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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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Credited cast:
Fabrice Bénard Fabrice Bénard ... Serveur 1
Patrick Gillieron Patrick Gillieron ... Marmiton
Jean-Luc Godard ... Himself
Estelle Grynszpan Estelle Grynszpan ... Serveuse 2
Dominique Jacquet Dominique Jacquet
Xavier Jougleux Xavier Jougleux ... Serveur 2
Michel Piccoli ... Himself
Cécile Reigher Cécile Reigher ... La serveuse
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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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26 May 1995 (France) See more »

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If you want to know about French cinema, don't waste your time on this film.
30 December 2007 | by rubinekSee all my reviews

The documentation begins with a talk between Michel Piccoli and Godard in a small restaurant. Godard isn't comfortable with the 100th birthday of cinema. Why should we celebrate? And why do we celebrate now? Because of the first commercial viewing in France. Yes, there was the bad, bad word: commercial. The small minded pseudo-intellectual discussion is really hard to stand. After complaining about the celebration they go on together complaining about forgotten French directors and actors of the past. They're right, even me, who I believe to be very interested in cinema, don't know much about them. So this is a film about 100 years of French cinema, Godard will surely awake the long forgotten to new life! WRONG.

After the discussion we see some scenes with people who work in the hotel (to which the restaurant belongs). They are asked by Piccoli about cinema history. The scenes aren't acted very well. And – we should have known it – the hotel staff knows only violent mainstream cinema like Die Hard and Tarantino movies. Beside this the staff acts like they have an IQ below 40.

The scenes are followed by a wild, confusing mix of pictures, scenes and citations without connection or any information about year, names or film titles. Nothing! I've learned not one thing about French cinema after this 52 min.

What a waste of time and money.


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