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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, working under conditions similar to those of 1895. There were ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Merzak Allouache ...
Himself
Jeffe Alperi ...
Policeman (segment "David Lynch")
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Himself (as Théo Angelopoulos)
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(segment "Claude Miller")
Michele Carlyle ...
(segment "David Lynch")
Youssef Chahine ...
Himself
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")
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Charles Gérard ...
(segment "Claude Lelouch")
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(segment "Claude Lelouch")
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Récitante: Segment Abbas Kiarostami (voice)
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40 international directors were asked to make a short film using the original Cinematographe invented by the Lumière Brothers, working under conditions similar to those of 1895. There were three rules: (1) The film could be no longer than 52 seconds, (2) no synchronized sound was permitted, and (3) no more than three takes. The results run the gamut from Zhang Yimou's convention-thwarting joke to David Lynch's bizarre miniature epic. Written by Mike D'Angelo <mqd8478@is2.nyu.edu>

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20 December 1995 (France)  »

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Patrice Leconte's film is a remake of Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat (1896) filmed on the exact same place 100 years later of the making of the original film. See more »

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Features Panorama des rives du Nil (1897) See more »

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Surprising lack of talent and ideas among pretentious twits...
30 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

In making this documentary, what its makers wind up unveiling is how many of them have no ideas whatsoever. Almost all the attempts with the Lumiere camera involve just placing a lot of people in front of the camera and have them wave and/or stare, or they involve films about filmmakers. Other attempts are to recreate the banal films which were made in the era of first attempts in the history of cinema. And then you have clips that you can see that the director didn't take the project seriously at all, as in the cases of Spike Lee and John Boorman. Then you get laughably bad films made by pretentious idiots, such as the one by Peter Greenaway (who concludes that film is dying) and the one by the Japanese twit who says that film doesn't capture anything.

On the plus side, you get some interesting films along the way, particularly among the last few, like the one by David Lynch, among others.


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