The First Interview


15 mins  (2011)


The world's first media interview, shot in Paris in August 1886, finally comes to life as a film.

The great photographer Nadar interviews the famous scientist and sceptic Chevreul on his 100th birthday. In their own words - originally recorded in shorthand - they discuss photography, colour theory, Moliere, the scientific method, the crazy ideas of balloonists, and - of course -
how to live for 100 years.

Here is a lively and interesting conversation, in their own words, between two legends of the 19th century.
One was born before the French revolution; the other was destined to see the marvels of the aeroplane and the movies.

Narrated by Agn├Ęs Varda.