Henri Langlois: Phantom of the Cinematheque (DVD)

Directed by Jacques Richard

Release Year: 2005
Running Time: 128
UPC: 7 38329 04752 8
Color Type: Color
Country: France
Language: French with English subtitles [audio]
Select a Format
$24.95 $7.99 (68% off) Buy DVD
Only ships to US & Canada

Also Available On:

Amazon
Crew
Directed by Jacques Richard

WITH:
CLAUDE BERRI, CLAUDE CHABROL, LOTTE EISNER, PHILIPPE GARREL, JEAN-LUC GODARD,ALFRED HITCHCOCK, MARY MEERSON, ERIC ROHMER, FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT, JACK VALENTI, AND MANY MANY MORE.

A "first rate documentary" (NY Post) and "a memoir of a lost kingdom" (Village Voice), Henri Langlois: Phantom of the Cinematheque celebrates the man who cultivated cinema's future by protecting its past. Langlois, in the words of grateful acolyte Jean-Luc Godard, "produced a way of seeing films" that inspired two generations of filmmakers and changed the medium itself.

For forty years, Henri Langlois presided over the Cinematheque Francaise with absolute commitment and unwavering passion. Beginning in 1936, Langloisi beg, borrow and steal hustling preserved the priceless treasures of an art form then still too new to be recognized as such. Through ad hoc screenings in Paris apartments, hallways and stairwells, the young Langlois shared his love for film art with the enthusiasm of an aesthetic epicure and the discerning appetite of a film gourmand. Under Nazi occupation, Langlois went underground, rescuing and secretly screening banned films under the noses of the SS. Through the halcyon 60's Langlois battled bureaucrats, championed auteurs and ushered in a new golden age of cinema where "life broke through the screen" and filmmaking and film-going merged into a single discipline.

Knitting together remarkable footage of Godard and Francois Truffaut defending the Cinematheque against a 1968 Paris riot squad, Langlois and Alfred Hitchcock sending-up the staid Legion D'honneur ceremony, and Langlois himself charismatically holding forth, Henri Langlois: Phantom of the Cinematheque is itself a treasure trove. A "fascinating film" (New York Times), it captures Langlois' life, loves, triumphs, and tragedies with candor and enduring affection.


DVD Extras Include:
  • "Langlois Monumental"
    (1991, 10 min., French w/ English subtitles)
    A film of the dedication ceremony for the Langlois Monument. Featuring Sam Fuller and Marcel Carne.
  • "Le Musee du Cinema Henri Langlois"
    (1997, 3 min., French w/ English subtitles)
    Featurette about the Henri Langlois Museum of Cinema. Narrated by Alain Delon.
  • Stills Gallery

****1/2
"A MOVIEGOER'S TREAT AND A CINEPHILE'S DELIGHT!"- Michael Wilmington, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"...took seven years to make and is worth every moment." � Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES

"...One of the most important figures in the history of film and therefore in the history of 20th-century art." - A. O. Scott, NEW YORK TIMES

* * * 1/2
In beg-borrow-steal fashion, the founder of Paris' Cinémathèque Française hid films (often purloined) whose negatives the Nazis had ordered destroyed. And through brilliant repertory programming, Langlois almost alone created "film culture" at a time when many studios couldn't have cared less. But this mentally/physically rumpled genius also was a weak administrator, and when official France canned him during the student riots of 1968, filmmaker titans such as François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard and Claude Chabrol (very good here in interviews) were so quick to rush to his defense that a bewildered Charles de Gaulle wondered just who this guy was. Cut down from its three-hour film-festival version, Phantom still runs more than two, which is what this great story takes.

  • Official selection Cannes Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival

Interested in bringing Henri Langlois: Phantom of the Cinematheque to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.

Henri Langlois: Phantom of the Cinematheque may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.



To read more about Kino Lorber Edu's terms of use and ordering information, visit Kino Lorber Edu.


Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 15 2021 at 6:13pm
RT' @MarkRonson': this is an incredible, powerful and moving doc. ' https://t.co/h3TJqdzGD8'
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 15 2021 at 6:06pm
RT' @michigantheater': Opening in our Virtual Cinema tomorrow: SLALOM, the Cannes Film Festival drama from debut filmmaker Charlène Favier --…
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 15 2021 at 6:06pm
RT' @CerealMidnight': Look what just arrived at Cereal At Midnight headquarters! It doesn’t get much more iconic than this, and I don’t recal…
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 15 2021 at 2:10pm
RT' @FabienLemercier': Charlène Favier talks about Slalom, now playing in US select theaters and virtual cinemas' @KinoLorber'. "I did a lot o…
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 15 2021 at 2:10pm
RT' @magshenny': VERY EXCITED to share this new teaser vid for CINEMA'S FIRST NASTY WOMEN: 4-disc DVD/Blu-ray set coming in 2022 w' @KinoLorbe…'
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 15 2021 at 2:01pm
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming August 3rd! The Valdez Horses (1973) Chino • Bronson in Almería: Interview with Vincent Van Patten • Audio Com…
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 15 2021 at 11:57am
"The Producers finally gets a long-overdue commentary track and a sparkling new 4K transfer that blows previous hom…' https://t.co/LwrOl0m0Pl'
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 15 2021 at 10:24am
Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts (@billtraylorfilm) is a NYTimes Critic's Pick!' @Glenn__Kenny' calls it a "sincere, nour…' https://t.co/dvU8irsLUi'
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 15 2021 at 10:10am
RT' @JJStarflyer': Another day. Another Blu-ray haul. Today it's my order from' @KinoLorber's' March Madness sale and a few more from Hamilton…
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 15 2021 at 10:08am
RT' @GeekVibesNation': Kino Lorber Unveils May Releases Including Acclaimed Docs, Douglas Sirk, International Features & More' https://t.co/Kc…'
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018

Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing dninh@kinolorber.com or calling 212-629-6880.

Educational

Please visit our educational site at www.KinoLorberEDU.com

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Phone:212-629-6880
Fax: 212-714-0871
email: edu@kinolorber.com