LUMIÈRE! (LUMIÈRE! L’AVENTURE COMMENCE) (2016) by Thierry Frémaux
By Antonio Llorens.
“An excellent material”
The director of this documentary, and permanent voice-over, is Thierry Frémaux. Contributor and second assistant for many years of Bertrand Tavernier at the Institut Lumière in Lyon and assistant to the direction and currently director of the Cannes Film Festival, Frémaux brings together -conveniently restored and that is the most important- one hundred and eight filming of the Lumière brothers, less than one ten percent of its production, enough to provide us with a brilliant social chronicle from 1895 to 1905, to allow us to document and deepen around in “Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory”, “The arrival of a train at La Ciotat”, “The Gardner (L’Arroseur arrose)”, and so many others, as well as to understand the importance of a framing or the proximity between documentary and fiction when the” construction “allows to see it. An authentic joy, with images exclusively obtained by the Lumière brothers, capable of summarizing -with their primitivism- several film lessons.
Another thing is the voice-over, omnipresent, determined to explain what has already been explained. Unlike that masterpiece that is “My Journey Through French Cinema” by Bertrand Tavernier, where the filmmaker exposes his own findings and contradictions, the voice of Thierry Frémaux has too much of “ex cathedra”, although it is a real pleasure to hear some times. The voice-over would have been a real value in the case of raising more questions and fewer safe assertions. I think we have an issue for Tavernier himself, co-producer of the film and director of that Institute built in Lyon in the spaces of the Lumière factory, where I attended the screening of “Mon père”, presented by José Giovanni himself.
Traducido por: Eduardo Llorente.
Our rating: (3/5)