From interview

[Cinémathèque française, 2012]

 

   


PHILIPPE ROUSSELOT   AFC/ASC

 

Born: 4 September 1945, Briey, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Lorraine, France.

Education: École de Vaugirard, Paris, France [1964-66].

Career: Worked as loader and 1st c.asst for doph Néstor Almendros, a.o.

Directed 'The Serpent's Kiss/Le baiser du serpent' [1996; ph: Jean-François Robin].

Awards: As doph: 'César' Award [1982] & NSFC Award [1983] for 'Diva'; BAFTA Film Award nom [1986] for 'The Emerald Forest'; 'César' Award [1987] for 'Thérèse'; BSC Award [1987], 'Oscar' AA nom [1988], BAFTA Film Award nom [1988] & NSFC Award [1988] for 'Hope and Glory'; ASC Award nom [1989] & BSC Award nom [1989] for 'Dangerous Liaisons'; 'César' Award nom [1989], BAFTA Film Award nom [1990] & ASC Award nom [1990] for 'L'ours'; 'César' Award nom [1990] for 'Trop belle pour toi!'; 'Oscar' AA nom [1991] for 'Henry & June'; 'Oscar' AA [1993] & ASC Award nom [1993] for 'A River Runs Through It'; BSC Award [1994] & BAFTA Film Award [1995] for 'Interview with the Vampire'; 'César' Award [1995] for 'La reine Margot'; 5th Annual 'Hamilton Behind the Camera Award' [2007] for 'The Brave One', 'Lions for Lambs' & 'The Great Debaters'; ASC International Award [2016].

As dir: Cannes FF 'Palme d'or' [1997] for 'The Serpent's Kiss'.


Philippe Rousselot: 'My earliest influences occurred long before I picked up a movie camera. I was 11 years old when I first saw the films of Jean Cocteau and they were so moving, emotionally, visually, and intellectually. They were complete magic to me. Of course later, when I began working, I was influenced by the people I worked with: I was a loader for Nestor Almendros and that had a huge influence. Also a woman named Sara Moon, who I worked with in commercials and is a superb still photographer. I don't know if it's typical, but I saw a lot of great films at an early age - Bergman, Fellini, the German expressionists - they all contributed to my education.' [From interview with David Geffner in 'MovieMaker', issue #29.]


 

 FILMS

1969

She Flies [John Edwards] c; comm doc/13m; cph: Jean-François Robin, Bernard Gonner, a.o.; about the first flight of the supersonic Concorde

1969

Le clair de terre/Earth Light [Guy Gilles] c; cph: G. Gilles

1970

Un couple d'artistes [Bruno Gantillon] c; short/13m; cph: Jean Monsigny & Jean-François Robin

1970

Les yeux de maman sont des étoiles [Jacques Robiolles] 16mm/c; cph: Jean-Marie Estève & Claude Reggane; unreleased

1970

Côté Cour, Côté Champs [Guy Gilles] c; short/13m

1972

Le lapin chasseur [Thomas Lehestre] c; short/16m; cph: Ch. Bachman & Michèle Ferrand-Lafaye (as M. Ferrand)

1972

Absences répétées [Guy Gilles] c

1972

Pour Clémence [Charles Belmont] c

1972

La raison du plus fou [Raymond Devos & François Reichenbach] c; cph: Daniel Cardot, Christian Odasso & Gérard Taverna

1973

Histoires d'A [Charles Belmont & Marielle Issartel] 16mm-35bu/b&w; doc/85m

1973

Il pleut toujours où c'est mouillé [Jean-Daniel Simon] c

1975

Cyrus le violoncelliste [Fabrice Cazeneuve] c; short/16m

1975

Le couple témoin/The Guinea Pig Couple [William Klein] c; cph: W. Klein

1976

L'affiche rouge/The Red Poster [Frank Cassenti] c

1976

Paradiso [Christian Bricout] c

1976

Pauline et l'ordinateur [Francis Fehr] 16mm/c; cph: Pierre Dupouey

1976

Adom, ou Le sang d'Abel [Gérard Myriam Benhamou] c

1976

Je veux mourir dans la patrie de Jean-Paul Sartre [Mosco Boucault] 16mm/b&w; short/26m

