Walter Lassally


Director Of Photography

About

Birth Place
Berlin, DE
Born
December 18, 1926

Biography

Award-winning cinematographer who found his stride with the emergence of the British Free Cinema movement. Like many of the directors with whom he worked--Lindsay Anderson (on the acclaimed documentary shorts "Wakefield Express" 1952 and "Thursday's Children" 1953, among others) Karel Reisz, Tony Richardson--Lassally contributed to "alternative" journals such as "Film" in the 1950s, prov...

Biography

Award-winning cinematographer who found his stride with the emergence of the British Free Cinema movement. Like many of the directors with whom he worked--Lindsay Anderson (on the acclaimed documentary shorts "Wakefield Express" 1952 and "Thursday's Children" 1953, among others) Karel Reisz, Tony Richardson--Lassally contributed to "alternative" journals such as "Film" in the 1950s, proving an articulate champion of personal, low-budget filmmaking. He has been involved in a series of independent production companies, and worked with Greek director Michael Cacoyannis on half a dozen films including "A Girl in Black" (1956), "Electra" (1961) and "Zorba the Greek" (1964), the latter of which won him an Oscar. Lassally has done likewise on a number of Ismail Merchant/James Ivory features, including "Savages" (1972), "Heat and Dust" (1983) and "The Bostonians" (1984). He has continued bringing his beautifully clear and crisp style and his commitment to small-scale, independent international filmmaking, lensing such films in recent years as "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe" (1991).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Before Midnight (2013)
How the Myth Was Made: A Study of Robert Flaherty's Man of Aran (1978)
Himself

Cinematography (Feature Film)

The Man Upstairs (1992)
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Diary of a Madman (1991)
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The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe (1991)
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Fragments of Isabella (1989)
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Kamilla og tyven II (1989)
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The Deceivers (1988)
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The Perfect Murder (1988)
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Indian Summer (1987)
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Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry (1986)
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Stone Pillow (1985)
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The Bostonians (1984)
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Children in the Crossfire (1984)
Director Of Photography (Ireland)
Heat and Dust (1983)
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Private School (1983)
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The Case of Marcel Duchamp (1983)
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Tuxedo Warrior (1982)
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Memoirs of a Survivor (1981)
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Engel aus Eisen (1981)
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Der Preis furs uberleben (1980)
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The Blood of Hussain (1980)
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Gauguin the Savage (1980)
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Something Short of Paradise (1979)
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Too Far to Go (1979)
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Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures (1979)
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The Pilot (1979)
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Die Frau Gegenuber (1978)
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The Great Bank Hoax (1977)
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Morgensterne (1977)
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Pleasantville (1976)
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Ernst Fuchs (1976)
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Fluchtversuch (1976)
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Ansichten Eines Clowns (1975)
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Autobiography of a Princess (1975)
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The Wild Party (1975)
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Carved in Ivory (1974)
Cinematographer
W.S.P. (1974)
Cinematographer
Apres le vent des sables (1974)
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The Seaweed Children (1973)
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Visions of Eight (1973)
Cinematographer
Bilocation (1973)
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Happy Mother's Day... Love, George (1973)
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To Kill a Clown (1972)
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Savages (1972)
Photography
Lola (1971)
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Can Horses Sing? (1971)
Cinematographer
Something for Everyone (1970)
Cinematographer
The Olympics in Mexico (1970)
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The Adding Machine (1969)
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3 Into 2 Won't Go (1969)
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Joanna (1968)
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Oedipus the King (1968)
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The Day the Fish Came Out (1967)
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Madalena (1965)
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Zorba the Greek (1964)
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Psyche 59 (1964)
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Tom Jones (1963)
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Electra (1962)
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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
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A Taste of Honey (1962)
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Wild for Kicks (1961)
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A Matter of Dignity (1960)
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We Are the Lambeth Boys (1958)
Cinematographer
A Girl in Black (1956)
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Momma Don't Allow (1955)
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The Passing Stranger (1954)
Cinematographer
Thursday's Children (1953)
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The Pleasure Garden (1953)
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This Was a Woman (1948)
Camera Assistant
Things Happen at Night (1948)
Camera Assistant

