Organized mostly chronologically, the film presents the 40-year career of Henri Langlois (1914-1977), film’s first archivist, and the creator of the Cinémathèque Française and Musée du Cinéma. Talking heads, film clips and stills, and archival interviews with Langlois trace his life from 1935, when he starts the Circle of Cinema film club. He begins to buy films, saving many from destruction. During World War II, he finds places to hide them. By mid-1944, the Cinémathèque has 50,000 films. He runs afoul of bureaucrats, but the New Wave comes to his defense. The museum opens in 1972. The film celebrates his philosophy and beliefs, personality and dedication, and his vision. —IMDb
"Who's Henri Langlois?" - Charles de Gaulle. This is not a great documentary. But it brings to a bigger audience the figure of this lover, passionate and enthusiast of film and also let us know everything what he did for the art of cinema and its history. How many movies would be forgotten forever if it was not for him? How would we understand cinema if it was not for Mr. Henri Langlois?