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Perched on a tree
Raoul Coutard Film-maker
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[Q] When reading a screenplay did you ever refuse to do a film even when the director was important? Well famous?

I even did it without reading the screenplay, there are films I didn't want to do.

[Q] Really, can you give an example?

For example I was offered to do the cinematography on Perched on a tree, I didn't want to do it.

[Q] No?


[Q] The film with Louis de Funès?

Yes. That's what they had said, 'Did you understand that it was with Louis de Funès?' I said, 'Yes, I understood very well'.

[Q] Est-ce qu'à la lecture du scénario il t'est arrivé de refuser un film même quand c'était un metteur en scène important? Enfin disons de notoriété?

Ça m'est arrivé même sans lire le scénario, il y a des films que j'ai pas voulu faire, oui.

[Q] Ah oui, tu peux...

J'ai pas voulu faire par exemple on m'avait proposé de faire la photo de Sur un arbre perché, j'ai pas voulu le faire.

[Q] Non?


[Q] Le film avec Louis de Funès?

Oui. C'est ce qu'on m'a dit, 'Vous avez bien compris que c'était avec Louis de Funès?' Je dis, 'Oui, j'ai bien compris 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: Sur un arbre perché, Perched on a tree, Louis de Funès

Duration: 35 seconds

Date story recorded: October 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008