Lucien Ballard
American cinematographer
Lucien Ballard
Lucien Ballard, A.S.C. was an American cinematographer and director of photography.
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Video: 'Killing,' 'Atomic City,' 'Colossus of New York' and more - The Republic
Google News - over 5 years
Kubrick's visual flair, from ingenious tracking shots to stunning portraits, is also evident, assisted by the sharp black-and-white cinematography of veteran cameraman Lucien Ballard. The DVD's special features include "Killer's Kiss," Kubrick's
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Wilmington on DVDs. Pick of the Week: Classic and Box Set. The Killing ... - Movie City News
Google News - over 5 years
Based on a neatly-plotted crime novel, “Clean Break” by Lionel White, it was scripted by Kubrick and nonpareil pulp novelist Jim Thompson (“The Killer Inside Me“), photographed by the great cinematographer Lucien Ballard (The Rise and Fall of Legs
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Criterion gives Kubrick's 'The Killing' a killer makeover - The Virginian-Pilot
Google News - over 5 years
Cinematographer Lucien Ballard and Kubrick clashed, he recalls, mostly because the distinguished pro resented being told what to shoot by the young upstart. Ballard wouldn't even watch the dailies. Harris also talks fondly about his fruitful
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Stanley Kubrick's Artistic Precision Shows Up Fully Formed in 1956 Thriller ... - Knoxville Metro Pulse
Google News - over 5 years
Nonetheless, each turn of the plot, each gambit, score or fail, is as clear as Lucien Ballard's steely black-and-white cinematography. But The Killing isn't just a clockwork masterpiece. Even though Clay never really tips his emotional cards,
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Stanley Kubrick & Jim Thompson Almost Fell Out Over Screenwriting Credits To ... - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Cinematographer Lucien Ballard did not get along with Kubrick during the making of “The Killing.” A veteran of the industry, Ballard had already worked on over 50 pictures, including works by Samuel Fuller, Budd Boetticher, Otto Preminger,
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Escola d´Estiu de Banyoles: Hablemos de Kubrick - kaosenlared.net
Google News - over 5 years
El operador Lucien Ballard protestó porque Kubrick le trataba de imponer los objetivos que debe utilizar en cada plano, pero a pesar del prestigio y de la veteranía del fotógrafo escarizado, Stanley impone sus criterios con una sangre fría que se hará
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Kubrick's Noir Classic The Killing Released on Disk: Damaged Goons Botch Bay ... - SF Weekly (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
In the supplements, producer James B. Harris recounts the difficulty Kubrick had achieving these elaborate shots, particularly in view of his poor working relationship with director of photography Lucien Ballard. ​Criterion has put together yet another
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DVD OF THE WEEK: The Killing - GreenCine
Google News - over 5 years
Most of the sets are plywood-cheap and bare; Kubrick and cinematographer Lucien Ballard's camera shrewdly and dizzingly races past the walls, turning them into vertical blips. Characters are often shot from disconcerting angles in harsh black-and-white
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DVD\Blu-ray of the week: Stanley Kubrick's 'The Killing' - Baltimore Sun (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Elisha Cook, Jr., was never better (not even in "The Maltese Falcon") than as a hen-pecked track cashier -- the weakest link in Hayden's plan -- and Kubrick and the sublime cinematographer Lucien Ballard, working in hard-edged black and white,
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Running on a full tank - Denton Record Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
Taking time off from his Randolph Scott Westerns, Budd Boetticher directed The Killer is Loose (73 minutes), a taut, lean crime drama photographed by the renowned Lucien Ballard (The Wild Bunch). A detective (Joseph Cotton) accidentally shoots the wife
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TNR Film Classic: Movie Brutalists (1966) - New Republic
Google News - almost 6 years
If the most that a gifted colorist like Lucien Ballard can hope for is to beautify a John Michael Hayes screenplay—giving an old tart a fresh complexion—why not scratch up the image? The younger generation doesn't seem much interested in the
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NEW DVDS; Critic's Choice: New DVDs
NYTimes - over 8 years
FOX FILM NOIR Film noir is a notoriously difficult concept to define, and after years of futile attempts I've come to rely on the time-honored method of the Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart: I know it when I see it, as he so succinctly observed in regard to pornography. Not that I'm complaining, but I didn't see much of it in the three new
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Critic's Choice: New DVD's
NYTimes - about 11 years
