|Michael Ballhaus, A.S.C.|
Ballhaus at the Berlin premiere of The Brave One in September 2007
5 August 1935|
12 April 2017 (aged 81)|
Helga Maria Betten Ballhaus (1958–2006) (her death)|
Sherry Hormann (2011–2017) (his death)
Life and career
Ballhaus was born in Berlin, Germany, the son of actors Lena Hutter and Oskar Ballhaus. Ballhaus was influenced by family friend Max Ophüls, and appears as an extra in Ophüls' last film Lola Montès (1955).
He came to prominence with his work on sixteen films for Rainer Werner Fassbinder beginning with Whity (1971) and, including The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972), Chinese Roulette (1976) and The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978).
After settling in the United States, he worked on many American films, including Baby It's You (1983) for John Sayles; Old Enough (1984) for Marisa Silver; After Hours (1985), "Under the Cherry Moon"(Prince) 1986The 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 was 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 never won. However, he did win the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography for Goodfellas.
Ballhaus' documentary In Berlin, together with Ciro Cappelari, was released in May 2009.
Helga Ballhaus (née Betten), Ballhaus' wife from 1958, appeared in a handful of films, including several directed by Fassbinder; she died in 2006. Their son Florian is also a cinematographer who worked on Flightplan and The Devil Wears Prada. In 2011, he married German-American film director Sherry Hormann known for Desert Flower. Michael Ballhaus was a nephew of the German stage and film actor Carl Balhaus who featured in The Blue Angel and M.
Ballhaus died on 12 April 2017, aged 81.
- 2007 Bavarian Film Awards Honorary Award
- "Berlinale: 1990 Juries". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-03-14.
- A Conversation With Michael Ballhaus, ASC (November 20, 2006) at the Wayback Machine (archive index)
- Michael Ballhaus discusses his connection with the Austrian director in the documentary film Working with Max Ophuls: Lola Montès Revisited (2008).
- Old Enough (1984), YouTube
- Filmreife Hochzeit in Zehlendorf!. bild.de, 28 Oct. 2011. Retrieved on 13 March 2012.
- Thomas Vorwerk, Das fliegende Auge: Michael Ballhaus im Gespräch mit Tom Tykwer
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