The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company / Grandeur et décadence dʼun petit commerce de cinéma

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fiction / 1986 / France, Switzerland / col. / 92 min.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Photography: Caroline Champetier, Serge Lefrancois
Music: Arvo Pärt, Béla Bartók, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Johnny Mitchell
Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Marie Valera, Jean-Pierre Mocky, Caroline Champetier, Anne Carrel, Françoise Desprote, Jean-Pierre Delamour, Jacques Pena, Jean Grécault, Jean Brisa

Director Gaspard Bazin is working on a new feature film. For now, he’s still looking at the fundraising and casting stage of the process. He calls upon Jean Almereyda, a once-fashionable producer who is now going through a bad patch, finding it increasingly difficult to raise the capital he needs for his ventures. His wife Eurydice dreams of being a movie star. A perverse game between the two men ensues, with Almereyda wanting to please his wife, but reluctant to demand a role for Eurydice because of Bazin’s reputation as an incorrigible seducer. – Cinema is as much an art of seeking a pretty face than it is an art of finding the required funding. The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company is about this duality. It also pays tribute to all those extras, technicians, all the shadow employees who make movie theaters and television work.