Willy Kurant

Willy Kurant

Known for: Camera
Birthday: 1934-02-15
Deathday: 2021-05-03 (87 years old)
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Willy Kurant (15 February 1934 – 3 April 2021) was a Belgian cinematographer.Kurant began as a documentary cameraman before establishing himself as a director of photography for such filmmakers as Agnès Varda, Jean-Luc Godard, Orson Welles, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Jerzy Skolimowski, Chris Marker and Maurice Pialat. Kurant also collaborated extensively with musician Serge Gainsbourg.Kurant was a member of the French Society of Cinematographers and the American Society of Cinematographers. Kurant was born in 1934 in Liège, Belgium, the son of two Polish immigrants, Jankiel Icek Kurant and Tema Feuer. Kurant lived in Liège until the age of eight, when, due to World War II, he was forced to move to the Belgian countryside with his older sister and her husband. Kurant was later sent to an orphanage, where he lived until the age of 17. As a teen, Kurant read issues of American Cinematographer magazine at an American Cultural Center.Kurant was initially reluctant to pursue a career as a cinematographer, instead studying still photography. While working at a job processing film at a research lab in France, Kurant took an evening class at a small film school; it was then that he decided to pursue cinematography as a career.Kurant began his career as a cameraman in 1954, when he spent six months in the Belgian Congo as part of a documentary film crew. There, he worked on ten short propaganda films produced for the Ministry of Overseas France and her Colonies, and upon returning to Belgium, Kurant worked as a news cameraman for a television station. In 1957, Kurant received a scholarship to study as a trainee cameraman at Pinewood Studios. There, he worked as first assistant cameraman to English cinematographers Geoffrey Unsworth (on A Night to Remember), Harry Waxman (on Innocent Sinners) and Jack Hildyard (on The Gypsy and the Gentleman).At the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels, Kurant saw a German film crew using an Arriflex camera. This inspired Kurant to buy a camera of his own, as well as a set of lenses and a sound recorder. He then worked extensively as a freelance cameraman, travelling to Vietnam and again to the Congo. In 1962, Kurant moved to France to formally study cinematography.Kurant then began to establish himself as a cinematographer, shooting shorts for filmmakers such as Jacques Rozier and Marin Karmitz. In 1966, Kurant shot his first two features: Agnès Varda's The Creatures and Jean-Luc Godard's Masculin Feminin. Both films were shot in high-contrast black-and-white on 4X, a then-new Kodak film stock; Kurant later referred to the films' distinctive look as his "signature."The next year, Kurant shot the TV movie Anna, directed by Pierre Koralnik starring Godard's ex-wife, Anna Karina. The film was co-written and scored by musician Serge Gainsbourg; this marked the first of several film collaborations between Kurant and Gainsbourg.Around the same time, Kurant served as the cinematographer on Orson Welles' French production, The Immortal Story. Welles then hired Kurant as the cinematographer for his thriller The Deep, which spent three years in production but was never finished.In 1968, Kurant shot his first American film, The Night of the Following Day. In the 1980s, he worked on two films with director Maurice Pialat: A Nos Amours, from which Kurant was fired after two weeks of shooting, and the Palme d'Or-winning Under the Sun of Satan. He also worked on Boris Szulzinger's Mama Dracula (1980).Later in his career, Kurant shot a handful of films in the United States, including The Baby-Sitters Club and Pootie Tang. His most recent feature is Un été brûlant (2011), directed by Philippe Garrel; it marked Kurant's first work in seven years.

Filmography

All 67

Movies 67

Director 8

Director of Photography
Jealousy (2013)

Jealousy (2013)

Movie
Cinematographer
A Burning Hot Summer (2011)

A Burning Hot Summer (2011)

Movie
9
Cinematographer
The Deep (2007)

The Deep (2007)

Movie
Cinematographer
Pootie Tang (2001)

Pootie Tang (2001)

Movie
Cinematographer
Un couple modèle (2001)

Un couple modèle (2001)

Movie
Director of Photography
Delivering Milo (2001)

Delivering Milo (2001)

Movie
Cinematographer
The New Swiss Family Robinson (1998)

The New Swiss Family Robinson (1998)

Movie
Cinematographer
Rose Hill (1997)

Rose Hill (1997)

Movie
Director of Photography
Day and Night (1997)

Day and Night (1997)

Movie
Director of Photography
The Little Riders (1996)

The Little Riders (1996)

Movie
Cinematographer
White Man's Burden (1995)

White Man's Burden (1995)

Movie
Director of Photography
The Baby-Sitters Club (1995)

The Baby-Sitters Club (1995)

Movie
5.46
Cinematographer
The Little Boy (1995)

The Little Boy (1995)

Movie
Cinematographer
Priez pour nous (1994)

Priez pour nous (1994)

Movie
Cinematography
A Business Affair (1994)

