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The injustice of the film world


Raoul Coutard Film-maker
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Si je voulais expliquer à un jeune comment on fait pour faire du cinéma... Ça serait de dire: ecoutez, le problème il est très simple, il faut rencontrer Pierre Schoendoerffer. En général dans le milieu si c'est possible en Indochine, Et ensuite vous rencontrez Godard et ça y est, votre carrière est assurée. Et vous pouvez aller parler dans des universités américaines 50 ans après.

If I'm going to explain to a young person how to get into cinema, it would be to say: listen, the problem is simple, you have to meet Pierre Schoendoerffer. In general, if possible in the middle of Indochina. And afterwards you meet Godard and that's it, your career is guaranteed! And 50 years later you can give talks in American Universities.

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: Pierre Schoendoerffer, Jean-Luc Godard

Duration: 25 seconds

Date story recorded: October 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008