The most important film archive in the world, the Cinémathèque Française in Paris dedicates a major exposition to his creator: Le Musée Imaginarie d’Henri Langlois on the occasion of his 100th birthday. The ‘real’ Museum that Henri built to document, describe and present cinema as the 7th art – no longer exists – it had been destroyed by water damage after a fire in the building – yet his legacy not only as collector of films but as the one who looked forward to wards film as more than a commodity for casual amusement but a highly collectable piece of art.
April 9 – August 3
Monday, Wednesday to Saturday 12 – 7, Sunday 10 – 8, closed Tuesday
51 rue de Bercy, 75012 Paris
I had the chance of working as Henri’s personal assistant for several summers 1967 – 1974 and to help building the Musée du Cinéma as well as staging the relaunch of the collection of Chaplin films with Charlie Chaplin attending together with his daughter Geraldine.
I never gave the rights to sell this photo or any prints. So I wonder if I should get the funds resulting from this auction.
Here is a five minute presentation by the curator of the exhibition:
Présentation de l’exposition “Le Musée imaginaire d’Henri Langlois”, du 9 avril au 3 aout 2014 à la Cinémathèque française, par Dominique Païni, commissaire de l’exposition.– Le Musée imaginaire d’Henri Langlois… by lacinematheque (in French): “c’est la légende qu’on présente”.