Henri Langlois: Phantom of the Cinematheque

Henri Langlois: Phantom of the Cinematheque
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: August 15, 2006
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Kino Video
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • (unspecified) - French
    • Subtitles - English - optional

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 14


User Ratings: 488
Jacques Richard has made a film big and grand enough to accommodate his outsized subject.
Oct 11, 2005
Rating: 3.5/4 -- This documentary's director, Jacques Richard, includes insightful and often hilarious archival interviews with Langlois and dozens of associates.
New York Post
Oct 12, 2005
Rating: 4/5 -- Jacques Richard's affectionate documentary makes a persuasive case for Henri Langlois as one of the most important figures in the history of film.
New York Times
Oct 12, 2005
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Anyone with a curiosity about how film got to be the art form/obsession it is today will want to learn about the man who helped make it so.
Oct 12, 2005
Rating: 3/4 -- The tale of this rotund man, with his unquenchable passion and ark-load of supporters is, to a great extent, the history of the cinema itself. Full Review
Boston Globe
Oct 14, 2005
Rating: '3/5' -- The film successfully serves as a crash course in the baroque world of French film politics, then and now. Full Review
Oct 12, 2005
Rating: 3.5/4 -- [An] affectionate and uniformly superb documentary.
TV Guide
Oct 14, 2005

Product Description:

A passionate defender, preserver, and connoisseur of film, Henri Langlois was the co-founder of the Cinema Française, and for 40 years he defended his archive against such threats as Nazism, censorship, unappreciation, and decay. A champion of film art before it had ever been conceived of as such, Langlois began his lifelong advocacy in 1936, when he began holding screenings in Paris at whatever location he could muster. That same year saw the launch of the Cinemateque, which Langlois opened as a theater and museum along with Georges Franju (EYES WITHOUT A FACE) and Jean Mitry; he continued to expand it over the years in order to both foster and preserve the emerging medium of film. This documentary delves into the history of that seminal institution, which set a precedent for so many archives to follow. Shedding insight on the subject are François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Eric Rhomer, and Langlois himself.



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