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Philippe Rousselot
Born 4 September 1945
Briey, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France

Philippe Rousselot (born 4 September 1945) is a French director of photography.

Rousselot was born in Briey, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. After having studied cinema at l'Ecole Louis Lumière, he graduated in 1966 with, among others, François About, Eduardo Serra, Noël Very, and Jean-François Robin (to whom he will entrust, thirty years later, the photography of The Serpent's Kiss). He began his life's work as an assistant to Nestor Almendros, then quickly emerged as chief operator, leading to a dazzling 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), Patrice Chéreau (Queen Margot), Bertrand Blier (Thanks Life), and Tim Burton on Planet of the Apes, Big Fish, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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

With 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.


1970 : Le Clair de terre [The Clarity of the Earth]
1970 : Un couple d'artistes [A Couple of Artists]
1971 : Côté cour, côté champs [The Side Courtyard, by the Fields]
1972 : Absences répétées [Repeated Absences]
1973 : La Raison du plus fou est toujours la meilleure [The Craziest Reason is Always the Best]
1974 : Histoires d'A [The Stories of A]
1975 : Cyrus le violoncelliste [Cyrus the Cellist]
1975 : Il pleut toujours où c'est mouillé [It Always Rains When It's Wet]
1976 : L'Affiche rouge [The Red Poster] - Frank Cassenti
1977 : Je veux mourir dans la patrie de Jean-Paul Sartre [I want to Die in the Land of Jean-Paul Sartre]
1977 : Pour Clémence {For Clemency]
1977 : Adam ou Le sang d'Abel [Adam, or the Blood of Abel]
1977 : Le Couple [The Witness Couple] - William Klein
1977 : Paradiso [Paradise]
1977 : Diabolo menthe [The Diabolo Mint] - Diane Kurys
1978 : Pauline et l'ordinateur [Pauline and the Computer]
1979 : La Drôlesse [Hussy] - Jacques Doillon
1980 : Vive la mariée [Long Live the Bride]
1980 : Cocktail Molotov [Molotov Cocktail]
1981 : La Provinciale [The Provincial One]
1981 : Diva [Diva] - Jean-Jacques Beineix
1981 : La Gueule du loup [The Mouth of the Wolf] - Michel Leviant
1982 : Guy de Maupassant - Michel Drach
1983 : La Lune dans le caniveau [The Moon in the Gutter] - Jean-Jacques Beineix
1984 : Les Voleurs de la nuit [Robbers of the Night] - Samuel Fuller
1984 : End of the Rainbow
1984 : Nemo
1985 : Night Magic - Lewis Furey
1985 : Des terroristes à la retraite [Terrorists in Retirement]
1985 : La Forêt d'émeraude (The Emerald Forest) - John Boorman
1986 : Thérèse [Teresa]- Alain Cavalier
1987 : La Guerre à sept ans (Hope and Glory) - John Boorman
1988 : L'Ours [The Bear} - Jean-Jacques Annaud
1989 : Les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) - Stephen Frears
1989 : Trop belle pour toi [Too Beautiful for You] - Bertrand Blier
1989 : We're No Angels
1990 : Henry et June (Henry & June)
1991 : Merci la vie [Thanks Life] - Bertrand Blier
1991 : L'Étrangère (The Miracle)
1992 : Et au milieu coule une rivière (A River Runs Through It) - Robert Redford
1993 : Sommersby
1993 : Flesh and Bone
1994 : La Reine Margot [Queen Margot] - Patrice Chéreau
1994 : Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
1996 : Mary Reilly
1996 : The People vs. Larry Flynt
1997 : The Serpent's Kiss
1999 : Instinct
1999 : Random Hearts
2000 : Remember the Titans
2001 : The Tailor of Panama
2001 : Planet of the Apes
2002 : Antwone Fisher
2003 : Big fish
2005 : Constantine
2005 : Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2007 : The Brave One
2007 : Lions for Lambs
2007 : The Great Debaters
2009 : Sherlock Holmes
2009 : Peacock


  • Caesar for best photography in 1987, Thérèse - Alain Cavalier
  • Oscar for best photography in 1992, A River Runs Through It - Robert Redford
  • Caesar for best photography in 1995, La Reine Margot - Patrice Chéreau.

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