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With: Claude Berri, Claude Chabrol, Philippe Garrel, Miklos Jancso, Richard Leacock, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Eric Rohmer, Peter Scarlet, Agnes Varda
Written by: Jacques Richard
Directed by: Jacques Richard
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: French with English subtitles
Running Time: 128
Date: 03/19/2013

Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque (2005)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Movie Love

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

If you're a cinema buff, and have a favorite movie made sometime in the first half of the 20th century, you probably owe a debt of gratitude to Henri Langlois. As founder of the Cinématheque Française, Langlois was not only responsible for saving innumerable films and showing them to the students of the French New Wave, but also rescuing many more films from the Nazis during the occupation. In 1968, the French government tried to oust Langlois from his position, and all of France rallied and protested to keep him. The story of Langlois, the films he saved and the people he influenced is told in a new documentary, Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque, opening today at the Roxie (3117 16th Street, SF). It will probably ignite a whole new wave of movie fever.

DVD Details: Kino's 2006 DVD comes with two clips from other documentaries, one depicting the dedication ceremony for the Langlois Monument and the other about the Henri Langlois Museum of Cinema. It also comes with a stills gallery.

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