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MOBIUS
08-12-2009, 11:50:03
Walrus’ Martyrs thread got me thinking about what an amazing industry the French language film industry is, and one that I am often too lazy to remember to see films from…

Sure there’s the odd French film that goes ‘mainstream’, such as Cyrano de Bergerac (which launched the unlikely Gerard Depardieu as a Hollywood star), Delicatessen, Brotherhood of the Wolf, and Amelie – but think of all the other French language movies that fall below the radar because they’re not picked for general release overseas?

Generally my watching of French language films is usually triggered by an impending holiday somewhere French speaking and a feeling that I should be dusting off my rusty French skills in some kind of half-hearted manner – movies are great for this!

Last time round for Bordeaux, it was: District 13, Irréversible and La Haine.

All awesome movies in their own right, and all getting me wondering why I don’t get French language films out more often, especially with a Love Film membership and a city library with an excellent collection of French titles?

I now have a month of ‘language revision’ until my trip to Morocco. Any suggestions?

maroule
08-12-2009, 11:57:44
sticking to film noirs;

recent
un prophète
messrine
36 quai des orfèvres


old ones / all time classics
l'amée des ombres
le cercle rouge
garde à vue

MOBIUS
08-12-2009, 12:06:16
Other great French films I’ve seen:

Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources
The City of Lost Children
Three Colours: Red (Haven’t see White or Blue)
Ridicule
Le dîner de cons

I’m sure there’s more besides – I just can’t remember them!


Here’s a good link: http://www.bestfrenchfilms.com/

Apparently I have my work cut out – there’s some awesome sounding stuff in there, plus a lot of inevitable Hollywood thefts!

MOBIUS
08-12-2009, 12:08:40
sticking to film noirs;

recent
un prophète
messrine
36 quai des orfèvres


old ones / all time classics
l'amée des ombres
le cercle rouge
garde à vue

See, another bunch I've basically not heard of...

Might pop into the library on the way home after work tonight.:)

King_Ghidra
08-12-2009, 12:33:42
Some that have not been mentioned:

a bou de souffle
and
Pierrot le fou
both by Godard. Both very stylish and very french.

Les Roseaux Sauvages i saw many years ago and enjoyed very much.

Etre et Avoir is an absolutely brilliant film, touching and positive.

maroule
08-12-2009, 14:34:00
"entre les murs" is pretty good too
"the beat my heart skipped", of course, forgot about that one

I remember vivdly les roseaux sauvages as well, I wonder if it "aged" well

if you like "films intimistes", "un coeur en hiver" is beautiful

historical films; la reine margot, ridicule

Walrus Feeder
08-12-2009, 18:54:33
Tell No One which is a thriller
36 Quai Des Orfevres which is a fantastic police thriller, dubbed the French 'Heat.'
Inside, which is a horror with Beatrice Dalle.
Cache (or Hidden in US/UK cinema) is a mystery by director Micheal Haneke, which is set in France and in French.
Not too keen on some other Haneke stuff though

MOBIUS
15-12-2009, 23:00:20
OK, popped into the library last week. Loads of those titles on the shelves, including two copies of Martyrs! Didn't fancy that one at the time, so have gone for Subway by Luc Besson. Now I have to get around to watching it...

Walrus Feeder
15-12-2009, 23:23:30
Ah, didn't see Martyrs? What a shame. Watch it next week. Perfect Christmas viewing!

Cheshire Cat
16-12-2009, 11:23:43
Here’s a good link: http://www.bestfrenchfilms.com/

Apparently I have my work cut out – there’s some awesome sounding stuff in there, plus a lot of inevitable Hollywood thefts!



