Michael Ballhaus

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Director of Photography - Germany
Born August 5, 1935 in Berlin
Died April 12, 2017 in Berlin

Mini-Biography:
Michael Ballhaus was born on August 5, 1935 in Berlin. He was a German Director of Photography, known for The Color of Money (1986), Working Girl (1988), Broadcast News (1987), Michael Ballhaus's first movie on record is from 1958. Michael Ballhaus died on April 12, 2017 in Berlin. His last motion picture on file dates from 2013.
Biographical Notes in German: "Er ist einer der wenigen wirklich etablierten deutschen Stars in Hollywood, doch mit dem hektischen Promi-Rummel hat er nichts zu tun. Der Platz von Michael Ballhaus ist seit mehr als 40 Jahren hinter dem Kameraobjektiv. Licht und Schatten, Farben, Bewegung und Brennweiten sind die Zutaten seiner Kunst. Nun hat der 67-jährige Kameramann aus Berlin zum dritten Mal die Chance, einen Oscar zu gewinnen. Er ist für seine Arbeit an Martin Scorseses "Gangs of New York" nominiert.

Für Ballhaus selbst ist die kompromisslose und aufwendige Saga seines Lieblingsregisseurs Scorsese "schon so etwas wie eine Krönung" gewesen. Im Gespräch mit Tom Tykwer für das Buch "Das fliegende Auge" (Berlin Verlag) sagte er: "Auch wenns nicht mein letzter Film sein wird, so habe ich manchmal gedacht, er könnte eine Art Quintessenz darstellen, inhaltlich und auch formal."

Flüssige, elegant ausgreifende Fahrten, exquisites, sattes Licht und der nach ihm benannte Ballhaus-Kreisel, eine taumelnde 360-Grad-Bewegung rund um die Schauspieler, sind seine Markenzeichen. Der Enkel des Regisseurs Max Ophüls hat 15 Filme für Rainer Werner Fassbinder gedreht, darunter "Martha", "Die Ehe der Maria Braun" und "Lili Marleen". Seine "entfesselte Kamera" prägte den Neuen Deutschen Film. Dann, nach dem Bruch mit dem exzentrischen und autoritären Regisseur, geht Ballhaus Anfang der 80er Jahre in die USA, wo er seither wie am Schnürchen einen Erfolgsfilm nach dem anderen dreht.
Seinen außergewöhnlichen Erfolg in Hollywoods Filmgeschäft erklärt Ballhaus so: "Die hohe Kunst der Kamera fängt da an, wo die Bilder etwas erzählen, was die Schauspieler nicht sagen". Nach seinem Regiedebüt über die Arbeit Fassbinders, dem Dokumenterfilm "Fassbinder produziert: Film 8", dreht er einen Film über Lotte Lenya - mit durchschlagenden Erfolg. Der sympathische Star Ballhaus ist das "magische Auge" nicht nur für Scorsese, sondern auch für andere Regiestars wie Francis Ford Coppola, Mike Nichols, Robert Redford und Wolfgang Petersen. Er kreiert die üppigen Bilder in historischen Filmen wie "Bram Stoker's Dracula" oder "Zeit der Unschuld", er bewältigt schnelle zeitgenössische Komödien wie "Working Girls", Mafia-Geschichten wie "Good Fellas" oder Action-Thriller wie "Air Force One". Für "Die Fabelhaften Baker Boys" und "Nachrichtenfieber" wurde er von der Film-Academy zwar nominiert, ging in der Oscar-Nacht aber bisher immer leer aus.

