Philippe Agostini

Philippe Agostini, famed director of photography whose haunting images graced the films of some of France’s most distinguished directors, died Oct. 21 in Paris. He was 91.

Agostini began his cinematography career in 1934 at the age of 24 and went on to create the images of more than 40 films.

Mainly associated with France’s “poetic realism” aesthetic of the 1930s and ’40s, Agostini’s oeuvre includes Marcel Carne’s “Le jour se leve” starring Jean Gabin and Arletty, Marcel Ophuls “Le Plaisir,” Robert Bresson’s “The Ladies of the Bois de Boulougne,” Sacha Guitry’s “Si Paris m’etait conte” and “Three Make a Pair,” Julien Duvivier’s “Le Carnet de Bal,” and Jules Dassin’s “Rififi.”

In the late 1950s, Agostini began a second career as a film director and helmed half a dozen films including “Lifesize,” starring Michel Piccoli.

Agostini’s most recent project was the 1975 TV series “L’age en fleur,” which he co-wrote with his wife, actress Odette Joyeux, mother of actor Claude Brasseur. Joyeux died earlier this year.

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