|Died||12 April 2017 (aged 81)|
|Organization||American Society of Cinematographers|
|Known for||Broadcast News|
The Age of Innocence
(m. 1958; died 2006)
|Children||2, including Florian Ballhaus|
|Relatives||Carl Balhaus (uncle)|
Michael Ballhaus, A.S.C. (5 August 1935 – 12 April 2017) was a German cinematographer who collaborated with directors such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols, James L. Brooks, and Wolfgang Petersen. He was a member of both the Academy of Arts, Berlin, and the American Society of Cinematographers.
Ballhaus was born in Berlin as the son of German actors Lena Hutterand Oskar Ballhaus . His uncle was actor and director Carl Ballhaus. Ballhaus was influenced by family friend Max Ophüls, and appeared as an extra in Ophüls' last film Lola Montès (1955).
Ballhaus came to prominence with his work with Rainer Werner Fassbinder beginning with Whity (1971), in addition to The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972), Chinese Roulette (1976) and The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978). In 1990, he was the head of the jury at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival.
After settling in the United States, he worked on many American films, such as Baby It's You (1983) for John Sayles; Old Enough (1984) for Marisa Silver; Under the Cherry Moon (1986) for Prince; 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; Broadcast News (1987) and I'll Do Anything (1994) for James L. Brooks; The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) for Steve Kloves; Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) for Francis Ford Coppola; Sleepers (1996) for Barry Levinson; and Wild Wild West (1999) for Barry Sonnenfeld. Ballhaus appeared in Rosa von Praunheim's film Fassbinder's Women (2000).
Ballhaus was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Broadcast News, The Fabulous Baker Boys and Gangs of New York, but never won. Despite this, he did win the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Bram Stoker's Dracula; both the Boston Society of Film Critics and Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography for his work on The Fabulous Baker Boys; and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Goodfellas.
His documentary In Berlin, made with Ciro Cappellari, was released in May 2009.
Ballhaus's final film was Sherry Hormann's 3096 Days in 2013.
Ballhaus was married to actress and art director Helga Maria Betten from 1958 until her death in 2006. She appeared in a handful of films, such as those directed by Fassbinder. They had two sons: cinematographer Florian and assistant director Jan Sebastian.
In 2011, Ballhaus married German-American film director Sherry Hormann, who is known for Desert Flower. He died at his home in Berlin on 12 April 2017, at the age of 81, after a short illness.
|1971||Whity||Rainer Werner Fassbinder|
|Beware of a Holy Whore||German title: Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte|
|1972||The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant||German title: Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant|
|1973||World on a Wire||German title: Welt am Draht|
|1975||Fox and His Friends||German title: Faustrecht der Freiheit|
|Mother Küsters' Trip to Heaven||German title: Mutter Küsters' Fahrt zum Himmel|
|Satan's Brew||Rainer Werner Fassbinder||German title: Satansbraten|
|Chinese Roulette||German title: Chinesisches Roulette|
|1978||Germany in Autumn||German title: Deutschland im Herbst|
|1979||The Marriage of Maria Braun||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|
|Edith's Diary||Hans W. Geißendörfer||German title: Ediths Tagebuch|
|Old Enough||Marisa Silver|
|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|
|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|
|2005||Sonntagsluft||Frank A. Buecheler|
|2006||The Departed||Martin Scorsese||Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography|
|2013||3096 Days||Sherry Hormann|