A Business Affair (1994)

Movie
Cinematographer
China Moon (1994)

China Moon (1994)

Movie
6
Cinematographer
Kitchen with Apartment (1993)

Kitchen with Apartment (1993)

Movie
Cinematographer
Le Grand Pardon 2 (1992)

Le Grand Pardon 2 (1992)

Movie
Cinematographer
Both Sides of the Street (1991)

Both Sides of the Street (1991)

Movie
Director of Photography
Adventure of Catherine C. (1990)

Adventure of Catherine C. (1990)

Movie
Cinematographer
Stormy Summer (1989)

Stormy Summer (1989)

Movie
Cinematographer
Under the Sun of Satan (1987)

Under the Sun of Satan (1987)

Movie
Cinematographer
Charlotte for Ever (1986)

Charlotte for Ever (1986)

Movie
Cinematographer
A State of Emergency (1986)

A State of Emergency (1986)

Movie
Cinematographer
Flagrant désir (1986)

Flagrant désir (1986)

Movie
Director of Photography
Tuff Turf (1985)

Tuff Turf (1985)

Movie
Cinematographer
Equator (1983)

Equator (1983)

Movie
Cinematographer
Les îles (1983)

Les îles (1983)

Movie
Cinematographer
Tag: The Assassination Game (1982)

Tag: The Assassination Game (1982)

Movie
Cinematography
The Killing of America (1981)

The Killing of America (1981)

Movie
Cinematographer
Mama Dracula (1980)

Mama Dracula (1980)

Movie
Cinematographer
Running Scared (1980)

Running Scared (1980)

Movie
Cinematographer
Harper Valley P.T.A. (1978)

Harper Valley P.T.A. (1978)

Movie
Cinematographer
Outside Chance (1978)

Outside Chance (1978)

Movie
Cinematographer
A Grin Without a Cat (1977)

A Grin Without a Cat (1977)

Movie
Cinematographer
The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

Movie
Cinematographer
The Sitter (1977)

The Sitter (1977)

Movie
Cinematographer
I Love You, I Don't (1976)

I Love You, I Don't (1976)

Movie
Cinematographer
Les jours gris (1974)

Les jours gris (1974)

Movie
Cinematographer
Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii (1972)

Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii (1972)

Movie
Cinematographer
Le feu sacré (1972)

Le feu sacré (1972)

Movie
Director of Photography
Cannabis (1970)

Cannabis (1970)

Movie
Cinematographer
The Time to Die (1970)

The Time to Die (1970)

Movie
Cinematographer
Tout peut arriver (1969)

Tout peut arriver (1969)

Movie
Cinematography
Michael Kohlhaas - The Rebel (1969)

Michael Kohlhaas - The Rebel (1969)

Movie
Cinematographer
The Night of the Following Day (1969)

The Night of the Following Day (1969)

Movie
Cinematographer
The Immortal Story (1968)

The Immortal Story (1968)

Movie
Cinematographer
Au pan coupé (1968)

Au pan coupé (1968)

Movie
Cinematographer
My Love, My Love (1967)

My Love, My Love (1967)

Movie
Cinematographer
The Departure (1967)

The Departure (1967)

Movie
Cinematographer
Anna (1967)

Anna (1967)

Movie
Cinematographer
Elsa the Rose (1966)

Elsa the Rose (1966)

Movie
Cinematographer
The Creatures (1966)

The Creatures (1966)

Movie
Cinematographer
Masculin Féminin (1966)

Masculin Féminin (1966)

Movie
7
Cinematographer
Trans-Europ-Express (1966)

Trans-Europ-Express (1966)

Movie
Cinematographer
The Heat of a Thousand Suns (1965)

The Heat of a Thousand Suns (1965)

Movie
Cinematographer
4XD (1964)

4XD (1964)

Movie
Cinematographer
Istanbul (1964)

Istanbul (1964)

Movie
Cinematographer
Dark Night, Calcutta (1964)

Dark Night, Calcutta (1964)

Movie
Cinematographer
Maître Galip (1964)

Maître Galip (1964)

Movie
Cinematographer
Byzance (1964)

Byzance (1964)

Movie
6
Cinematographer
Bosphore (1964)

Bosphore (1964)

Movie
Cinematographer
Pehlivan (1964)

Pehlivan (1964)

Movie
Cinematographer
Golden Horn (1964)

Golden Horn (1964)

Movie
Cinematographer
Dans le vent (1963)

Dans le vent (1963)

Movie
Cinematographer
Les idoles (1963)

Les idoles (1963)

Movie
Cinematographer
Un jour à Paris (1962)

Un jour à Paris (1962)

Movie

Information

Known for
Camera

Gender
Male

Birthday
1934-02-15

Deathday
2021-05-03 (87 years old)

Place of birth
Liège, Belgium

Citizenships
Belgium

Also known as
Willy Curtis

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