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      Michael Ballhaus

      Michael Ballhaus

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

      Lowest Rated: 13% Uptown Girls (2003)

      Birthday: Aug 5, 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 47% 3096 Days Cinematographer - 2013
      90% 94% The Departed Cinematographer $132.4M 2006
      72% 69% Something's Gotta Give Cinematographer $124.6M 2003
      13% 60% Uptown Girls Cinematographer $36.9M 2003
      72% 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
      16% 28% Wild Wild West Cinematographer $113.8M 1999
      30% 64% The Thirteenth Floor Executive Producer $11.8M 1999
      81% 64% Primary Colors Cinematographer $39.0M 1998
      78% 66% Air Force One Cinematographer $172.7M 1997
      73% 85% Sleepers Cinematographer $53.3M 1996
      59% 56% Outbreak Cinematographer $65.9M 1995
      97% 87% Quiz Show Cinematographer $24.8M 1994
      87% 75% The Age of Innocence Cinematographer $31.9M 1993
      77% 79% Bram Stoker's Dracula Cinematographer $82.0M 1992
      67% 55% Guilty by Suspicion Cinematographer $8.4M 1991
      82% 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
      85% 67% Working Girl Cinematographer $62.2M 1988
      82% 84% The Last Temptation of Christ Cinematographer $8.2M 1988
      98% 79% Broadcast News Cinematographer $49.2M 1987
      88% 73% The Color of Money Cinematographer $52.3M 1986
      91% 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
      40% 79% The Stationmaster's Wife Cinematographer - 1977
      75% 79% Satan's Brew Cinematographer - 1976
      83% 67% Chinese Roulette Cinematographer - 1976
      100% 89% I Only Want You to Love Me Cinematographer - 1976
      100% 88% Mother Kusters Goes to Heaven Cinematographer - 1976
      85% 87% Fox and His Friends Cinematographer - 1975
      86% 88% Martha Cinematographer - 1974
      88% 85% The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant Cinematographer - 1972
      100% 64% Whity Cinematographer - 1971