LUMIERE ET COMPAGNIE is a documentary with an engaging premise: give an original Lumiere camera to 40 different film directors from around the world and let them each fashion a 52-second film as a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the cinema. The results are, at best, uneven and
serve to amplify for the viewer just how far cinema has moved from its roots.
A French documentary crew travels to various sites around the world to provide the original Lumiere camera to 40 prominent contemporary film directors (from over a dozen different countries and four continents) and solicit from each of them a short film shot with the antique camera. The finished