Lumière et Compagnie
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Time Out saysA Lumière centenary production (cf Les Enfants de Lumière). Forty film-makers were invited, or challenged, to make a Lumière movie: one shot, 52 seconds long, no direct sound, using an original 1895 camera. The result is a series of tableaux - elaborate, banal, enigmatic - in which the favourite gambit has been to include the past and the present in the same shot (Boorman, Yimou, Merchant Ivory). Several look like fragments that have shaken loose from one of their director's features (Wenders, Rivette), while the most distinctive (Greenaway, Lynch) blithely ignore the ground rules. Even 40 of these film-lets don't add up to a feature, so each director is quizzed on such topics as 'Is cinema mortal?' and even 'Pourquoi filmez-vous?' And yes, in principle there's a 1995 'train arriving at La Ciotat station' - that's Leconte, opening the proceedings. Except the train doesn't stop there now.
Cast and crew
Patrice Leconte, David Lynch, Arthur Penn, Bigas Luna, Peter Greenaway, Andrei Konchalovsky, Spike Lee, Jerry Schatzberg, Ismail Merchant-James Ivory, Alain Corneau, Cédric Klapisch, Theo Angelopoulos, Sarah Moon, Francis Girod, Helma Sanders, Youssef Chahine, Régis Wargnier, Nadine Trintignant, Jaco Van Dormael, Wim Wenders, Raymond Depardon, Merzak Allouache, Fernando Trueba, Michael Haneke, Jacques Rivette, Claude Miller, Hugh Hudson, Zhang Yimou, Liv Ullmann, Gastone Kabore, Idrissa Ouedraogo, Kiju Yoshida, Costa-Gavras, Lasse Hallström, Abbas Kiarostami, Claude Lelouch, John Boorman, Lucian Pintilié, Vicente Aranda, Gabriel Axel