Philippe Rousselot

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Philippe Rousselot
Born (1945-09-04) 4 September 1945 (age 73)
Film director
Years active1970-present
OrganizationFrench Society of Cinematographers
American Society of Cinematographers

Philippe Rousselot, AFC, ASC[1] (born 4 September 1945) is a French cinematographer and film director best known for his wide range of work in both European and mainstream American cinema, ranging in genres from drama, to fantasy, to blockbusters. He has collaborated with directors such as Robert Redford, Neil Jordan, Stephen Frears, Tim Burton, David Yates, and Guy Ritchie. He is the recipient of three César Awards, a BAFTA, an Oscar, and is a nominee for the Palme d'Or.

Life and career[edit]

Rousselot was born in Briey, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. After studying cinema at l'École Louis Lumière, he graduated in 1966 with, among others, François About, Eduardo Serra, Noël Very, and Jean-François Robin. He began as an assistant to Nestor Almendros, then quickly emerged as chief operator, leading to his career. He collaborated, in particular, with Jean-Jacques Beineix (Diva), Alain Cavalier (Thérèse), Jean-Jacques Annaud (The Bear), Robert Redford (A River Runs Through It), Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons), John Boorman (The Tailor of Panama), Patrice Chéreau (Queen Margot), Bertrand Blier (Thanks Life), Neil Jordan (Interview with the Vampire), and Tim Burton on Planet of the Apes, Big Fish and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

For Henry & June he was nominated the Academy Award for Best Cinematography in 1990. He won the 1992 Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on A River Runs Through It, and earned three César Awards for Best Cinematography, in 1982 for Diva, in 1987 for Thérèse and in 1995 for Queen Margot.


With director Jean-Jaques Beineix and Diva, he worked successfully to make photographic aesthetics a central element of the filming process, developing a photographic light "effect" and creating a timeless, almost unreal atmosphere, which would become his trademark as in the films of Bertrand Blier. He tried to achieve this effect in 1997 with The Serpent's Kiss.


Year Title Dir. Notes
1970 Le clare de terre Guy Gilles
1972 Absences répétées
1973 La raison du plus fou François Reichenbach
1975 Il pleut toujours où c'est mouillé Jean-Daniel Simon
1976 L'affiche rouge Frank Cassenti
1977 The Model Couple William Klein
Peppermint Soda Diane Kurys
Pour Clémence Charles Belmont
1978 Pauline et l'ordinateur Francis Fehr
1979 The Hussy Jacques Doillon
1980 Cocktail Molotov Diane Kurys
1981 La provinciale Claude Goretta
Diva Jean-Jacques Beineix Won
1982 Guy De Maupassant Michel Drach
1983 Moon in the Gutter Jean-Jacques Beineix Nominated for
1984 Thieves After Dark Samuel Fuller
1985 Night Magic Lewis Furey
The Emerald Forest John Boorman Nominated for
Des terroristes à la retraite Mosco Boucault Documentary film
1986 Thérèse Alain Cavalier Won
1987 Hope and Glory John Boorman Won

Nominated for

1988 The Bear Jean-Jacques Annaud Nominated for
Dangerous Liaisons Stephen Frears Nominated for
1989 Too Beautiful for You Bertrand Blier Nominated for
We're No Angels Neil Jordan
1990 Henry & June Philip Kaufman Won

Nominated for

1991 Merci la vie Bertrand Blier
The Miracle Neil Jordan
1992 A River Runs Through It Robert Redford Won

Nominated for

1993 Sommersby Jon Amiel
Flesh and Bone Steve Kloves
1994 La Reine Margot Patrice Chéreau Won
Interview with the Vampire Neil Jordan Won
1996 Mary Reilly Stephen Frears
The People vs. Larry Flynt Miloš Forman
1997 The Serpent's Kiss N/A Directorial debut

Nominated for

1999 Instinct Jon Turteltaub
Random Hearts Sydney Pollack
2000 Remember the Titans Boaz Yakin
2001 The Tailor of Panama John Boorman
Planet of the Apes Tim Burton
2002 Antwone Fisher Denzel Washington
2003 Big Fish Tim Burton
2005 Constantine Francis Lawrence
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Tim Burton Nominated for
2007 The Brave One Neil Jordan
Lions for Lambs Robert Redford
The Great Debaters Denzel Washington
2009 Sherlock Holmes Guy Ritchie
2010 Peacock Michael Lander
2011 Larry Crowne Tom Hanks
A Bird of the Air Margaret Whitton
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Guy Ritchie
2013 Beautiful Creatures Richard LaGravenese
2016 The Nice Guys Shane Black
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them David Yates
2018 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "The ASC -- American Cinematographer: ASC Close-Up:". Retrieved 2017-08-13.