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Les cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma
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25 January 1995 (France) See more »
Monsieur Cinema, a hundred years old, lives alone in a large villa. His memories fade away, so he engages... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michel Piccoli ... Simon Cinéma

Marcello Mastroianni ... L'ami italien / The Italian Friend
Henri Garcin ... Firmin, le majordome / The butler

Julie Gayet ... Camille Miralis

Mathieu Demy ... Camille, dit Mica
Emmanuel Salinger ... Vincent, revenant des Indes

Anouk Aimée ... Anouk, en flash-back

Fanny Ardant ... La star qui tourne la nuit

Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Professeur Bébel

Romane Bohringer ... La jeune fille en violet

Sandrine Bonnaire ... La vagabonde métamorphosable

Jean-Claude Brialy ... Le guide des Japonais

Patrick Bruel ... Le premier orateur

Alain Delon ... Alain Delon, en visite

Catherine Deneuve ... La star-fantasme

Robert De Niro ... Le mari de la star-fantasme en croisière

Gérard Depardieu ... Gérard Depardieu, en visite

Harrison Ford ... Himself

Gina Lollobrigida ... L'épouse médium du professeur Bébel

Jeanne Moreau ... La première ex-épouse de M. Cinéma

Hanna Schygulla ... La seconde ex-épouse de M. Cinéma

Sabine Azéma ... Sabine / Irène

Jane Birkin ... Celle qui dit radin

Stephen Dorff ... Un acteur muet à Hollywood

Andréa Ferréol ... L'étonnée

Assumpta Serna ... Une actrice muette à Hollywood
Daniel Toscan du Plantier ... Le second orateur

Isabelle Adjani ... Herself - in Cannes

Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Himself - in Cannes

Daniel Auteuil ... Himself - in Cannes

Clint Eastwood ... Himself - in Cannes

Virna Lisi ... Herself - in Cannes
Maximilien Maussion ... Le Petit Clap
Salomé Blechmans ... La Petite Lili
Carole Benoit ... La Nîmoise, servante acrobate
Weiwei Melk ... La Chinoise, servante aux assiettes
Christian Bouillette ... Le jardinier du château
Frédéric Darié ... Le laveur de vitres
Alexia Stresi ... Alexia, la fleur de sang
Denis Sebbah ... Robert dit Bob
Antoine Desrosières ... Antoine
Marie Piémontèse ... Sylvie
Jean-Claude Romer ... L'historien du cinéma
Daniel Dublet ... Un visiteur
Benjamin Salinger ... Marco, frère de Vincent
Eleonore Pourriat ... Mylène, l'amie de Camille
Marina Castelnuovo ... Celle comme Liz T.

Francisco Rabal ... La voix de Buñuel (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
René Basly ... Un des sept nains (uncredited)
Bernard Bastide ... Le garçon de café (uncredited)

Sandra Bernhard ... La première quêteuse (uncredited)
Gary Chekchak ... L'électricien (uncredited)

Arielle Dombasle ... La chanteuse à la Garden-party (complete version) (uncredited)
Emmanuelle Gaborit ... La seconde quêteuse (uncredited)
François Guillot ... Un des sept nains (uncredited)
Marcel Guéguan ... Un des sept nains (uncredited)

Daryl Hannah ... Une actrice muette à Hollywood (complete version) (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Le premier Jean-Pierre (complete version) (uncredited)
Stéphane Krausz ... Le chef op' (uncredited)
Bertrand Lalande ... Un visiteur (uncredited)

Emily Lloyd ... Une actrice muette à Hollywood (complete version) (uncredited)

Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Le second Jean-Pierre (complete version) (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Moerman ... Le notaire (uncredited)
Henri Morelle ... Le curé-nageur (uncredited)
Filippo Paese ... Un des sept nains (uncredited)
Nicolas Pissaboeuf ... Un des sept nains (uncredited)
Didier Rouget ... L'élève de Mandrake (uncredited)

Martin Sheen ... Un acteur muet à Hollywood (complete version) (uncredited)

Harry Dean Stanton ... Un acteur muet à Hollywood (complete version) (uncredited)
Léonard Vindry ... Un visiteur (uncredited)
Eric Zaouali ... Le second des frères Lumière (uncredited)

Directed by
Agnès Varda 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Agnès Varda 

Produced by
Dominique Vignet .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Eric Gautier 
Film Editing by
Hugues Darmois 
Costume Design by
Leila Adjir 
Françoise Disle 
Rosalie Varda 
Makeup Department
Odile Fourquin .... key makeup artist
Lynn Rodgers .... makeup artist
Production Management
Eric Zaouali .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Etienne Baxter .... second assistant director
Didier Rouget .... first assistant director
Art Department
Sebastian Birchler .... assistant art director
Bruno Lefebvre .... property master
Sound Department
Jean-Pierre Duret .... sound engineer
Jean-Pierre Duret .... sound
Henri Morelle .... sound
Dominique Vieillard .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
François Berroir .... gaffer
Xavier Cholet .... electrician
Nathalie Eno .... still photographer
Stéphane Fontaine .... assistant camera
Anne Marie Fox .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Brigitte Chanteloube .... assistant editor
Location Management
Romain Chaveton .... assistant location manager
Other crew
Valentine Sentier-Devos .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma" - UK (original title)
"The One Hundred and One Nights of Simon Cinema" - International (English title) (informal literal English title)
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101 min
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Movie Connections:
References Lumiere (1976)See more »
Le Cine Va ... Le CinemaSee more »


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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Sentimental journey, 26 September 2006
Author: jotix100 from New York

Agnes Varda, one of the best film directors from France, takes us on a nostalgic trip through the world of cinema. Ms. Varda pays homage to the Lumiere brothers, the inventors that revolutionized the art of making movies, as they keep appearing whenever Simon Cinema, the old character at the center of the film calls for them. The two men show up enveloped in lights, perhaps a tribute and a reference to their surname.

The film concentrates on Simon Cinema and his memories. After all, he has been around for quite a while and has survived many movements and styles during his time as a creator. Simon lives in splendor in a château in the country, attended by his male servant, Firmin, and two maids. Simon decides to employ an assistant to help him sort out his memories. When he engages the lovely Camille, he gets an eager young woman who is in love with a young would be director.

There are great moments in the film as when Simon is visited by Marcello Mastroianni. Both actors, now of a certain age, compare notes from their pictures. Simon Cinema accuses Fellini of copying his bathroom scene in Godadard's "Contempt", in his own "8-1/2". Hanna Schygula and Jeanne Moreau arrive together to see the great man. Alain Delon comes in a helicopter, only to be turned away by Firmin, the servant, who only wants to tell the actor how much he admired him and have him sign his autograph album.

There are other poignant vignettes, like the one involving Sandrine Bonnaire, who arrives at the estate dressed as the vagabond she played in Ms. Varda's own film. Then she changes into a noble woman and finally she transforms herself into Joan of Arc. Catherine Deneuve and Robert DeNiro have a good time together in a small vessel in the pond.

Michel Picolli is excellent as the older man who is recalling the movies. Julie Gayet makes a luminous contribution as Camille. Henri Garcin, is the servant Firmin, a crazy combination of servant and personal assistant. Mathieu Demy, the director's son appears as the aspiring director, Mica.

Ms. Varda created a light film about making movies. The material covers many years of film making, not only in France, but in America, and other places as well. It is indeed a sentimental journey that no cinema fan should miss.

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