Jean-Yves Escoffier

Jean-Yves Escoffier (12 July 1950 – 1 April 2003) was a French cinematographer. For his work on films by Leos Carax, Escoffier received the European Film Award for Best Cinematographer and was nominated for the César Award for Best Cinematography.

Jean-Yves Escoffier
Born(1950-07-12)12 July 1950
Lyon, France
Died1 April 2003(2003-04-01) (aged 52)


Escoffier worked as director of photography on a number of films of Leos Carax including Boy Meets Girl, Mauvais sang, and Les Amants du Pont-Neuf,[1] on a number of European and American feature films including The Human Stain, Possession, Nurse Betty, Cradle Will Rock, Rounders, and Good Will Hunting,[1] as well as Harmony Korine's Gummo.[1]

He also worked with Mehdi Norowzian, Jeanne Moreau for Air France,[not verified in body] David Lynch for Nissan Motors,[2] and on music videos, "Hurt" (2002) for Johnny Cash and Mark Romanek.[not verified in body]

On 1 April 2003, Escoffier died from a heart attack in his home in Los Angeles, California[3] during post-production of The Human Stain, a film since dedicated to his memory.[4]


As cinematographerEdit


Year Title Director Notes Ref(s)
1973 L'amour c'est du papier Michel Leeb Short film
1977 The Sand Castle Co Hoedeman Short film
1978 Passe montagne Jean-François Stévenin
1980 Simone Barbés ou la vertu Marie-Claude Treilhou [1]
1981 Lourdes l'hiver Marie-Claude Treilhou Short film
1982 La fonte de Barlaeus Pierre-Henry Salfati Short film
1983 Archipel des amours Marie-Claude Treilhou Segment: "Lourdes, l'hiver"
Ulysse Agnès Varda Short film
Ballade à blanc Bertrand Gauthier [1]
Les Yeux des oiseaux Gabriel Auer [1]
Habibi Françoise Prenant Short film
Coup de feu Magali Clément Short film
1984 Boy Meets Girl Leos Carax [1]
1985 Une fille nommée banlieue Georges Senechal Documentary short film
Trois Hommes et un couffin Coline Serreau [1]
1986 Mauvais sang Leos Carax Nominated—César Award for Best Cinematography [1][5]
1988 Jaune revolver Olivier Langlois
1991 Les Amants du Pont-Neuf Leos Carax European Film Award for Best Cinematographer [1][6]
1993 Charlie and the Doctor Ralph C. Parsons [1]
Dream Lover Nicholas Kazan
1994 Witch Hunt Paul Schrader TV movie [1][7]
1995 A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson TV documentary [1][8]
Jack & Sarah Tim Sullivan [1]
1996 The Crow: City of Angels Tim Pope [1]
Grace of My Heart Allison Anders [1]
1997 Gummo Harmony Korine [1]
Excess Baggage Marco Brambilla [1]
Good Will Hunting Gus Van Sant [1]
1998 Rounders John Dahl [1]
1999 The Cradle Will Rock Tim Robbins [1]
Agujetas cantaor Dominique Abel Documentary
2000 Nurse Betty Neil LaBute [1]
2001 15 Minutes John Herzfeld [1]
2002 Possession Neil LaBute [9]
No claudicar Dominique Abel Documentary short
2003 Poligono Sur/Seville, Southside Dominique Abel Documentary [1]
The Human Stain Robert Benton Dedicated to Escoffier [1][4]
2004 Cinévardaphoto Agnès Varda Documentary; Segment: "Ulysse"

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist(s) Director Notes Ref(s)
1996 "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" Madonna Jean-Baptiste Mondino
2002 "Cochise" Audioslave Mark Romanek
2003 "Hurt" Johnny Cash Mark Romanek MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography [10]

Other creditsEdit

Year Title Director DoP Role Ref(s)
1973 La famille heureuse (Famille Gazul) Patrice Leconte Jean Gonnet Camera operator
1975 C'est dur pour tout le monde Christian Gion Lionel Legros Second assistant camera
Hu-Man Jérôme Laperrousaz Jimmy Glasberg Assistant camera
1976 Lumière Jeanne Moreau Ricardo Aronovich Second assistant camera
1978 Heroes Are Not Wet Behind the Ears Charles Nemes Étienne Fauduet Assistant camera
The Pawn Christian Gion Lionel Legros Camera operator
Passe montagne Jean-François Stévenin Jean-Yves Escoffier
Lionel Legros
Camera operator
1980 Third World Jérôme Laperrousaz Étienne Fauduet Assistant camera: additional live concert crew Le Palace, Paris: assisted by
1983 Gramps Is in the Resistance Jean-Marie Poiré Robert Alazraki Camera operator: Second unit
1985 Shoah Claude Lanzmann Dominique Chapuis
Jimmy Glasberg
Phil Gries
William Lubtchansky
Assistant camera [11]
1995 A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson Jean-Yves Escoffier
Frances Reid
Nancy Schreiber
Camera operator
2002 One Hour Photo Mark Romanek Jeff Cronenweth Photographer: additional inserts


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y Ballinger 2004, p. 39.
  2. ^ Davies, Hugh (4 January 2003). "Motoring's little and large get the star treatment". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 6 July 2022. Retrieved 6 July 2022.
  3. ^ "Cinematographer Escoffier dies at 52". The Guardian. 17 April 2003. Retrieved 6 July 2022.
  4. ^ a b French, Philip (24 January 2004). "It's not simply black and white". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 July 2022.
  5. ^ "César Ceremony 1987". Académie des César. Retrieved 6 July 2022.
  6. ^ "The Lovers on the Bridge / Les amants du Pont-Neuf". European Film Awards. Retrieved 6 July 2022.
  7. ^ Loynd, Ray (10 December 1994). "TV Reviews : 'Witch Hunt' a Burning Hollywood Satire : HBO's 'Witch Hunt' Is a Burning Satire on Hollywood". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 July 2022.
  8. ^ "Scosese [sic] Film Held Over At Gotham Theater". IndieWire. 12 March 1998. Retrieved 6 July 2007.
  9. ^ Clinton, Paul (15 August 2002). "Review: 'Possession' a rich romantic tale". CNN. Retrieved 6 July 2022.
  10. ^ "2003 MTV Video Music Awards Winners". Billboard. 28 August 2003. Retrieved 6 July 2022.
  11. ^ Vice, Sue (25 July 2019). Shoah. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 978-1-83871-816-9. OCLC 1203760673.


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