What is Cinema?

Directed by Chuck Workman

Year: 2013
Running Time: 80
Color Type: Color/Black & White
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Country: U.S.
Language: English
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What is Cinema?

Cast
Robert Altman
Chantal Akerman
John Ford
Alfred Hitchcock
Sidney Lumet
David Lynch

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Directed by Chuck Workman


Academy Award-winning filmmaker Chuck Workman's documentary What Is Cinema? tackles the question of its title through over 100 clips and new interviews with Mike Leigh, Jonas Mekas, Yvonne Rainer, David Lynch, video artist Bill Viola, Robert Altman, Kelly Reichardt, Costa-Gavras, Ken Jacobs, Michael Moore, critic J. Hoberman, and others, and with archival interviews from Robert Bresson, Alfred Hitchcock, Chantal Akerman, Akira Kurosawa, Abbas Kiarostami, and more. The film also includes commissioned sequences from experimental artists Lewis Klahr and Phil Solomon. What Is Cinema? not only asks a poignant question, but chronicles the best of filmmaking today and proposes where cinema will go, and should go, in the future.

Reviews

“'What Is Cinema?' is a compelling, enriching look at visionaries old and new, who continue to forge fascinating new paths in a medium that shows no signs of stagnating. Indeed, 'What Is Cinema?' isn't really about where film has been, but where it goes next.”-- Indiewire

“Commentary from filmmakers and programmers offers insight, but the real treat here is the juxtaposition of clips: a hall-of-mirrors tour that is a cinephile’s nocturnal emission. ”-- Time Out New York

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