The Way it was

The Way it was

Stephen Scher 44min

Original title : The Way it was

Directed by : Stephen Scher

The way it was (2023) is a documentary by Stephen Scher, selected in the “Competition Prix PRESENT” section of the 19th edition of the Paris European Film Festival, Europe by Europe.

Synopsis :

In the early 1970s, art historian and curator Stephen Scher turned his camera towards the complex and refined ecosystem of Parisian gastronomy. These images remained perfectly preserved for 50 years, but now, as the filmmaker assembles them into a documentary, it becomes apparent that we are witnessing the end of a culinary era.



“The objective of the film is to return to a past which no longer exists in what it offered and perhaps even in a level of quality which no longer exists.”
Stephen K. Scher.

“The film has now become a retrospective, historical document, a reminiscence of another time with regrets, perhaps, for what has been lost. I hope to infer this through the range of locations, the excellence of the photography, and the narratives that are provided by the interviews. For some, there will be nostalgia, for others gratitude for an introduction to a world they never experienced, and for all, I hope, a satisfying visual delight.”
Stephen K. Scher.

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