Privat: Ballhaus und seine Frau Helga pendeln seit Jahren zwischen Los Angeles, New York und Berlin hin und her. Die beiden Söhne Florian und Sebastian sind auch beim Film gelandet. Florian hat auch an "Gangs of New York" als Kameramann gearbeitet und viele der Kampfszenen gedreht. "Der hat das meiste Blut abgekriegt", sagt der Vater, der sich selbst am liebsten mit Liebesszenen beschäftigt." (Pro7)

Bundesfilmpreis 1973 für "Petra von Kant"
Bundesfilmpreis 1978 für "Despair"

Michael Ballhaus Filmography [Auszug]
2013: [] 3096 Tage (Director of Photography), Directed by Sherry Horman, with Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Thure Lindhardt, Amelia Pidgeon,
2008: [] Auge in Auge - Eine deutsche Filmgeschichte (Cast), Directed by Michael Althen, Hans Helmut Prinzler, with Tom Tykwer, Andreas Dresen,
2004: [] Something's gotta give (Director of Photography), Directed by Nancy Myers, with Diane Keaton, Frances McDermand, Jack Nicholson,
2002: [] Gangs of New York (Director of Photography), Directed by Martin Scorsese, with Daniel Day-Lewis, Alec McGowen, Barbara Bouchet,
2000: [] The Legend of Bagger Vance (Director of Photography), Directed by Robert Redford, with Matt Damon, Joel Gretsch, Jack Lemmon,
1998: [] Primary colors (Director of Photography), Directed by Mike Nichols, with Kathy Bates, Rebecca Walker, John Travolta,
1996: [] Sleepers (Director of Photography), Directed by Barry Levinson, with Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Brad Pitt,
1995: [/ /1] Outbreak (Director of Photography), Directed by Wolfgang Petersen, with Donald Sutherland, Rene Russo, Zakes Mokae,
1994: [/ /1] Quiz Show (Director of Photography), Directed by Robert Redford, with Hank Azaria, John Turturro, Mira Sorvino,
1993: [/ /1] Ich will nicht nur, dass ihr mich liebt (Cast), Directed by Hans Günther Pflaum, with Peter Zadek, Kurt Raab, Dietrich Lohmann,
1993: [/ /1] Lenya (Director),
1992: [] Bram Stoker's "Dracula" (Director of Photography), Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves,
1992: [] The Age of Innocence (Director of Photography), Directed by Martin Scorsese, with Daniel Day-Lewis, Joanne Woodward, Alec McGowen,
1991: [/ /1] Guilty by Suspicion (Director of Photography), Directed by Irwin Winkler, with Patricia Wettig, Tom Sizemore, Martin Scorsese,
1991: [/ /1] The Mambo kings (Director of Photography), Directed by Arne Glimcher, with Desi Arnaz jr., Tito Puente, Cathy Moriarty,
1990: [/ /1] Postcards from the Edge (Director of Photography), Directed by Mike Nichols, with Meryl Streep, Conrad Bain, Richard Dreyfuss,
1990: [/ /1] Good Fellas (Drei Jahrzehnte in der Mafia, Goodfellas) (Director of Photography), Directed by Martin Scorsese, with Lorraine Bracco, Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta,
1990: [/ /1] What about Bob ? (Director of Photography), Directed by Frank Oz, with Tom Aldredge, Richard Dreyfuss, Kathryn Erbe,
1989: [/ /1] The Fabulous Baker Boys (Director of Photography), Directed by Steve Kloves, with Xander Berkeley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakin Mathews,
1988: [/ /1] Working Girl (Director of Photography), Directed by Mike Nichols, with Sigourney Weaver, James Lally, Melanie Griffith,
1988: [] The last temptation of Christ (Director of Photography), Directed by Martin Scorsese, with Steven Shill, André Gregory, Paul Greco,
1988: [] Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Director of Photography), Directed by Frank Oz, with Michael Caine, Frances Conroy, Meagan Fay,
1988: [/ /1] Baja Oklahoma (Director of Photography), Directed by Bobby Roth, with Julia Roberts,
1988: [/ /1] The House on Carroll Street (Director of Photography), Directed by Peter Yates, with Christopher Buchholz, Jessica Tandy, Paul Sparer,
