Ralf Bode
Date of Birth
Jan 01, 1942
Birth Place:
Berlin, Germany


Born in Germany and educated in New England, cinematographer Ralf Bode attended the film and drama departments of Yale University. While in the American army, Bode received the practical camera training that would serve him well in the movie industry. After working as a lighting designer for director John Avildsen, Bode received his first film credit on the minor feature Foreplay, followed by a 2nd unit photography assignment on Avildsen's Rocky (1976). His next assignment, Saturday Night Fever (1977), secured Bode's reputation as a master of evocative lighting and color schemes. Bode has since brought to cinematic life the Southeastern coal fields of Coal Miner's Daughter (1981), the bleakness of wintertime Moscow in Gorky Park (1983), the sleaziness of the blue-collar barhopping scene in The Accused (1988), and the melting-pot ambience of Chicago and its suburbs in Uncle Buck (1989). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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