Lumière and Company

Lumière and Company ★★★

It is rather telling that it is David Lynch, Michael Haneke, and Peter Greenaway, the biggest egos on display here, who can't appreciate the constraints of the cinematograph and the pre-cinematic time of actualities and comedies. Instead, they opt for the evocation of montage.

The best neo-Lumières in this homage are by Jacques Rivette, Spike Lee, and Idrissa Ouédraogo. The first understands that almost every type of shot was available at the beginning, the second that actualities, like photographs, have a peculiar pre-cinematic temporality that haunts, and the third replicates the vivacity of Lumière comedies.