Remembered in Images: Raoul Coutard, Cinematographer of the French New Wave

By  · Published on November 9th, 2016

A career of perfect shots in one memorial gallery.

The world of cinematography this week lost one of its most influential if widely-unheralded members, the inimitable Raoul Coutard, who passed away at the age of 92. Through his work with French New Wave pioneers Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, and Jacques Demy among others, Coutard helped establish the simultaneously joyous and pensive aesthetic of the movement, in turn inspiring generations of filmmakers in his own country and around the world. A list of the films he shot reads like a New Wave best-of and we could think of no better way to celebrate the man’s life than by a gallery of the work he left behind.

A bout de soufflé/Breathless (1960) dir. Jean-Luc Godard

Tirez sur le Pianiste/Shoot the Piano Player (1960) dir. Francois Truffaut

Lola (1961) dir. Jacques Demy

Une femme est une femme/A Woman is a Woman (1961) dir. Jean-Luc Godard

Jules and Jim (1962) dir. Francois Truffaut

Vivre sa vie/My Life to Live (1962) dir. Jean-Luc Godard

La Petit Soldat (1963) dir. Jean-Luc Godard

Le mepris/Contempt (1963) dir. Jean-Luc Godard

La peau douce/The Soft Skin (1964) dir. Francois Truffaut

Bande a parte/Band of Outsiders (1964) dir. Jean-Luc Godard

Alphaville (1965) dir. Jean-Luc Godard

Pierrot le Fou (1965) dir. Jean-Luc Godard

Made in U.S.A. (1966) dir. Jean-Luc Godard

Weekend (1967) dir. Jean-Luc Godard

The Bride Wore Black (1968) dir. Francois Truffaut

Z (1969) dir. Costa-Gravas

Max Mon Amour (1986) dir. Nagisa Oshima

The Birth of Love (1993) Phillipe Garrel

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