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Henri Langlois: Remembering a Titan of French Cinema

Henri Langlois: Remembering a Titan of French Cinema

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Published by Joseph Nechvatal
Henri Langlois: Remembering a Titan of French Cinema
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“Le Musée imaginaire d'Henri Langlois” exhibition – and film “Henri Langlois” (1970) by Roberto Guerra and Eila Hershon(digitally restored and preserved by La Cinémathèque française, screenedJune 2
nd
)Both at La Cinémathèque française – Musée du cinema51 rue de Bercy, 75012 Paris“Le Musée imaginaire d'Henri Langlois” runs from April 9
th
 to August 3
rd
. by Joseph NechvatalPublished at Hyperallergic as
 Henri Langlois: Remembering a Titan of French Cinema
http://hyperallergic.com/132848/henri-langlois-remembering-a-titan-of-french-cinema/“In another moment Alice was through the glass and had jumped lightlydown into the looking-glass room.”-Lewis Carol,
 Alice in Wonderland 
The invention of cinema, and the rapidity with which it spread, is closelyconnected to the fact that perspective, and its specific correspondingintellectual configuration, had pervaded visual habit since the Renaissance.With the ever-present, ever-available ubiquity of cinema today - in airplanes,on YouTube and Netflix, on cable movie channels (like TCM) - familiarity
 
may not always breed contempt, exactly; but it does tend to inspirecomplacency. We are tempted to overlook cinema, to take for granted whathas become blatantly ubiquitous and familiar. We may even look at it andnot register the presence of cinema (both good and bad quality-wise) withoutan understanding of it’s history. Waking up to this history is the benefit of exposing oneself to the exhibition “Le Musée imaginaire d'Henri Langlois,”(currated by Dominique Païni) and the documentary film portrait “HenriLanglois” (1970) by Roberto Guerra and Eila Hershon.
 
Unknown photographer, “Henri Langlois (left) and Georges Franju” DR ©Collection La Cinémathèque française

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