|HENRI LANGLOIS: PHANTOM OF THE CINEMATHEQUE|
|DIRECTOR: Jacques Richard|
|RUNTIME: 128 minutes or 310 minutes, France, French w/English subtitles|
|CAST: Henri Langlois, Claude Berri, Claude Chabrol, Philippe Garrrel, Jean-Luc Godard, Alfred Hitchcock, Eric Rhommer, Jean Rouch, Jack Valenti, many others|
Henri Langlois is a legendary figure in film history. He co-founded the world’s first cinematheque, devoted to showing film classics and films by new filmmakers; he started film p &reservation, inspired the auteur theory so prevelant in film studies today, and was an eccentric character larger than life. This loving documentary features Langlois discussing his ideas on filmmaking and film history accompanied by an array of film clips from the silent era and sound films.. Many directors indebted to Langlois such as Chabrol, Godard, Rhommer, talk about his influence on their work and important role in film culture. A must-see for anyone interested in the art and history of film.
"Fascinating....Makes a persuasive case
for Langlois as one of the most important figures in the history of
film and therefore in the history of 20th century art."
"A moviegoer’s treat and a cinephile’s
"Irresistible! A saga of an extraordinarily
influential, controversial and eccentric life."