The French cinematheque is a private organisation, mainly financed by the government. Its missions are to preserve, restore and broadcast the film industry heritage. With more than 40 000 films and thousands of documents and objets linked to the movie industry, it holds the world’s biggest database on cinematography.
The cinematheque was born in 1935 when two men called Henri Langlois and Georges Franju, who had been keeping and saving old film copies, decided to create a movie club called the Cercle du Cinéma, in order to show all the past works.
In addition to films, the cinematheque started to collect all items linked to the movie industry such as cameras, posters, costumes, and even objects from movie sets. Over the years, it has become one of the most famous archives database in the world. In 2005, the cinematheque was moved to the 12th arrondissement of Paris. At the opening, Martin Scorcese said : « directors from all over the world now the Franch cinematheque, even if they haven’t had the chance to go there yet. It’s our spiritual home ».
Thanks to its strong experience and with new financial means, the cinematheque can now, in addition to its usual missions, program old classic movies, complete restrospectives, and pay tribute to directors, actors, producers and technicians from the movie industry. It also displays famous objects from its collections with a permanent exhibition « Passion cinéma », and organizes temporary exhibitions to show their vast and rich collection.
51 Rue de Bercy 75012 Paris 01 71 19 32 00 Métro Bercy – Lignes 6 et 14 Bus : n°24, n°64, n°87 ENTRY FEES: Museum, Exhibitions, conferences, films: between 4€ and 8€
PROJECTIONS, CONFERENCES Monday to Sunday Closed on Tuesdays
MUSEUM Monday to Saturday – 12pm to 7pm Sunday – 10am to 8pm Closed on Tuesdays
Closed all year on the 1st of January, 1st of May and 25th decembre