Editing (Feature Film)

House of Blackmail (1953)
Assistant Editor

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Requiem For a Village (1977)
Additional Photography
Foot and Mouth (1955)
Photography
Henry (1955)
Photography
Wakefield Express (1952)
Photography
Three Installations (1952)
Photography

Cinematography (Special)

My Africa (1988)
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1986)
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Pudd'nhead Wilson (1984)
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The Mysterious Stranger (1982)
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Life on the Mississippi (1980)
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Misc. Crew (Special)

Pudd'nhead Wilson (1984)
Other

Cinematography (Short)

Every Day Except Christmas (1957)
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Film Production - Main (Short)

The Children Upstairs (1955)
Photography
A Hundred Thousand Children (1955)
Photography
Green and Pleasant Land (1955)
Photography

Life Events

1939

Settled in England

Videos

Movie Clip

Tom Jones (1963) - I Should Teach Him Some New Songs First scene with Sophie (Susannah York), returned from two years in London, for whom Albert Finney (title character) has captured a thrush, only to see it released by his prissy rival Blifil (David Warner) in Tony Richardson's Tom Jones, 1963.
Tom Jones (1963) - There's LIttle Hope Quickening events as Tom (Albert Finney) learns from Blifil (David Warner) of the accident, and both attend the deathbed of Squire Allworthy (George Devine), who fails to die in Tony Richardson's Tom Jones, 1963.
Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner, The (1962) - You've Got To Run Opening with Smith (Tom Courtenay) beginning his voice-over, credits, then en route to the borstal, in Tony Richardson's The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner, 1962, from Alan Sillitoe's story and screenplay.
Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner, The (1962) - Do Your Worst The "Guv'nor" (Michael Redgrave) with staff, receiving new inmates including Bosworth (John Thaw, later TV's Inspector Morse) and Smith (Tom Courtenay), then briefing new house master Brown (Alec McCowen), in Tony Richardson's The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner, 1962.
Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner, The (1962) - Stacey's Gone Away Borstal boys overseen by Craig (Ray Austin) and Fenton (Anthony Sagar) stage a mess hall brawl, later reviewed by the Governor (Michael Redgrave) and staff, in Tony Richardson's The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner, 1962.
Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner, The (1962) - And Did Those Feet... Reformatory governor (Michael Redgrave) scolding his charges before a concert, Smith (Tom Courtenay) et al finishing with "Blake's Jerusalem," as a colleague is apprehended, in Tony Richardson's The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner, 1962.
Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner, The (1962) - I'm The Gaffer Now First the Governor (Michael Redgrave) giving a tour, then inmate Smith (Tom Courtenay) in a flashback, featuring his mother (Avis Bunnage) and her boyfriend (Raymond Dyer), in Tony Richardson's The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner, 1962.
Taste Of Honey, A (1962) - Perhaps The Self-Same Song Teacher (Eunice Black) reading Keats' Ode To A Nightingale, then attacking pupil Jo (Rita Tushingham), who escapes and meets again sailor Jimmy (Paul Danquah), along the Manchester ship canal, in Tony Richardson's A Taste Of Honey, 1962.
Taste Of Honey, A (1962) - Another Flit Joining the opening sequence, mom Helen (Dora Bryan) and young Jo (Rita Tushingham), scarpering from their flat in Salford, outside Manchester, from Tony Richardson's A Taste Of Honey, 1962.
Tom Jones (1963) - Opening, Our Hero The wacky opening to Tony Richardson's Tom Jones 1963, in which Squire Allworthy (George Devine) arrives home and subtitles begin the scandalous story.
Tom Jones (1963) - Whatever High Ideals Tom (Albert Finney) and "Mrs. Waters" (Joyce Redman), who may be his forgotten adoptive mother, in the famous lascivious dinner scene from Tony Richardson's Best Picture-winning adaptation of the Henry Fielding novel, Tom Jones, 1963.
Tom Jones (1963) - Let Dogs Delight Michael MacLiammoirr's narration introduces a scene at church which devolves into mayhen with Tom (Albert Finney) rescuing Molly (Diane Cilento) in Tony Richardson's Tom Jones, 1963.

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