My Gleanings

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Pierre-William Glenn

Much is made of Bertrand Tavernier's enlistment of Jean Aurenche and Pierre Bost as collaborators on his first film The Clockmaker of St. Paul. Commentators attempt to make this a deliberate act of rebellion on Tavernier's part against the "New Wave" directed at François Truffaut. One important detail though which does not come in for notice is Tavernier's choice of cinematographer for that film. He recruited Pierre-William Glenn a young cinematographer who was beginning to attract attention for his skilled use of Hand-held cameras to fill that position. That cameraman was François Truffaut's back-up cinematographer in the 1970s - when Nestor Almendros was not available Truffaut went with Glenn. Before working with Tavernier, Glenn had worked with Truffaut on Une belle fille comme moi (1972) and La Nuit américaine (Day for Night) (1973).

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