Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Arthur Penn: Lumiere and Company

By Edward Copeland
Ideally, you would have been reading my final Arthur Penn review, Target, today, but unfortunately the disc from Netflix was defective, so we'll have to wait even longer. However, as I was looking for something else on YouTube I stumbled upon a clip from the group project Lumiere and Company which Penn took part in but is unavailable for rental. Sure enough, his contribution was there. I'm not sure what the complete 1995 film is like (it barely played in the U.S. in 1996) but each filmmaker contributed mostly silent clips of less than a minute long to this documentary celebrating 100 years of film. Here is a list of Penn's co-directors and then his contribution. The others: Theo Angelopoulos, Merzak Allouache,Vicente Aranda, Gabriel Axel, John Boorman, Youssef Chahine, Alain Corneau, Costa-Gavras, Raymond Depardon, Francis Girod, Peter Greenaway, Lasse Hallström, Michael Haneke, Hugh Hudson, James Ivory, Gaston Kaboré, Abbas Kiarostami, Cédric Klapisch, Andrei Konchalovsky, Patrice Leconte, Spike Lee, Claude Lelouch, Bigas Luna, David Lynch, Ismail Merchant, Claude Miller, Sarah Moon, Idrissa Ouedraogo, Lucian Pintilie, Jacques Rivette, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Jerry Schatzberg, Nadine Trintignant, Fernando Trueba, Liv Ullmann, Jaco Van Dormael, Régis Wargnier, Wim Wenders, Zhang Yimou and Kiju Yoshida. Now Penn's clip:

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