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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:
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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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Himself
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Lumiere i spólka  »

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John Boorman's short film was shot on the set of Neil Jordan's Michael Collins (1996). See more »

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Features Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat (1896) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphonie no3: La Rhénanienne
de Robert Schumann (as Schumann)
Sous la direction de Wolfgang Sawallisch
Avec l'aimable autorisation de la société EMI France
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The old camera
17 May 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The idea to gather 40 recognized film directors to shoot a mini film of less than a minute, or what would have been the format the Lumiere brothers used in their revolutionary camera, seems a great idea in paper. Unfortunately, what comes out is an uneven film where some of the short films hold our interest and some others that don't go anywhere.

What must have been an interesting idea doesn't translate to brilliant film making in the finished product. This documentary is for fans of the medium, but will not be of any interest to a casual viewer. Some of the most enjoyable ones are the ones by David Lynch, Helma Sanders, Claude Lelouch, Jaco Van Dormael, and Bigas Luna, just to mention a few. The rest, hold some interest, but don't quite add anything new to the idea behind the project.


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