Michael Ballhaus

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Michael Ballhaus, A.S.C.
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Ballhaus in Berlin, 14 September 2007
Born (1935-08-05) 5 August 1935 (age 79)
Berlin, Germany
Occupation cinematographer
Spouse(s) Helga Mavia Betten Ballhaus (1958-2006) (her death)
Sherry Hormann (2011-)
Children Sebastian Ballhaus
Florian Ballhaus

Michael Ballhaus, A.S.C. (born 5 August 1935) is a German cinematographer. In 1990, he was the Head of the Jury at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Ballhaus was born in Berlin, Germany, the son of actors Lena Hutter and Oskar Ballhaus.[2] Ballhaus was influenced by family friend Max Ophüls,[3] and appears as an extra in Ophüls last film Lola Montès (1955).[4]

He came to prominence with his work on sixteen films for Rainer Werner Fassbinder beginning with Whity (1970) and, including The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972), Satan's Brew and Chinese Roulette (both 1976).

Since settling in the United States, he has also worked on many American films, including Baby It's You (1983) for John Sayles; After Hours (1985), The Color of Money (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Goodfellas (1990), The Age of Innocence (1993), Gangs of New York (2002), and The Departed (2006) for Martin Scorsese; Dracula (1992) for Francis Ford Coppola, and Sleepers (1996) for Barry Levinson.

Ballhaus has been nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography, for Broadcast News (1987), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), and Gangs of New York (2002), but has never won. He won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography for Goodfellas.

Ballhaus released his documentary In Berlin together with Ciro Cappelari in May 2009.

Personal life[edit]

His wife since 1958, Helga Ballhaus, née Betten, appeared in a handful of films, including several directed by Fassbinder; she died in 2006. Their son Florian is also a cinematographer (Flightplan, The Devil Wears Prada). In 2011, he married German-American film director Sherry Hormann (Desert Flower).[5] Michael Ballhaus is a nephew of the German stage and film actor Carl Balhaus (M, The Blue Angel).[6]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Director Other notes
1971 Whity Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Beware of a Holy Whore Rainer Werner Fassbinder German Title: Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte
1972 The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant Rainer Werner Fassbinder German Title: Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant
1973 World on a Wire Rainer Werner Fassbinder German Title: Welt am Draht
1974 Martha Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1975 Fox and His Friends Rainer Werner Fassbinder German Title: Faustrecht der Freiheit
Mother Küsters' Trip to Heaven Rainer Werner Fassbinder German Title: Mutter Küsters' Fahrt zum Himmel
1976 Sommergäste
Satan's Brew Rainer Werner Fassbinder German Title: Satansbraten
Chinese Roulette Rainer Werner Fassbinder German Title: Chinesisches Roulette
1978 Germany in Autumn Rainer Werner Fassbinder German Title: Deutschland im Herbst
Despair Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1979 The Marriage of Maria Braun Rainer Werner Fassbinder German Title: Die Ehe der Maria Braun
The First Polka Klaus Emmerich German Title: Die erste Polka
1981 Lili Marleen Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1982 Dear Mr. Wonderful Peter Lilienthal
1983 Sheer Madness Margarethe von Trotta German Title: Heller Wahn
Baby It's You John Sayles
1984 Reckless James Foley
Old Enough Marisa Silver
Heartbreakers Bobby Roth
Das Autogramm Peter Lilienthal
1985 After Hours Martin Scorsese Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
1986 Under the Cherry Moon Prince
The Color of Money Martin Scorsese
1987 The Glass Menagerie Paul Newman
Broadcast News James L. Brooks Nominated - Academy Award for Best Cinematography
1988 The House on Carroll Street Peter Yates
The Last Temptation of Christ Martin Scorsese
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Frank Oz
Working Girl Mike Nichols
1989 The Fabulous Baker Boys Steve Kloves Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Cinematography
1990 Postcards from the Edge Mike Nichols
Goodfellas Martin Scorsese Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
1991 Guilty by Suspicion Irwin Winkler
What About Bob? Frank Oz
1992 The Mambo Kings Arne Glimcher
Bram Stoker's Dracula Francis Ford Coppola Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
1993 The Age of Innocence Martin Scorsese Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
1994 I'll Do Anything James L. Brooks
Quiz Show Robert Redford
1995 Outbreak Wolfgang Petersen
1996 Sleepers Barry Levinson
1997 Air Force One Wolfgang Petersen
1998 Primary Colors Mike Nichols
1999 Wild Wild West Barry Sonnenfeld
2000 What Planet Are You From? Mike Nichols
The Legend of Bagger Vance Robert Redford Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2002 Gangs of New York Martin Scorsese Nominated - Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2003 Uptown Girls Boaz Yakin
Something's Gotta Give Nancy Meyers
2006 The Departed Martin Scorsese Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
2013 3096 Sherry Hormann

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1990 Juries". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  2. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/13/Michael-Ballhaus.html
  3. ^ A Conversation With Michael Ballhaus, ASC (November 20, 2006) at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Michael Ballhaus discusses his connection with the Austrian director in the documentary film Working with Max Ophuls: Lola Montès Revisited (2008).
  5. ^ Filmreife Hochzeit in Zehlendorf!. bild.de, 28 Oct. 2011. Retrieved on 13 March 2012.
  6. ^ Thomas Vorwerk, Das fliegende Auge: Michael Ballhaus im Gespräch mit Tom Tykwer

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