Raoul Coutard, R.I.P.

10th November 2016

Raoul Coutard, the cinematographer best-known for his radical work on many of the key features films of the French new wave, has died at the age of 92. Coutard shot many of the films (including the heart-breakingly beautiful Pierrot le fou, 1965, above) that meant the most to me as I was discovering cinema in the 1970s and ’80s; below I have embedded a dozen of these. The Guardian obituary by James S Williams is here. ‘Light of day: Raoul Coutard on shooting film for Jean-Luc Godard’, a 1965 text by Coutard edited Michel Cournot, has been republished as a tribute on the Sight & Sound website. And Film Comment here has a 2012 interview with the cinematographer.

A Bout de souffle, 1959

Tirez sur le pianiste, 1960

Lola, 1961

Une femme est une femme, 1961

Jules et Jim, 1962

Le petit soldat, 1963

Les carabiniers, 1963

Alphaville, 1965

Pierrot le fou, 1965

2 ou 3 choses que je sais d’elle, 1967

La chinoise, 1967

Passion, 1982

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