"One Hundred and One Nights"
Directed by Agnes Varda
affectionate tribute to the first 100 years of the motion picture is a
sentimental and star-studded affair. Michel Piccoli plays "Monsieur
Cinema," a hundred-year-old-man who hires a pretty young film fan to
refresh his fading memory of the movies made during his life. This cute
contrivance allows Varda to show dozens of clips from some of the greatest
movies of all time--Nosferatu, The General, L'Atalante,
Citizen Kane, Pickpocket, 8 1/2 and many, many more.
Then there are a multitude of cameo appearances, with Anouk Aimee,
Catherine Deneuve, Robert DeNiro, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Harrison Ford, Gerard
Depardieu and many others stopping by Monsieur Cinema ever so briefly.
Marcello Mastroianni has the longest cameo, playing the old man's Italian
friend. "...as engaging as it is excessive...a delirious birthday
party" (Janet Maslin, The New York Times). French with
English subtitles. 101 minutes.