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Lumiere & Company

Director(s): various

Theatrical Release: 1985


Genre(s): Avant-Garde, shorts

Countries: Sweden, Spain, France

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Running Time: 88m.

Some of the world's greatest filmmakers accepted Sarah Moon and Philippe Poulet's challenge and took an original Lumière hand-cranked camera to make 52 second films using only homemade film stock (from the brother's original recipe with the addition of a safety feature as early films were highly flammable), natural lighting and no synchronized sound to pay tribute to the brothers Lumiere and to celebrate the "First Century of Cinema." Sarah Moon helmed the enormous project and provided the continuity between segments while Poulet, an associate in the Museum of Cinema, located in Besancon, France. Once the project was set in motion, art director Ann Andreu went to 150 directors, 39 were able to do it. These directors come from the world over and include such US helmers as David Lynch and Spike Lee. Other directors include Costa-Gavras, Merchant and Ivory, Jacques Rivette, Liv Ulmann, Kiju Yoshida, and Andrei Konchalovsky. The directors made their films all around the world at locations ranging from L.A. to Peace Park, Hiroshima, Japan, to the Great Wall to Ouagadougou. - Sandra Brennan (

Directors include: Costa-Gavras, Claude Miller, Theo Angelopoulos, Gabriel Axel, Peter Greenaway, James Ivory, Andrei Konchalovsky, Patrice Leconte, Spike Lee, Claude Lelouch, David Lynch, Ismail Merchant, Jacques Rivette, Liv Ullmann, Sarah Moon