In memoriam : Jean-Jacques Beineix

By Philippe Rousselot, AFC, ASC

Contre-Champ AFC n°328

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Cinema sometimes involves deep relationships and brutal ruptures. I met Jean-Jacques Beineix in 1980 while shooting Diva, and we began a true friendship that lasted several years, but our diverging professional paths unfortunately did it in, as is often the case in our profession.

From those years, I remember what is (often erroneously) called the privilege of youth : imagination, creativity, humor, daring, insouciance. This is the memory that I retain of those years, which, for me, Jean-Jacques embodied.

Shooting Diva was in some ways a fun game, but La Lune dans le caniveau was much less so (we had to unwillingly toe the line). I cherish that memory and I miss Jean-Jacques. I have never forgotten how much my career owes to Diva and to our work on the two films we made together during my early years. It is through him that I realize how much I miss my youth.

The thumbnail image above is from Diva, directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix, cinematography by Philippe Rousselot.