1977

Diabolo menthe/Peppermint Soda [Diane Kurys] c

1978

Vu de l'extérieur [Patrice Noïa] b&w; short/13m

1978

Les chemins de l'exil, ou Les dernières années de Jean-Jacques Rousseau/The Roads of Exile [Claude Goretta] c

1978

La drôlesse/The Hussy [Jacques Doillon] c

1979

Cocktail Molotov [Diane Kurys] c

1979

Bonheur toi-même [Claude Goretta] c

1980

Diva [Jean-Jacques Beineix] c

1980

La provinciale/The Girl from Lorraine [Claude Goretta] c; cph: Dominique Brenguier

1980

Vive la mariée [Patrice Noïa] 16mm/c; short/23m

1981

La gueule du loup [Michel Léviant] c

1981

Guy de Maupassant [Michel Drach] c

1982

Thieves After Dark/Les voleurs de la nuit [Samuel Fuller] c

1982

La lune dans le caniveau/The Moon in the Gutter [Jean-Jacques Beineix] p/c

1983

Dream One/Nemo [Arnaud Sélignac] p/b&w-c

1983

Des terroristes à la retraite [Mosco Boucault] s16/b&w-c; doc/84m; cph: Jean Orjollet, Eduardo Serra, Carlo Varini, François Catonné, a.o.; originally planned as a tv-doc (1985)

1984

End of the Rainbow [Laszlo Papas] c; short/14m; cph: Marino Colmano

1984

The Emerald Forest [John Boorman] p/c; 2uc: Lucio Kodato

1984

Night Magic [Lewis Furey] p/c

1985

Thérèse [Alain Cavalier] c

1986

L'ours/The Bear [Jean-Jacques Annaud] p (+ 70bu)/c; 2uc: Arnaud Duboisberanger

1987

Hope and Glory [John Boorman] c; addph: John Harris

1988

Trop belle pour toi!/Too Beautiful for You [Bertrand Blier] p/c

1988

Dangerous Liaisons [Stephen Frears] c

1989

We're No Angels [Neil Jordan] p/c; 2uc: Jim Devis; uwph: Arthur Wooster & Pete Romano; remake of film (1954, Michael Curtiz; ph: Loyal Griggs)

1989

Henry & June [Philip Kaufman] c

1990

The Miracle [Neil Jordan] c; addph: James Devis

1990

Merci la vie [Bertrand Blier] b&w-c

1991

A River Runs Through It [Robert Redford] c; addph: Peter Pilafian; 2uc: Paul Ryan

1992

Sommersby [Jon Amiel] p/c; remake of 'Le retour de Martin Guerre' (1981, Daniel Vigne; ph: André Neau)

1992

Flesh and Bone [Steve Kloves] c

1993

La reine Margot/Queen Margot [Patrice Chéreau] c

1993

Interview with the Vampire [: The Vampire Chronicles] [Neil Jordan] c; 2uc: James Devis; vfx ph: Rob Legato

1994

Mary Reilly [Stephen Frears] c

 

[Right] with Milos Forman - "The People vs. Larry Flynt"

 

1996

The People vs. Larry Flynt [Milos Forman] p/c

1998

Instinct [Jon Turteltaub] p/c; aph: David B. Nowell

1998

In and Out of Fashion [William Klein] b&w-c; doc/88m; cph: Jean Boffety, Pierre Lhomme, Gérard de Battista & Jean-Noël Delamare

1998

Random Hearts [Sydney Pollack] c; 2uc: David M. Dunlap

1999

Remember the Titans [Boaz Yakin] p/c; 2uc (+ 2ud): Alexander Witt

2000

The Tailor of Panama [John Boorman] p/c; aph: John Trapman

2000

Planet of the Apes [Tim Burton] p/c; addph: Paul Hughen; 2uc: Jonathan Taylor

2001

Antwone Fisher [Denzel Washington] p/c

2003

Big Fish [Tim Burton] c

 

