Philippe Agostini


Director Of Photography

About

Birth Place
Paris, FR
Born
August 11, 1910
Died
October 21, 2001

Biography

This noted stylist first gained international attention with his striking, stark black-and-white cinematography for Robert Bresson's "Les Anges du peche" (1943) and "Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne" (1945). Agostini also shot Jules Dassin's gritty "Rififi" in 1955. He began directing in the 1950s, turning out mostly pedestrian films of religious content....

Family & Companions

Odette Joyeux
Wife
Actor. Died in 2000.

Biography

This noted stylist first gained international attention with his striking, stark black-and-white cinematography for Robert Bresson's "Les Anges du peche" (1943) and "Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne" (1945). Agostini also shot Jules Dassin's gritty "Rififi" in 1955. He began directing in the 1950s, turning out mostly pedestrian films of religious content.

Life Events

1934

First film as cinematographer, "Itto"

1937

Was director of photography on "Un carnet de bal/Life Dances On"

1943

Shot Robert Bresson's "Les anges du peche/Angels of the Streets"

1945

Reunited with Bresson on "Les dames du Bois du Bologne/Ladies of the Park"

1954

Directorial debut with short, "Ordinations"

1955

Was the cinematographer for Jules Dassin's "Rififi"

1956

Screenwriting debut, "The Bride Is Much Too Beautiful/La mariee est trop belle"

1957

Last film as cinematographer, "Les trois font la paire/Three Make a Pair"

1958

Directed first feature film, "Le naif aux quarante enfants" (also co-screenplay)

1960

Helmed "Dialogue with the Carmelites"

1961

Wrote and directed the feature "Rencontres"

1966

Directed episodes of the French TV series "L'Age heureux"

1973

Last feature, "Grandeur nature"

1975

Helmed episodes of "L'Age en fleur"

Videos

Movie Clip

Rififi (1954) - Break-In Just a portion of the roughly half-hour dialogue -free heist sequence, Tony (Jean Servais), Mario (Robert Manuel), Jo (Carl Mohner) and Cesar (Jules Dassin, the director, with mustache) from Rififi, 1954.
Rififi (1954) - No Cash No Cards Opening scene, veteran crook Tony (Jean Servais) coming up short in a card game, calls on loyal friend Jo (Carl Mohner) for a stake, in blacklisted American director Jules Dassin's acclaimed Paris crime caper, Rififi, 1954.
Rififi (1954) - They Let Me Out Newly paroled Tony (Jean Servais), who took the fall for a jewel heist, finds his old girlfriend Mado (Marie Sabouret) well cared-for in a Paris night club, with shocking brutality, early in director Jules Dassin's Rififi, 1954.
Rififi (1954) - Le Rififi Magali Noël performs, song by Philippe Gerard and Jacques LaRue, Jules Dassin directs, and also appears, as safecracker Cesar, at the table with Robert Manuel as Mario, who introduces him to ex-con Tony (Jean Servais) who’s rejoined the jewelry heist scheme, one of the few less intense scenes, in Rififi, 1954.
Boy (1969) - When Bad Things Happen We are first introduced to the principal Toshio (Tetsuo Abe) and his fantasies, then to his father (Fumio Watanabe) and step-mother (Akiko Koyama) who, for now, seem like normal decent citizens, opening director Nagisa Oshima's acclaimed 1969 feature Boy.
Boy (1969) - As I Go Into Battle Staying in a plush hotel after he has earned the family a big payday by playing the victim in a faked accident, Toshio (Tetsuo Abe) is told by his dad (Fumio Watanabe) that he can't go home to his grandparents' place, after which he decides otherwise, in Nagisa Oshima's Boy, 1969.
Le Plaisir (a.k.a. House Of Pleasure) - Youth And Sardines From the narrating voice of the original author Guy de Maupassant, the introduction of the painter Jean (Daniel Gelin) and model Josephine (Simone Simon), in the third segment of director Max Ophuls' Le Plaisir, (a.k.a. House Of Pleasure) 1952.
Formula, The (1980) - It's Not Talcum Powder After a prologue in WWII Germany, when one Tom Neely gets near some Nazi secrets, in contemporary LA we meet George C. Scott as cop Caine, Ike Eisenmann his son, Calvin Jung intercepting them, then Francisco Prado the pathologist, in The Formula, 1980, from producer Steve Shagan’s novel and screenplay.
Boy (1969) - Ninja Skills Having learned that the family makes its living by staging phony traffic accidents, we watch as the step-mother (Akiko Koyama) begins training Toshio (Tetsuo Abe) to take the leading role, his Dad (Fumio Watanabe), plotting behind her back, in Nagisa Oshima's Boy, 1969.
Le Jour Se Leve - A Man Has Killed Operatic opening, script by Jacques Viot and poet Jacques Prevert, credits, the victim (Jules Berry) and the blind man (Georges Douking), from Marcel Carne's Le Jour Se Leve, 1939, starring Jean Gabin.
Le Jour Se Leve - Beat It Or I'll Shoot! Police arriving following gunshots, first appearance of the shooter Francois (Jean Gabin) holed up on the top floor, early in Marcel Carne's Le Jour Se Leve, 1939.
Le Jour Se Leve - I Have No Parents The first flashback, Francois (Jean Gabin), having shot a man, recalls being on the job sandblasting, and meeting Francoise (Jacqueline Laurent), discovering together that they're orphans, in Marcel Carne's Le Jour Se Leve, 1939.

Companions

Odette Joyeux
Wife
Actor. Died in 2000.

Bibliography