Le Fantôme d'Henri Langlois (Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque)
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Le Fantôme d'Henri Langlois (Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque)
Henri Langlois was, in many respects, the ultimate film fan. In 1936, at the age of 22, Langlois became (along with Jean Mitry and Georges Franju) one of the founders of the Cinémathèque Française, a theater and museum devoted to preserving the history of the motion picture. Initially a tiny operation financed by private funds, the Cinémathèque, with time, grew into Europe's most important film archive, collecting and preserving prints of rare films from all over the world and protecting many rare gems of the French cinema from destruction during the Nazi occupation of World War II.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An inspirational film for cinephiles everywhere."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"This documentary's director, Jacques Richard, includes insightful and often hilarious archival interviews with Langlois and dozens of associates."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"In all his fanatical rotundity, the rumpled Langlois (1914-1977) was the epitome of a film nut."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The film successfully serves as a crash course in the baroque world of French film politics, then and now."
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"The tale of this rotund man, with his unquenchable passion and ark-load of supporters is, to a great extent, the history of the cinema itself."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Jacques Richard's affectionate documentary makes a persuasive case for Henri Langlois as one of the most important figures in the history of film."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Filmmaker Jacques Richard's rich package and celebration of all things Langlois and Cinematheque will delight cinephiles and anyone seeking a historic perspective on the liveliest art."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Anyone with a curiosity about how film got to be the art form/obsession it is today will want to learn about the man who helped make it so."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Jacques Richard has made a film big and grand enough to accommodate his outsized subject."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"[An] affectionate and uniformly superb documentary."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide