From Moving Picture World article "Ambrosio in America", Volume 13, No. 13, September 28, 1912


Born  May 18, 1885   Turin/Torino, Italy  (source:

Started his career with the Cines and Itala Studios in Italy.  Claimed to have invented the lens shade and to be the first to shoot double-exposures in motion pictures.  He later asserted that he was the first cameraman to use a foreground reflector in California. Worked with Oscar C. Apfel producing films for Pathe before coming to work with DeMille.   (source: Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood, Birchard)

Founded the Ambrosio Film Company in Turin, Italy in 1906 with Arturo Ambrosio (source: Encyclopedia of Early Cinema, Richard Abel)

Itala Films were being released through the Mutual Film Corporation, 60 Wall Street, New York City (source: Moving Picture World, Volume 13, No. 12, September 21, 1912)


  Advertisement from Moving Picture World, Volume 13, No. 12, September 21, 1912


Cameraman for Pathe Freres for 5 years,  now joining the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company as principal cameraman  (source: Moving Picture World, Volume 18, N0. 13,  December 27, 1913)

Cecil B. DeMille's first cameraman, on DeMille's first picture:  The Squaw Man 1913 (source: Motion Picture Photography, Raimondo Souto)

The Squaw Man (1914) was shot between December 29, 1913 and at least January 20, 1914.  Bert Longenecker and Johnny Cramer were Assistant Cameramen (source: The Progressive Silent Film List by Carl Bennett)

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                                February 24, 1914 ad from Moving Picture World


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                         Cover of Moving Picture World, March 28, 1914, with scene from The Squaw Man


"A. Gandolfi, who photographed "A Man of Sorrow", the Fox Production starring William Farnum, was one of the camera men to take motion pictures from an aeroplane" (source: Motography, Volume XV, No. 18,  April 29, 1916)

Alfredo Gandolfi suffers loss of early possessions in a fire (date of fire unknown, reported in Cinema News April 1, 1917)

Alfred E. Gandolfi, former Pathe Cameraman, is at present attached to the Directorial Staff of Director Edgar Jones, of the Balboa Company (source: Cinema News April 15, 1917)

Member of the Cinema Camera Club 1918 (source: Cinema News Nov-Dec 1918)

Returned to the coast with Oscar Apfel in 1919 (source: Cinema News April, 1919, Vol III, No. 1)

Alfred E. Gandolfi married Claire L. Trostler, July 9, 1930, Manhattan, New York (source:, believed to be THE Alfred E. Gandolfi )

Became a Naturalized Citizen on November 11, 1954, age 69 (source:

Died June 9, 1963   New York, age 78 of Anemia (source: Wikipedia)



Oscar C. Apfel, Co-Director (left), Alfred Gandolfi (center) at the Pathe, Bert Longenecker (right)  December 29, 1913, first day of shooting on The Squaw Man (source unknown)


           Oscar Apfel (source unknown)




                                        Bert Longenecker driving, from The International Photographer, September, 1929



                      From Moving Picture World article "Ambrosio in America", Volume 13, No. 13, September 28, 1912




            Alfredo Gandolfi Photo of Alfredo Gandolfi from an article on the Photo Drama Film Company 1914 (source unknown)

"Signor A. Gandolfi, former business head of the Ambrosio Company, is in charge of the affairs at Turin, and will be director for the big films that will be made at this new plant. The site is admirable, occupying the vantage point in a ten acre plot of land surrounded by a high stone wall. It is Mr. Kleine’s belief that it is the finest location for studio purposes in all Italy. The grounds are nicely wooded and there is a small lake within the enclosure. I hope to show you some views of it within a short time."


      Arturo Ambrosio, 1909   (source unknown)

“Film played an important role at the 1911 Exposition. Turin was the cradle of the Italian film industry, and the Turinese Ambrosio Film Company was founded in 1906 by Arturo Ambrosio and Alfredo Gandolfi. From 1908 to 1912, Ambrosio Film produced numerous short films and, from 1911 on, it specialized in multiple-reel feature films such as L’ultimo dei Frontignac (The Last of the Frontignacs, 1911) ". According to the Encyclopedia of Early Cinema, "in 1912 and 1913, Ambrosio managed to release around 200 films per year and shared with Cines the role of leading Italian manufacturer on the international market."

Ambrosio Film received the prize for the best artistic film and best documentary at the International Exposition with a drama on the Risorgimento entitled Nozze d’oro (The Golden Anniversary), featuring the leading Ambrosio actors Alberto Capozzi and Mary Cléo Tarlarini. Turin 1911 also hosted screenings of the documentary La vita delle farfalle (The Life Cycle of the Butterflies) based on a narrative by Guido Gozzano.”



                          Article from Motion Picture News 1913  (date presumed)


      Alfred Gandolfi's personal Pathe Professional 35mm motion picture camera