Frano Vodopivec

Frano Vodopivec
Born (1924-07-04)4 July 1924
Zagreb, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died 13 March 1998(1998-03-13) (aged 73)
Zagreb, Croatia
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1952–1977

Frano Vodopivec (4 July 1924 – 13 March 1998) was an award-winning Croatian cinematographer.


Vodopivec first began working with film and photography in high school and during World War II he worked at Hrvatski slikopis, the state-sponsored film company which produced propaganda shorts for the short-lived fascist regime of the Independent State of Croatia.[1] After the war he worked on newsreels, before joining Jadran Film production company, for whom he shot his first short feature in 1947 and his first feature film in 1952 (U oluji, directed by Vatroslav Mimica).[1]

His second feature was The Girl and the Oak (1955, directed by Krešo Golik), which won him the Golden Arena for Best Cinematography at the 1955 Pula Film Festival, the Yugoslav national film awards.[2] Vodopivec went on to work with a number of renowned Croatian directors in the following decades, including Fadil Hadžić and Antun Vrdoljak, and he won his second Golden Arena in 1969, for Hadžić's An Event and Vrdoljak's When You Hear the Bells.[3]

Along with Oktavijan Miletić, he is considered the first cinematographer in Croatian cinema whose work highlighted the importance of cinematography in the overall aesthetic quality of film.[1] His last feature film was Fliers of the Open Skies (Letači velikog neba, 1977) and he retired from filmmaking in the early 1980s. Vodopivec was also awarded the Vladimir Nazor Award for Life Achievement in 1989, the highest Croatian national award for arts.[1]

Selected filmography


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Vodopivec Frano". (in Croatian). Retrieved 13 September 2010.
  2. "2. Pulski filmski festival". Web Archive (in Croatian). Pula Film Festival. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
  3. "16. Pulski filmski festival". Web Archive (in Croatian). Pula Film Festival. Retrieved 13 September 2010.

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