Willy Kurant

Willy Kurant (born 15 February, 1934 in Liège, Belgium) is a Belgian cinematographer. A second-generation cinematographer whose father had shot films for Alfred Hitchcock and Jean Renoir, Kurant began as a documentary cameraman before establishing himself as a director of photography for such filmmakers as Agnes 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 is 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 German cinematographer Curt Courant, who had begun his career in the silent era and gone on to shoot films for Fritz Lang, Alfred Hitchcock, and Jean Renoir. 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.


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