Founder of the Cinématheque Française; the foremost and most famous film archivist of all time. Personally responsible for saving thousands of films, and popularizing the enjoyment of esoteric and lost masterpieces.
Was the recipient of an Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences at the 46th Academy Awards ceremony held on April 2, 1974, for his work with the Cinematheque Francaise, the world’s most prestiguous film archive. The Academy citation that accompanied the Oscar statuette praised Langlois for “his untiring devotion to the art of film, for his massive contributions towards preserving its historical past and for his unswerving faith in its future.”
In early 1968, Langlois was effectively fired as head of the Cinematheque Francaise by French Minister of Culture Andre Malraux. Citing administrative incompetence, Malraux terminated the archive’s subsidy and moved to appoint a new head. Malraux objected to Langlois running the Cinematheque… read more