An extended 27' version presents the same film, in English/French, followed by a “making of”. This additional material shows the selection of the Nadar archival photographs and the recording of the voices in Paris. The rest of the production takes place in Melbourne, Australia, with prosthetic make-up and costumes supporting the actors in achieving a strong resemblance to the original images. In the studio, the interview finally comes to life. Later, sound and image are aged with special effects,
to create an “impossible movie” from 1886.
The 15' version of The First Interview is available in both English and French (with English narration and English sub-titles for the French interview) and in French. Ms Varda is the Narrator in both versions.
MAKING THE FILM