L’Hôtel Mezzara : Une Leçon d’Hectorologie (A Lesson of “Hectorology”)
Guiom Virantin, 2007,8 min 15 s.
Produced with the help of the Cercle Guimard and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.
Backed by music by Siso and a text spoken by Noémie Bernard, the camera offers a poetic and dreamy “reading” of this townhouse masterpiece, shown at the 2006 exhibition “The Guimard Style – A Collector’s Album”.
Cent Ans du Métro Parisien (A Hundred Years of the Paris Subway)
1999, 52 min.
(TV channels La Cinquième-Arte)
Hector Guimard, un Architecte et ses Folies (An Architect and His Follies)
Pascal Kané, 1992, 42 min.
A “fictional documentary” shown during the Guimard exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay in 1992.
According to the film package: “Starting from a porcelain door handle discovered at the flea market, the writer and art lover Rafaël Pividal reconstitutes the trail of Hector Guimard, one of the Art Nouveau masters. From townhouses to the Métro entrances without forgetting the Castel Béranger – an exceptional apartment house -, the film attempts to reveal this creator’s approach and, basically, his production.”
(Les Films d’Ici)
Le Modern’Style à Paris
Georges Franju, 1967, 6 min 27 s
Hectorologie, ou l’œuvre d’Hector Guimard vers 1900 (« Hectorology » – Around 1900)
Alain Blondel, Yves Plantin, 1966, 12 min.
Backed by music of the composer Jef Gilson and a text spoken by José-Maria Flotats, and twice a prizewinner (Max Ophüls Short Subject Festival in 1966 and the Golden Lion at the 7th Venice Art Film Festival), this documentary transports the viewer on a fluid and playful visit to the “universe” of Hector Guimard. The “organic” architectural details underscore the delicacy of the sculpted furniture and decorative pieces, with a reciprocity that enables one to admire his most representative works, some of which have since been destroyed.
(Roland Collection – VHS or Pay-per-View version)
Art Nouveau: Equivoque 1900 (Ambiguous 1900)
Maurice Rheims, 1966, 14 min.
(Roland Collection – VHS or Pay-per-view version)
Roger Leenhardt, 1950, 23 min. A black/white documentary filmed for the fiftieth anniversary of the Paris subway.
This edited collection of period shots shows the construction and upkeep of the Métro as well as several stations.
A black/white French film : Nicole Védrès became enamored of the turbulent early 20th century Paris. This documentary is an edited collection of period news films, fiction productions and period amateur films.
Concerning Guimard, it shows: the inauguration of Métro Line N° 1 by the Paris Prefect Lépine and a view of a bustling Métro exist, perhaps at the Argentine station.
Concerning that other Art Nouveau architect Jules Lavirotte, there is a view of the doorway and part of the façade of his masterpiece apartment house on Avenue Rapp in Paris.
This b/w documentary was commissioned by the National Federation of Building Workers Trade Union (affiliated to the CGT) and shot during the left-wing Popular Front period. It shows images of many Paris buildings, with several contemporary examples.
Concerning Guimard and Art Nouveau: a Métro entrance and several Art Nouveau facades.