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Lumière and Company (1995)

Lumière et compagnie (original title)
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40 international directors were asked to make a short film using the original Cinematographe invented by the Lumière brothers.

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Theodoros Angelopoulos (as Theo Angelopoulos), Vicente Aranda | 39 more credits »

Writer:

Philippe Poulet (original idea)
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Merzak Allouache ... Self
Jeffe Alperi Jeffe Alperi ... Policeman (segment "David Lynch")
Theodoros Angelopoulos ... Self (as Théo Angelopoulos)
Romane Bohringer ... (segment "Claude Miller")
Michele Carlyle Michele Carlyle ... (segment "David Lynch")
Youssef Chahine ... Self
Lou Chapiteau Lou Chapiteau ... (segment "Claude Miller") (as sa petite fille Lou)
Marc Chapiteau ... (segment "Claude Miller")
Antoine Duléry ... (segment "Claude Lelouch")
Pascal Duquenne ... (segment "Jaco Van Dormael")
Bruno Ganz ... Damiel (segment "Wim Wenders")
Charles Gérard Charles Gérard ... (segment "Claude Lelouch")
Ticky Holgado ... (segment "Claude Lelouch")
Isabelle Huppert ... Récitante: Segment Abbas Kiarostami (voice)
James Ivory ... Self
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In 1995, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the invention of the Cinématographe, the first motion-picture camera that served also as a projector, forty international film directors were asked to each make a short film, following a specific set of limitations. Using the original camera patented by Louis Lumière and Auguste Lumière, the imaginative filmmakers contributed their work, keeping in mind to keep the shorts under fifty-two seconds, use no synchronized sound, and to take no more than three takes. The short films were compiled and then released as an anthology film. Written by Nick Riganas

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Forty intriguing films from the world's leading directors.

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Jacques Rivette's segment is subtitled "One of Ninon's Adventures". Ninon is the name of the main character played by Nathalie Richard. See more »

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Features Premiers pas de bébé (1896) See more »

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Les Atrides
Jean-Jacques Lemêtre
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New visions through an old eye
25 August 2000 | by mike_seanSee all my reviews

This DVD is a collection of the interesting, although scattered, results of an inspired project. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Lumiere Brothers' first motion picture, 40 directors from around the world are each allowed to shoot a short film using their original hand-cranked model. The participants have to follow three rules: 1. The film is 52 seconds. 2. No synchronous sound (most use musical scoring or dub in foley sound, and many are silent) and 3. They have to get it within three takes. Unfortunately for the viewer, several of the filmmakers opt to merely capture trite snapshots of everyday life. While this keeps in tradition with the Lumiere Brothers' original films, which wowed audiences unfamiliar with moving images a century ago, it makes for a pretty unremarkable experience today. Patrice Leconte pays tribute to their film of a train arriving in La Ciotat, France in 1895 by documenting the arrival of a modern day streamliner at the same location. Alain Corneau applies the technique of color tints to footage of a dancer twirling about. Some of them set up elaborate sequences (Gabriel Axel, Jerry Schatzberg, Peter Greenaway), some are intentionally minimal (Wim Wenders, Regis Wargnier, Andrei Konchalovsky) or simple and symbolic (Arthur Penn, Abbas Kiarostami, Francis Girod, Cedric Klapisch) and a large number turn the camera on itself (Liv Ullmann, John Boorman, Claude Lelouch, Gaston Kabore, Youseel Chahine, Helma Sanders). David Lynch is one of the few directors who rises to the challenge with an exceptionally creative effort, and his is easily the most impressive of the bunch. I'm sure it was an honor for them to be approached for the project, but the entries of Spike Lee, Nadine Trintignant, Lasse Hallstrom, and Merchant Ivory are quite unimaginative and forgettable. The menu screen lists the directors alphabetically, allowing you to jump directly to your favorite ones. Each short is designated by a chapter stop, accompanied by brief behind-the-scenes moments and interviews in which the directors awkwardly answer questions such as "Why do you film?" and "Is cinema mortal?" These unsuccessful attempts at insight are best summed up by Michael Haneke's reply: "Never ask a centipede why it walks or it'll stumble." As a tribute to film history, it's a novel and occasionally successful idea, but much of the work is too inconsistent to earn repeat viewings.


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Release Date:

20 December 1995 (France) See more »

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Athens, Greece See more »

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1.33 : 1
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