RALF D. BODE

 

Born: 31 March 1941, Berlin, Germany, as Ralf Detlef Bode. His family moved to Vermont, USA, in 1954.

Died: 27 February 2001, Santa Monica, Calif., USA.

Education: University of Vermont [majored in Theatre]; Yale University Drama School, New Haven [Directing].

Career: Was active as actor in off-Broadway plays. Received his camera training while serving as a Signal Corps cameraman in the US Army. Started his career as gaffer and lighting director.

Moved to Los Angeles in 1993 where he taught at the Los Angeles Film School.

Was member of the ICG since 1976 and joined the ASC in 1982. His son Paul is a c.asst.

Awards: 'Oscar' AA nom [1981] for 'Coal Miner's Daughter'; 'Emmy' Award nom [1994] for 'Gypsy'; 'Emmy' Award nom [2000] for 'Annie'.


Obituary: Ralf D. Bode, a cinematographer who contributed indelible images to films like 'Rocky', 'Saturday Night Fever' and 'Coal Miner's Daughter', died last Tuesday at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 59. The cause was lung cancer, said his wife, Christine.

Among the more memorable sequences for which he was responsible in a career that included more than 40 films were the scenes of Sylvester Stallone running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art as the movie's theme music played in 'Rocky' [1975] and the heated dance floor scenes in 'Saturday Night Fever' [1977].

Born in Germany, Mr. Bode moved to the United States at 14. He graduated from the University of Vermont, served in a pictorial unit of the United States Army and after his discharge, moved to New York City. A brief career as an actor led him to enroll in the graduate program of the Yale Drama School.

He made three films with the director Jonathan Kaplan, including 'The Accused', for which Jodie Foster won an Oscar for best actress, and five with Michael Apted, among them 'Coal Miner's Daughter', for which Sissy Spacek won a best actress Oscar and Mr. Bode an Oscar nomination. Mr. Bode also directed concert films, documentaries, commercials and videos.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Paul and Max, and a brother, Peer. Last year he began teaching cinematography at the Los Angeles Film School, where an annual student award for cinematographer has been named in his honor. [From obituary by Stephen Holden in The New York Times, March 6, 2001.]


 

 FILMS

1969

The Stoolie [John G. Avildsen & (uncred) George Silano] c; uncred cph; ph: John Avildsen & Charles Clifton

1974

There Is No 13 [William Sachs] c

1974

Saturday Night at the Baths [David Buckley] c; 2uc: John Budde & Peter (as Pete) Stein; + post-prod superv

1974

Fore Play/Foreplay/The President's Women [Robert J. McCarty (#1. 'Norman and the Polish Doll'), Bruce Malmuth (#2. 'Vortex'), John G. Avildsen (#3. 'Inaugural Ball') & Ralph Rosenblum (linking seg 'Professor Corey on Sex')] c; ph seg #3; other ph: Jeff Lion Weinstock (seg #1) & Adam Giffard (seg #2)

1975

SOS - Screw on the Screen [Jim Buckley] c

1975

Rocky [John G. Avildsen] c; East Coast ph (Philadelphia); ph: James Crabe

 

 

1977

Saturday Night Fever [John Badham (replaced John G. Avildsen)] c

1977

Slow Dancing in the Big City [John G. Avildsen] c; ph Lincoln Center ballet seq: Gerald Hirschfeld

1977

Somebody Killed Her Husband [Lamont Johnson] p/c; cph: Andrew Laszlo

1978

The Force Beyond [William Sachs] b&w-c; doc/86m

1978

Rich Kids [Robert M. Young] c

 

 

