Silent movie, directed by : Frederic Rossif, writing credits : Henri Matisse, Henri Langlois, produced by : Henri Langlois (Henri, plateforme de la cinémathèque), 7mn 40s, (1951).
The founder of the French cinémathèque Henri Langlois follows an ambitious goal in 1951. He wants to produce films about famous painters (Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall) and also famous sculptors (Alexander Calder, ...) by using few materials. Rejecting a business point of view and far from censors he tries inventing a new kind of documentary the experimental documentary who fights against academism and deeply connected with the cinémathèque spirit. Henri Langlois asks to Matisse, Picasso, Chagall and Calder to film or to let the film director Fredric Rossif catching the different steps of their creativity. The MoMA of New - York City will give an expensive pellicula for doing that. Henri Langlois didn't consider these movies as a success. Frederic Rossif made two short movies (8 and 25 minutes) about Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall. Without any sound these two shorts make us think about occultism or first screenings at the end of the 19th century. The Matisse short show us the painter sitting in a chair giving orders to young women. Cuting gouached papers with cissors he indicate them how to fixing it on religious wardrobes for the Rosaire chapel of Vence.