Ralf D Bode

Director of photography, Director, Camera operator
German-born cinematographer Ralf D Bode immigrated to the USA in 1954 and gravitated to filmmaking in the US Army Signal Corps. After working as a gaffer and lighting designer for director John G Avildsen, he graduated ... Read more »
Born: 03/30/1941 in Berlin, DE

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (51)

Annie (TV) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Boys and Girls 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Hunt For the Unicorn Killer 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

CBS: The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Proposition 1998 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Unglued 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Simple Wish 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Women Without Implants 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

A Streetcar Named Desire 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Hacks 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

I'm Not Rappaport 1996 (Movie)

(Photography)

Don Juan Demarco 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Big Green 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bad Girls 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Safe Passage 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

John Leguizamo's "Spic-O-Rama" 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Made in America 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Leaving Normal 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Love Field 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Very Best of The Ed Sullivan Show -- II 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

One Good Cop 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Cousins 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Uncle Buck 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Distant Thunder 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Accused 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Long Way Home 1988 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Critical Condition 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Big Town 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Whoopee Boys 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Violets Are Blue 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bring on the Night 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

First Born 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Gorky Park 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Raggedy Man 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Little Sex 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Coal Miner's Daughter 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dressed to Kill 1980 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Rich Kids 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Slow Dancing in the Big City 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Somebody Killed Her Husband 1978 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Saturday Night Fever 1977 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hearts and Minds 1975 (Movie)

camera operator 2nd unit (Camera Operator)

Foreplay 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Saturday Night at the Baths 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

There Is No 13 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Gypsy (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Last Rites (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End (TV Show)

Director of Photography
Director (2)

Crossroads 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director

Love Field 1992 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)
Other (1)

Moment By Moment 1978 (Movie)

(Technical Advisor)

Biography

German-born cinematographer Ralf D Bode immigrated to the USA in 1954 and gravitated to filmmaking in the US Army Signal Corps. After working as a gaffer and lighting designer for director John G Avildsen, he graduated to director of photography duties on a spate of minor films before evoking the gritty, sweaty milieu of disco New York in John Badham's "Saturday Night Fever" (1977). His first collaboration with director Michael Apted, "Coal Miner's Daughter" (1980), brought him acclaim (and an Oscar nomination) for his effective use of Kentucky and Tennessee locations to evoke the hardscrabble beginnings of country singer Loretta Lynn. In his next pairing with Apted ("Gorky Park" 1983), he helped make Helsinki stand in for Moscow, presenting a plausible portrait of life in the then-current Soviet Union. Bode's films with Apted include two feature documentaries, "Bring on the Night" (1985) and "The Long Way Home", and he also made his directing debut in 1993 for (executive producer) Apted with an episode ("The Harvest") of the ABC series "Crossroads".

Bode's contributions greatly enhanced "Dressed to Kill", Brian De Palma's stylish 1980 exercise in ersatz-Hitchcock suspense-terror, helping maintain the fever pitch from start to finish. In addition to Apted and Avildsen, he has enjoyed multiple feature associations with directors Jack Fisk ("Raggedy Man" 1981, "Violets Are Blue" 1986), Jonathan Kaplan ("The Accused" 1988, "Love Field" 1992, "Bad Girls" 1994) and screenwriter Holly Goldberg Sloan ("The Big Green" 1995, "American Pie" 1999). Bode's best work during the 90s probably came on CBS' adaptations of "Gypsy" (1993, starring Bette Midler) and "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1995, with Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin) and the spectacular, multi-ethnic "Wonderful World of Disney" presentation of "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" (ABC, 1997), starring Brandy in the title role and featuring Whitney Houston, Jason Alexander, Whoopi Goldberg and Bernadette Peters, among others. He was also responsible for the hazy warm look of Anne De Salvo's hysterical 20-minute short, "Women Without Implants" (1997), shown as a segment of "The Lifetime Women's Film Festival".

Relationships

Max Bode

Son

Peer Bode

Brother

Paul Bode

Son

Christine Bode

Wife
Married 1997 until his death 2001

EDUCATION

School of Drama, Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut

University of Vermont

Burlington , Vermont 1962

Milestones

1999

Served as cinematographer for the ABC/Disney adaptation of "Annie"; earned Emmy nomination

1999

Shot "American Pie", co-helmed by Paul and Chris Weitz from a script by Holly Goldberg Sloan

1997

Returned to musicals as the director of photography for "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella", a presentation of ABC's "Wonderful World of Disney"

1995

Was cinematographer on the CBS remake of "A Streetcar Named Desire", starring Jessica Lange

1995

Served as director of photography for Sloan's directorial debut, "The Big Green"

1993

Was director of photography on two high-profile small screen projects: "John Leguizamo's 'Spic-O-Rama'" (HBO) and the CBS remake of the musical "Gypsy", for which he earned an Emmy nod

1993

First association with screenwriter Holly Goldberg Sloan, Richard Benjamin's "Made in America"; Sloan's first produced script

1992

Crossed paths with Apted (executive producer) on ABC series "Crossroads", serving as director of photography on an untitled episode directed by Apted and directing the episodes "The Harvest"

1992

Worked as 2nd unit director on Jonathan Kaplan's "Love Field"; also served as cinematographer

1989

As one of four cinematographers, contributed to Apted's "The Long Way Home", a documentary about Soviet underground rock star Boris Grebenshikov; last feature collaboration (to date) with the director

1987

Played a judge in Apted's "Critical Condition"; also worked as director pf photography

1986

Reteamed with Fisk and Spacek on "Violets Are Blue"

1985

First documentary feature with Apted, "Bring on the Night", chronicled the formation of Sting's post-Police rock-jazz band, culminating in their first concert performance

1983

Reteamed with Apted for "Gorky Park"

1981

Collaborated with art director-turned-helmer Jack Fisk (Spacek's husband) on Fisk's feature directing debut, "Raggedy Man", starring Spacek

1980

Received Oscar nomination for his cinematography on "Coal Miner's Daughter", starring Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn; first film with director Michael Apted

1978

Reteamed with Avildsen as director of photography on "Slow Dancing in the City"

1977

Breakthrough feature as cinematographer, "Saturday Night Fever", helmed by John Badham

1976

Did second unit photography on Avildsen's "Rocky", including the famous shot of Rocky running up the steps of the Museum of Art in Philadelphia

1974

First films as director of photography, "Foreplay" (co-directed by Avildsen), "Saturday Night at the Baths" and "There Is No 13"

1972

Began his feature career as a gaffer and lighting designer for director John G Avildsen on "The Stoolie"

1966

Served in the US Army Signal Corps as a filmmaker and teacher of combat photography at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey

1963

After college, attempted to pursue an acting career; appeared on stage in the Off-Broadway productions, "A Man's a Man" and "Best Foot Forward", the latter alongside Liza Minnelli

1954

family emigrated to Vermont in the USA

After military service, moved to NYC and worked his way up from electrician to lighting designer and gaffer

Raised in Bavaria

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