As befits the austerity of this director, for his first ever on camera interview, it is just Bresson and the filmmaker, with pronouncements on the difference between "le cinematographe" and "le Cinema, " and much information about the man's tastes in other arts such as painting, photography and music.
Ten years after the release of the last Ophuls film,surviving collaborators gather in a circus setting inspired by that work (Lola Montes) and are interviewed about various aspects of his directorial approach.
After clips remind us of the five films on which director Jean Renoir and actor Michel Simon collaborated,the two are filmed seated at a convivial table,enjoying a jovial conversation about their work together and the general topic of acting.
John Ford is interviewed,sitting on a bed in his Hollywood home, with a cigar and a drink,by two journalists,and deflects a number of the questions about his life and films with a cranky humor,even occasionally trying to converse with the French interviewer in French.
1967 interview at the NFB of Canada, presented against a background of short animation films by McLaren. McLaren goes back into the origin of his interests in film-making, and discusses his techniques.