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Berlin: Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus Talks About Working with Martin Scorsese

14 February 2016 4:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus has had a major impact on German and U.S cinema, working with such acclaimed filmmakers as Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Martin Scorsese, Volker Schloendorff, Francis Ford Coppola, Wolfgang Petersen and Robert Redford. After helping to define the look of New German Cinema, Ballhaus moved Stateside, where he began his longtime collaboration with Scorsese, which included such films as “The Color of Money,” “Goodfellas,” “Gangs of New York” and “The Departed.” In 2014, Ballhaus released his autobiography, “Bilder im Kopf,” in which he discusses the gradual loss of his vision due to glaucoma. The 66th Berlinale is honoring Ballhaus with an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement, he is the subject of the festival’s Homage.

How did your long collaboration with Rainer Werner Fassbinder prepare you for your career in the U.S.?

It helped a lot because he was not an easy director. He was very »

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