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Henri Langlois (1914–1977)


Founder of the Cinématheque Française; the foremost and most famous film archivist of all time. Personally responsible for saving thousands of films, and popularizing the enjoyment of esoteric and lost masterpieces. See full bio »

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(age 62) in Paris, France

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Louis Lumière
Louis Lumière Himself
(1968)
Grierson
Grierson Himself (Cinémathèque française)
(1973)
Carl Th. Dreyer
Carl Th. Dreyer Himself
(1966)

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 1971 Les yeux de maman sont des étoiles (producer - uncredited)
 1968 Le Dagmaluakh (producer - uncredited)
 1958 Spatiodynamisme (Short) (producer)
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Films are like Persian rugs: you keep them at their best by using them. Before you can show an old film, it has to exist -- that is, it has to have been conserved (in the archival sense). And in order to conserve it, first it has to have been "collected" (in the going-out-of-one's-way-to-rescue-and-save-what-others-discard sense). The cinema is a means towards the acquisition of knowledge in the ... See more »

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Film historian John Nangle said in the February 1984 issue of "Films in Review," Like all true fanatics, Langlois lacked the personal charm and social graces sometimes necessary to accomplish the political ends he frequently desired. To Henri Langlois the only purpose in life was to preserve and exhibit films. Often he seemed to care more for films than people, and his enthusiasm didn't allow for... See more »

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