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Michael Ballhaus and director Martin Scorsese attending the Untitled New York Review of Books Documentary Screening at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival / Berlinale 2014 on February 14, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Foto:xM.xGolejewskix/xFuturexImage

Michael Ballhaus and Director Martin Scorsese attending The Untitled New York REVIEW of Books Documentary Screening AT The 64th Berlin International Film Festival Berlinale 2014 ON February 14 2014 in Berlin Germany Photo XM

In Memory of Michael Ballhaus: 1935-2017

Known mostly for his collaboration with director Martin Scorsese, Oscar-nominated cinematographer Ballhaus also directed movies in his native Germany and unofficially (Ballhaus was billed as cinematographer only) co-directed Under the Cherry Moon with Prince.  Starting with 1985’s After Hours, Ballhaus began a seven-film partnership with Scorsese, which included Goodfellas and the Best Picture of 2007, […]

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Inglourious Basterds

Now, this is not one of my favorite films ever, but, for a Quentin Tarantino film, it’s very strong…mostly because of its performance by Christoph Waltz as Nazi officer Colonel Landa. It’s a long film, and like Tarantino’s other works, it’s very stylized and very violent. But, it features performances that make it worth seeing […]

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Downfall

The story of Hitler’s last days in the bunker, told through the eyes of his 24 year old secretary, Traudi Junge. Bruno Ganz’s performance as Hitler is absolutely chilling…it never degenerates into kitschy. As a historical drama, it’s accurate, very compelling and well-made. Yes, it’s long, but somehow, the suspense and the pacing keeps everything […]

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