Cinematographer Walter Lassally was still young when he was sent to England as a refugee just after WW II erupted. For a time he helped with the cameras on industrial films and in 1945 became a clapper boy for feature films. During the '50s, Lassally was involved with the Free Cinema movement and worked as a cameraman with such directors as Lindsay Anderson and Greek filmmaker Michael Cacoyannis. Lassally is especially known for the work he did for Tony Richardson during the '60s. For the cinematography for Zorba the Greek (1964) Lasally earned an Academy Award. During the '70s, he most frequently worked in the U.S.