Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque
Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque (2004)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 9, 2004
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

An inspirational film for cinephiles everywhere.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

This documentary's director, Jacques Richard, includes insightful and often hilarious archival interviews with Langlois and dozens of associates.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

In all his fanatical rotundity, the rumpled Langlois (1914-1977) was the epitome of a film nut.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

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.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

Jacques Richard's affectionate documentary makes a persuasive case for Henri Langlois as one of the most important figures in the history of film.

Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

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.

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John Anderson

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.

Todd McCarthy

Jacques Richard has made a film big and grand enough to accommodate his outsized subject.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

[An] affectionate and uniformly superb documentary.

Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque" is a rambling, informative documentary about Henri Langlois(1914-1977),… More
cody franklin
A good documentary about the greatness of Cinematheque co-founder Henri Langlois. I always knew the influence of the Cinematheque on the French New Wave… More