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20 December 1995 (France) See more »
40 international directors were asked to make a short film using the original Cinematographe invented by the Lumière brothers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Merzak Allouache ... Himself
Jeffe Alperi ... Policeman (segment "David Lynch")

Theodoros Angelopoulos ... Himself (as Théo Angelopoulos)

Romane Bohringer ... (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")

Bruno Ganz ... Damiel (segment "Wim Wenders")
Charles Gérard ... (segment "Claude Lelouch")

Ticky Holgado ... (segment "Claude Lelouch")

Isabelle Huppert ... Récitante: Segment Abbas Kiarostami (voice)

James Ivory ... Himself

Neil Jordan ... (segment "John Boorman")

Patrice Leconte ... Himself (segment "Sarah Moon")
Satchel Lee ... (segment "Spike Lee")

Spike Lee ... Himself (segment "Sarah Moon")

Claude Lelouch ... Himself (segment "Sarah Moon")
Stan Lothridge ... Policeman (segment "David Lynch")

David Lynch ... Himself

Alessandra Martines ... (segment "Claude Lelouch")

Ismail Merchant ... Himself
François Mitterrand ... Himself (segment "Régis Wargnier")

Liam Neeson ... (segment "John Boorman")

Sven Nykvist ... (segment "Liv Ullman")

Lena Olin ... (segment "Lasse Hallström")

Idrissa Ouedraogo ... Himself

Géraldine Pailhas ... (segment "Cédric Klapisch")
Russ Pearlman ... Child (segment "David Lynch")
Pam Pierrocish ... Mother (segment "David Lynch")

Aidan Quinn ... (segment "John Boorman")
Kathleen Raymond ... (segment "David Lynch")

Stephen Rea ... (segment "John Boorman")

Nathalie Richard ... Ninon (segment "Jacques Rivette")

Alan Rickman ... (segment "John Boorman")

Jacques Rivette ... Himself (segment "Sarah Moon (I)")
Félix Romeo ... Himself (segment "Fernando Trueba")
Joan Rudelstein ... (segment "David Lynch")
Dawn Salcedo ... (segment "David Lynch")

Otto Sander ... Cassiel (segment "Wim Wenders")
Clyde Small ... Father (segment "David Lynch")

Zinedine Soualem ... (segment "Cédric Klapisch")

Liv Ullmann ... Herself (segment "Sarah Moon (I)")
Mark Wood ... Policeman (segment "David Lynch")

Yimou Zhang ... Himself

Pernilla August ... Anna Åkerblom (segment "Liv Ullman") (uncredited)

Sergi Rubió ... Himself (segment "Vicente Aranda") (uncredited)

Max von Sydow ... Jacob (segment "Liv Ullman") (uncredited)

Directed by
Theodoros Angelopoulos  (as Theo Angelopoulos)
Vicente Aranda 
John Boorman 
Youssef Chahine 
Alain Corneau 
Raymond Depardon 
Francis Girod 
Peter Greenaway 
Lasse Hallström 
Hugh Hudson 
Gaston Kaboré 
Abbas Kiarostami 
Cédric Klapisch 
Andrey Konchalovskiy  (as Andrei Konchalovsky)
Spike Lee 
Claude Lelouch 
Bigas Luna 
Sarah Moon 
Arthur Penn 
Lucian Pintilie 
Helma Sanders-Brahms  (as Helma Sanders)
Jerry Schatzberg 
Nadine Trintignant 
Fernando Trueba 
Liv Ullmann 
Jaco Van Dormael 
Régis Wargnier 
Wim Wenders 
Yoshishige Yoshida  (as Kiju Yoshida)
Yimou Zhang 
Merzak Allouache (segment "Merzak Allouache/Aubervilliers")
Gabriel Axel (segment "Gabriel Axel/Copenhague")
Michael Haneke (segment "Michael Haneke/Vienne")
James Ivory (segment "Merchant Ivory/Paris")
Patrice Leconte (segment "La Ciotat 1996/Patrice Leconte")
David Lynch (segment "Premonition Following An Evil Deed")
Ismail Merchant (segment "Merchant Ivory/Paris")
Claude Miller (segment "Claude Miller/Paris")
Idrissa Ouedraogo (segment "Idrissa Ouedraogo/Burkina Faso")
Jacques Rivette (segment "Jacques Rivette/Paris")
Writing credits
Philippe Poulet (original idea)

Produced by
Ángel Amigo .... co-producer
Anne Andreu .... executive producer
Humbert Balsan .... associate producer (segment "Merchant Ivory")
Neal Edelstein .... producer
Fabienne Servan-Schreiber .... producer
Søren Stærmose .... co-producer
Original Music by
Jean-Jacques Lemêtre 
Cinematography by
Didier Ferry (Lumière cinematographe)
Jean-Yves Le Mener (segment: Claude Lelouch)
Frédéric LeClair (Hi-8 video)
Sarah Moon (Hi-8 video)
Sven Nykvist (segment: Liv Ullmann)
Philippe Poulet (Lumière cinematographe)
Film Editing by
Roger Ikhlef 
Timothy Miller 
Art Direction by
Anne Andreu 
Costume Design by
Françoise Nicolet (series costume designer)
Production Management
Laurence Miller .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marc Oliver Dreher .... first assistant director
Emad El Bahat .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jean Casanova .... production sound mixer
Cécile Lecante .... sound mixer
Bernard Rochut .... production sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Franck Chron .... grip (segment: "Merchant Ivory/Paris")
Sarah Moon .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Spiro Carras .... post-production consultant
Other crew
Celine Haddad .... production assistant (as Céline Haddad)
Florence Hamel .... technical consultant
Louis Lumière .... director: archive footage
Jean-Pierre Moreau .... technical consultant
Philippe Poulet .... film stock creation
Michelle Aubert .... thanks
Daniel Auteuil .... thanks
Denise Breton .... thanks
Josée Bénabent-Loiseau .... thanks
Agnès Chabot .... thanks
Michel Ciment .... thanks
Fabrice Dequeant .... thanks
Thierry Frémaux .... thanks
Laurence Granec .... thanks
Mathilde Incerti .... thanks
Gilles Jacob .... thanks
Jérôme Jouneaux .... thanks
Colette Kassabian .... thanks
Marcel Mazoyer .... thanks
Nicole Petit .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Lumière et compagnie" - France (original title)
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88 min
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Did You Know?

John Boorman's short film was shot on the set of Neil Jordan's Michael Collins (1996).See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Much Fun (2016)See more »
Une petite îleSee more »


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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The old camera, 17 May 2006
Author: jotix100 from New York

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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