Michael Ballhaus

Director of photography, Assistant cameraman, Camera operator
This distinguished cinematographer reportedly developed an interest in filmmaking after director Max Ophuls allowed him to watch the filming of "Lola Montes" (1955). In 1970, Ballhaus shot "Whity," the first of some 15 ... Read more »
Born: 08/05/1935 in Berlin, DE

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (73)

3096 (AT) 2013 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

3096 Tage 2013 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

World on a Wire 2010 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Departed 2006 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Something's Gotta Give 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Uptown Girls 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Gangs of New York 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Legend of Bagger Vance 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

What Planet Are You From? 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Wild Wild West 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Primary Colors 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Air Force One 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Sleepers 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Outbreak 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

I Only Want You to Love Me 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

I'll Do Anything 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Martha 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Quiz Show 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Deutschland im Herbst 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Age of Innocence 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Mambo Kings 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Guilty By Suspicion 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

What About Bob? 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Postcards From the Edge 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Beware of a Holy Whore 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bolwieser 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Chinesisches Roulette 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Satansbraten 1989 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Fabulous Baker Boys 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Marriage of Maria Braun 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The House on Carroll Street 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Working Girl 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Broadcast News 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Landscape With Waitress 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Glass Menagerie 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Edith's Tagebuch 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Color of Money 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Under the Cherry Moon 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

After Hours 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Heartbreakers 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Malou 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Old Enough 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Reckless 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Baby It's You 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Das Autogram 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dear Mr. Wonderful 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Der Zauberberg 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Friends and Husbands 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Looping 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Der Aufstand 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Gross und Klein 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Deutscher Fruehling 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Kaleidoskop: Valeska Gert, Nur zum Spass-nur zum Spiel 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Trilogie des Wiedersehens 1978 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Despair 1977 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Die Erste Polka 1977 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Fox and His Friends 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Frauen in New York 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Adolf & Marlene 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Also es war so... 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Sommergaeste 1974 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Aus der Familie der Panzereschen 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Tschetan, der Indianerjunge 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Sand 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Whity 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Baja Oklahoma (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Death of a Salesman (TV Show)

Director of Photography
Actor (11)

Side by Side 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Auge in Auge 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cinematographer Style 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fassbinder in Hollywood 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fassbinder's Women 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Ich Will Nicht Nur, Dass Ihr Mich Liebt 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Martin Scorsese Directs 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Marriage of Maria Braun 1989 (Movie)

Counsel--Anwalf (Actor)

Der Kleine Godard 1977 (Movie)

2nd Film Director's Cameraman (Actor)
Director (1)

In Berlin 2009 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

The Thirteenth Floor 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

This distinguished cinematographer reportedly developed an interest in filmmaking after director Max Ophuls allowed him to watch the filming of "Lola Montes" (1955). In 1970, Ballhaus shot "Whity," the first of some 15 films for Rainer Werner Fassbinder. In some ways his work for the enigmatic German director was not a harbinger for Ballhaus' talents. Fassbinder worked at a furious pace, making lighting textures problematic, and his camera was often static, leaving it up to the cinematographer to provide energy in scenes which have been classified as deliberately claustrophobic. While several of these films are known only to cineastes, a few like "The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant" (1972) and "The Marriage of Maria Braun" (1978) were art-house successes.

Relationships

Oskar Ballhaus

Father

Florian Ballhaus

Son
has worked on films with father

Jan Ballhaus

Son
has worked on films with father

Helga Betten

Wife
married on August 23, 1958

Lenna Huter

Mother

Pam Katz

Daughter-In-Law
wife of Florian Ballhaus has worked on films with father-in-law

EDUCATION

studied photography for two years

Milestones

2002

Was director of photography for Scorsese's "Gangs of New York"; received a BAFTA nomination for Best Cinematography

2001

Shot "Investigating Sex" for director Alan Rudolph

2000

Again partnered with Nichols on the comedy "What Planet Are You From?"

2000

Second collaboration with Redford as director, "The Legend of Bagger Vance"

1999

Was cinematographer on the overblown feature adaptation of the TV series "Wild Wild West"

1998

Shot "Primary Colors" for Mike Nichols

1997

Again teamed with Peterson on "Air Force One"

1995

Worked with director Wolfgang Peterson on "Outbreak"

1994

Was director of photography on "Quiz Show", directed by Robert Redford

1994

Reunited with James L Brooks for "I'll Do Anything"

1993

Began teaching at the University of Hamburg

1992

Served as cinematographer on "Bram Stoker's Dracula", directed by Francis Ford Coppola

1990

Reunited with Scorsese on "GoodFellas"

1989

Nominated for a second Academy Award for "The Fabulous Baker Boys"

1988

Shot Mike Nichols' "Working Girl", Frank Oz's "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ"

1987

Nominated for an Academy Award for "Broadcast News", directed by James L Brooks

1987

Hired by Newman to shoot "The Glass Menagerie"

1986

Shot "The Color of Money", directed by Scorsese and starring Paul Newman

1985

Worked in US TV for first time, "Death of a Salesman" (CBS), directed by Schlondorff

1985

First collaboration with Martin Scorsese, "After Hours"

1982

US film debut as director of photography, John Sayles' "Baby, It's You"

1982

Immigrated to USA

1979

Initial work for Volker Schlondorff, "Kaleidoskop: Valeska Gert, Nur zum Spess-nur zum Spiel"

1978

Last films with Fassbinder, "Despair", "The Stationmaster's Wife" and "The Marriage of Maria Braun"

1975

Was cinematographer on Fassbinder's "Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven"

1972

Shot Fassbinder's "The Bitter Tears of Petra Van Kant"

1969

First collaboration with Rainer Werner Fassbinder "Whity"

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