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Zhang Yimou in Lumière et Compagnie (1995): 52 Seconds x 9 Readings: An Exercise in Over-interpretation

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Zhang Yimou was one of the 40 directors who agreed to contribute to Lumière et Compagnie.1 This film is a tribute to Auguste and Louis Lumière, two of the pioneers of cinema, on the 100th anniversary of their invention. The directors, in addition to Zhang, are predominantly well-established, male, and French, but also include Youssef Chahine, Peter Greenaway, and Liv Ullmann. Each directed a very short film, modeled on the Lumieres' original movies.
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Keywords: Auguste Lumiere; Louis Lumiere; Lumiere et Compagnie; Peter Greenaway; Youssef Chahine; Zhang Yimou; short film; tribute

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 September 1998

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