In 1995, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the invention of the Cinématographe, the first motion-picture camera that served also as a projector, forty international film directors were asked to each make a short film, following a specific set of limitations. Using the original camera patented by Louis Lumière and Auguste Lumière, the imaginative filmmakers contributed their work, keeping in mind to keep the shorts under fifty-two seconds, use no synchronized sound, and to take no more than three takes. The short films were compiled and then released as an anthology film.Written by
This film was made to celebrate one-hundred years of the first camera used by the Lumiere Brothers. Forty directors from around the world were asked to make a short film with the original camera. The rules being it lasts no longer than fifty-two seconds, only three takes allowed, and no synchronous sound. The directors are predominately French, with a few notable exceptions like David Lynch, Peter Greenaway and John Boorman. Lynch's segment is far and away the most creative and satisfactory effort. Most of the others are mainly static and ordinary. But it's a fascinating documentary with insights and comments from the all the directors, and worth seeing for Lynch's film alone. That was the prime reason I watched it.
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