Plot & Details
This homage to the cinema by venerated movie-maker Agnes Varda, often dubbed the "grandmother" of the French New Wave, features an all-star international cast. The story is based upon the memories and insights of the 100-year old Mr. Simon Cinema. He lives in a magnificent house filled with movie memorabilia. To help him remember the important details of his career he hires Camille, a film student to write down his remembrances and experiences which have involved all areas of movie-making. Camille comes once a day for 101 days. Film clips, photographs and actual visitors highlight his stories. As he continues to spin his yarns, the imagery in the film smoothly morph into other images. Camille, when not recording, is involved in other exploits including a romance with a production assistant, Mica who aspires to becoming a director. She also begins plotting a way to get to Mr. Cinema's fortune by having a friend pose as his long lost heir. Many other characters are peripherally involved including Death, an Italian seeking the rights to his film catalogue, and a memory specialist.
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Comedy
- Run Time: 125min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 04/16/1999
- DVD Release Date: 04/25/2000
- Distributor(s): Fine Line
- Director(s): Agnès Varda
- Starring: Michel Piccoli , Marcello Mastroianni , Henri Garcin , Julie Gayet
- Themes: Filmmaking
- Tone: Affectionate,Warm,Light,Lyrical,Humorous
- Keywords: filmmaker, romance, con/scam, elderly, fortune-hunter, ghost-writer, remembrance
- Language: French