Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Lumiere and Company (various, 1995)

Lumiere and Company (various, 1995)

Rating: 8.6

Based on an original idea by Philippe Poulet, 40 international directors were asked to make a short film using the original Lumière Brothers Cinematographe and were limited by 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.

Theodoros Angelopoulos
Vicente Aranda
John Boorman
Youssef Chahine
Alain Corneau
Raymond Depardon
Francis Girod
Peter Greenaway
Lasse Hallström
Hugh Hudson
Gaston Kaboré
Abbas Kiarostami
Cédric Klapisch
Andrei Konchalovsky
Spike Lee
Claude Lelouch
Bigas Luna
Sarah Moon
Arthur Penn
Lucian Pintilie
Helma Sanders-Brahms
Jerry Schatzberg
Nadine Trintignant
Fernando Trueba
Liv Ullmann
Jaco van Dormael
Régis Wargnier
Wim Wenders
Yoshishige Yoshida
Yimou Zhang
Merzak Allouache
Gabriel Axel
Michael Haneke
James Ivory
Patrice Leconte
David Lynch
Ismail Merchant
Claude Miller
Idrissa Ouedraogo
Jacques Rivette

Haneke's reply to the question "Why do you film?":
"Never ask a centipede why it walks or it'll stumble."

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