JEAN BOFFETY

 

Born: 7 June 1925, Chantelle, Allier, France, as Jean Camille Charles Boffety.

Died: 25 June 1988, Paris, France.

Education: l'École de Vaugirard [now ÉNSLL], Paris, France.

Career: Ph commercials dir by Georges Dumoulin.

His son Pierre [1956-] is a doph. His daughter Béatrice [1952-] played a part in 'Les choses de la vie' [1969] and dir the doc 'Plat du jour' [1983; ph: Pierre Boffety].

Awards: 'César' Award nom [1979] for 'Une histoire simple'.


'Jean Boffety was one of the lesser-known but brilliant New Wave cinematographers [he photographed many films for Robert Enrico, an underrated director himself]. Boffety was a quintessential French mec, a hard living, hard-drinking and chain-smoking guy who died from his excesses way too early, but who had a passion for filmmaking even greater than he had for Johnny Walker Black. During a car trip that Carol [Littleton] and I made into the heart of Mexico with Boffety, he insisted that we take a slight detour from our itinerary, to have a tequila in the town of Tequila. We watched the ritual of the Sunday evening paseo in cathedral plaza as Boffety sized up the strolling, chaperoned  maidens, while never letting his glass verge toward empty. I was uncertain whether we were all going to get back to the rental car intact. One of my clearest memories of Jean Boffety comes from a visit to Paris when I slept on his apartment's living room sofa. No matter how late he had been up the night before, Jean always rose way early before the shooting call. As he headed toward the bathroom at 5 am, I'd see and smell  his smoking Gitanes dangling Belmondo-like from his lips; this was followed by a coup of whiskey after brushing his teeth. Accompanying him downstairs to the corner bar-tabac we'd chat as I drank a coffee while he nursed a Calvados and a double express, even while lighting up his fourth smoke... Adieu, cher Jean. You, too, were the New Wave.' [John Bailey on the ASC website.]


 

 FILMS

1960

Le propre de l'homme/The Right of Man [Claude Lelouch] b&w; unreleased; copies of the film were destroyed

1961

Au coeur de la vie/In the Midst of Life [Robert Enrico] b&w; comp of 3 shorts: 'Chickamauga ou La rivière de la mort' (30m; 1961), 'L'oiseau moquer' (36m; 1961) & 'La rivière du hibou/(An) Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge' (27m; 1962)

1962

La vie de château [Claude Lelouch] started shooting in April, but prod was halted after 1 week due to financial problems; footage destroyed

1962

La belle vie/The Good Life [Robert Enrico] b&w

1963

La mort d'un tueur/Death of a Killer [Robert Hossein] b&w

1964

Les yeux cernés/Marked Eyes [Robert Hossein] b&w

1964

Yoyo/Yo Yo [Pierre Étaix] b&w; restored in 2007 & 2010

1965

Un mondo nuovo/Un monde nouveau [Vittorio De Sica] b&w

1965

Tant qu'on a la santé [Pierre Étaix] c; expanded version of short film 'Nous n'irons plus au bois' (see Shorts & Documentaries, 1963); when film was re-edited in 1971, one seq was removed and restored & released in 2010 as 'En pleine forme' (b&w; 13m)

1965

Les grandes gueules/The Wise Guys [Robert Enrico] ts/c

 

 

1965

Qui êtes-vous Polly Maggoo? [William Klein] b&w

1966

Avec la peau des autres/To Skin a Spy [Jacques Deray] ts/c

1966

Les aventuriers/The Last Adventure [Robert Enrico] ts/c

1967

Le treizième caprice [Roger Boussinot] c

1967

Loin du Vietnam/Far from Vietnam [Alain Resnais, William Klein, Joris Ivens, Agnès Varda, Claude Lelouch & Jean-Luc Godard; Chris Marker (superv)] 16mm+35mm-to-35mm/b&w-c; doc/120m; 11 seg + intro & epilogue; cph: Willy Kurant, Ghislain Cloquet, Alain Levent, Denys Clerval, Bernard Zitzermann & Kieu Tham

1967

Tante Zita/Zita [Robert Enrico] c

1967

Oi voskoi/Les pâtres du désordre/Thanos and Despina/The Shepherds of Calamity [Nikos Papatakis] b&w; cph: Christian Guillouet

