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FILM CINEMATOGRAPHER Raoul Coutard 1924-2016


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.

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


FILM Agnes Varda [leap]

“Sometimes I say, If I had seen some masterpieces, maybe I wouldn’t have dared start. I started very—not innocent, but naïve in a way. So that’s a big freedom, you know? I didn’t go to school. I didn’t go to film school. I was never an assistant or trainee on a film. I had not seen all those cameras. So I think it gave me a lot of freedom. I see all these students, and I admire them—they’re trying to learn something, they go to school, they do film school, they go on shoots, they help. I’m sure they learn a lot, and some of them, it makes them aware of what they wish to do. I was—that’s the way I was—autodidact.”

– Agnès Varda

A Crash Course In…Agnès Varda

David Parkinson, MovieMail, 22nd May 2015

to go with the Honorary Palme D’Or.

David Parkinson is a film critic and historian who is a reviewer for the Radio Times and the Oxford Times, and a contributing editor on Empire. He has written and edited a number of books on cinema, including A History of Film, The Young Oxford Book of Cinema, The Rough Guide to Film Musicals, Mornings in the Dark: The Graham Greene Film Reader and most recently, 100 Ideas that Changed Film.

Quo Varda?

No Varda? Maybe The Vagabond, The Gleaners and then The Beaches of Agnes. Lot of it. You’ll be hooked, a lot because of Agnes the filmmaker, the person. Check out YouTube. Agnes Varda Interview April 4th, 2013. Q. Which film does Godard have a part? Ah, une autre Godard name-check.

May 24, 2015 Posted by | nouvelle vague | , | 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


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


James Monaco


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