[Right] with Francis Lawrence - "Constantine" - photo by David James

 

2003

Constantine [Francis Lawrence] s35/c; 2uc: Neal Norton; addph: Jeff Cutter; aph: Hans Bjerno; vfx ph: Christopher Warren; filmed 2003-04

2004

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [Tim Burton] s35-to-35mm (+ IMAX-70bu)/c; 2uc: Jonathan Taylor; Atlanta ph: Neal Norton; model unit ph: Nigel Stone

2005

X-Men - The Last Stand/X-Men 3 [Brett Ratner] left prod and was replaced by Dante Spinotti

2006

The Brave One [Neil Jordan] p/c; aph: Phil Pastuhov

2007

Lions for Lambs [Robert Redford] p (+ D-Cinema)/c; addph: Dan Mindel & Phil Méheux

2007

The Great Debaters [Denzel Washington] p (+ D-Cinema)/c; aph: Gary Tolbert

2008

Peacock [Michael Lander] s35-to-35mm/c; 2uc: Anthony Arendt

2008

Sherlock Holmes [Guy Ritchie] s35+HD (Phantom HD + Silicon Imaging SI-2K)-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Alan Stewart; 2uc New York: Neal Norton; aph UK: Adam Dale

2009

A Bird of the Air/The Loop [Margaret Whitton] c

2010

Larry Crowne [Tom Hanks] p (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc (+ c.op 'b' cam): Anthony Arendt

2010

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows [Guy Ritchie] s35+HD (Phantom HD)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: David Higgs & Alan Stewart (+ vfx ph); addph: Tim Maurice-Jones; aph: Adam Dale

2011

Anna Karenina [Joe Wright] left during pre-production to have back surgery; film was ph by Seamus McGarvey

2012

Beautiful Creatures [Richard LaGravenese] p (+ D-Cinema)/c

2013

Child 44 [Daniel Espinosa] replaced during filming by Oliver Wood

2014

The Nice Guys [Shane Black] HD (ARRI ALEXA XT Plus/p)+RED Epic Dragon/Kowa Scope-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; aph (Los Angeles): Ryan Hosking; uwph: Peter Zuccarini; filmed 2014-15

2015

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [David Yates] HD (ARRI ALEXA XT Studio/p)-to-D-Cinema (scope [also 3-D version]) & 70bu/c; 2uc: Jean-Philippe Gossart; first part of trilogy; filmed 2015-16

 

 TELEVISION

Ph ep from the series 'Zoom', '16 millions de jeunes' & 'Dim, dam, dom'.

1978

Il était un musicien [ep #6 'Monsieur Ravel' dir by Guy Gilles & #8 'Monsieur Albeniz' dir by Claude Lallemand] 13-part series, 1978-79

 

 FILMS AS CAMERA ASSISTANT/OPERATOR

1967

Marie pour mémoire [Philippe Garrel] ?; ph: Michel Fournier

1968

Le révélateur [Philippe Garrel] c.op; ph: Michel Fournier

1969

Ma nuit chez Maud/My Night at Maud's [Eric Rohmer] c.asst; ph: Néstor Almendros

1970

Le genou de Claire/Claire's Knee [Eric Rohmer] co-c.asst; ph: Néstor Almendros

1972

L'amour l'après-midi/Chloé in the Afternoon/Love in the Afternoon [Eric Rohmer] co-c.asst; ph: Néstor Almendros

1972

What a Flash! [Jean-Michel Barjol] co-c.op; ph: Renan Pollès

1973

Femmes au soleil [Liliane Dreyfus] co-c.asst; ph: Néstor Almendros

1974

Les naufragés de l'île de la Tortue [Jacques Rozier] co-c.op; ph: Colin Mounier

1974

Ce cher Victor/Cher Victor [Robin Davis] c.op; ph: Yves Lafaye