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I have a very mitigated memory of it because I did that film because Roufiot was very good friends with Monique, who had told me- You should do this guys' film, he's very good etc. Well.

BC:  So- Tell us who Monique is because-

Monique is my wife. Who is a continuity girl. Who is a continuity girl, so she knows a lot of people, and all that. In fact, we don't often work together, but it happens from time to time. That I worked, I mean. In the end, Rouffiot's big problem was that he absolutely wanted to make that film. So he was like anyone who absolutely wants to make a film, all of a sudden they start losing their mind, so he had- Since he hadn't found any investors, he was penniless, he had covered the whole budget by mortgaging part of his house, etc. I don't know what happened to it, it went very badly. And in addition, he was one of those people who didn't really know where to set up I mean, where to put the machine, the camera. So it was quite an issue. Fortunately, there was a team that worked well, and so it went relatively well on the whole. I didn't- All I remember is that, when I saw it, it didn't seem to be at the level that it should have been.

Moi je garde un souvenir très mitigé parce que j'avais fait ce film-là parce que Rouffiot était très copain avec Monique qui m'avait dit- Oh tu devrais faire le film de ce gars-là, il est très bien, etc. Bon. Alors- Dis qui est Monique parce que- Monique c'est mon épouse. Qui est scripte. Qui est scripte, donc elle connaît plein de gens, tout ça. C'est pas souvent que je travaille avec elle d'ailleurs, mais enfin ça arrive de temps en temps. Que je travaillais je veux dire. Finalement son gros problème à Rouffiot c'est qu'il voulait faire absolument ce film, alors il était comme tous les gens qui veulent faire absolument un film, là d'un seul coup ils se mettent à perdre la tête, alors il avait- Comme il n'avait pas trouvé les ronds, la totalité du fric il avait couvert en mettant une partie de sa maison en garantie, etc. Je sais pas comment ça s'est passé, ça s'est très mal passé. Bon en plus il faisait partie de ces gens qui ne savaient pas très bien où s'installer je veux dire, installer sa machine, la caméra, alors il avait quand même un problème à ce niveau-là. Heureusement dans l'ensemble il y avait une équipe qui fonctionnait bien, ça s'est relativement bien passé je vais dire dans l'ensemble. J'ai pas- Mon souvenir c'est un film qui m'a pas paru être au niveau de ce qu'il aurait dû être quand je l'ai vu.

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

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.

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.

Duration: 1 minute, 31 seconds

Date story recorded: October 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008