1987: [] Broadcast News (Director of Photography), Directed by James L. Brooks, with Jack Nicholson, Albert Brooks, Lois Chiles,
1987: [/ /1] The Glass Menagerie (La menagère de verre) (Director of Photography), Directed by Paul Newman, with Karen Allen, John Malkovich, James Naughton,
1986: [/ /1] The Color of Money (Director of Photography), Directed by Martin Scorsese, with Bill Cobbs, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio,
1986: [/ /1] Under the Cherry Moon (Director of Photography), with Jerome Benton, Steven Berkoff, Alexandra Stewart,
1985: [] Death of a Salesman (Director of Photography), Directed by Volker Schlöndorff, with Dustin Hoffman, Kate Reid, John Malkovich,
1985: [/ /1] After Hours (Director of Photography), Directed by Martin Scorsese, with Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom, Thomas Chong,
1984: [/ /1] Heartbreakers (Director of Photography), Directed by Bobby Ruth, with Peter Coyote, Max Gail, Carole Laure,
1984: [/ /1] Reckless (Director of Photography), Directed by James Foley, with Adam Baldwin, Cliff De Young, Jennifer Grey,
1983: [/ /1] The Stationmaster's Wife (Director of Photography),
1982: [/ /1] Dear Mr. Wonderful (Director of Photography), Directed by Peter Lilienthal, with Ivy Ray Browning, Evan Handler, Paul Herman,
1980: [/ /1] Malou (Director of Photography), Directed by Jeanine Meerapfel, with Ingrid Caven, Peter Chatel, Marie Colbin,
1980: [/ /1] Der Aufstand (The Uprising) (Director of Photography), Directed by Peter Lilienthal, with Oscar Castillo, Carlos Catania, Maria Lourdes Centano de Zeleya,
1978: [09.17] Der Gehilfe (Director of Photography), Directed by Ludwig Cremer, with Doris Buchrucker, Georg Corten, Ruth Hausmeister,
1978: [] Die Ehe der Maria Braun (The marriage of Maria Braun) (Director of Photography), Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, with Isolde Barth, Elisabeth Trissenaar, Hanna Schygulla,
1978: [] Deutschland im Herbst (Germany in Autumn) (Director of Photography), Directed by Bernhard Sinkel, Hans-Peter Cloos, with Manfred Zapatka, Otto Friebel, Rainer Werner Fassbinder,
1978: [/ /1] Die erste Polka (Director of Photography),
1977: [07.31] Bolwieser (The Stationmaster's Wife) (Director of Photography), Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, with Isolde Barth, Elisabeth Trissenaar, Volker Spengler,
1977: [] Despair (Director of Photography), Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, with Voli Geiler, Peter Kern, Gottfried John,
1977: [/ /1] Mutter Küster fährt in den Himmel (Mother Kusters goes to Heaven, Mutter Küsters Fahrt zum Himmel) (Director of Photography), Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, with Vitus Zeplichal, I Sa Lo, Peter Kern,
1977: [/ /1] Adolf und Marlene (Director of Photography), Directed by Ulli Lommel, with Harry Baer, Margit Carstensen, Rainer Werner Fassbinder,
1976: [/ /1] Chinesisches Roulette (Chinese Roulette) (Director of Photography), Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, with Alexander Allerson, Margit Carstensen, Anna Karina,
1976: [/ /1] Satansbraten (Satans brew) (Director of Photography), Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, with Margit Carstensen, Ingrid Caven, Kurt Raab,
1976: [/ /1] Sommergäste (Director of Photography), Directed by Peter Stein, with Botho Strauss, Otto Sander, Ilse Ritter,
1975: [/ /1] Faustrecht der Freiheit (Fox and his friends) (Director of Photography), Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, with Ingrid Caven, Peter Chatel, Rainer Werner Fassbinder,
1975: [/ /1] Ich will doch nur, dass ihr mich liebt (I only want you to love me) (Director of Photography), Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, with Elke Aberle, Alexander Allerson, Johanna Hofer,