1967

Je t'aime, je t'aime [Alain Resnais] c

1967

Vivre la nuit/Love in the Night [Marcel Camus] fs/c

1968

Ho! [Robert Enrico] fs/c

1968

Le grand amour [Pierre Étaix] c

1969

Act of the Heart/Acte du coeur [Paul Almond] c

1969

Eliza's Horoscope [Gordon Sheppard] c; test film/10m; see 1970

1969

Les choses de la vie/The Things of Life/These Things Happen/L'amante [Claude Sautet] c

1970

Un peu, beaucoup, passionnément... [Robert Enrico] c

1970

Eliza's Horoscope [Gordon Sheppard] c; cph: Michel Brault (took over after 1 month because J. Boffety had to leave for France for his next assignment) & Paul Van der Linden (took over from M. Brault and finished the film); see 1969

1970

Boulevard du rhum/Winner Takes All [Robert Enrico] c

1971

Le saut de l'ange/Codename Cobra [Yves Boisset] c

1971

Journey/Détour [Paul Almond] c

1971

Les malheurs d'Alfred/The Troubles of Alfred [Pierre Richard] c

1971

Les 'Bicots-Nègres' vos voisins/Arabs and Niggers, Your Neighbours [Abid Med Hondo] 16mm-35bu/c; docudrama/190m; cph: François Catonné; released in 1974

1972

Tout le monde il est beau, tout le monde il est gentil [Jean Yanne] c

1972

César et Rosalie/César and Rosalie [Claude Sautet] c

1972

Les caïds/The Big Shots/The Hell Below [Robert Enrico] ts/c

1972

Moi, y'en a vouloir des sous [Jean Yanne] p/c; 2uc: Henri Clairon & Patrice Wyers

 

 

1973

Thieves Like Us [Robert Altman] c; visual cons: Jack DeGovia & Scott Bushnell

1973

Les Chinois à Paris [Jean Yanne] c

1974

Vincent, François, Paul... et les autres [Claude Sautet] c

1974

Les noces de porcelaine [Roger Coggio] c

1975

Mords pas, on t'aime [Yves Allégret] c

1975

Folle à tuer/Mad Enough to Kill [Yves Boisset] c

1976

Mado [Claude Sautet] c

1976

La dentellière/The Lacemaker [Claude Goretta] c

1978

Quintet [Robert Altman] c

1978

Un papillon sur l'épaule [Jacques Deray] c; cph: Jean Charvein

1978

Une histoire simple/A Simple Story [Claude Sautet] c

1978

L'homme en colère/The Angry Man/Jigsaw [Claude Pinoteau] c

 

"Dizengoff 99"

 

1979

Dizengoff 99/99 Dizengoff Street [Avi Nesher] c

1979

Le Pull-over rouge/The Red Sweater [Michel Drach] p/c

1980

Un mauvais fils [Claude Sautet] c

1980

Les uns et les autres/Bolero [: Dance of Life] [Claude Lelouch] tvi/c; 2uc: Jacques Lefrançois; also 6-part tv-miniseries (1983)

1980

By Design/Sur mesure [Claude Jutra] c; 2uc: John Seale

1981

Croque la vie [Jean Charles Tacchella] p/c

1981

Espion lève-toi [Yves Boisset] c

1982

Le gendarme et les gendarmettes/Never Play Clever Again [Jean Girault & Tony Aboyantz] c; 2uc: Didier Tarot

1982

Édith et Marcel/Edith and Marcel [Claude Lelouch] c

1983

Garçon!/Waiter! [Claude Sautet] c

1983

Canicule/Dog Day [Yves Boisset] p/c

1985

Folie suisse [Christine Lipinska] c

1986

Mort un dimanche de pluie/Death on a Rainy Sunday [Joël Santoni] p/c; cph: Pavel Korinek

1987

Doux amer [Franck Apprederis] c

1988

Makom l'yad hayam/A Place by the Sea [Raphael Rebibo] c

1988

Cinq jours en juin/Five Days in June [Michel Legrand] c; ?; ph: Jean-Yves Le Mener

 

 SHORTS & DOCUMENTARIES

1952

Nous sommes déjà 150 millions/150 Million Strong: The Schuman Plan [Jacques Letellier] b&w; doc/12m

1953

Les cathédrales de France au rythme des saisons [Édouard Logereau] c; doc/25m

1959

Les trois amis [- Motoculteurs au travail] [Robert Enrico] ?; doc/?m

1959

L'or de la Durance [- Semences de luzerne] [Robert Enrico] c; doc/16m; cph: Quinto Albicocco & René Mathelin

