Voice of the Turtle Irving Rapper [6]
1949 Anna Lucasta Irving Rapper [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Salvatore Polito". National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Naturalization Records of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Central Division (Los Angeles), 1887–1940; Microfilm Roll: 93; Microfilm Serial: M1524. Ancestry.com, U.S. Naturalization Records, 1840–1957 [database online]. Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2010. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  2. ^ a b Katz, Ephraim (1998). Klein, Fred; Nolen, Ronald Dean, eds. The Film Encyclopedia (3rd ed.). New York: HarperPerennial. p. 1096. ISBN 0-06-273492-X.
  3. ^ "Salvatore Polito". Ancestry.com. New York, New York, Marriage Index 1866–1937 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  4. ^ "Frances Polito". Ancestry.com. California, Death Index, 1940–1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2000. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  5. ^ a b "In Memoriam: Gene Polito, ASC". USC School of Cinematic Arts. 2010-12-02. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq "Sol Polito". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  7. ^ "Sol Polito". Ancestry.com. California, Death Index, 1940–1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2000. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  8. ^ a b c d "Sol Polito". Academy Awards Database. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2017-03-01.

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