Michael Ballhaus

Born: 5 August 1935, Berlin
Died: 11 April 2017, Berlin

Highlighted works

  • Satansbraten

    Black comedy about a left-wing poet which skewers the cult of the charismatic artist.

  • WARNUNG VOR EINER HEILIGEN NUTTE

    Awaiting a shoot, the cast and crew of a film outdo one another in displays of professional and sexual rivalry.

  • ICH WILL DOCH NUR, DAß IHR MICH LIEBT

    Chilling drama based on a real-life interview with a convicted murderer.

  • WELT AM DRAHT

    Fassbinder’s two-part TV sci-fi anticipates both Blade Runner and The Matrix.

  • Die BITTEREN TRÄNEN DER PETRA VON KANT

    A brilliant all-female cast star in this visual and verbal extravaganza about a lonely fashion designer.

  • BOLWIESER

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s striking adaptation of Oskar Maria Graf’s novel about a small-town Bavarian stationmaster.

  • After Hours

    A darkly comic nightmare ensures when a computer programmer loses his cab fare.

  • DESPAIR

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s first film in English was brilliantly adapted by Tom Stoppard from Vladimir Nabokov’s novel set in 1930s Berlin.

  • MUTTER KÜSTERS FAHRT ZUM HIMMEL

    The wife of a factory worker gone murderously berserk finds herself hounded and exploited.

  • Die Ehe der Maria Braun

    Hanna Schygulla gives a star performance in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s film, as a German woman who struggles to rebuild her life after the Second World War.

  • FAUSTRECHT DER FREIHEIT

    In this funny and sad tale, Fox wins the lottery and falls in love with ‘posh and prissy’ Eugen.

  • WHITY

    A black butler in the American South of the 1870s holds a strange erotic power over his masters.

  • CHINESISCHES ROULETTE

    A bitter young girl brings her emotionally estranged parents together in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s gothic psychodrama.

  • MARTHA

    This ruthless dissection of a marriage is like Douglas Sirk on steroids.

  • Germany in Autumn

    This portmanteau film was the collective response of leading German filmmakers to the dramatic Baader-Meinhof terrorist crisis of autumn 1977.

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