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Michael Ballhaus ASC BVK

The ACS are very sad to learn that legendary cinematographer Michael Ballhaus ASC BVK has passed away.

Michael Ballhaus was born in Berlin, Germany, and was influenced by family friend Max Ophüls.

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

Michael Ballhaus ASC BVK

Baby It's You (1983) for John Sayles;
Old Enough (1984) for Marisa Silver;
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)
The Departed (2006) for Martin Scorsese;
Dracula (1992) for Francis Ford Coppola,
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)
Gangs of New York (2002)

However he never won. he did win the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography for Goodfellas.

His unforgettable tracking shot from GOODFELLAS still leaves us breathless today.

Watch now and witness his artistry again.

Copacabana shot from Goodfellas (1990) from Single Shot Film Festival on Vimeo.


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