Michael Ballhaus

Michael Ballhaus

Highest Rated: 100% Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven (1976)

Lowest Rated: 14% Uptown Girls (2003)

Birthday: Aug 05, 1935

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

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.

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No Score Yet 46% 3096 Days Cinematographer - 2013
91% 94% The Departed Cinematographer $132.4M 2006
14% 60% Uptown Girls Cinematographer $36.9M 2003
72% 69% Something's Gotta Give Cinematographer $124.6M 2003
73% 81% Gangs of New York Cinematographer - 2002
43% 65% The Legend of Bagger Vance Cinematographer $30.7M 2000
42% 28% What Planet Are You From? Cinematographer $6.3M 2000
30% 64% The Thirteenth Floor Executive Producer $11.8M 1999
17% 28% Wild Wild West Cinematographer $113.8M 1999
81% 64% Primary Colors Cinematographer $39M 1998
78% 66% Air Force One Cinematographer $172.7M 1997
73% 85% Sleepers Cinematographer $53.3M 1996
60% 56% Outbreak Cinematographer $65.9M 1995
96% 87% Quiz Show Cinematographer $24.8M 1994
84% 75% The Age of Innocence Cinematographer $31.9M 1993
72% 79% Bram Stoker's Dracula Cinematographer $82M 1992
65% 54% Guilty by Suspicion Cinematographer $8.4M 1991
84% 79% What About Bob? Cinematographer $63.5M 1991
96% 97% Goodfellas Cinematographer $42.6M 1990
96% 70% The Fabulous Baker Boys Cinematographer $18.1M 1989
84% 67% Working Girl Cinematographer $62.2M 1988
81% 84% The Last Temptation of Christ Cinematographer $8.2M 1988
98% 79% Broadcast News Cinematographer $49.2M 1987
89% 73% The Color of Money Cinematographer $52.3M 1986
89% 87% After Hours Cinematographer $10.9M 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Private Conversations Unknown (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Das Autogramm Cinematographer - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sheer Madness Cinematographer - 1983
65% 76% Despair Cinematographer - 1979
92% 90% The Marriage of Maria Braun Cinematographer - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nur zum Spaß, nur zum Spiel Cinematographer - 1977
44% 78% The Stationmaster's Wife Cinematographer - 1977
83% 70% Chinese Roulette Cinematographer - 1976
100% 88% Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven Cinematographer - 1976
100% 89% I Only Want You to Love Me Cinematographer - 1976
75% 79% Satan's Brew Cinematographer - 1976
85% 88% Fox and His Friends Cinematographer - 1975
86% 87% Martha Cinematographer - 1974
88% 85% The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant Cinematographer - 1972
100% 65% Whity Cinematographer - 1971

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