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Scourge of society and Molinaro


Raoul Coutard Film-maker
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[Q] You worked in television?

I directed films for television.

[Q] Really?

Yes, yes, but at the same time I was never hostile, I would have liked to make films for television. I was one of the black sheep that they didn't really want to see. In fact, for the first film that I directed for television, the unions had said, 'You have to hire Coutard as an intern, at the intern rate'. It's Jean-Louis Guyot who was the manager of the channel who said, 'But listen, we can't ask Coutard to be hired as an intern, at the intern rate with all the films in his background'. And the guys weren't too happy.

[Q] Really?

Yes, yes.

[Q] Tu as travaillé pour la télévision?

J'ai fait des films comme metteur en scène pour la télévision.

[Q] Ah oui?

Oui, oui, mais en même temps je veux dire... Moi j'ai jamais été hostile, j'aurais bien voulu faire des films à la télévision. Je faisais partie des pestiférés qui ne voulaient pas tellement voir. D'ailleurs le premier film que j'ai fait à la télévision comme metteur en scène, les syndicats avaient dit, 'Mais Coutard il faut l'engager comme stagiaire, au tarif de stagiaire'. C'est Jean-Louis Guyot qui était le patron de la chaîne qui a dit, 'Mais écoutez on peut pas présenter, demander à Coutard d'être engagé comme stagiaire, au prix de stagiaire avec tous les films qu'il a à son background'. Ils avaient rechigné les mecs.

[Q] Ah oui?

Oui, oui.

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.

Tags: Jean-Louis Guyot

Duration: 49 seconds

Date story recorded: October 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008