Louvre City (DVD)

Directed by Nicolas Philibert

Release Year: 1990
Running Time: 85
UPC: 7 38329 05782 4
Color Type: Color
Country: France
Language: French with optional English subtitles [audio]
$24.95 $13.72 (45% off) Buy DVD
Only ships to US & Canada
Booking Inquiry
Crew
Composed by Philippe Hersant
Directed by Nicolas Philibert

LOUVRE CITY takes the form of one of the classic symphonies of the 1920s, which begin at daybreak, end at nightfall, and chronicle the lives of urban dwellers at work and at play.

The mighty Louvre, housed in a medieval castle, with its miles of hallways and hundreds of employees, does seem like its own city-state in this elegantly filmed documentary. Rather than focus on its familiar role as a monument to high culture, director Nicolas Philibert (To Be and to Have) shows us the everyday life of the museum and how it operates. As workmen puzzle over how to move and unfold massive canvases and medieval tapestries, African women joke about the fashion quotient of their security guard uniforms. Maintenance staff play pétanque (a French game similar to Bocce) in the Louvre's inner courtyards during their break, while the kitchen staff prepares food for the museum's café. We see the painstaking process of art restoration and the research involved in creating an exhibit. The class hierarchy reveals itself as curators and their assistants argue over the placement of pictures, while workmen wait patiently for a decision.

When Philibert finally allows the audience a moment to contemplate the Louvre's most famous and familiar objects, Winged Victory or the Mona Lisa, we see them not just as icons of aesthetic beauty, but objects whose preservation requires a great deal of effort and labor. Far from being didactic, LOUVRE CITY is a celebration of the ordinary processes of work in an extraordinary setting.

“The works of art, revealed in a new context, come alive as fragile and exotic creatures captured in a web of human labor.” - Leslie Camhi, The New York Times.

  • WINNER: BEST DOCUMENTARY; Prix Europa

Interested in bringing Louvre City 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.

Louvre City 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 Jan. 16 2019 at 3:28pm
Matt Tyrnauer's' @studio54doc' is currently the #1 doc on' @iTunes'! Rent it now on all major platforms... iTunes:…' https://t.co/TEMejZgAuo'
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 16 2019 at 12:13pm
Lee Keating drops some wisdom in this clip from THE GOSPEL OF EUREKA. Opens February 8 at' @QuadCinema' before expand…' https://t.co/ztTG6pCkeH'
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 16 2019 at 10:14am
RT' @astradisastra': It's happening! What Is Democracy? opens Jan 16 at IFC' https://t.co/lDtucteFyI' Special guests will be officially anno…
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 15 2019 at 4:29pm
"The whole film started out of this intention to try to forget everything I thought I knew and to rediscover what i…' https://t.co/ojp96t2RCO'
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 15 2019 at 4:17pm
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Coming April 2018 on Blu-ray! The Strange Door (1951) Starring Charles Laughton & Boris Karloff - Shot by Irving Glas…
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 15 2019 at 4:17pm
RT' @ioncinema': Robert Aldrich times 2 today: "It’s this period which resulted in some of the director’s most interesting ventures, namely t…
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 15 2019 at 4:17pm
RT' @ioncinema': THE GRISSOM GANG via the' @KinoLorber' folks "an underrated gangster classic, which takes St. John Legh Clowes’ original film…
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 15 2019 at 4:15pm
RT' @nofilmschool': Defining the cinematic language of intimacy: Adina Pintilie on TOUCH ME NOT' https://t.co/QEidE6ClGr'' @KinoLorber'' https://t…'
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 15 2019 at 11:55am
RT' @FilmLinc': "Momentous. A kaleidoscopic bulletin on the state of our world." -' @Variety' Jean-Luc Godard's THE IMAGE BOOK opens January 2…
'@KinoLorber' on Jan. 15 2019 at 11:54am
RT' @FilmComment': THE IMAGE BOOK, the best films of 2018, remembering Nicolas Roeg, a previously unpublished Manny Farber talk & more in the…
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