3. Le Retour de Martin Guerre

The film was remade for parochial US audiences as "Somersby" - as always, a very poor imitation of the original.


lol

there are scores of great french directors
tak one and review his filmography

for instance
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0851724/

I saw (years ago) and advise (some more, some less)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071622/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081182/ (classic masterpiece)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082206/ from a Jim Thompson novel
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085946/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088318/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090557/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098596/ superb Noiret
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099341/ a must for Dirk Bogarde fans


you could also pick some from here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_New_Wave

or browse a comprehensive 40k movie titles list...
:cute:
http://www.imdb.com/List?countries=France&&tv=off&&nav=/Sections/Countries/France/include-movies&&heading=8;Movie;France

Lazarus and the Gimp
16-12-2009, 14:12:03
I'm a big fan of Louis Malle's films. "Au revoir les enfants" and "Lucien Lacombe" are essential viewing if you're into WW2 issues.

Cheshire Cat
16-12-2009, 14:51:18
...the odd French film that goes ‘mainstream’, such as Cyrano de Bergerac...

Generally my watching of French language films is usually triggered by an impending holiday somewhere French speaking and a feeling that I should be dusting off my rusty French skills in some kind of half-hearted manner – movies are great for this!

Last time round for Bordeaux, it was: District 13, Irréversible and La Haine.

now that I think of it...

first porn movie I saw in a theater, it was indeed in Bergerac, the french town
I was 18 and traveling europe with InterRail with a friend
we took courage both hands and in the local multiplex all shy and sneaky at the counter we steered our choice from the current main screen blockbuster, towards a minor screeen displaying "Les Filles Sensuelles",
turned out that what would have been XXX at home, was sort of R16 there
it was indeed a *full hardcore* (a company of six on a boat trip at sea exploring all possible combinations, positions, locations and boat rigs, all shown close-up full screen no veils)
to our surprise the audience was packed, and all aged 16 to 20
I was seated beside a cute redehead, no older than 16, apparently there on her own
before it started I gingerly smiled at her: she snorted, scowled and rolleyed me

maroule
16-12-2009, 16:55:28
coup de torchon et au revoir les enfants are indeed both superb
"la victoire en chantant", first JJ annaut was great

Cheshire Cat
17-12-2009, 13:12:46
my personal cult is Robert Bresson
but I understand it can't be everybody's course
try at least to find and watch Quatre nuits d'un rêveur, taken after Dostojevski's White Nights (which had several other movie renderings)

a bit more modern and palatable: Eric Rohmer
having to advise one:
Les nuits de la pleine lune (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087821/), maybe not my favorite, but because of Pascale Ogier who earned with it Best Actress in Venice and then died shortly after at 26 <sigh>

how can I leave out Alain Resnais, who was already famous in the '50s for Hiroshima Mon Amour (also notable Nuit et Brouillard, earlier)
but had me falling for him after Mon oncle d'Amérique
mention also for L'année dernière à Marienbad (classic but excessively cerebral), Providence (not his best but a CheCa's Cult®), La vie est un roman. Maybe... L'amour à mort. NOT Mélo :q
more recently you might remember Smoking/No Smoking


if you want to check something odd and unusual: Jacques Rivette
he had maybe one title appealing to a bit greater audeince: La belle noiseuse
where if you can't endure the plot, at least you can treat yourself with long sequences of a naked Emmanuelle Béart playing as a painter's model


two other names you sure already know/remember well
Luc Besson
Jean-Jacques Beineix

I could go on forever
or leave forever...

Lazarus and the Gimp
17-12-2009, 17:18:55
La belle noiseuse had a plot?

I sum it up thusly. 10% nudity. 90% watching paint dry.

Lazarus and the Gimp
17-12-2009, 17:19:33
Cocteau is essential stuff. Watch all of his films.

MOBIUS
17-12-2009, 19:28:12
La belle noiseuse had a plot?

I sum it up thusly. 10% nudity. 90% watching paint dry.

So, not exactly Rivette-ing...?:cute:

Lazarus and the Gimp
17-12-2009, 21:35:40
I flatly refuse to google a pun in order to understand it.

MOBIUS
18-12-2009, 11:05:59
A careful perusal of the 4th paragraph of post #14 should furnish you with the necessary understanding...:cute:

Cheshire Cat
18-12-2009, 12:04:00
La belle noiseuse had a plot?

sorry I meant plod