6.8/10
3,670
9 user 24 critic

To Each His Own Cinema (2007)

Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence (original title)
A collective film of 33 shorts directed by different directors about their feeling about Cinema.

Directors:

(as Théo Angelopoulos), | 34 more credits »

Writers:

(dialogue), (scenario) | 13 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

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 »

Directors: Theodoros Angelopoulos, Vicente Aranda, and 39 more credits »
Stars: Pernilla August, Max von Sydow, Merzak Allouache
Absurda (2007)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A journey into absurdity.

Director: David Lynch
Shirin (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A hundred and fourteen famous Iranian theater and cinema actresses and a French star: mute spectators at a theatrical representation of Khosrow and Shirin, a Persian poem from the twelfth ... See full summary »

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Stars: Mahnaz Afshar, Pegah Ahangarani, Taraneh Alidoosti
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Through the neighborhoods of Paris, love is veiled, revealed, imitated, sucked dry, reinvented and awakened.

Directors: Olivier Assayas, Frédéric Auburtin, and 20 more credits »
Stars: Juliette Binoche, Leonor Watling, Ludivine Sagnier
Documentary | Animation | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A collection of visionary director David Lynch's short films from the first 29 years of his career is accompanied by a special introduction to each film by the director himself.

Director: David Lynch
Stars: Jeffe Alperi, Robert Chadwick, Catherine E. Coulson
The French as Seen by... (TV Mini-Series 1988)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In 1988, the Figaro magazine asked to a few famous directors a series of short movies, to celebrate the 10 years of the revue. The thematic : The French seen by - The movies have been released for the French revolution bicentenary.

Stars: Robyn Sumners, Harry Dean Stanton, Frederic Golchan
ABC Africa (2001)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Documentary account of the AIDS crisis in Uganda.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Stars: Abbas Kiarostami, Seyfolah Samadian
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After her boyfriend ends their relationship, the dreamself of a heartbroken woman floats through the air over an industrial wasteland singing ballads of love.

Director: David Lynch
Stars: Laura Dern, Nicolas Cage, Julee Cruise
The Sunchaser (1996)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Michael Reynolds is a rich oncologist who has a $175,000 sports car, a multi-million dollar home, and a new boost in his career. Brandon 'Blue' Monroe is a dying patient who kidnaps ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Cimino
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Jon Seda, Anne Bancroft
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An IT company hires an actor to serve as the company's president in order to help the business get sold to a cranky Icelander.

Director: Lars von Trier
Stars: Jens Albinus, Peter Gantzler, Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A collection of European T.V. commercials directed by a variety of well-known directors from across Europe and the U.S.

Directors: Ricardo Albiñana, Jean-Jacques Annaud, and 44 more credits »
Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Emmanuelle Seigner
10 on Ten (2004)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Documentary where Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami reflects on his own film-making techniques, drawing from his own films - and 2001's Ten in particular.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Herself (segment "47 Ans Après") (archive footage)
Pegah Ahangarani
...
(segment "Cinéma de Boulevard") (archive footage)
Leonid Alexeenko ...
(segment "Irtebak")
...
(segment "Artaud Double Bill") (archive footage)
Vishka Asayesh
...
(segment "Cinéma de Boulevard") (archive footage)
...
The thief (segment "Recrudescence")
...
(segment "Anna") (voice) (archive footage)
...
Supporting
...
(segment "World cinema")
Caju ...
Himself (segment "À 8 944 km de Cannes")
Carl-Erik Calamnius ...
Ticket Man (segment "La Fonderie")
Castanha ...
Himself (segment "À 8 944 km de Cannes")
Edit

Storyline

A collective film of 33 shorts directed by different directors about their feeling about Cinema.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Release Date:

31 October 2007 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A cada uno su cine  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Michael Cimino's last film before his death on July 2nd, 2016. See more »

Connections

References Anastasia (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Thème de Camille
from 'Le Mépris' (1963)
Written by Georges Delerue
in segment "Anna"
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
36 directors from around the world celebrate the magic atmosphere of the cinema that so inspired them
11 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

TO EACH HIS OWN CINEMA is a 2007 collection of 3-minute shorts by some 36 directors around the world on the theme of what cinema means to them. So many auteurs already make films about films inasmuch as they allude to classics, but here most of the shorts are actually set in cinemas, with audiences in rows of seating. You'll need to have a decent familiarity with the art-house canon before watching this, though. It's fascinating how so many of the directors, regardless of what continent they hailed from, choose to have French New Wave films playing in the background as their stories are told.

It opens with Raymond Depardon's "Open-Air Cinema", where a crowd of Egyptians watched an outdoor projection in Alexandria, and in spite of the unusual writing and the women's veils, they seem to be just like us. Zhang Yimou later does much the same in a Chinese village.

One of the remarkable aspects of this collection are the similar ideas. Two stories deal with thieves stealing purses in dark cinemas. Three deal with the blind and how they perceive cinema. Many look back to childhood/earlier eras. Hou Hsiao-Hsien's short recreates 1950s Taiwan on an elaborate set to show the typical visit to a cinema of his youth. Amos Gitai's film juxtaposes 1930s viewers of Yiddish cinema, a vibrant tradition destroyed by the Holocaust, with a modern Israeli audience in wartime. Youssef Chahine's looks back at his first visit to Cannes 47 years before.

Some of the films deal with serious political themes: Amos Gitai on the Israeli-Arab relations, David Croneberg on anti-semitism ,and Bille August with Danish-immigrant relations. However, there are also a number of overtly funny shorts, like Takeshi Kitano's, where a working man's chance to unwind by watching a film keeps getting interrupted by problems with the projector. In Lars Van Trier's contribution, Jacques Franz plays an annoying businessman who can't stop bragging about his success, though the extreme gore and violence that follows makes for very black humour. Elia Suleiman's is Buster Keatonish physical comedy in the modern world.

Some shorts are notable for continuing an aesthetic that the director had already established in an earlier film. Kaurismäki's short is his usual style of an ostensibly contemporary setting, but with 1950s rock music and working class people who speak utterly deadpan. (Unusually, however, it uses none of his typical troupe of actors.) Abbas Kiarostami's "Where is My Romeo?" is a sort of follow-up to his experimental film SHIRIN, which showed only the faces of numerous women as they watched a classic Iranian tale of love; here these women are watching "Romeo and Juliet" instead.

All in all, this proved a continuously engaging film, whose 2-hour running time just flew by for me. Nearly all the shorts were entertaining, the sole exceptions for me being Jane Campion's oddball short, where an adult woman plays an insect that vexes a projectionist, and Gus Van Sant's film with a randy teenager entering into the film being projected. Nothing here seems a must-see classic, but if you like a few of the directors here, you're sure to enjoy this set.

I am familiar with the Studio Canal (Region 2) release of the film. There are English subtitles, but the dialogue is rarely important: you can understand entirely what is happening from the movements of the actors. Only that small handful of shorts with narration really need subtitles. It should be noted that the Studio Canal release is missing the contributions by the Coen brothers and David Lynch. I'm not sure what is missing from other international releases.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Which one are you looking forward to the most? arbocss
Why is there only one woman... kmstrom
Manoel de Oliveira segment lizard12
HELP, please: Where's the Coens' 'World Cinema'? francescaciam
What else directors should take part in this project??? sptwk
which DVD to get danweiss-1
Discuss To Each His Own Cinema (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?