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Lumière et compagnie (1995)

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40 international directors were asked to make a short film using the original Cinematographe invented by the Lumière brothers.

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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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John Boorman's short film was shot on the set of Neil Jordan's Michael Collins (1996). See more »

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Features The Arrival of a Train (1896) See more »

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Sigéréti Fé Bara
Interprété par Fatoumata Camara
CD ARN 65259
Avec l'aimable autorisation des disques ARION Paris
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The old camera
17 May 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

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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