Newswire: R.I.P. Jean Rabier, French New Wave cinematographer

Jean Rabier, one of the great cinematographers of the French New Wave, has died. A multi-talented figure who was as comfortable in eye-searing color as in inky black-and-white, Rabier was a part of the era-defining movement from the beginning, serving as a camera operator on François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows. From there, he would go on to shoot such classics as Jacques Demy’s Umbrellas Of Cherbourg and Agnès Varda’s Cleo From 5 To 7, and develop a decades-long collaboration with director Claude Chabrol, for whom he lensed dozens of features and TV projects. Rabier died in southern France on February 15. He was 88.

The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (1964)

Born in the small medieval town of Montfort-l’Amaury, Rabier began as a documentary cameraman, entering the French film industry in the ’50s as an assistant to the great Henri Decaë, longtime cinematographer to Jean-Pierre Melville, one of …

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