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Jacques Demy
Raoul Coutard Film-maker
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We didn't get on badly but we didn't get on well either. I think that he didn't want- No, the problem is that when Jacques did his film, it happened in the same way as it did with Jean-Luc, I mean Beauregard produced it. At the time, Beauregard thought- We're going to produce films by young people, etc. To try and renew things a little. And so he told him- You'll get the same means as Jean-Luc, meaning- So that was a catastrophe for him because Jean-Luc had used up 8000 metres of film, of course Demy wasn't happy about it. So Beauregard let it go a little, but well I mean the equipment was light, and so was the lighting. And naturally he said- You'll take Coutard to do the photo. So I mean, it didn't seem to be a problem for him, but it's obvious that he wasn't satisfied with what I was doing, I'm more than sure that, I mean he envisioned it differently. But well at the same time, since it was- We got on relatively well, we never argued or anything. He wasn't happy because since I was with that lamp systems where there were some that needed to be changed regularly, when one of them broke down during filming, he had to redo the shot because there was- So that infuriated him, but I mean it wasn't that important. There are- But I mean, at the same time, it was quite an enjoyable shoot, it was quite gratifying.
Je me suis pas mal entendu mais je me suis pas bien entendu. Je pense qu'il n'avait pas envie de- Non, le problème c'est que quand Jacques a fait son film là, ça s'est passé exactement comme avec Jean-Luc, je veux dire c'est de Beauregard qui l'a produit. A l'époque, Beauregard s'était dit- On va produire des films de jeunes, etc- Pour essayer de voir, de renouveler un petit peu, de voir si- Et alors il lui a dit- Vous aurez les mêmes moyens qu'avec Jean-Luc c'est-à-dire- Alors là c'était la catastrophe pour lui parce que Jean-Luc avait bouffé 8000 mètres de pellicule, Demy il a fait la gueule là-dessus, forcément. Alors Beauregard a lâché un peu de lest, mais enfin je veux dire le matériel c'était du matériel léger, donc éclairage léger. Et naturellement il lui a dit- Vous prendrez Coutard pour faire la photo. Bon là je veux dire, ça n'avait pas l'air de poser de problème pour lui, mais c'est sûr qu'il n'était pas très satisfait de ce que je faisais, ça j'en suis presque sûr, il voyait ça autrement je veux dire. Bon mais en même temps, comme c'était- On s'est relativement bien entendus, on ne s'est jamais engueulés ni quoi que ce soit. Il n'était pas content parce que comme j'étais avec ce système de lampes où il y en avait qu'il fallait changer assez régulièrement, quand il y en avait qui claquaient pendant le tournage, bon ça l'obligeait à refaire le plan parce qu'il y avait- Alors ça ça le rendait fou furieux, mais enfin ça je veux dire c'était pas très grave. Il y a- Mais en même temps je veux dire ça a été un tournage assez agréable à faire, c'était assez gratifiant.

French cinematographer, Raoul Coutard (1924-2016) was twice nominated for the César Award for best cinematography which he won in 1978 for 'Le Crabe-tambour'. He made over 75 films and documentaries, including 'À Bout de Souffle', Le Mépris' and 'Band à Part'. He was the most acclaimed French cinematographer of his generation and one of the key figures of the New Wave.

Listeners: Bernard Cohn

Benard Cohn is a French filmmaker and writer, who has directed five films as well as numerous documentaries and television series. As an assistant director, he worked with many important filmmakers, including Luis Buñuel, François Jacob, Otto Preminger and Woody Allen. He was a founding member of the Ciné-Qua-Non cinema club and has acted as editor and translator for various publications on the world of cinema.

Bernard Cohn est un réalisateur et écrivain français, ayant réalisé cinq film ainsi que de nombreux reportages et séries télévisées. En tant qu'assistant réalisateur, il a travaillé avec plusieurs grands cinéastes, notamment Luis Buñuel, François Truffaut, Otto Preminger et Woody Allen. Il fut membre fondateur du ciné-club Ciné-Qua-Non et a participé à la rédaction et traduction en anglais, de plusieurs ouvrages sur le cinéma.

Duration: 1 minute, 40 seconds

Date story recorded: October 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008