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2 x 50 Years of French Cinema (1995)

100 ans de cinéma: Deux fois 50 ans de cinéma français (original title)
At a lakeside hotel, Michel Piccoli discusses the centennial of cinema with Jean-Luc Godard. Godard asks why should cinema's birthday be celebrated when the history of film is a forgotten ... See full summary »
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Fabrice Bénard ...
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Patrick Gillieron ...
Marmiton
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Estelle Grynszpan ...
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Dominique Jacquet
Xavier Jougleux ...
Serveur 2
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Cécile Reigher ...
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At a lakeside hotel, Michel Piccoli discusses the centennial of cinema with Jean-Luc Godard. Godard asks why should cinema's birthday be celebrated when the history of film is a forgotten subject. Through the remainder of his hotel stay, Piccoli tests Godard's hypothesis. Written by Erik Gregersen <erik@astro.as.utexas.edu>

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awful, disappointing documentary that could've been great...
18 November 1999 | by (auckland, new zealand) – See all my reviews

Terrible, pretentious, talky documentary on French cinema in which Godard and chums hang out in various cafes and restaurants, arrogantly turn their backs on the audience, and then talk among themselves for ages. The version I saw was not subtitled, which didn't help 'cos I don't speak French; I took this a sign of arrogance since all of the other 'foreign' documentaries in the Century of Cinema series I have seen ARE subtitled. Why not this one?

I was initially excited about seeing a documentary on French cinema, looking forward to seeing plenty of clips from all sorts of films, and interesting comments and discussions from various people 'in-the-know'. But this is a major letdown.

In my opinion, the very worst of the BFI Century of Cinema series.


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