Robby Müller

Robby Müller

Darsteller, Kamera, Ton
*04.04.1940 Willemstad, Curaçao, Niederländische Antillen

Biography

Robert Müller was born on April 1940 in Willemstad, Curacao (Netherlands Antilles). His father worked for an oil company, thus the family traveled the whole world. In 1953, Müller came to Amsterdam and attended secondary school. Between 1962 and 1964, he studied at Nederlandse Filmacademie and made his first short films together with fellow students. Subsequently, he worked several years as the assistant of Gerard Vandenberg who was one of the most important cinematographers of New German Cinema.

In 1968, while shooting "Liebe und so weiter", Müller met Hans W. Geissendörfer who at the time was the assistant of director George Moorse. Geissendörfer then employed Müller as the cinematographer for his first TV movie "Der Fall Lena Christ" (1969). Together they made nine films during the 1970s, most of them TV productions. Film student Wim Wenders worked as a unit manager for "Der Fall Lena Christ". Müller then became the cinematographer for Wenders" student films "Alabama" (1969) and "Summer in the City" (1971). These films became the starting point for a longtime friendship and film partnership between Müller and Wenders that probably climaxed with Wenders" adatation of Patricia Highsmith"s novel "Der amerikanische Freund" ("The American Friend", 1977).


The collaboration between Müller and Wenders was interrupted, when Wenders made "Hammett" in the USA while Müller was not granted a work permit for trade union related reasons. Instead, Müller filmed Peter Handke"s "Die linkshändige Frau" ("The Left-Handed Woman"), Geissendörfer"s Highsmith adadptation "Die gläserne Zelle" ("The Glass Cell"), and Paul de Lussanet"s "Mysteries". Then, Müller filmed Peter Bogdanovich"s Asia adventure "Saint Jack".

After "Saint Jack", Müller participated in several US productions und worked once more with Bogdanovich, but also with William Friedkin and John Schlesinger. Later, Müller started another longtime collaboration with director Jim Jarmusch and filmed several of Jarmusch"s films, including the Southern States ballad "Down By Law", the rock and roll fantasy "Mystery Train", and the neo-western "Dead Man".

In 1983, Müller again collaborated with Wim Wenders and filmed "Paris, Texas" in the southwest of the USA where Müller had to deal with surreal and picturesque light conditions. In the following years, Müller and Wenders did several more films together, for instance, "Aufzeichnungen zu Kleidern und Städten" ("A Notebook on Clothes and Cities", 1989), "Bis ans Ende der Welt" ("Until the End of the World", 1991), and "Buena Vista Social Club" (1999). In the same period, Robby Müller also filmed Andrzej Wajda"s ghetto film "Korczak" (1990), as well as "Breaking the Waves" (1996) and "Dancer in the Dark" (2000), both directed by Lars von Trier.

Filmography

2006 Don't Try This at Home
Participation
 
2005-2007 Von einem der auszog - Wim Wenders' frühe Jahre
Participation
 
2004 Nach grauen Tagen
Director of photography
 
2000-2002 Poem - Ich setzte den Fuß in die Luft, und sie trug
Director of photography
 
1999/2000 Dancer In the Dark
Director of photography
 
1998/1999 Ghost Dog - Der Weg des Samurai
Director of photography
 
1998/1999 Buena Vista Social Club
Director of photography
 
1997 Tango-Fieber
Director of photography
 
1994/1995 Jenseits der Wolken
Director of photography
 
1994/1995 Dead Man
Director of photography
 
1993 Wenn Schweine fliegen
Director of photography
 
1990/1991 Bis ans Ende der Welt
Director of photography
 
1990 Red Hot & Blue. EP 17: Night and Day
Director of photography
 
1989/1990 Korczak
Director of photography
 
1988/1989 Aufzeichnungen zu Kleidern und Städten
Director of photography
 
1983/1984 Die Spieler
Cast, Director of photography
 
1983/1984 Paris, Texas
Director of photography
 
1982/1983 Zwei Profis steigen aus
Director of photography
 
1982/1983 Les îles
Director of photography
 
1982/1983 Klassen Feind
Director of photography
 
1977/1978 Die gläserne Zelle
Director of photography
 
1977/1978 Das Ende einer Karriere
Director of photography
 
1977 Die linkshändige Frau
Director of photography
 
1976/1977 Der amerikanische Freund
Director of photography
 
1976 Die Wildente
Director of photography
 
1975/1976 Im Lauf der Zeit
Director of photography
 
1975 Es herrscht Ruhe im Land
Director of photography
 
1975 Die Herausforderung
Director of photography
 
1974/1975 Wandas Paradies
Director of photography
 
1974/1975 Falsche Bewegung
Director of photography
 
1974 Ein bißchen Liebe
Director of photography
 
1973/1974 Die Eltern
Director of photography
 
1973/1974 Alice in den Städten
Director of photography
 
1973/1974 Perahim - die zweite Chance
Director of photography
 
1973 Die Reise nach Wien
Director of photography
 
1972/1973 Der scharlachrote Buchstabe
Director of photography
 
1972 Marie
Director of photography
 
1971/1972 Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter
Director of photography
 
1971/1972 Can
Director of photography
 
1970/1971 Carlos
Director of photography
 
1970 Eine Rose für Jane
Director of photography
 
1969/1970 Die Anpassung
Director of photography
 
1969-1971 Summer in the City. (Dedicated to the Kinks)
Director of photography
 
1969 Jonathan
Director of photography
 
1968/1969 Alabama: 2000 Light Years
Director of photography, Sound
 
1968/1969 Ich bin ein Elefant, Madame
Assistant camera
 
1968/1969 Der Fall Lena Christ
Director of photography
 
1967/1968 Liebe und so weiter
Assistant camera
 

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