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MYTHICAL CINEMAS : MOVIE THEATRES MEMORIES // 6 x 52' - 2016-2015

The stories of six pioneers, six cinemas, and their audiences.
All over the world there are cinemas that fascinate us. Cinemas deeply impregnated with a heady scent of nostalgia, awakening indelible images within us that float in our collective memories.
Despite the fact that they are located at opposite ends of the earth, that their architecture varies dramatically and that they belong to different worlds, these cinemas have something in common: they all possess a projector, a...

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REMINISCENCES OF JONAS MEKAS // 53' - 2015

As part of « Cinema of our time », a series of conversations conducted by André S. Labarthe.

Andre S, Labarthe assignes a difficult task to Jackie Raynal: to direct a portrait on a movie maker who only films self-portraits. What could be filmed on Jonas Mekas which hasn't already been immortalised on film? In this amazing 70's New York style hand made documentary, Jackie Raynal delivers a prodigious essai.

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BENOIT JACQUOT, THE LAST SPHINX // 60' - 2015

As part of « Cinema of our time », a series of conversations conducted by André S. Labarthe

In April 2014, Benoit Jacquot suddenly disappears in the middle of Le journal d'une femme de chambre. Philippe-Emmanuel Sorlin, called in rescue by André S. Labarthe, founds the director in Italy. Life, cinema and cinephilia will be their main meeting points.

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ADOLFO ARRIETA, CADRÉ – DÉCADRÉ // 60' - 2015

As part of « Cinema of our time », a series of conversations conducted by André S. Labarthe.

Jean Narboni, historian and critic, and Adolfo Arrieta, French film-director of Spanish origin, review the cinematographic career of Adolfo Arrietta during a meeting in Montreuil. André S. Labarthe films them, while contributing to the discussion.
In a strange set, a fake living room letting the shooting tricks show, two men set around a table are talking together. A long...

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GASTON MÉLIÈS AND HIS WANDERING STAR FILM COMPANY // 60' - 2015

In 1912-1913, Gaston Méliès, the brother of Georges Méliès, embarked upon a ten-month cinematic journey, which took him from San Francisco to Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia, Java and Cambodia, ending up in Japan. He shot 64 films, including the first ever filmed not only in Tahiti, but also Angkor. He was also the first director to give real parts to Polynesians, Maoris, Aborigines and Cambodians. He died shortly afterwards, in 1915, and was soon forgotten. This film is a tribute to a...

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JAPANSCOPE, PANORAMA OF THE NEW NOUVELLE VAGUE // 52' - 2014

As part of « Cinema of our time », a series of conversations conducted by André S. Labarthe.

In the 90's emerged a generation of japanese directors, creators of a modern cinematographic language forecasting today's esthetic patterns. In an intimate city of Tokyo, discover the best of this new 'Nouvelle vague'.

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EDGAR MORIN, CHRONICLE OF A GAZE // 81' - 2014

From Paris to Berlin, giving lessons or visiting museums, Edgar Morin speaks about the essential part cinema had in his intellectual fulfilment, from his childhood and the discovering of social and political French, German ou Sovietic movies, to the writing of his worldfamous essays « The Cinema or The Imaginary man » and « The Stars » in the 50's, and the directing of Chronicle of a summer in 1960 with Jean Rouch. The first time using of direct sound in this documentary was a revolution in...

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GASTON MÉLIÈS CINEMATIC VOYAGE TO TAHITI // 52' - 2014

In 1912-1913, Gaston Méliès, brother of the famous Georges, took a ten-month cinematic boat trip from San Francisco to Yokohama across the Pacific. During this transoceanic adventure he made 64 films. Some of them were the first ever shot in those countries and include the oldest filmed images of Polynesia and Tahiti, with views of Papeete, Papara and the surrounding area.
A hundred years later, we set off to retrace this extraordinary journey. An invitation to a voyage through time and...

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THE ART OF THE SOUNDTRACK // 47' - 2014

Cyril Morin, French film composer, working magic with our emotions, has set out to conquer the United States.
Through a portrait of this unique artist, tracing his original career (from rock to film music via advertising), his decisive meetings, the professionals with whom he has worked and clips of films enhanced by his music, this documentary not only reveals a little-known facet of contemporary cinema, but questions the artist on his decisions, the rituals accompanying his creations,...

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THE CHINESE LANTERN, OR THE AMAZING LIFE OF A CINEMATOGRAPHER // 52' - 2014

From the New Wave to Hollywood, the amazing life of the brilliant cinematographer Philippe Rousselot, who has lit movies by some of the top directors, including Blier, Burton, Doillon, Frears, Boorman and Redford.
After working in France with Jean-Jacques Beineix, Alain Cavalier, Bertrand Blier, Jacques Doillon and Patrice Chéreau, Philippe Rousselot is one of the few French cinematographers to have also made a career in England and the USA, alongside Tim Burton, Robert Redford, John...

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VLADIMIR COSMA AT THE GRAND REX // 121' - 2013

An anthology of the best movie soundtracks composed by Vladimir Cosma , performed by l'Orchestre National de Belgique and les Choeurs du 7ème art.
The Genius child coming from a musicians family in Bucharest made the conservatory in Romania then entered the Paris Conservatory in 1964. His first film score will be that of Alexander the Blessed, then he will sign the great success worldwide known : The tall blond with a black chuassure, Diva, The adventures of Rabbi Jacob, La Boum, La...

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ISABELLE ADJANI, 2 OR 3 THINGS WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT HER… // 70' - 2013

In this interview, punctuated with touching archive material and film clips, the mysterious Isabelle Adjani speaks openly for the first time.

