Magazine article Screen International

Martin Scorsese Pays Heartfelt Tribute to Michael Ballhaus

Magazine article Screen International

Martin Scorsese Pays Heartfelt Tribute to Michael Ballhaus

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'He gave me back my sense of excitement in making movies,' Scorsese says of longtime cinematographer.

Martin Scorsese on Wednesday paid tribute to his longtime collaborator Michael Ballhaus, who died on Tuesday at the age of 81 after a short illness.

Ballhaus shot numerous films for Scorsese such as Goodfellas, Gangs Of New York, The Departed, The Age Of Innocence, and After Hours.

"For over 20 years, Michael Ballhaus and I had a real creative partnership, and a very close and enduring friendship," Scorsese said in a statement.

"By the time we met, he had already made film history with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and I revered him. He was a lovely human being, and he always had a warm smile for even the toughest situations - anyone who knew him will remember his smile.

"We started working together in the 80s, during a low ebb in my career. And it was Michael who really gave me back my sense of excitement in making movies. …

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