1960

Thaumetopoea [ou La vie deschenilles processionnaires du pin et leur extermination contrôlée] [Robert Enrico] b&w; doc/23m; cph: René Mathelin & Paul de Roubaix

1960

Le métier des autres: Terrassiers et mineurs-boiseurs [Robert Enrico] ?; doc/712mtr; cph: Jacques Curtiss

1960

Elle conduit [Claude Lelouch] c; short/15m

1961

Demain le Rouergue [Édouard Logereau] c; doc/550mtr

1961

Connaissez-vous la Vendée? [Édouard Logereau] c; doc/24m

1961

Octobre à Paris [Jacques Panijel] b&w; doc/68m; or ph Jacques Huybrechts; filmed October 1961-March 1962 'par une équipe de cinéastes français'

1962

La dame à la longue-vue [Serge Korber] ?; short/16m; cph: Claude Saunier

1963

Connaissez-vous le Rouergue? [Édouard Logereau] c; doc/23m; cph: Jean Collomb

1963

Nous n'irons plus au bois [Pierre Étaix] b&w; short/17m; expanded into 'Tant qu'on a la santé'; see Films (1965)

1963

Contrepoint [Robert Enrico] 16mm/c; doc/22m & 36m

1963

Insomnie [Pierre Étaix] c; short/17m

1963

Fario et les pêcheurs [Armand Chartier] 16mm/c; doc/30m; cph: Quinto Albicocco

1963

Au pays des quatre vertus [Armand Chartier] b&w; doc/90m; filmed in Japan

1964

De Tokyo à Tokyo [Armand Chartier] c; doc/14m; filmed in Japan

1964

Hamas [Armand Chartier] c; doc/25m; filmed in Japan

1964

Heures paysannes du Japon [Armand Chartier] c; doc/14m; filmed in Japan

1964

Honorable Japon [Armand Chartier] c; doc/15m; filmed in Japan

1964

Bagatelle pour un centenaire [Yannick Bellon & Jean Salvy] ?; doc/?m

1964

Le dernier matin d'Alexandre Pouchkine [Maurice Fasquel] ?; short/26m

1969

L'amante religieuse [Jacques Oger] c; short/600mtr

1973

L'école sauvage [Costa Natsis & Adam Pianko] 16mm/c; doc/80m

1975

[Histoires abominables:] Pauvre Sonia [Dominique Maillet] ?; short/12m

1976

Enfin [Daniel Jouanisson] c; short/9m

1977

Le fond de l'air est rouge/A Grin Without a Cat [Chris Marker] b&w-c; doc/240m; cph: Pierre Lhomme, P.W. ( Pierre-William) Glenn, Étienne Becker, Willy Kurant, a.o.; Originally released in France on 23 November 1977 with a running time of 240m. It was released with the subtitle 'Scènes de la Troisième Guerre mondiale (1967-1977)'. It was re-edited by Marker in 1993 and scaled down to two parts of 90m each, the first titled 'Les mains fragiles/The Fragile Hands' and the second 'Les mains coupées/The Severed Hands'

1978

Les seize ans de Jérémy Millet [Dominique Maillet] ?; short/15m

1981

...et il voulut être une femme [Michel Ricaud] c; doc/76m

1986

Le cœur musicien [Frédéric Rossif] 16mm/c; mus doc/84m; 2uc; ph: Richard Andry & Daniel Barrau

1998

In and Out of Fashion [William Klein] b&w-c; doc/88m; cph (archive footage): Gérard de Battista, Pierre Lhomme & Philippe Rousselot

 

 

2010

En pleine forme/Feeling Good [Pierre Étaix] b&w; short/13m; filmed in 1965 and restored/re-released in 2010; see Films ('Tant qu'on a la santé', 1965)

 

 TELEVISION

1964

Daphné [Robert Enrico] tvm

1968

Le sacre du printemps [Maurice Béjart] ballet film/36m

1969

California Impressions/Impressions de Californie [Henri Cartier-Bresson] doc/23m; cph: H. Cartier-Bresson; for CBS News

1978

Lulu [Marcel Bluwal] tvm

 

"The Hostage Tower"

 

1979

The Hostage Tower [Claudio Guzmán] tvm; in theaters outside USA

1984

L'aide-mémoire [Pierre Boutron] tvm

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1957

Ni vu, ni connu/L'affaire Blaireau [Yves Robert] c.op; ph: Jacques Letellier

 

[Top] with dir Jacques Rozier [right] - "Adieu Philippine"

 

1960

Adieu Philippine [Jacques Rozier] c.op; ph: René Mathelin