1974: [/ /1] Das Amulett des Todes (Cold Blood) (Director of Photography), Directed by Ralf Gregan, Günter Vaessen, with Anna-Maria Asmus, Horst Frank, Rutger Hauer,
1973: [11.11] Tatort - Tote brauchen keine Wohnung (Director of Photography), Directed by Wolfgang Staudte, with Herta Worell, Veronika Fitz, Helmut Fischer,
1973: [10.14] Welt am Draht (Word on Wires, World on a Wire) (Director of Photography), Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, with Karl Heinz Vosgerau, Adrian Hoven, Joachim Hansen,
1973: [] Martha (Director of Photography), Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, with Margit Carstensen, Karlheinz Böhm, Gisela Fackeldey,
1973: [] Das sündige Bett (Director of Photography), Directed by Ilja von Anutroff, with Judith Fritsch, Günther Glaser, Heidrun Hankammer,
1972: [/ /1] Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (The Bitter tears of Petra von Kant) (Director of Photography), Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, with Margit Carstensen, Gisela Fackeldey, Irm Hermann,
1972: [/ /1] Adele Spitzeder (Director of Photography), Directed by Peer Raben, with Monica Bleibtreu, Ingrid Caven, Ruth Drexel,
1972: [/ /1] Tschetan, der Indianerjunge (Director of Photography), Directed by Hark Bohm, with Marquard Bohm, Dschingis Bowakow, Erich Dolz,
1972: [] Ich bin ein Bürger der DDR (Director of Photography), Directed by Erika Runge,
1970: [10.26] Sand (Director of Photography), Directed by Peter Palitzsch, with Werner Dahms, Malte Jaeger, Valentin Jeker,
1970: [/ /1] Wir - Zwei (Director of Photography), Directed by Ulrich Schamoni, with Christoph Bantzer, Corny Collins, Blandine Ebinger,
1970: [/ /1] Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte (Beware the holy whore) (Director of Photography), Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, with Mario Adorf, Margarethe von Trotta, Hanna Schygulla,
1970: [/ /1] Deine Zärtlichkeiten (Director of Photography), Directed by Peter Schamoni, with Eugenio Sentis Aya, Maria Schamoni, Julio Pinheiro,
1970: [] Whity (Director of Photography), Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, with Ulli Lommel, Ron Randall, Katrin Schaake,
1970: [] Fassbinder produziert: Film Nr. 8 (Director), Directed by Dieter Buchmann, with Rainer Werner Fassbinder,
1969: [/ /1] Darf ich Sie zur Mutter machen ? (Director of Photography), Directed by Ralf Gregan, with Helga Ballhaus, Rolf Bauer, Editha Horn,
1969: [/ /1] Der Kidnapper (Director of Photography), Directed by Tom Toelle, with Lia Eibenschütz, Ralf Gregan, Rudolf Kalvius,
1968: [/ /1] Ganze Tage in den Bäumen (Director of Photography), Directed by Tom Toelle, with Roma Bahn, Heinz Bennent, Ulli Philipp,
1967: [] Ivo (Director of Photography), Directed by Tom Toelle,
1965: [] Abschied (Director of Photography), Directed by Peter Lilienthal, with Andrea Grosske, Max Haufler, Angelika Hurwicz,
1965: [] Grosse Liebe (Director of Photography), Directed by Johannes Schaaf, with Tilly Breitenbach, Heinz Meier, Immy Schell,
1964: [] Das Martyrium des Peter O'Hey (Director of Photography), Directed by Peter Lilienthal, with Helga Ballhaus, Günter Graf-Weisköppel, Angelika Hurwicz,
1963: [] Der Klassenaufsatz (Director of Photography), Directed by Harald Benesch, with Marc Luxemburger, Helga Roloff, Paul Edwin Roth,
1960: [] Die Nachbarskinder (Director of Photography), Directed by Peter Lilienthal, with Elisabeth Botz, Hanne Hiob, Norbert Kappen,
1960: [] Die Kasette (Director of Photography), Directed by Rudolf Noelte, with Egon Brosig, Käte Jaenicke, Theo Lingen,
1958: [/ /1] Traumland der Sehnsucht (Director of Photography), Directed by Wolfgang Müller-Sehn,

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