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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.

Directors:

Theodoros Angelopoulos (as Theo Angelopoulos), Vicente Aranda | 39 more credits »

Writer:

Philippe Poulet (original idea)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Merzak Allouache ... Himself
Jeffe Alperi Jeffe Alperi ... Policeman (segment "David Lynch")
Theodoros Angelopoulos ... Himself (as Théo Angelopoulos)
Romane Bohringer ... (segment "Claude Miller")
Michele Carlyle Michele Carlyle ... (segment "David Lynch")
Youssef Chahine ... Himself
Lou Chapiteau Lou Chapiteau ... (segment "Claude Miller") (as sa petite fille Lou)
Marc Chapiteau Marc Chapiteau ... (segment "Claude Miller")
Antoine Duléry ... (segment "Claude Lelouch")
Pascal Duquenne ... (segment "Jaco Van Dormael")
Bruno Ganz ... Damiel (segment "Wim Wenders")
Charles Gérard Charles Gérard ... (segment "Claude Lelouch")
Ticky Holgado ... (segment "Claude Lelouch")
Isabelle Huppert ... Récitante: Segment Abbas Kiarostami (voice)
James Ivory ... 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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Release Date:

20 December 1995 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Lumière and Company See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Patrice Leconte's film is a remake of The Arrival of a Train (1896) filmed on the exact same place 100 years later of the making of the original film. See more »

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Edited into The Short Films of David Lynch (2002) See more »

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Lumière de Nord
Per Nørgaard (as Per Nörgaard)
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A must for film students and film lovers alike...
17 February 2001 | by dr.gonzo-4See all my reviews

1995. The 100 year anniversary of the Lumiere Brothers first motion picture. What better way to celebrate this historical event than to gather 40 directors from around the world for a little game. The game? Each director is given access to the original Lumiere motion picture camera and about one minute of film time. Just the idea of these directors, who are used to making two hour films, throwing all their creativity into one minute is worth seeing. The rest is cinematic history. The directors are also asked to comment on why they film and if they think cinema is mortal or not. It would have helped though if they gave each director's film credits because half of them I never even heard of. This documentary gives us film in its purest art form. It's a must for film students and film lovers alike. Some of the best ones I would recommend to check out are John Boorman's, Peter Greenaway's, and of course, David Lynch's. I would have liked to see more American directors showcased like Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone, Stanley Kubrick, or Francis Ford Coppola. But all in all, it is an engrossing, thoroughly amazing little slice of history. SEE IT!!!


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