Lumière and Company (1996)




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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Lumière brothers' first films, filmmakers Sarah Moon and Philippe Poulet challenged 39 renowned international directors to each complete a 52-second film using the original Cinematographe camera under the conditions endured by the brothers. The result of the project was this film, Lumière et Compagnie. The film stock used was homemade from a slightly altered version of the Lumières' recipe. No synchronized sound was allowed and only natural lighting was permitted. The participating directors included John Boorman, Costa-Gavras, Peter Greenaway, Lasse Hallström, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Liv Ullmann, and Wim Wenders. Among the actors who performed in the films were Liam Neeson, Lena Olin, Aidan Quinn, and Alan Rickman. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
Art House & International , Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Lumière and Company

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

The 40 brief films are often wonderful, and always revealing in the way they show professional directors working on what amounts to a haiku.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Even the gamest of viewers will want to indulge her nostalgia judiciously, to avoid getting sour on the narcissism of the exercise.

Full Review… | March 27, 2004
Mixed Reviews

Uneven, but interesting experiment

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A really interesting idea.

Full Review… | February 28, 2002
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December 31, 1999

Audience Reviews for Lumière and Company

A really interesting concept with beautiful thoughts about film from world-renowned filmmakers. The actual structure and craft of the documentary needs a little work though.

Natalie Metzger
Natalie Metzger

A 55 second short made for the centennial of film (1996) using one of the original antique movie cameras.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Lynch's entry in the Lumiere and Company film is actually a rather successful piece of horrific cinema. Filmed on the Lumiere's cinematographe with a run time of less than 52 seconds, Lynch's entry features a single shot that is truly breathtaking and unexpected. An example of how short cinema can still achieve a genuinely visceral impact.

Al Miller
Al Miller

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