Raoul Coutard

Director of photography, Director, Photographer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 09/15/1924 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (60)

Etes-vous fiancee a un marin grec ou a un pilote de ligne? 2014 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Jolly Green 2014 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

La Liberte en croupe 2014 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Le Petit Soldat 2013 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Lola 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Wild Innocence 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Birth of Love 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Le Coeur Fantome 1995 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Dr. Bethune 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Happiness Is No Joke 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

La Vie Crevee 1991 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Il gele en enfer 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

La Femme fardee 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Les Enfants Volants 1990 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Peaux de vaches 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Blanc de chine 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Brennende Betten 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Ne reveillez pas un flic qui dort 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Fuegos 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Max mon amour 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dangerous Moves 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Du sel sur la peau 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

First Name: Carmen 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Passion 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Bitch 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Le Crabe-Tambour 1976 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Comme un pot des fraises! 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Embassy 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Le Gang des Otages 1971 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Le Trefle a Cinq Feuilles 1971 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

L' Explosion 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Les Aveux les plus doux 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Jerusalem File 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Confession 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Z 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Les Carabiniers 1968 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Bride Wore Black 1968 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Chinese Girl 1968 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Weekend 1968 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Made in U.S.A. 1967 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Sailor From Gibraltar 1967 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Worlds's Most Beautiful Swindles 1967 (Movie)

("Le grand escroc") (Director of Photography)

Two or Three Things I Know About Her 1967 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Band of Outsiders 1966 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Defector 1966 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Married Woman 1965 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Alphaville 1965 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Chronicle of a Summer 1965 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Pierrot le Fou 1965 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Woman Is a Woman 1964 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Contempt 1964 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

La 317eme Section 1963 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

My Life To Live 1963 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Army Game 1963 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Soft Skin 1963 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Als twee druppels water 1962 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Jules and Jim 1962 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Love at Twenty 1962 (Movie)

cinematography("Paris--Antoine et Colette") (Cinematographer)

Breathless 1961 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Shoot the Piano Player 1960 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Director (4)

Jolly Green 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

SAS a San Salvador 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

La Legion saute sur kolwezi 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Hoa-Binh 1970 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (3)

The Confession 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Z 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Contempt 1964 (Movie)

Cameraman (Actor)
Writer (2)

Jolly Green 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hoa-Binh 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

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.

Milestones

1969

Feature film directorial debut, "Hoa Binh"

1967

Debut as director of short, "Singal l'antilop sacree"

1959

Shot first Godard film, "A Bout de souffle/Breathless"

1956

First feature as co-cinematographer, "Paradiso terrestre"

1953

Shot first medium-length film in Laos

1944

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"

Abandoned plans to become a chemist and worked in photographic labs during WWII

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