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FILM CINEMATOGRAPHER Raoul Coutard 1924-2016





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Raoul Coutard, French New Wave cinematographer, dies at 92

Coutard, who shot more than 75 films, was best known for his work with directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut and Jacques Demy.


Alan Evans, Guardian, 9 Nov 2016


Web of Stories has a set of 179 short video segments most in which Coutard runs through his life and work. English subtitles.



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November 10, 2016 Posted by | cinematographer, New Wave, nouvelle vague, Raoul Coutard | , , , , , | Leave a comment

FILM Michael Woods on Godard’s Breathless



At the Movies


Michael Woods, LRB, Vol. 32 No 14 ,22 July 2010


Short, interesting, enjoyable.


Qu’est-ce que c’est degueulasse? Oz Skinner takes it on in his blog Godard Montage.


In Musings on Godard’s 1960 classic, Robert Stanley Martin says:

The film’s ending presents them as tragic figures who can’t even commit to their own tragedy; they can only go through the motions of that as well. Godard highlights that with the film’s handling of a single word: dégueulasse.



Qu’est-ce que c’est dégueulasse? Needs a little examining of course. Strangely my very old Cassell’s (1930 edition) has the verb degueuler, v.i. (vulg.), to spew, vomit, but no examples. Further checking shows a more polite rendering would be degoutant. dégueulasse is from degueuler, to puke, to spew, and degueuler from guele, mouth.


Now: dégueulasse


With a bit of reverse translation, there is another nub: rotten “C’est dégueulasse de faire une chose pareille.” That’s a rotten thing to do.


Pas dégueulasse – not half bad : “Pas dégueulasse ce petite vin de pays.”



And finally, WordReference has the sort of list in my post on Haneke’s Caché: dégueulasse, which is pasted in full to get an instant grab of:


dégueulasse adj (dégueu) icky
dégueulasse adj vulgaire (répugnant) offensive, repugnant, disgusting
dégueulasse adj très familier (sale, vicieux) filthy
dégueulasse adj (sale) yucky
dégueulasse adj (injuste) lousy
dégueulasse adj (sans valeur) lousy
dégueulasse adj (sans valeur) crappy
dégueulasse adj hateful, despicable
dégueulasse adj crude, vulgar
dégueulasse adj gross, vulgar
dégueulasse n (expression de dépit) barf


Why worry. Enjoy the film again as depicted by Warren Craghead



April 12, 2012 Posted by | Godard, Jean-Luc Godard, New Wave | , , , | 1 Comment

FILM WEBSITE New Wave Film



New Wave Film


French New Wave and international new wave cinema


♦ An extensive New Wave Encyclopedia forms part of this comprehensive site


► For example, Nouvelle Vague: Where to Start has a well laid-out section 2. What are the best films for beginners? – divided into 3: Cahiers de Cinema Directors, The Left Bank group, and Innovators, Mavericks and Inheritors : each film described in brief with a poster thumbnail graphic, forming part of a colourful two-column block, making the whole process of looking for what there is and where to start (and also coming back to keep tabs on where one has got!) much more enjoyable than unrelenting filmography lists.



February 24, 2012 Posted by | New Wave | Leave a comment

FILM ESSAY Why Jean-Luc Godard is Important : A Look at the Films of a Ground-Breaking French New Wave Director



Why Jean-Luc Godard is Important: A Look at the Films of a Ground-Breaking French New Wave Director

by

Michelle Strozykowski

blogs at Movie Noodle


April 21, 2010 Posted by | Godard, Jean-Luc Godard, New Wave | , , , | Leave a comment

FILM ESSAY Modifications and Expansions of Bazin’s “Faith in Reality” in the 1960s Works of Jean-Luc Godard by Arnab Majumdar





Modifications and Expansions of Bazin’s “Faith in Reality” in the 1960s Works of Jean-Luc Godard

by

Arnab Majumdar

August 9, 2008.



April 14, 2010 Posted by | Bazin, film [its techniques], Godard, New Wave, nouvelle vague | Leave a comment

Film book: The New Wave by James Monaco



The New Wave

by

James Monaco

{GoogleBook}

pp.  1-116/ 148-158



January 3, 2009 Posted by | film analysis, film directors, film editing, film theory, film [its techniques], New Wave, nouvelle vague | , | Leave a comment