Sam Peckinpah's The Legendary Westerns Collection Given his relatively small and much mangled output, the director Sam Peckinpah has inspired an extraordinary cult following since his death in 1984. His outsize personality, legendary clashes with his employers and wildly self-destructive behavior on and off his sets have contributed to the creation
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FILM; The Directors on the Cutting Room Floor
NYTimes - over 11 years
LAST August, eight days into shooting, Ted Griffin was fired as director of the Warner Brothers film ''Rumor Has It.'' The movie, starring Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Costner, is about an addled bride-to-be who suspects that her secretive family was the inspiration for ''The Graduate.'' Mr. Griffin, who wrote the screenplay for Steven Soderbergh's
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FILM; The Lost (or at Least Buried) Art of the Movie Still
NYTimes - almost 15 years
WHAT is a film still? And who cares? These are more searching questions than you might think at first, especially if you consider that a movie is nothing more than a collection of still photographs. Most people believe that when studios need stills from a picture, they simply choose a few frames. But that doesn't work, for a variety of reasons. The
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Lucien Ballard, Cinematographer
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: Lucien Ballard, a cinematographer whose sensuous images contributed to the heyday of the black-and-white film as well as the era of the three-dimensional color spectacular, died Saturday at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 84 years old and had been injured in an auto accident. Lucien Ballard, a cinematographer whose
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'TIME FOR DYING,' VINTAGE '69
NYTimes - over 34 years
APPARENTLY because of legal problems arising from the death of its producer, Audie Murphy, shortly after the film's completion, Budd Boetticher's ''A Time for Dying,'' made in 1969, is only now having its New York theatrical premiere. This small-budget western, at Joseph Papp's Public Theater, may well be a classic of sorts. It also provides an
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lucien Ballard
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1988
    Age 79
    Lucien Ballard died in a car accident at the age of eighty in 1988.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1941
    Age 32
    One film of note is 1941's controversial Howard Hughes film The Outlaw. Hughes cast Jane Russell in the lead, and had numerous camera shots of her ample cleavage. This would get the attention of the Hollywood censors. The film was shot in 1940 and 1941 but would take five years to get to selected theaters.
    More Details Hide Details Ballard was the camera man for the screen tests and did some of the second unit work with both director Howard Hawks and assisted cinematographer Gregg Toland on the first unit crew. In one of his first films, Morocco (1930), directed by Von Sternberg, Ballard would work with assistant director Henry Hathaway. This relationship with Hathaway would come back to benefit Ballard when Hathaway himself became a noted director. They would work together on several films, including: Diplomatic Courier (1952), O. Henry's Full House (1952), Prince Valiant (1954), The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), Nevada Smith (1966), and True Grit (1969). The last, because of the natural beauty of southwestern Colorado, would also garner Ballard acclaim among his peers. After working with Budd Boetticher on The Magnificent Matador (1955), they would go on to work together several times, including: The Killer Is Loose (1956), the television show Maverick (1957), Buchanan Rides Alone (1958),The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960), A Time for Dying (1969), Arruza (1972), and My Kingdom For (1985).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1935
    Age 26
    Von Sternberg allowed him credit for his work on The Devil is a Woman (1935), and the two shared a Venice Film Festival award for "Best Cinematography" in 1935.
    More Details Hide Details On the set of The Lodger (1944), Ballard met, and then married actress Merle Oberon (from 1945 until 1949). After she was involved in a near fatal car crash in London, he invented a light which was mounted by the side of the camera, to provide direct light onto a subject's face, with the aim of reducing blemishes and wrinkles. Named the "Obie", the device benefited Oberon who had sustained facial scarring in the car accident. The Obie would become widely used in the film industry.
  • 1929
    Age 20
    Ballard began working on films at Paramount Studios in 1929.
    More Details Hide Details He later joked in an interview that it was a three-day party at the home of actress Clara Bow that convinced him "this is the business for me". He began his career loading trucks at Paramount, and became a camera assistant, often working for director Josef von Sternberg.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1908
    Born
    Born on May 6, 1908.
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