Produced for French television, this series evolved from Cinéastes de Notre Temps, an earlier series of original documentaries made during the sixties and seventies, which profiled dozens of the world's great filmmakers of that era.
Many of these luminaries are no longer with us, but now, as part of Cinema, Of Our Time, they come to life again, joined by their successors. It is fascinating for film historians, or for anyone who just plain loves movies, to view these directors in the light of the rich history of the world cinema that preceded them; a history that was, and is, so eloquently chronicled in this unique series of films.
In 2001, we released one film from the series, ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF ANDREI ARSENEVICH (Chris Marker's homage to Tarkovsky). In 2002, we followed that up with six more films - on Eric Rohmer, John Cassevettes, Chantal Akerman, Robert Bresson, Hou Hsiao-hsien and the New Wave.
In 2003 we are pleased to add a film on Aki Kaurismaki.
Titles in the series:
- One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich - Renowned filmmaker Chris Marker's homage to his friend and colleague, Andrei Tarkovsky. A unique and intimate portrait of the legendary Russian filmmaker.
- Chantal Akerman by Chantal Akerman - A self-portrait by experimental & feminist Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman.
- Eric Rohmer: With Supporting Evidence - A portrait of French filmmaker Eric Rohmer, patriarch of the New Wave and fomer editor of Cahiers du Cinema, who discusses his films and his appoach to cinema.
- John Cassavetes - A portrait of fillmaker John Cassavetes, shot during the making of "Faces", father of the American independent film.
- HHH - A Portrait of Hou Hsiao-hsien - The acclaimed filmmaker of the masterpiece "Flowers of Shanghai," Hou Hsiao-hsien returns to the haunts of his youth to talk to childhood friends and discuss his films.
- Robert Bresson - Without a Trace - French director Robert Bresson discusses his personal and contentious ideas about filmmaking in this intimate documentary portrait, filmed in 1965.
- The New Wave By Itself - Contains fascinating interviews with 10 film directors including Chabrol, Rouch, Godard, Franju, Rivette, Truffaut, Varda, and others.