Le Centre Georges Pompidou (Museum), April 1977. Producer: Jacques Grandclaude.© Jacques Grandclaude – iMotion Films - Studio L’EQUIPE – Studio Francis Diaz
On 31 January 1977, the Centre George Pompidou opened its doors to the public in Paris. A large area in the city centre, including the old Les Halles market, had to be demolished in order to build the highest-impact cultural facility in decades. Three months later, on 6 May, Roberto Rossellini wrapped up the editing of a 54-minute film that testified to the public's response to the project. The great Neo-Realist filmmaker was proposed by Jacques Grandclaude, spreadhead of the Communauté de Cinéma, to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to celebrate the opening of the building designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers. The result was a sceptical vision rather than a pure celebration: 'A film without comments or music,' as he himself explained in the press. This may explain why Le Centre Georges Pompidou, which was to be Rossellini's final film, was largely ignored. Now that it has been recovered thanks to Jacques Grandclaude and deposited in the Fondation Genesium, to be founded shortly in Mons, Belgique, we have the opportunity to study the production process of the film, allowing it to transport us back to the first days of the Pompidou Centre.
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