Passionate, sensitive and exceptionally beautiful, Isabelle Adjani is one of France’s greatest stars. An actress from an early age, she was still in her teens when she landed the role of Agnes in Molière’s The School for Wives at the Comédie Française. Hailed as a revelation, the press was full of praise for her talent, youth and...

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REFLECTIONS // 20 x 1’ - 2013

In an intimate cadre, numerous stars, actresses, actors, French and European directors from all generations, confide in exclusivity to the collection Reflections : What are your first recollections of cinema? Where is your inspiration coming from? To whom is the cinema dedicated? Can cinema change the world?… Let’s discover in this original short programs collection, all these prestigious personalities from the seventh art.
Jean DUJARDIN, Bérénice BÉJO, Sophie MARCEAU, Christophe...

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JEAN-LUC GODARD, DISORDER EXPOSED // 64' - 2012

While visiting an imaginary set where are remaining the ruins of the exhibition Jean-Luc Godard made in 2006 in the Centre Pompidou in Paris, André S. Labarthe, long time friend of Godard, offers a new vision of his work. This documentary contains never seen footage of the exhibition, rare archives about Godard, clips from his films and from the films he made for french TV.

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HOW TO SURVIVE A ZOMBIE ATTACK // 20' & 48' - 2012

It's a fake retro tv program/ real documentary hosted by an anchorman. All along the film, the anchorman gives you the key of a good survival in a zombie territory. What is a zombie? What is the good behaviour to observe in such case? What may be the consequences of a zombie infection on our planet? Full of archive images of cult movies, this documentary will turn, for sure, into the Zombie lovers’ bible !

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PIERRE SCHOENDOERFFER, THE SENTINEL OF MEMORY // 60' - 2011

This film is the first feature length documentary about French writer and filmmaker Pierre Schoendoerffer. In it, Pierre Schoendoerffer revisits his life and career, with a strong focus on the impact that his experience as a war cinematographer for the French army during the Indochina had on him. Some of his colleagues and partners such as famous French New Wave director of photography Raoul Coutard, whom he had met in Indochina, or actor-cum-director Jacques Perrin are interviewed too. This...

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THE WORK OF THE POSTER ARTIST: SIGNED LANDI // 52' - 2010

The poster as an object was born at the same time as the cinema, and as the cinema became an industry, producers and distributors appropriated it and placed it under their control.
Providing us with our first view of a film, the poster advertises it outside a theatre and tries, with varying degrees of skill, to lure the audience inside. The poster artist’s main talent is to succeed in reaching the largest number of people whilst maintaining a certain level of artistic quality, the ideal...

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NY INDIES, THE OTHER AMERICAN CINEMA // 52' - 2010

The film traces the independent movement from Robert Downey Sr., to the new comers, all producing films with low budgets, such as directors (Tom Di Cillo, Amos Kollek), producers (Gill Holland, Lemore Syvan, Avram Ludwig), cinematographers (Ellen Kuras), wardrobe designers (Ruth Carter)… as well as a premiere with star (and ex-indie) Matt Damon, and director Doug Liman.

The documentary describes the differences between
Hollywood Studios and independent film making, a...

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FINAL CUT IN PAKISTAN // 52' - 2010

Pakistan is the birthplace for a popular, violent and colorful cinema unknown in western countries. Extremely prolix during 50 years, it's declining for 15 years.

Today, isn't the announced end of the cinema industry a way to let us know a change in this country back to the past, a strong obscurantism ?

Final Cut in Pakistan proposes to meet men and women who have done and still do this cinema, to understand its place and what is at stake in Pakistan’s cultural...

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CODE NAME MELVILLE // 76' - 2009

October 2017 will commemorate the Centenary of Jean-Pierre Melville.
Jean-Pierre Melville, born Jean-Pierre Grumbach, was of Alsatian Jewish descent. Having to flee Nazi-occupied France during World War II, he joined the French Resistance and took the pseudonym Melville, in tribute to American novelist Herman Melville. He subsequently retained his war name as his stage name, once the war was over. This personal experience of the war and in particular of resistance fighting impacted...

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THE ANIMALS ARE MOVIE STARS TOO ! // 52' - 2009

Animals in movies seem to act naturally just like comedians. But this is the contrary. To make animals act is unnatural and the way to obtain it is sometimes close to magic practiced by some specialized animal trainers. Pierre Cadéac is one of the most popular in the trainers' closed world. He opens the doors of his animals' farm for cinema. This is a rare occasion to meet stars of the animal world : more than 250 birds and mammals, from vultures to wolves, and the famous Ben the bear... We...

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THE CINEMA OF HERCULE MUCCHIELLI // 52' - 2007

The life of Hercule Mucchielli is studded with encounters and anecdotes that transport us back over 50 years of French cinema. Beginning at Pathé, he ran the Universal and MGM offices in France and co-produced and distributed some of the country’s most popular films (Le Corniaud, Le Grande Vadrouille, Deux Hommes Dans La Ville, and Z). By listening to the recordings made by Jean Pierre Mattei twenty years ago, we take a delightful dip into the great tradition of French films, and discover the...

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ALEKAN THE MAGNIFICENT // 71' - 1998

An alchemist of shadow and light, Henri Alekan was one of the most talented cinematographers of the twentieth century. He enhanced the lighting of numerous masterpieces ("The Battle of the Rails," "Wings of Desire," "Beauty and the Beast"...) and worked with some of the most prestigious directors, including Carne, Duvivier, Clement Cocteau, Allégret, Cayatte, Gance, Wyler, Losey, Dassin and Wenders .
A member of the French Resistance, activist and co-founder of IDHEC, the former...


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