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One Hundred and One Nights (1995)

Les cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma (original title)
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Monsieur Cinema, a hundred years old, lives alone in a large villa. His memories fade away, so he engages a young woman to tell him stories about all the movies ever made. Also, a line of ... See full summary »

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Agnès Varda

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Piccoli ... Simon Cinéma
Marcello Mastroianni ... L'ami italien / The Italian Friend
Henri Garcin Henri Garcin ... Firmin, le majordome / The butler
Julie Gayet ... Camille Miralis
Mathieu Demy ... Camille, dit Mica
Emmanuel Salinger Emmanuel Salinger ... Vincent, revenant des Indes
Anouk Aimée ... Anouk, en flash-back
Fanny Ardant ... La star qui tourne la nuit
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Professeur Bébel
Romane Bohringer ... La jeune fille en violet
Sandrine Bonnaire ... La vagabonde métamorphosable
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Le guide des Japonais
Patrick Bruel ... Le premier orateur
Alain Delon ... Alain Delon, en visite
Catherine Deneuve ... La star-fantasme
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Monsieur Cinema, a hundred years old, lives alone in a large villa. His memories fade away, so he engages a young woman to tell him stories about all the movies ever made. Also, a line of movie stars comes to visit him, giving him back the pleasure of life, but amongst them, there are also some young students only striving after his money for the realization of their film projects. The two stories, Monsieur Cinema's and the young people's life, are told in parallel until they come together in the end, when the old man plays a role in the film made by the students. Written by Antje Kuechler

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French

Release Date:

25 January 1995 (France) See more »

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France See more »

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1.66 : 1
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Features Une Chambre en Ville (1982) See more »

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Le Cine Va ... Le Cinema
Composed and Performed by Gerard Presgurvic
Lyrics by Agnes Varda
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A Tribute to the Cinema and Cinephiles
27 June 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The cinema student and cinephile Camille Miralis (Julie Gayet) is hired by a huge amount to assist the one-hundred year-old Monsieur Simon Cinéma (Michel Piccoli), whose memories is fading away, telling stories about the movies he made along one hundred and one days. Camille meets many movie stars that visit Monsieur Cinema, including his Italian friend Marcello Mastroianni, Alain Delon and his ex-wives Jeanne Moreau and Hanna Schygulla. Meanwhile Camille learns that he misses his grandson Vincent that disappeared and she plots with her boyfriend Camille "Mica" (Mathieu Demy) that wants to make a film to use their friend Vincent (Emmanuel Salinger) that has just come from India to pose as the grandson to inherit his assets.

On the centenary of the cinema history, the fantasy "Les cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma" is a great tribute by Agnès Varda. The cinema forgetting the good films is an intelligent criticism to the quality of the contemporary commercial movies. The impressive number of cameo appearances associated to footages of classics is a delight to any cinephile. Unfortunately the lead story with Camille, Mica and Vincent is totally disappointing. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "As Cento e Uma Noites" ("The One Hundred and One Nights")


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