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Born: September 16, 1924 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Paris, FR Profession: director of photography, director, photographer, combat reporter

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Largely due to his ability to work fast and with minimal (natural) lighting, and his use of hand-held cameras, Coutard was the most popular cinematographer among New Wave directors. Though he shot 14 films with Godard over a highly experimental eight-year period, he was also known for his ability to adapt himself to numerous directorial styles. Stand-outs of his nouvelle vague period include the richly textured black-and-white of Francois Truffaut's "Jules and Jim" (1962), the bleak grays of Godard's "Alphaville" (1965), the overwrought color of Godard's "Contempt" (1963; in which he appears) and the crisp brilliance of "Pierrot le fou" (1965). Coutard won praise for his feature directing debut, "Hoa-binh" (1969), though his subsequent efforts have been less impressive.

Largely due to his ability to work fast and with minimal (natural) lighting, and his use of hand-held cameras, Coutard was the most popular cinematographer among New Wave directors. Though he shot 14 films with Godard over a highly experimental eight-year period, he was also known for his ability to adapt himself to numerous directorial styles. Stand-outs of his nouvelle vague period include the richly textured black-and-white of Francois Truffaut's "Jules and Jim" (1962), the bleak grays of Godard's "Alphaville" (1965), the overwrought color of Godard's "Contempt" (1963; in which he appears) and the crisp brilliance of "Pierrot le fou" (1965). Coutard won praise for his feature directing debut, "Hoa-binh" (1969), though his subsequent efforts have been less impressive.

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  SAS a San Salvador (1982) Director
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  Hoa-Binh (1970) Director

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Abandoned plans to become a chemist and worked in photographic labs during WWII
1945:
Spent 11 years in Vietnam: half with the French expeditionary forces and half as a civilian still photographer for "Indochine sud-est asiatique", "Radar", "Life" and "Paris-Match"
1953:
Shot first medium-length film in Laos
1956:
First feature as co-cinematographer, "Paradiso terrestre"
1959:
Shot first Godard film, "A Bout de souffle/Breathless"
1967:
Debut as director of short, "Singal l'antilop sacree"
1970:
Feature film directorial debut, "Hoa Binh"
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