RIP Michael Ballhaus (1935-2017) - German cinematographer best known for his collaborations with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Martin Scorsese and Mike Nichols passed away yesterday at age 81. The three-time Oscar nominated director of photography began his career in 1959 with a TV movie. In Germany, it was his association with Fassbinder that brought him acclaim and public perception with 15 films together, including Whitty (1971), Beware a Holy Whore (1971), The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (1972), World on a Wire (1973), Martha (1974), Fox and his Friends (1975),
Mother Küsters’ Trip to Heaven
(1975), Satan’s Brew (1976), Despair (1978), Chinese Roulette (1978),
The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979) and Lili Marleen (1981).
His career in America started with Dear Mr. Wonderful (1982) and Baby It’s You (1983) but it was with the partnership with Scorsese that made him a more recognisable and important name in photography, beginning in After Hours (1985). They also worked in The Color of Money (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), the elaborated shots of Goodfellas (1990) going through hallways without cuts, The Age of Innocence (1993), Gangs of New York (2002) and The Departed (2006), which was Ballhaus final major film work. Other works include: Under the Cherry Moon (1986) - to which he directed a few sequences without credit, Broadcast News (1987) - his first Oscar nomination; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), Working Girl (1988), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) - 2nd Oscar nod; Postcards from the Edge (1990), Guilty by Suspicion (1991), The Mambo Kings (1992), the exuberance of Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Quiz Show (1994), Outbreak (1995), Sleepers (1996), Air Force One (1997), Primary Colors (1998), Wild Wild West (1998), The Legend of Beggar Vance (2000), Something’s Gotta Give (2003) and 3096 (2013), his last work. He’s father of cinemaographer/camera operator Florian Ballhaus and assistant director Jan Sebastian Ballhaus, and nephew of actor Carl Ballhaus who appeared in M (1931).
A genius of speed, movement and light, Ballhaus was a true versatile cinematographer during his day, embracing several genres and styles. One who’ll be missed.
i dont think y’all understand… dan and phil arent coming back. they’ve been saying that they’ve been busy and that they’ve had a challenging week and thats because they were fighting the dark powers of satan that have been trying to infest their minds and control them since 2015. danandphilcrafts wasn’t a prank channel, it was a cry for help. but it’s too late now. phil has completely succumbed to the dark forces of satan and dan will soon join them. all men do is lie… and lying makes you go to hell
“ Killing is killing whether done for duty, profit, or fun. ”
“ Nothing in existence holds any terror for me. When I was sentenced to death, it didn’t hold anything for me. ”
“ I gave up love and happiness a long time ago. ”
“ I don’t believe in the hypocritical, moralistic dogma of this so-called civilized society. ”
“ Everybody has got good and evil in them. I’d like to be 100% evil, but I can’t. I’m too easy-going sometimes. Then again, while anger and hate are two things some people can cope with, I cannot. My anger and hate grow to a level that I cannot live comfortably with it. ”
“ Going to the trial was very tiring for me, but I did enjoyed it better than sitting in a jail cell. That could be very monotonous. Did I enjoy it? Hmm. No, not particularly. I would have rather been on the beach or something. ”
“ Even psychopaths have emotions if you dig deep enough. Then again, maybe they don’t. ”
“ Evil has always existed, the perfect world most people seek shall never come to pass and it’s gonna get worse. ”
“ I don’t need to hear all of society’s rationalizations, I’ve heard them all before and the fact remains that what is, is. ”
“ Satanists need to have more faith than Christians, because Christ was seen and felt. Lucifer has never felt the need to be seen, but in everyone’s soul he can be felt. ”
“ We’ve all got the power in our hands to kill, but most people are afraid to use it. The ones who aren’t afraid, control life itself. ”
“ Serial killers do, on a small scale, what governments do on a large one. They are products of our times and these are bloodthirsty times. ”
“ What Satan means to me. Satan is a stabilizing force in my life. It gives me a reason to be; it gives me-an excuse to rationalize. There is a part of me that believes he really does exist. I have my doubts, but we all do, about many things. ”
“ You maggots make me sick, I will be avenged. Lucifer dwells within us all. ”
“ You don’t understand me. You are not expected to. You are not capable of it. I am beyond your experience. I am beyond good and evil. ”
“What Satan means to me … Satan is a stabilizing force in my life. It gives me a reason to be; it gives me … an excuse to rationalize. There is a part of me that believes he really does exist. I have my doubts, but we all do, about many things.”
me, a black metal warrior: i, the satanic god of unlight, forced to live within the ruins of this crumbled society. there is no life here, the northern forest’s calling, i can hear it. a Spirit rises before me and speaks in different aeonic tongues. it beckons me towards the winterscape, the mighty kingdom of frost and snow. i feel my nordic ancestors smiling down upon me. all glory to the father of all, who is high in Valhalla, the true god.
The Light Side of the Force is Taoism or Buddhism which is pretty clear but I only recently realized that the Dark Side is LaVeyan Satanism. I’m sure I’m not the first to point this out but I think it’s pretty neat.