Raoul Coutard


Director Of Photography

About

Birth Place
Paris, FR
Born
September 16, 1924

Biography

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 inc...

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

SAS a San Salvador (1982)
Director
La Legion saute sur kolwezi (1979)
Director
Hoa-Binh (1970)
Director

Cinematography (Feature Film)

La 317eme Section (2010)
Director Of Photography
Wild Innocence (2001)
Director Of Photography
Le Coeur Fantome (1996)
Cinematographer
Happiness Is No Joke (1994)
Director Of Photography
The Birth of Love (1993)
Director Of Photography
La Vie Crevee (1992)
Cinematographer
Les Enfants Volants (1991)
Cinematographer
La Femme fardee (1990)
Director Of Photography
Il gele en enfer (1990)
Director Of Photography
Dr. Bethune (1990)
Director Of Photography
Peaux de vaches (1989)
Director Of Photography
Blanc de chine (1988)
Director Of Photography
Brennende Betten (1988)
Director Of Photography
Ne reveillez pas un flic qui dort (1988)
Director Of Photography
Fuegos (1987)
Director Of Photography
Max mon amour (1986)
Director Of Photography
Dangerous Moves (1984)
Director Of Photography
Du sel sur la peau (1984)
Director Of Photography
The Bitch (1984)
Director Of Photography
Passion (1983)
Director Of Photography
First Name: Carmen (1983)
Director Of Photography
Le Crabe-Tambour (1977)
Director Of Photography
Comme un pot des fraises! (1974)
Director Of Photography
Embassy (1973)
Director Of Photography
Le Trefle a Cinq Feuilles (1972)
Director Of Photography
Le Gang des Otages (1972)
Director Of Photography
L' Explosion (1971)
Director Of Photography
Les Aveux les plus doux (1971)
Director Of Photography
The Jerusalem File (1971)
Director Of Photography
The Confession (1970)
Director of Photography
Two or Three Things I Know About Her (1970)
Director of Photography
Z (1969)
Director of Photography
The Southern Star (1969)
Director of Photography
Pierrot le fou (1968)
Director of Photography
The Bride Wore Black (1968)
Director of Photography
Les carabiniers (1968)
Director of Photography
Weekend (1968)
Director of Photography
La Chinoise (1968)
Director of Photography
Le petit soldat (1967)
Director of Photography
The Sailor From Gibraltar (1967)
Camera
Male Companion (1966)
Director of Photography
Band of Outsiders (1966)
Director of Photography
The Defector (1966)
Director of Photography
Hail! Mafia (1966)
Director of Photography
Made in U.S.A. (1966)
Director Of Photography
Chronicle of a Summer (1965)
Director of Photography
Alphaville (1965)
Director of Photography
The Married Woman (1965)
Director of Photography
A Woman Is a Woman (1964)
Director of Photography
Contempt (1964)
Director of Photography
The Soft Skin (1964)
Director of Photography
La poupée (1963)
Director of Photography
Love at Twenty (1963)
Director of Photographer for "France"
The Army Game (1963)
Director of Photography
Time Out for Love (1963)
Director of Photography
My Life To Live (1963)
Director of Photography
Lola (1962)
Director of Photography
Jules and Jim (1962)
Director of Photography
Breathless (1961)
Director of Photography
Shoot the Piano Player (1960)
Director of Photography
La Passe du diable (1957)
Cinematographer

Writer (Feature Film)

Hoa-Binh (1970)
Screenwriter

Life Events

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"

Videos

Movie Clip

Shoot The Piano Player (1960) - I Ran Into This Streetlight Obscurity and misdirection from the start of Francois Truffaut's second feature, as we discover Chico (Albert Remy), running from thugs then chatting up a stranger (Alex Joffe) is not the hero, but only the brother of "Charlie" (Charles Aznavour), in Shoot The Piano Player, 1960.
Shoot The Piano Player (1960) - Is Art Tatum Talented? Still on the first evening, having just been told by the bar owner that she fancies him, waitress Lena (Marie DuBois) asks pianist "Charlie" (Charles Aznavour) for a loan, American jazz artists in his internal monologue, in Francois Truffaut's Shoot The Piano Player, 1960.
Shoot The Piano Player (1960) - Show Him The Package Waking up in his flat with Clarisse (Michele Mercier), musician "Charlie" (Charles Aznavour) sends little brother Fido (Richard Kanayan) to school, then realizes the thugs chasing his older brother are waiting outside, in Francois Truffaut's Shoot The Piano Player, 1960.
Shoot The Piano Player (1960) - Like Digging A Well We're still just learning the relationship between hero "Charlie" (Charles Aznavour) at the keyboard and Chico (Albert Remy) who fled into the bar after losing his pursuers, Michele Mercier the attentive Clarisse, in Francois Truffaut's Shoot The Piano Player, 1960, from a David Goodis novel.
Z -- (1969) - This Ideological Disease Beginning during the credits, with the famous non-disclaimer, because it was common knowledge that the story took place in contemporary Greece, the General (Pierre Dux) leads fellow authorities discussing politics in metaphor, opening Costa-Gavras' thriller Z, 1969.
Contempt (1963) - Completely, Tenderly, And Tragically Artsy director Jean-Luc Godard makes no explanation for his lighting in this scene introducing principals Camille (Brigitte Bardot) and Paul (Michel Piccoli) in Contempt, 1963, from a novel by Alberto Moravia.
Contempt (1963) - A Story Of That World Ever unorthodox Jean-Luc Godard narrates his own credits, the opening to his 1963 movie-business tale Contempt, starring Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli and Jack Palance, from a novel by Alberto Moravia.
Contempt (1963) - I'll Take A Taxi Big-shot Prokosch (Jack Palance) insists that Camille (Brigitte Bardot) ride with him and husband Paul (Michel Piccoli) is happy to grab a cab, in a key moment in Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt, 1963.
Contempt (1963) - I Like Gods Unhappy producer Prokosch (Jack Palance) and writer Paul (Michel Piccoli) drop in on Fritz Lang (playing himself) and screening his fictional "Odysseus," in Jean-Luc Godard's movie-business commentary Contempt, 1963.
Breathless (1960) - Do Like Elephants Do American aspiring journalist Patricia (Jean Seberg) meets with the "Editor" (Van Doude) over lunch in Paris, her fugitive boyfriend Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo) lurking, in Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless, 1960.
Breathless (1960) - I'm An A-Hole Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo) is perfectly comfortable stealing a car on the Marseilles waterfront, and director Jean-Luc Godard, at ease with him talking to the camera, in the opening of the New Wave landmark Breathless, 1960.
Breathless (1960) - Do You Think About Death? A section of the lengthy hanging-out segment, wanted-man Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo) with American girlfriend Patricia (Jean Seberg), in her Paris apartment, from Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless, 1960.

Bibliography