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Walter Lassally (1926–2017)

Walter Lassally was born on December 18, 1926 in Berlin, Germany as Walter Israel Lassally. He is known for his work on Zorba the Greek (1964), Before Midnight (2013) and The Bostonians (1984). He was married to Nadia Lassali. He died on October 23, 2017 in Crete, Greece. See full bio »


(age 90) in Crete, Greece

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Zorba the Greek Cinematographer
Before Midnight Patrick
The Bostonians Cinematographer
Heat and Dust Cinematographer


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 1997 Silent Film (Short)
 1992 The Man Upstairs (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1991 Die Erbschaft (TV Movie)
 1988 The Deceivers
 1987 Indian Summer
 1986 Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1984-1986 American Playhouse (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1985 Stone Pillow (TV Movie)
 1984 Children in the Crossfire (TV Movie)
 1983 Heat and Dust
 1982 The Mysterious Stranger (TV Movie)
 1981 CBS Children's Mystery Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1980 The Commanding Sea (TV Series documentary)
 1980 The Pilot
 1980 Great Performances (TV Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- Life on the Mississippi (1980) ... (director of photography)
 1980 Gauguin the Savage (TV Movie) (as Walter Lassaly)
 1979 Too Far to Go (TV Movie) (director of photography)
 1976 Carved in Ivory (Short)
 1976 Fluchtversuch
 1976 Pleasantville
 1976 The Clown
 1973 Visions of Eight (Documentary) (segment "The Highest")
 1972 Van der Valk und das Mädchen (TV Movie)
 1972 Savages
 1971 Can Horses Sing? (Documentary short)
 1970 Lola (director of photography)
 1969 The Adding Machine (director of photography)
 1968 About the White Bus (Documentary) (uncredited)
 1968 Assignment Skybolt (director of photography)
 1968 Joanna
 1967 The Greeks (TV Short documentary)
 1965 Dan (TV Movie)
 1965 The Peaches (Short)
 1964 Zorba the Greek (director of photography)
 1964 Psyche 59 (director of photography)
 1963 Tom Jones (director of photography)
 1962 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (director of photography)
 1962/I Electra
 1961 Let My People Go (Documentary short)
 1961 A Taste of Honey (director of photography)
 1960 Madalena
 1960 Wild for Kicks (photographed by)
 1960 Eroica
 1959 A Song for Prince Charlie (Short)
 1959 Britain's Wealth from Coal (Documentary short)
 1959 We Are the Lambeth Boys (Documentary)
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (director of photography - 1 episode)
- Dark as the Night (1959) ... (director of photography)
 1959 Refuge England (Short)
 1958 British Art and Artists (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 1957 Every Day Except Christmas (Documentary short)
 1957 Wakefield Express (Documentary short)
 1956 Momma Don't Allow (Documentary short)
 1955 Brighton Story (Documentary short)
 1955 Foot and Mouth (Short)
 1955 Friend of the Family (Documentary short)
 1955 Green and Pleasant Land (Short)
 1955 Henry (Short)
 1955 The Children Upstairs (Documentary short)
 1954 Another Sky
 1954 Simon (Short)
 1954 Bow Bells (Documentary short)
 1954 Thursday's Children (Documentary short)
 1953 Power Signal Lineman (Documentary short)
 1953 The Pleasure Garden (Short)
 1952 Three Installations (Short)
 1951 Every Five Minutes (Short)
 1951 Forward a Century (Documentary short)
 1951 Sunday by the Sea (Documentary short)
 1946 Smith, Our Friend (Short)
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Walter Lassaly

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A young stage director preparing to make his first film once declined an offer of my services with the comment "I don't want to make one of those films the critics say is mediocre, but beautifully photographed by Walter Lassally." Neither do I, but it's deuced difficult to see them coming.


Moved to London as a boy, a refugee from Nazi Germany. See more »

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