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Behind the scenes of BERNADETTE DE LOURDES by Robert Darene, photographed by Raymond Cauchetier.

In 1959 Raymond Cauchetier was hired as the on-set photographer for Godard's first feature, "A Bout de Souffle". He photographed not only the famous moments but also behind-the-scenes glimpses which document the filmmaking process. Unlike other on-set photographers whose aim was simply to create stills which could be used for publicity purposes, Cauchetier approached the set as a photojournalist, bearing witness to a defining moment in cinematic history.

The art of French photographer Raymond Cauchetier has been described as “central” to the New Wave cinema movement — images as important as the films the set photographer documented from the late 1950s onward. The self-taught artist had his first big break with then filmmaking hopeful Jean-Luc Godard. Cauchetier found himself on the set of the director’s first movie, Breathless — no doubt a wondrous foray into a career that would find him working alongside other seminal greats such as…

From an exhibit of half century ago behind-the-scenes movie photos by French photographer Raymond Cauchetier. "He has been described as “central” to the New Wave cinema movement — images as important as the films the set photographer documented from the late 1950s onward. The self-taught artist had his first big break with then filmmaking hopeful Jean-Luc Godard. Photos de Cinéma: Images of the French New Wave on display through June 24 at the The Academy Grand Lobby Gallery in California."

Raymond Cauchetier's photographs from behind the scenes of French New Wave cinema are every bit as romantic as you would want. ANNA KARINA

Raymond Cauchetier's behind the scenes photographs of Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless in 1959, on show now at James Hyman gallery, attest to a new wave in French cinema that still defines freshness and innovation today.

framboisedorleac: “ Françoise Dorléac photographed by Raymond Cauchetier on the set of La Peau Douce, 1963. ”

Behind-the-scenes of one of the earliest, most influential, films (Breathless, 1960) of the French New Wave, a style often used by today's fashion video-torials and film shorts - bearing elements of youthful iconoclasm, fragmented discontinuous editing, long takes, and documentary-style, narrative ambiguity.

Juliette Mayniel takes a cigarette break during the filming of Eyes Without a Face, 1960 — Raymond Cauchetier

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