Henri Langlois

Archivist, Filmmaker
Co-founder, with Georges Franju and Jean Mitry, of the Cinematheque Francaise film archive in 1936. Starting with only 10 features, Langlois aggressively increased the Cinematheque's collection to some 60,000 films ... Read more »
Born: 11/12/1914 in Turkey

Filmography

other (4)

The Challenge 1975 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

75 Years of Cinema Museum 1971 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

From Lumiere to Langlois 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Co-founder, with Georges Franju and Jean Mitry, of the Cinematheque Francaise film archive in 1936. Starting with only 10 features, Langlois aggressively increased the Cinematheque's collection to some 60,000 films during his tenure. (As well as preserving many silent films, Langlois and his colleagues concealed and thus saved potentially controversial works from the occupying German forces during WWII). Langlois' shrine to cinema history influenced a whole generation of filmmakers, notably the future leading lights of the French New Wave.

Although the archive was subsidized by the French government from 1945, a bitter dispute erupted in 1968 between Langlois and the Ministry of Culture, headed by Andre Malraux. Impatient with Langlois' unconventional working methods, Malraux sought to remove him from control of the Cinematheque by halting governmental support. After street rallies in Paris and protests from leading international film figures, Langlois was reinstated, though the subsidy was not.

Relationships

Mary Meerson

Companion
widow of art director Lazare Meerson who died in 1938 posed for various artists when she was young met Langlois c. 1939 and had four-decade relationship with him died on July 19, 1993 at age 93

Bonus Trivia

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Langlois was the subject of a 1995 documentary "Citizen Langlois"

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