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Schoendoerffer and Indochina


Objective 500 million
Raoul Coutard Film-maker
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I was supposed to do it and then I don't remember how it happened, at one point was suppose to make a film with Lévy that I didn't do. So I hadn't done that film, I had only done one or two things on it. Alain Levent replaced me. I had been to see Alain to explain. Since I had ordered the lighting, etc., I went to explain to him why I had ordered that lighting for the sets, for him to know if he wanted to change them or not.

So... and then I had gone to film because at one point when there was... in that film there was a parachuting from the plane, Pierre wanted me to film the scenes on the plane, while... what was his name... damn, I just said his name a minute ago.

[Q] The other cameraman? Alain Levent.

Alain Levent was waiting on the ground. And so we left one night from Orly, in a Mail plane that had been chartered for us, so that we could have all the bags and everything, and we were filming a few scenes on the plane and the parachute jump. I don't think Cremer did the parachute jump. I don't remember.

Je devais le faire et puis je ne me souviens plus comment ça s'est passé, à un moment donné je devais faire un film avec Lévy que j'ai pas fait. Donc j'avais pas fait ce film-là, alors j'avais juste fait deux-trois bricoles là-dessus. C'est Alain Levent qui m'avait remplacé. Alors j'avais été le voir d'abord Alain pour lui expliquer, comme j'avais commandé toute la lumière, etc., j'avais été lui expliquer pourquoi j'avais commandé cette lumière-là sur les décors, pour qu'il sache s'il voulait les changer ou pas.

Bon, et puis j'avais été tourner parce qu'il y a eu à un moment donné quand il y a eu, dans ce truc-là il avait un parachutage dans l'avion, et Pierre voulait que ce soit moi qui fasse les trucs dans l'avion, alors que comment s'appelle-t-il-Merde je viens de dire son nom à l'instant...

[Q] Que l'autre opérateur. Alain Levent?

Alain Levent l'attende au sol. Et alors on est partis un soir d'Orly, dans un avion de la Postale, qu'on avait affrété pour nous je veux dire, mais pour avoir les sacs et tout le bazar, bon et puis on tournait des trucs dans l'avion et le saut en parachute. Le saut en parachute qu'on a fait, je pense pas que ce soit Cremer qui l'ait fait, je m'en rappelle plus.

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: Objective 500 million, Pierre Schoendoerffer, Alain Levent, Bruno Cremer

Duration: 1 minute, 20 seconds

Date story recorded: October 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008