1979

Coal Miner's Daughter [Michael Apted] c; 2uc: William Birch & John Dustin

1979

Dressed to Kill [Brian De Palma] p/c

1980

Raggedy Man [Jack Fisk] c

1981

A Little Sex [Bruce Paltrow] c

1983

Gorky Park [Michael Apted] c

1984

Firstborn/Moving In [Michael Apted] c

1985

Bring on the Night [Michael Apted] c; mus doc/97m

1985

Violets Are Blue... [Jack Fisk] c; 2uc: Don Sweeney

1985

The Whoopee Boys [John Byrum] c; filmed 1985-86

1986

Critical Condition [Michael Apted] c; + small part

1986

The Big Town/The Arm [Ben Bolt (replaced Harold Becker)] c; 2uc: Matt Tundo

1987

Distant Thunder [Rick Rosenthal] c

1988

The Accused [Jonathan Kaplan] c

1988

Cousins/A Touch of Infidelity [Joel Schumacher] c

1989

Uncle Buck [John Hughes] c; 2uc: Gregory Lundsgaard

1990

Love Field [Jonathan Kaplan] c; + 2ud

1990

One Good Cop/One Man's Justice [Heywood Gould] c

1991

Leaving Normal [Edward Zwick] c; 2uc: Roger Vernon; plates ph: Paul Gentry

1992

Made in America [Richard Benjamin] c; aph: Stan McClain

1992

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker [Emile Ardolino] c; ballet film/93m; blue screen ph: Kim Marks; vfx superv: Eric Brevig

1993

Bad Girls [Jonathan Kaplan] c; 2uc: Philip Pfeiffer, Dan Turrett & Jamie Anderson

1994

Safe Passage [Robert Allan Ackerman] c

1994

Don Juan DeMarco [Jeremy Leven] c

1994

The Big Green [Holly Goldberg Sloan] c; 2uc: Michael Ferris

1995

I'm Not Rappaport [Herb Gardner] c; addph; ph: Adam Holender

1996

A Simple Wish/The Fairy Godmother [Michael Ritchie] c; 2uc: Paul Varrieur

1996

The Proposition [Lesli Linka Glatter] c; addph; ph: Peter Sova

1997

Hacks/Sink or Swim/The Big Twist [Gary Rosen] c

1997

Women Without Implants [Anne De Salvo] c; short/20m

1998

The Secret Life of Girls/American Pie/Unglued [Holly Goldberg Sloan] c

1999

Boys and Girls [Robert Iscove] c; 2uc: Michael Stone

2000

Speaking of Sex [John McNaughton] c; 2uc: Roger Vernon; aph: Hans Bjerno

 

 TELEVISION

1988

The Long Way Home [Michael Apted] mus doc/83m; ph Leningrad concert; other ph: Peter Gilbert (1987), Christophe Lanzenberg & Clive Tickner (London); for Granada-tv

1989

25 x 5 - The Continuing Adventures of the Rolling Stones [Nigel Finch] mus special/b&w-c/120m; c.op: Michael Barry, Robert Leacock & Bob Fiore; ep BBC-tv arts magazine 'Arena'

1990

The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show [Andrew Solt] special/b&w-c/120m

1991

The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 2 [Andrew Solt] special/b&w-c/100m

1992

Crossroads [pilot dir by Michael Apted] 12-part (2 unaired) series, 1992-93

1993

Spic-O-Rama [Peter Askin] tvm

1993

Gypsy [Emile Ardolino] tvm; released theatrically outside USA

1994

The History of Rock 'n' Roll [Andrew Solt (3 ep), Obie Benz (1 ep), Bud Friedgen (1 ep), a.o.] 10-part mus doc series/b&w-c, 1995; other ph: Cian de Buitléar, Judy Irola, Claudia Raschke, David Myers, a.o.

1995

A Streetcar Named Desire [Glenn Jordan] tvm

1997

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella [Robert Iscove] tvm; vfx superv: Ralph Maiers; ep 'The Wonderful World of Disney'-series

1997

CBS: The First 50 Years [Andrew Solt & Frank Martin] special/90m

1998

Last Rites [Kevin Dowling] tvm

1998

The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer [William A. Graham] 2-part tvm; 2uc: Paul Van der Linden

1999

Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End [Glenn Jordan] tvm; ep #307 'Hallmark Hall of Fame'-series

1999

Annie [Rob Marshall] tvm

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1968

The Plot Against Harry [Michael Roemer] electrician; ph: Robert M. Young; released in 1989

1969

Guess What We Learned in School Today? [John G. Avildsen] gaffer; ph: J.G. Avildsen

1970

Joe [John G. Avildsen] gaffer; ph: J.G. Avildsen

1971

Who Killed Mary Whats'ername? [Ernie Pintoff] co-electrician (as Ralph Boda); ph: Greg Sandor

1971

Cry Uncle!/Super Dick [John G. Avildsen] lighting dir; ph: J.G. Avildsen

1975

Hearts and Minds [Peter Davis; doc/112m] c.op 2u; ph: Richard Pearce

1976

Ah, Wilderness! [Arvin Brown] lighting des; ep PBS-tv series 'Great Performances'

1978

Moment by Moment [Jane Wagner] co-tech adv; ph: Philip Lathrop