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From Friday, November 9th to Thursday, November 15th,
Le CiNéMa Club presents

MODELS: THE FILM

A film by

Peter Lindbergh

With Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz & Stephanie Seymour

Directed by: Peter Lindbergh - Produced by: Ivanka Hahnenberger - Cinematography: Darius Khondji - Music: Marc Deschamps - Editor: Jean-Pierre Baiesi - Costume designer: Elisabeth Djian
USA - 1991 - 52 min

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Each year during Paris Photo, the international photography fair that takes place in the Grand Palais of the French capital, we honor the medium by showcasing films made by or about photographers.

This week we’re thrilled to present Models: The Film, directed by Peter Lindbergh, one of the great contemporary photographers. Known for his iconic black and white series and portraits, Lindbergh redefined the standards of fashion photography in the nineties with new realism, prioritizing the authenticity and natural beauty of the women who posed for his camera.

Models: The Film is an enchanting, beautiful portrait of five of Lindbergh’s muses during the supermodel era: Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz, and Stephanie Seymour. Intertwined with footage from Lindbergh’s photoshoots, the models reveal their spirits and speak about their personal relationship to their work, liberated for the camera of Peter Lindbergh, their close creative collaborator and friend. The film both illustrates the the supermodel era and gives a backstage pass to Lindbergh’s iconic photoshoots.

Shot in New York in 1991, Lindbergh also created a love letter to the city, from its industrial landscapes to its vibrant locations, from downtown Manhattan to Coney Island, each time capturing the soul of the people and the decor and offering a wonderful document of New York in one of its most glamorous eras. The film absorbs you into this world through its visually stunning and cinematic images, shot on both 35mm and 16mm. Lindbergh worked here with a close collaborator, the cinematographer Darius Khondji.

“Darius and I met at the end of the eighties. When I decided to make this film about the supermodel phenomena, it was only natural to ask him to be the director of photography. Since then, we've become close friends and have worked together on more or less all of my film projects.”

— Peter Lindbergh

Darius Khondji’s revered work is the subject of an upcoming retrospective at Metrograph in New York, where films such as David Fincher’s Seven, James Gray’s The Lost City of Z and Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja will screen. Khondji’s work is also celebrated in a new book edited by Jordan Mintzer, devoted to fifty years of his career, and featuring in-depth interviews with him and some of the directors and artists he has worked with, including Woody Allen, Bernardo Bertolucci and Philippe Parreno.

Regarded as one of the most influential photographers of the last forty years, Peter Lindbergh was born in Germany and studied painting at the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts in the early 1960s. He began his career in 1978, and gathered international acclaim in the late eighties with pictures of the new generation of models, all dressed in white shirts. A year later Lindbergh would photograph these models in this style together (Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Tatjana Patitz) for the now legendary British Vogue January 1990 cover.

Peter Lindbergh’s work is part of permanent collections in many fine arts museums and has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. Among these are the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Madrid), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), with solo exhibitions at Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin), Bunkamura Museum of Art (Tokyo), the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts (Moscow) and the Kunsthal (Rotterdam). Lindbergh has directed a number of films and documentaries: Models, The Film (1991); Inner Voices (1999) which won the Best Documentary Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2000; Pina Bausch, der Fensterputzer (2001) and Everywhere At Once (2007), which was narrated by Jeanne Moreau and presented at the Cannes and Tribeca film festivals.

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Directed by: Peter Lindbergh
Produced by: Ivanka Hahnenberger
Cinematography: Darius Khondji
Music: Marc Deschamps
Editor: Jean-Pierre Baiesi
Costume designer: Elisabeth Djian
USA - 1991 - 52 min

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