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Argenteuil. The big festival of Cinema Crazy returns on May 6 and 7

A film festival that collectors love. (©DR City of Argenteuil)

He has suffered a lot over the past two years due to the health crisis which has led to the closure of dark rooms. Cinema is also suffering from the development of streaming platforms (Netflix, Amazon Prime video, Disney+, Salto, Ocs, etc.) and video on demand. But he is not dead and the very big screen still has good times ahead of him. The great film festival returns to Argenteuil on May 6 and 7 for its 34th edition.

An unusual date for the Cinglés du cinema, which was held until now in January. The unmissable meeting place for collectors and lovers of the 7th art will also be set up in a new location: the Paul-Vaillant-Couturier school group and the Figuier blanc.

Les Cinglés du Cinéma attracts a large number of cinema enthusiasts.
Les Cinglés du Cinéma attracts a large number of cinema enthusiasts. (©DR City of Argenteuil.)

Traditionally, the event is held at the Espace Jean-Vilar. Friday May 6 will be dedicated to professionals and collectors. Saturday, May 7 will be devoted to the general public. Everyone will be able to unearth the nuggets of collectors and exchange with them objects that tell the story of cinema. Different cultural activities will delight families and introduce the youngest to the beginnings of cinema and its techniques: dubbing workshops, magic lantern tales, introduction to image and film making, etc.

Cinematic masterpieces will also be presented. 4, rue Grégoire-Collas & Figuier Blanc (16-18 rue Grégoire-Collas). May 6 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (entry €5); May 7 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (free entry).

Programming in the city’s cinemas from Thursday 5 to Tuesday 10 May inclusive from €3.5 to €7 per screening. More info on argenteuil.fr/

As the municipality recalls, “created in 1988 under the name of “Cinematograph Fair”, the Les Cinglés du Cinéma festival was the first flea market dedicated to cinema organized in France, and today represents the largest equipment fair cinema in Europe, thus benefiting from an international reputation. This event, initiated and carried out initially by José Agusti and the Maison des Jeunes et de la Culture d’Argenteuil, and whose organization was entrusted to the City in 2012, has been able to attract exhibitors from all over France, Europe but also the United States, Canada, Argentina or even Australia! Thanks to its professional and institutional recognition, Les Cinglés du Cinéma is now an unmissable annual event for collectors of cinema equipment, moviegoers and also for family audiences invited to discover rare pieces from cinema collections and to talking about cinema around a cult film poster, an autographed photo of a romantic actor, an untraceable DVD… Old projectors dating from the beginning of the 7th art are presented each year with passion by collectors, enough to dazzle children and their parents! A program of films, in particular heritage or based on a theme, is deployed in the city’s cinemas for the occasion. Several great directors and actors/actresses have been welcomed over the years as guests of honor or for their simple pleasure, to the delight of moviegoers: Richard Bohringer, Agnès Varda, Pierre Tchernia, Claude Chrabrol, Jean-Pierre Mocky, Bertrand Tavernier, Jan Kounen…”

The cinema-meetings organized during the Cinglés are still an opportunity to discuss with illustrious representatives of heritage and contemporary cinematographic creation. Argenteuil, a city of cinema!

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The programming desired by the City of Argenteuil will invite the discovery and rediscovery of masterpieces of the 7th art in order to raise awareness and remind the younger generations of the importance of these films. Thus, the Cinglés will offer anniversary screenings on the occasion of the centenary of the releases of the mythical Nanouk l’Esquimau by Robert Flaherty and Nosferatu by FW Murnau. But also the distribution of the film The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola reissued for his 50th birthday or a cinema-meeting at the Jean-Gabin cinema around A monkey in winter, by Henri Verneuil, for his 60th birthday. Other major works of cinema will also be presented: around a cycle Make me afraid: Beauty & the Beast by Jean Cocteau; Dark Water and Ring by Hideo Nakata and Audition by Takashi Miike on the occasion of their 4k reissues; workshop for young audiences around The Night of the Hunter by Charles Laughton, etc. Around a cycle (Re) turning in America: retrospective Kelly Reichardt; cine-encounter around Michael Cimino, an American mirage by Jean-Baptiste Thoret; screenings of Journey to the End of Hell and Year of the Dragon.

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