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Philippe Rousselot

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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.

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Life and career

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 Néstor 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 Director Notes
1970 Le clare de terre Guy Gilles With Guy Gilles
1971 Les yeux de maman sont des étoiles Jacques Robiolles With Jean-Marie Estève and Claude Reggane
1972 Absences répétées Guy Gilles
1973 La raison du plus fou François Reichenbach With Daniel Cardot, Christian Odasso and Gerard Taverna
1975 Il pleut toujours où c'est mouillé Jean-Daniel Simon
1976 L'affiche rouge Frank Cassenti
1977 The Model Couple William Klein With William Klein
Peppermint Soda Diane Kurys
Pour Clémence Charles Belmont
Adom ou Le sang d'Abel Gérard Myriam Benhamou
1978 Pauline et l'ordinateur Francis Fehr With Pierre Dupouey
1979 The Hussy Jacques Doillon
1980 Cocktail Molotov Diane Kurys
1981 La provinciale Claude Goretta
Diva Jean-Jacques Beineix
1982 Guy De Maupassant Michel Drach
1983 Moon in the Gutter Jean-Jacques Beineix
1984 Thieves After Dark Samuel Fuller
1985 Night Magic Lewis Furey
The Emerald Forest John Boorman
1986 Thérèse Alain Cavalier
1987 Hope and Glory John Boorman
1988 The Bear Jean-Jacques Annaud
Dangerous Liaisons Stephen Frears
1989 Too Beautiful for You Bertrand Blier
We're No Angels Neil Jordan
1990 Henry & June Philip Kaufman
1991 Merci la vie Bertrand Blier
The Miracle Neil Jordan
1992 A River Runs Through It Robert Redford
1993 Sommersby Jon Amiel
Flesh and Bone Steve Kloves
1994 La Reine Margot Patrice Chéreau
Interview with the Vampire Neil Jordan
1996 Mary Reilly Stephen Frears
The People vs. Larry Flynt Miloš Forman
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
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
2021 Without Remorse Stefano Sollima
2022 Beast Baltasar Kormákur

Short films

Year Title Director Notes
1970 Un couple d'artistes Bruno Gantillon With Jean Monsigny and Jean-François Robin
1971 Côté cour, côté champs Guy Gilles
1973 Le lapin chasseur Thomas Lehestre With Christian Bachmann and Michèle Ferrand-Lafaye
1975 Cyrus le violoncelliste Fabrice Cazeneuve
1977 Je veux mourir dans la patrie de Jean-Paul Sartre Mosco Boucault
1980 Vive la mariée Patrice Noïa
1983 End of the Rainbow Laszlo Papas With Marino Colmano
2010 Un Rendez-vous Guy Ritchie

Documentary films

Year Title Director Notes
1974 Histoires d'A Charles Belmont
Marielle Issartel
1985 Des terroristes à la retraite Mosco Boucault With Guy-Auguste Boléat, François Catonné, Guy Chanel,
Jean Orjollet, Eduardo Serra and Carlo Varini


Academy Awards

Year Title Category Result
1987 Hope and Glory Best Cinematography Nominated
1990 Henry & June Nominated
1992 A River Runs Through It Won

BAFTA Awards

Year Title Category Result
1985 The Emerald Forest Best Cinematography Nominated
1987 Hope and Glory Nominated
1988 The Bear Nominated
Dangerous Liaisons Nominated
1994 Interview with the Vampire Won

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Title Category Result
1988 Dangerous Liaisons Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Nominated
1989 Too Beautiful for You Nominated
1992 A River Runs Through It Nominated
2017 ASC International Award Won

César Award

Year Title Category Result
1981 Diva Best Cinematography Won
1983 Moon in the Gutter Nominated
1986 Thérèse Won
1988 The Bear Nominated
1989 Too Beautiful for You Nominated
1994 La Reine Margot Won

British Society of Cinematographers

Year Title Category Result
1987 Hope and Glory Best Cinematography Won
1988 Dangerous Liaisons Nominated
1994 Interview with the Vampire Won

National Society of Film Critics

Year Title Category Result
1981 Diva Best Cinematography Won
1987 Hope and Glory Won

Cannes Film Festival

Year Title Category Result
1997 The Serpent's Kiss Palme d'Or Nominated

Other awards

Year Title Award/Category Result
1987 Hope and Glory LAFCA Award for Best Cinematography Won
1990 Henry & June DFWFC Award for Best Cinematography Won
2003 Big Fish Awards Circuit Community Awards for Best Cinematography Nominated
Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography Nominated
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Satellite Award for Outstanding Cinematography Nominated


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

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