« Amazigh Kateb at the Institut du Monde Arabe | Main | VINGT EVENT The Arts Arena Presents Daniel Buren 5 PLACES LEFT! »

Michael Ballhaus Retrospective at the Cinémathéque Francaise

Chinese-roulette-screen-shot-1 Text: Sarah Moriaty
Image: Chinese Roulette

This month the Cinémathéque Francaise in Paris's 12th arrondissement will honour German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus with a retrospective of his work running from February 17th to 28th. The showcase kicked off last with a screening of the 1976 film with Ballhaus, 74 in attendance.

The iconic cinematographer laid the foundations of his career through his work with German film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder who he met in 1970. The pair made their first film together the following year - the subversive Western Whity - before going on to make a further ten films in fifteen years, including; Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven (1975) and Chinese Roulette (1976).

In the early 1980s, Ballhaus emigrated to Hollywood and, thanks mainly to his collaborations with American film legend Martin Scorsese, he became one of the most sought after cinematographers in the business. Ballhaus impressed Scorsese in 1985 with his ability to contrast light and darkness in the black comedy After Hours. This was the beginning of a fruitful collaboration and together, they made six box-office-smashing films, including; Goodfellas (1990), Gangs of New York (2002) and The Departed (2006).

The retrospective at the prestigious Cinémathéque Francaise, Paris' historical cinema hub, will screen a large selection of films spanning all stages of Ballhaus' career. All films will be screened in 'original version' and be subtitled in French. As well as the film screenings, the Cinémathéque is hosting a ‘cinema lesson’ at 17.30 on Saturday, February 20th, to interrogate Ballhaus’s methods. The lesson, entitled Ballhaus by Ballhaus, will be led by cinematographer Eric Gautier, (Into the Wild), filmmaker Olivier Assayas (segment Quartier des Enfants Rouges in Paris je t’aime) and Serge Toubiana, the head of the Cinémathéque Francaise.

La Cinémathèque française
51, rue de Bercy
75012 Paris

Bonapart Paris apartments


Post a comment

Search the site


Paris Resources

Picture 12     360fashionLOGO1
More sites to explore...

Site notices

  •  Subscribe in a reader

    Add to My AOL

    Subscribe in Bloglines

    Add to Google

    Copyright © Susie Hollands.

Follow vingtparis on Twitter