You may not know his name, but Raoul Coutard is a crucial figure in modern cinema. A war photographer turned cinematographer, he was the camera man of choice for many directors of the French New Wave, shooting an astonishing array of classics from that period, including Breathless, Shoot the Piano Player, Lola, Jules and Jim, Vivre sa vie, Pierrot le fou, and many more. He also shot two great political dramas for Costa-Gavras, Z and The Confession, the latter of which is available this week for the first time on Blu-ray or DVD in the United States. When we interviewed Coutard in 2009 for our release of Z, he also talked a bit about his work on The Confession.
Donald Richie Uncovers the Traces of a Lost Japan
In collaboration with director Lucille Carra, the renowned writer brought his impressionistic travelogue The Inland Sea—an unusual choice for a film adaptation—to the big screen.
A Palette That Sizzles On-Screen
Filmmaker Darnell Martin and writer Nelson George discuss how vividly Do the Right Thing captures the heat of a Brooklyn summer and the diverse skin tones of its cast of color.
A Genius of French Cinema Delivers a Career-Defining Performance
Raimu is at his subtle best in one of the most moving scenes in The Baker’s Wife, a moment in which the actor channels the collective despair of France’s working class.