My Gleanings

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Jean-Yves Goute points out the future

The review of Bob the Gambler in October 1956 issue of Cahiers du Cinema written by a certain "Jean-Yves Goute" ended with this paragraph. (page 51 my translation)

I am always asking why [Henri] Decaë is not officially recognized as one of the best French cinematographers. The reasons that I am given for this seem to me to be too petty and ignoble to be true. Yet, it is that Decaë is greatly a part of the final success of Bob the Gambler. The image is clean without being dry, beautiful without being refined, alluring without being hot. Certain small achievements are as agreeable to the eye and the mind as a beautiful phrase which is not made by the eye. Exactly suitable for an intelligent, poetic and charming chronicle like Bob the Gambler.

A little more than a year later, this "Jean-Yves Goute" began filming his first feature with Henri Decaë as his cinematographer. That film was Le Beau Serge and "Jean-Yves Goute" was a pen-name used by Claude Chabrol. Decaë would go on to light Les Cousins, A Double tour and Les Bonnes femmes for Chabrol, as well as lighting The Four Hundred Blows for François Truffaut.