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  • Actors: Eugéne Atget, Berenice Abbott
  • Directors: Michael House
  • Writers: Juliette Andrews
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 2011
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LX0LFG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,378 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Often called the father of modern photography, Frenchman Eugène Atget embraced a heartfelt realism that influenced generations of younger photographers-including an American, Berenice Abbott, who championed him in his later career and carried on his legacy. This documentary film examines the work of both artists, juxtaposing Atget's Paris oeuvre with Abbott's views of New York, describing how their paths crossed amidst the Parisian avant-garde, shedding light on their unlikely connection to the surrealists, and helping viewers understand the aesthetic and personal bond they shared. Rare archival interview footage featuring Berenice Abbott is included, along with commentary from photographers and artists working today.

'A Marvelous Movie'
- The Montréal Gazette

'One of Photographies Great Untold Stories'
- SBS Television, Australia

'A Beautiful Documentary Film'
- The Knowledge Network, British Columbia

This film premiered at the 27th FIFA Film Festival in Montréal, Canada in 2008. It has since been broadcasted in 8 countries around the world and has screened in theatres and museums all over the world.

This is director Michael House's first film, since 'Eugène and Berenice - Pioneers of Urban Photography' Michael House has made factual films on French cinema icon Jacques Tati ('The Magnificent TATi' - 2009), and British writer W. Somerset Maugham ('Revealing Mr. Maugham' - 2011).

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Greg on February 17, 2011
Format: DVD
I greatly enjoyed the story of Eugene and Berenice. The story, the photos they took and their lives revisited through this documentary shed new light on Paris and New York and introduced me to these two wonderful characters. I highly recommend this documentary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shelley J. Bell on February 4, 2011
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This film tells the story of two incredibly talented photographers with the backdrop of two incredible cities. Eugene's photos of Paris represent the best collection anywhere of photographs of the old Paris. To understand how he approached his work, with heart, mind and creative process, is perfectly demonstrated in this film. Berenice's admiration of Eugene's work and her own career in New York is clearly documented as well. The film takes you from the Eugene's Paris to Berenice's New York through their philosophy of, and talent for, the photographs they took of the cities they loved. This film is as much a story of two photographers as it is the "tale of two cities". It captures Paris' architectural transition and New York's architectural birth. Eugene taught Berenice technique and they each dedicated their lives to the work. We see Paris and we see New York through their work and this film. I love the way the film moves seamlessly from Eugene's Paris to Berenices New York.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mitzi Lekas on February 17, 2011
Format: DVD
I loved this documentary. What dedication and research is shared in this film. Outstanding musical score. Tight editing and careful explanations of the material. Just great!
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