Raoul Coutard – Godard and Truffaut cinematographer – dies, age 92

The Film Doctor team send our love to the family, friends and spirit of Raoul Coutard, the French cinematographer who shot films for Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut, who has passed away aged 92.

Raoul shot over 80 feature films including Godard classics A Bout de Souffle (Breathless), Le Mépris (Contempt), Vivre sa Vie (My Life to Live) as well as Truffaut’s Jules et Jim (Jules and Jim) and Tirez sur le Pianiste (Shoot the Piano Player).

He began directing with Haoa Binh in 1970 which was nominated for the Palm d’Or at Cannes Film Festival. He later won prizes including a César for best cinematography and a technical award at Venice Film Festival.

He passed away on Tuesday (November 8) near Bayonne, France after battling a long illness. 

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