8 essential 60’s movies photographed by Raoul Coutard

French cinematographer Raoul Coutard died on November 8, aged 92.

He is best known for his work as a director of photography during the French New Wave, and particularly for his long-lasting collaboration with Jean-Luc Godard, with whom he creates some of the greatest films of the time, including Breathless (1960) and Contempt (1963).


Raoul Coutard made up for a lack of tracking shots in Breathless (1960) with handheld camera on a wheelchair.

He also worked with other great directors, such as Costa-Garvas and Francois Truffaut. He worked on Jules and Jim (1962) with the latter, among other films, but their collaboration ended after continuous fighting and disagreements on the set of The Bride Wore Black (1968).

Coutard also directed a number of films of his own, one of which, Hoa-Binh, was nominated for Best Foreign Language film at the 1970 Academy Awards and won the prize for Best First Work that same year at the Cannes Film Festival.

As a key figure in 60’s filmmaking, we celebrate the influence of Raoul Coutard on cinematography by highlighting 8 of his works from the decade. 


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