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2 x 50 Years of French Cinema
2 x 50 Years of French Cinema

2 x 50 Years of French Cinema 1995


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2 x 50 Years of French Cinema 1995

50 mins France

Jean-Luc Godard produced this ambitious project, co-directed with his wife, Anne-Marie Miéville, commissioned for the BFI's Century of Cinema project. Travelling around six regions (each of which featured in a classic film) he interviews young locals to consider the films, the region and their significance, if any, for them.

Jean-Luc Godard meets with the president of France's First Century of Cinema, Michel Piccoli in the restaurant of an unnamed hotel and confronts him with his theory that French cinema has been forgotten. The president tests the theory on the staff of the hotel and leaves in a state of disillusionment, pursued by 1001 phantoms from his own fond memories.


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Century of Cinema Jean-Luc Godard Unavailable on DVD French Classics Documentaries







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