During the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, Wim Wenders set up a static camera in room 666 of the Hotel Martinez and provided selected film directors a list of questions to answer concerning the future of cinema.
Each director is given one 16 mm reel (approximately 11 minutes) to answer the questions. The principal question asked was, “Is cinema a language about to get lost, an art about to die?”
In this unusual documentary based on a series of identical questions addressed to world-famous directors such as Werner Herzog, Steven Spielberg, and Jean- Luc Godard, director Wim Wenders placed each of his colleagues one-by-one in a single room, gave them one reel of time to look into the stationary camera if they chose, and answer set questions.
The juxtaposition of so many individualistic, experienced, and innovative filmmakers commenting on topics like television’s effect on cinema, the influence of ad techniques, the tendency toward miniseries, and other relevant subjects offers worthwhile moments that are unlikely to be found elsewhere.