The Cinematheque in Paris's 12th arrondissement is a great place for fans of film. And from now until August 3, 2014, it is the location of an exhibition dedicated to Henri Langlois. The event has been organized to correspond with the film preservationist's 100th birthday. Although he died in the 1970s, Langlois's legacy has lived on through his film collecting and archiving practices. Three years before his death he even received an honorary Oscar celebrating his contribution to cinema.
Henri Langlois was one of the founders of the Cinematheque, which was established in 1936 as a movie theater and museum. The preservationist is credited with saving numerous films, dating back from as early as the 1920s and that would have otherwise been destroyed during World War II. Directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut were often in attendance at Cinematheque screenings, leading Langlois to be credited with serving as an influence for their seminal works. Langlois was also known as an eccentric, who tyrannical rule and irrational approach to organization made him unpopular amongst certain of his contemporaries, including the French culture minister.
The exhibit at the Cinematheque presents screenings of classic films honoring the legacy of Henri Langlois. What's more, a number of artistic pieces will be shown highlighting the connection between Langlois cinematic vision and the art world. From Matisse and Ernst to Miro and Warhol, the masters of modern art will be displayed in what is being called 'The Imaginary Museum of Henri Langlois.' During Langlois's time, the idea of a film museum may have seemed absurd. Despite this, he founded the Cinematheque with the idea of showcasing art in movement in a way that had never been done before.
Classic film lovers staying at one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens can discover Langlois's world at the Cinematheque de Paris.
Cinematheque de Paris
51 Rue de Bercy, 75012
Monday, Wednesday – Saturday noon to 7 p.m.
Thursday until 10 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Closed on Tuesdays