Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sometimes a good one sneaks in #4: Henri Langlois: Phantom of The Cinemateque

Above average documentary about film preservationist Henri Langlois. Many fine clips of classic films from the silent era through the Nouvelle Vague. Throughout I was reminded of all the films I have yet to see (Melies' shorts, L'Atalante) and the films I should see again (L'Age D'Or, The Blue Angel). The Melies' clips are especially good. It's shocking what early filmmakers were able to accomplish over 100 years ago. Entirely in French, and often using two sets of subtitles; one below to explain the dialogue and one above to describe the person speaking and why they are qualified to do so. You'll need to read very quickly. On Netflix Instant Streaming.

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