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RIP: Cinematographer Raoul Coutard dies at 92

Raoul Coutard, Legendary French New Wave Cinematographer, Dies at 92

Raoul Coutard, a prominent figure in French cinema, has died after suffering from a long illness. He was 92.

The cinematographer passed away on Tuesday night, near Bayonne, France. The news was confirmed by the French newspaper Le Figaro who was notified by his family. The specific cause of death is yet unknown.

Coutard was born on September 16, 1924 in Paris. He is most associated with the New Wave period and known for his work with director Jean-Luc Godard. Among his most acclaimed films were “Breathless,” “Contempt” and “Pierrot le Fou.”

His career lasted nearly half a century and included over 80 features. He made his directorial debut in 1970 with the film “Haoa Binh,” which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes. He also directed “Operation Leopard” in 1980 and “S.A.S. à San Salvador” in 1983. In 1978 he won the César Award for Best Cinematography for his work on “Le Crabe-Tambour” and in 1983 won the Venice Film Festival Technical Prize for “Prénom Carmen.”