Robby Müller

Robby Müller
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Robby Müller
Born (1940-04-04)4 April 1940
Willemstad, Curaçao
Died 3 July 2018(2018-07-03) (aged 78)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cause of death Vascular Dementia
Occupation Cinematographer

Robby Müller (4 April 1940 – 3 July 2018) was a Dutch cinematographer best known for his collaborations with the film directors Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch. Müller died on 3 July, 2018, aged 78. He had suffered from vascular dementia for several years.

Life and work[]

Müller was born in Curaçao, then Netherlands Antilles, in 1940 and moved to Amsterdam in 1953. He studied at the Netherlands Film Academy from 1962 to 1964.[1] He worked as cinematographer on a number of shorts before collaborating with Wim Wenders on his first feature, Summer in the City (1970). They went on to make many more films together such as Alice in the Cities (1974), Kings of the Road (1976), The American Friend (1977), and Paris, Texas (1984).

Apart from the movies with Wenders, Müller contributed to both mainstream US productions and independent films. His other work has included the hazy, yellow-tinted cinematography of William Friedkin's To Live and Die in LA (1985), Sally Potter's The Tango Lesson (1997), Dom Rotheroe's My Brother Tom (2001), Lars von Trier's starkly shot films, Breaking the Waves (1996) and Dancer in the Dark (2000), and Jim Jarmusch's gritty looking films Down by Law (1986), Mystery Train (1989), Dead Man (1995) and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999).

He died on 3 July 2018 at the age of 78.[2]

Filmography[]

English-language films[]

Year Title Director Notes
1979 Saint Jack Peter Bogdanovich
1980 Honeysuckle Rose Jerry Schatzberg
1981 They All Laughed Peter Bogdanovich
1984 Repo Man Alex Cox
Paris, Texas Wim Wenders Won:
Bavarian Film Award for Best Cinematography
German Camera Award for Best Feature Film
Body Rock Marcelo Epstein
1985 To Live and Die in L.A. William Friedkin
1986 The Longshot Paul Bartel
Down by Law Jim Jarmusch Nominated for:
Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
NSFC Award for Best Cinematography
1987 Barfly Barbet Schroeder Nominated for:
Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
The Believers John Schlesinger
1988 The Little Devil Roberto Benigni
1989 Mystery Train Jim Jarmusch Nominated for:
Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
1993 Mad Dog and Glory John McNaughton
When Pigs Fly Sara Driver
1995 Beyond the Clouds Michelangelo Antonioni
Wim Wenders
Dead Man Jim Jarmusch Won:
NSFC Award for Best Cinematography
NYCC Award for Best Cinematographer

Nominated for:
CFCA Award for Best Cinematography
Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography

1996 Breaking the Waves Lars von Trier Won:
NSFC Award for Best Cinematography
NYCC Award for Best Cinematographer
Robert Award for Best Cinematography
Camerimage Best Independent Duo

Nominated for:
Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
Camerimage Golden Frog Award
BSFC Award for Best Cinematography

1997 The Tango Lesson Sally Potter
1998 Shattered Image Raúl Ruiz
1999 Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Jim Jarmusch
2000 Dancer in the Dark Lars von Trier Nominated for:
Robert Award for Best Cinematography
2001 My Brother Tom Dom Rotheroe
2002 24 Hour Party People Michael Winterbottom
2003 Coffee and Cigarettes Jim Jarmusch Short film compilation

Foreign-language films[]

Year Original title English title Country Director Notes
1970 Sommer in der Stadt Summer in the City West Germany Wim Wenders
Jonathan Hans W. Geißendörfer
1971 Carlos
Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter The Goalkeeper's Fear of the Penalty West Germany
Austria
Wim Wenders
1973 Der Scharlachrote Buchstabe The Scarlet Letter West Germany
Spain
Die Reise nach Wien Trip to Vienna West Germany Edgar Reitz
1974 Alice in den Städten Alice in the Cities Wim Wenders
Perahim – die zweite Chance N/A Hans W. Geißendörfer
Ein bißchen Liebe Veith von Fürstenberg
1975 Falsche Bewegung The Wrong Move Wim Wenders Won:
German Film Award for Best Cinematography
1976 Im Lauf der Zeit Kings of the Road
Die Wildente The Wild Duck West Germany
Austria
Hans W. Geißendörfer
Es herrscht Ruhe im Land Calm Prevails Over the Country Peter Lilienthal
1977 Der Amerikanische Freund The American Friend West Germany
France
Wim Wenders Nominated for:
NSFC Award for Best Cinematography
Die linkshändige Frau The Left-Handed Woman Peter Handke
1978 Die Gläserne Zelle The Glass Cell West Germany Hans W. Geißendörfer
Mysteries N/A Netherlands Paul de Lussanet
1979 Opname In for Treatment Marja Kok
Erik van Zuylen
1982 Een zwoele zomeravond A Hot Summer Night Shireen Strooker

Frans Weisz

1983 Un dimanche de flic A Cops' Sunday France Michel Vianey
Klassen Feind Class Enemy West Germany Peter Stein Won:
German Film Award for Best Cinematography
Les îles This Islands West Germany
France
Iradj Azimi
1984 Tricheurs Cheaters Barbet Schroeder
1988 Il piccolo diavolo The Little Devil Italy Roberto Benigni
1989 Aufzeichnungen zu Kleidern und Städten Notebook on Cities and Clothes West Germany
France
Wim Wenders Documentary film
1990 Korczak Poland
Germany
United Kingdom
Andrzej Wajda Won:
German Film Award for Best Cinematography
1991 Bis ans Ende der Welt Until the End of the World Germany
France
Australia
Wim Wenders
1995 Hoogste Tijd Last Call Belgium
Netherlands
Frans Weisz

Awards and Nominations[]

References[]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 August 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Robby Müller death: Cinematographer nicknamed 'master of light' dies aged 78
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 May 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 

Interview with Robby Muller (Dutch and English)