Les Cinémathèques

Overview of the 2017-2018 Season of the Conservatoire des techniques de la Cinémathèque Française
By Jean-Noël Ferragut, AFC

Conservatoire des techniques cinématographiques

For the second year in a row, Laurent Mannoni invited the AFC to attend the last meeting of the 2017-2018 season of the Scientific Council of the Conservatoire des techniques de la Cinémathèque française. The meeting took place in the storage rooms at Bercy, and there, the eleven “extra-mural” members in attendance were told about the current season’s conferences, recent acquisitions and gifts to the collection, and the schedule of upcoming conferences.

Life at the Conservatoire des techniques de la Cinémathèque française and its recent acquisitions
By Jean-Noël Ferragut, AFC

Conservatoire des techniques cinématographiques

Since Laurent Mannoni joined the AFC as a consulting member, the ties between the Conservatoire des techniques cinématographiques of the French Cinematheque, where he is the Director of Patrimony, and the AFC have become closer. I was able to attend the annual meeting of the Conservatory’s scientific counsel as a reciprocal representative of the AFC, which was attended by Frédéric Bonnaud, the new general director, in the equipment storage room on 2 June 2016. Here is a brief review of the conferences and acquisitions for the 2015-2016 season at the Conservatory.

Vilmos Zsigmond, HSC, ASC retrospective and commemoration at the French Cinémathèque in Spring 2016

Les Cinémathèques

During the traditional presentation of the program for the coming season at the Cinémathèque Française on Thursday, 25 June 2015, Serge Toubiana detailed the long list of events, exhibitions, retrospective-commemorations and other activities that will highlight many great figures of the cinema whose films are often shown on the screens of this venerable institution.

The Seven Cinematographical Lives of Willy Kurant
By Bernard Payen

Les Cinémathèques

Cinematographer for Godard, Welles, Skolimowski, Pialat, Gainsbourg and more recently Garrel, Willy Kurant has had a prolific, eclectic, yet coherent career since his early days as a cameraman for television news reports in the 1950’s. In order to synthesize his career, we have made the (of course) arbitrary choice of describing it as seven cinematographical lives, each of them related to the others

French Cinematheque homage to Pierre Lhomme

Les Cinémathèques

From October first to November fifth 2008, the French Cinematheque screened a series of films in tribute to the director of photography Pierre Lhomme, AFC. In his presentation, The Way of Light, Serge Toubiana retraces Pierre’s journey:
"After Giuseppe Rotunno and Raoul Coutard, the French Cinematheque honors Pierre Lhomme. As a way of entering into cinema, not through the door of directors, but through that most beautiful of windows: the film’s lighting. The royal road of those "making" film lighting. Pierre Lhomme has been one of the greatest directors of photography of French cinema for the past four decades..."