Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque Reviews

January 11, 2013
May 5, 2010
In all his fanatical rotundity, the rumpled Langlois (1914-1977) was the epitome of a film nut.
October 28, 2005
An inspirational film for cinephiles everywhere.
October 22, 2005
Filmmaker Jacques Richard's rich package and celebration of all things Langlois and Cinematheque will delight cinephiles and anyone seeking a historic perspective on the liveliest art.
October 15, 2005
October 14, 2005
[An] affectionate and uniformly superb documentary.
October 14, 2005
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.
October 12, 2005
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.
October 12, 2005
This documentary's director, Jacques Richard, includes insightful and often hilarious archival interviews with Langlois and dozens of associates.
October 12, 2005
Jacques Richard's affectionate documentary makes a persuasive case for Henri Langlois as one of the most important figures in the history of film.
October 12, 2005
The film successfully serves as a crash course in the baroque world of French film politics, then and now.
October 11, 2005
Jacques Richard has made a film big and grand enough to accommodate his outsized subject.
October 11, 2005
A treat for anyone who's passionate about films or who's ever wanted to learn more about them.
October 11, 2005
The whole project, however conventional, has the allure of a communal embrace, a home movie of a motherland left irrevocably in the past.