Ballhaus has served as director of photography for many of Martin Scorsese's films, from 1985's After Hours to last year's Oscar-winner The Departed. In the 1970s, however, he was part of the closely knit family of actors and crew that surrounded the legendary Fassbinder. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant is a singular cinematic vision and a classic of Fassbinder's middle period. Based on his own play, it is a tortured melodrama that takes place entirely in the ornate and claustrophobic bedroom of a desperate and despairing fashion designer.
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
Related Exhibition Jeff Wall
Saturday, December 15, 2007, 2:00 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
1972, 124 min.
Direction: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Cinematography: Michael Ballhaus