BON MOMENTS: A Brief History

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BON MOMENTS: A Brief History


1895

Leon Gaumont, a French inventor, industrialist and pioneer of the film industry, establishes Gaumont, selling camera equipment and film, expanding into production and cinemas.

1974

Nicolas Seydoux, Schlumberger empire heir and brother of Pathe's Jerome Seydoux, buys Gaumont and starts producing films with Daniel Toscan du Plantier and Jean-Pierre Rassam.

1976

Gaumont earns three Oscar nominations - actress, foreign-language film and adaptation - for Jean-Charles Tacchella's romantic comedy "Cousin, Cousine."

1993

Gaumont initiates its first collaboration with the MOMA to host retrospectives from its 900-film library, notably featuring spotlights on Jean-Luc Godard, Georges Lautnerand Francis Veber.

1997

Gaumont opens Cannes Film Festival with Luc Besson's sci-fi actioner "The Fifth Element,"which would go on to earn $264 million worldwide. …

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