Lucien Ballard

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Lucien Ballard (born May 6, 1904 in Miami , Oklahoma , † October 1, 1988 in Rancho Mirage ) was an American cameraman .


Ballard attended the University of Oklahoma and the University of Pennsylvania , traveled to China and worked as a lumberjack for a while before joining Paramount as a camera assistant. As an assistant to Lee Garmes , Ballard was involved in the production of Josef von Sternberg's Morocco in 1930 . In 1935 Ballard, now a cameraman, made another Sternberg film, The Devil is a Woman . Another collaboration between Sternberg and Ballard followed in the same year with guilt and atonement . A year later, Ballard was again behind the camera for Sternberg on The King Steps Out .

In the mid to late 1930s, Ballard was now under contract with Columbia Pictures , he shot a number of B-movies of different genres , such as comedies, war films, adventure and crime films. In 1941, Ballard was behind the camera for Jean Renoir's American debut film In den Sümpfen ( Swamp Water ). During the Second World War Ballard moved to 20th Century Fox , where he was involved as a cameraman in major film productions. In 1944 Ballard was hired as cameraman for the crime film Laura , after a quarrel between producer Otto Preminger and director Rouben Mamoulian , Preminger took over the direction himself and replaced Ballard with Joseph LaShelle . In 1945 the cameraman married the actress Merle Oberon , with whom he worked on films such as Scotland Yard intervenes , Temptation and Berlin-Express . The marriage ended in divorce in 1949.

During the 1950s, Ballard worked with directors such as Henry Hathaway and Budd Boetticher . Ballard shot for Hathaway, among others, Fünf Perlen (1952) and Prinz Eisenherz (1954). In 1965, Ballard was back behind the camera again for Hathaway on The Four Sons of Katie Elder . In collaboration with Boetticher, films such as The Night Belongs to Us (1955) and Bloody Hands (1956) were made. For Stanley Kubrick's The Bill Didn't Work Out from 1956, Ballard was just as behind the camera as he was for Robert D. Webb's western The White Feather .

From the 1960s, Ballard worked frequently with Sam Peckinpah . Beginning with Sacramento in 1962, this collaboration lasted through The Wild Bunch - They Knew No Law , 1969 and a year later Billing ended up to the 1972 films Junior Bonner and Getaway , both with Steve McQueen in the lead role.

Lucien Ballard, who has been behind the camera for more than 100 films in his fifty-year career, died in a car accident in 1988.



Ballard was only once for an Oscar nomination in 1964 for women who can not love . In 1969, he received the NSFC Award from the National Society of Film Critics Awards for his camerawork on The Wild Bunch . At the Venice International Film Festival , Ballard shared the award for best camera work with Josef von Sternberg for The Devil is a Woman .

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