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A Feature film by Raymond Depardon

Produced by Palmeraie et Désert

Release in France : 07/01/1998


    A man is making a film. He hires a female casting director to help him find his leading actress on the streets of Paris. Young actresses or passengers from Saint Lazare train station are confronted with this man of the camera who listens and speaks.

    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Palmeraie et Désert

    French distribution :

    Connaissance du Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Palmeraie et Désert

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country


    "We began by making an in-depth study of mass transit locations at sunrise and sunset. The most crowded times are between 7 and 9 a.m. and 5.30 and 7 p.m. around the winter solstice. The crew were lying in ambush from first light to film the crowds. Raymond on camera, the two actors Sylvie and Luc, and Claudine and Jonathan on sound.

    We tried to capture the natural sound of the city in all its richness: its different acoustics, the diversity of its sources and the wealth of its noises. The sounds of train engines, footsteps, passing motorbikes, snatches of conversation, whistles, drowned out by echoes or picked out in isolation, are heard in the same balance as they are in real life."

    (Claudine Nougaret & Raymond Depardon)


    Full credits (9)

    Assistant director :

    Sylvie Peyre

    Director of Photography :

    Raymond Depardon

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Agnès Chabot

    Music Composer :

    Faton Cahen

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction, Documentary, Experimental

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    Themes :

    City, The future, Cinema

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    Original French-language productions :


    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :


    French release :


    Runtime :

    1 h 35 min

    Current status :


    Visa number :


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    Approval :


    Production formats :


    Color type :

    Black & White

    Audio format :

    Dolby SRD

    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (2)

    Istanbul Film Festival - 1999

    Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey , 1999)


    Documentary Section

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1998

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1998)


    Cinema of Tomorrow