Originally born in Tunis, Jacques Haïk arrived in Paris at the turn of the 20th century as a teenage boy, later to become a notable showbiz personality.
Haïk became the major rival of renowned studios Pathé and Gaumont. He also built two mythical Parisian venues, the Rex and the Olympia. After WWII, he revolutionized the Arabic film industry by distributing Egyptian films across all of North Africa. And yet today, his name has nearly vanished from cinema history.
Thanks to a film reel deemed as the first test for talking cinema, we'll meet this brilliant, visionary man, whose steps have proved so hard to trace.
A film by Claudine Bourbigot
Music by Jérôme Rossi
Produced by La Marée Monte / Injam Production / Keren Production
Raymond Chirat, cinema historian
Pierre Vercel, ex-director of Pathé
Anthony Zaccardo, Rex theatre historian
Jean-Pierre Verscheure, historian of cinema techniques
Carole Aurouet, scenaristic account expert
Martin Barnier, cinema historian
Michel Baptiste, sound expert
Jan Olsson, cinema historian
With Sophie Forte.