“To love cinema is to love life.” ~Henri Langlois
I just finished watching Henri Langlois: Phantom of the Cinematheque, a documentary about the man responsible for curating the world’s most comprehensive film archive, salvaging films such as Chaplin’s The Dictator and Murnau’s Nosferatu, that would have otherwise been lost forever. He stopped at nothing to protect and procure as many films as he could throughout WWII and beyond, then screened them to packed houses, inspiring audience members including New Wavers Truffaut, Godard and Charbol, to eventually make their own contributions to the legacy of cinema.
It’s the story of a man with a passion and vision, who figuratively and literally, saved cinema. If you love film, I highly recommend you watch it. And keep your eyes peeled for the fantastic posters that adorn the walls of the Cinematheque!