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"Godard is about ideas, Melville is about style, and Truffaut is about people."
— G.E. Nordell

French movie theaters sold 211 million tickets in 2011 – a 45-year high, and a 4-percent increase from 2010.

French Films on DVD at Amazon.com
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French Movies poster catalog at AllPosters [dot] com
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logo for Cesar Awards du Cinema of France       France's César Award listings at Internet Movie Database
official César Award [est. 1976] website

Prix Méliès [est. 1946] of the Syndicat Français de la Critique de Cinéma

French New Wave {Nouvelle Vague} entry at Wikipedia
French New Wave Films on DVD at Amazon.com
French New Wave Films on VHS at Amazon.com

Noir Films of France at BlackHat Mystery Bookstore



French  Filmmakers

NOTE: Oscar Awards for Best Foreign Language Film are not attributed
by A.M.P.A.S. or IMDb to the director or producer, but to the country of origin.

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Magic Lantern's Claude Chabrol [1930-2010] Page
Magic Lantern's Jean-Luc Godard Page
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Magic Lantern's Jean-Pierre Melville [1917-73] Page
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Magic Lantern's François Truffaut [1932-84] Page


Jacques Becker [1906-60]
IMDb listingWikipedia

"Casque d'Or" [France April 1952; USA Aug 1952]
"Le Trou" [France March 1960; USA May 1964

Touchez Pas au Grisbi poster  "Touchez Pas au Grisbi" [France March 1954, USA July 1959]
A gangster and his partner steal 50-million francs in gold bars and plan to retire. But the partner's ex-girlfriend tells her new crook boyfriend about the loot {'grisbi'), so he captures the partner, offering to exchange him for the gold. Co-written & directed by Jacques Becker; co-written by Albert Simonin from his novel; starring Jean Gabin, Jeanne Moreau, Dora Doll, René Dary & Lino Ventura
Criterion subtitled b&w DVD [1/2005] for $26.99
Fox/Lorber b&w VHS [4/99] for $19.98
full credits from IMDb
Rialto Pictures re-release movie page


Claude Berri


actor-director  Bertrand Blier
IMDb listingWikipedia


Luc Besson

"La Femme Nikita" [1990] /tt0100263/ written & directed by Luc Besson
"Léon: The Professional" [1994] /tt0110413/
thriller written & directed by Luc Besson, starring Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman
"Taken" [2008] /tt0936501/ written by Luc Besson
"From Paris With Love" [2010] /tt1179034/ co-written by Luc Besson
http://www.frompariswithlovefilm.com/
"Taxi" 1 & 2 & 3 & 4


Robert Bresson [1901-99]
"Painting taught me to make not beautiful images but necessary ones." == Robert Bresson
"[Robert] Bresson is to French cinema what Mozart is to German music and Dostoyevsky is to Russian literature." == Jean-Luc Godard

Robert Bresson at Masters of Cinema fansite


Marcel Carne

Marcel Carne fansite


Magic Lantern's
Claude Chabrol [1930-2010] Page

"You emerge from [Chabrol's] movies neither sunk nor defeated, but poised on the brink
of good cheer." — critic Anthony Lane, in 2010


René Clair

"Un Chapeau de Paille d'Italie (The Italian Straw Hat)"
silent feature [France Jan 1928]
A script was written by Alice Guy-Blaché prior to 1920, when she offered it to Charlie Chaplin in Hollywood; he declined. The tale is based on a nineteenth-century French farce, updated by Clair to 1895. A groom preparing for his marriage takes a shortcut thru the forest, where his horse eats the unique straw hat of a married woman who is dallying with her lover. The lover threatens to destroy the groom's house unless he replaces the hat, to preserve the woman's reputation. Adapted & directed by René Clair; based on the 1851 stageplay by Eugène Labiche & Marc Michel; starring Albert Préjean, Geymond Vital & Olga Tschechowa
DVD/Blu-ray not available; Connoisseur Video b&w VHS [7/94] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia


won Honorary Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for "The Walls of Malapaga" [1949]  won Honorary Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for "Forbidden Games" [1952]    René Clément [1913-96]
IMDb listingWikipedia


Henri-Georges Clouzot [1907-77]
IMDb listingWikipedia


Jean Cocteau


Philippe de Broca [1933-2004]
IMDb listingWikipedia


Arnaud Desplechin


Jean Eustache [1938-81]

"La Maman et la Putain" aka "The Mother and The Wh*re" [1973]


Louis Feuillade [1873-1925]
browse Louis Feuillade on DVDIMDb listingWikipedia

Louis Feuillade on Facebook
MEG's Louis Feuillade fansite

restored "Les Vampires" silent 1915 serial  "Les Vampires" [Gaumont silent serial Nov 1915]
A vast gang of crooks who call themselves 'The Vampires' is undone by an intrepid reporter and a reformed member of the gang. Written & directed by Louis Feuillade; starring Musidora {as Irma Vep}, Édouard Mathé, Marcel Lévesque, Jean Aymé, Fernand Herrmann & Stacia Napierkowska
Image Ent. subtitled silent b&w DVD [4/2005] 2 disks for $34.99
full credits from IMDbfilm entry at Wikipedia
restored "Judex" silent 1916 serial  "Judex" [Gaumont silent serial Dec 1916]
Following French movie pioneer Louis Feuillade's classic "Les Vampires" [1915], he made another great early serial, 12 episodes about a 'caped crusader' avenging wrongs, a precursor to Batman and The Shadow. Co-written & directed by Louis Feuillade; starring René Cresté {as Judex}, Musidora, René Poyen, Édouard Mathé, Gaston Michel & Yvonne Dario
Flicker Alley subtitled silent b&w DVD [6/2004] 2 disks for $39.95
full credits from IMDbfilm entry at Wikipedia


Abel Gance []

Abel Gance's "Napoléon"
[France April 1927 silent; M.G.M. USA release Feb 1929]
see full details below

http://www.amazon.com/End-Of-The-World/dp/B001AD6UK0/

"Abel Gance: The Charm of Dynamite" documentary [1968] by Kevin Brownlow
video/DVD not available; full credits from IMDb


Magic Lantern's
Jean-Luc Godard Page


actor-writer-director Sacha Guitry [1885-1957]
wrote 120 plays & 40 films, and acted in and directed most of them
browse Louis Feuillade on DVDIMDb listingWikipedia

Presenting Sacha Guitry DVD box set from Criterion  "Eclipse Series 22: Presenting Sacha Guitry" DVD Box Set [2010]
Criterion b&w DVD set [7/2010] 4 disks for $52.49
contains 4 feature films: "Confessions of A Cheat (Le Roman d'un Tricheur)" [1936] with Jacqueline Delubac, Rosine Deréan & Henri Pfeifer; "Pearls of The Crown (Les Perles de La Couronne)" [1937] with Jacqueline Delubac & Lyn Harding; "Désiré" [1937] with Jacqueline Delubac, Pauline Carton & Arletty; and "Quadrille" [1938] with Jacqueline Delubac, Georges Gray, Gaby Morlay & Pauline Carton

"Confessions of A Cheat (Le Roman d'un Tricheur)" [France 1936]
Syory of A Cheat 1936 movie by Sacha Guitry  Starring, written & directed by Sacha Guitry, with Jacqueline
Delubac, Rosine Deréan & Henri Pfeifer
available on Criterion DVD box set above
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Pearls of The Crown (Les Perles de La Couronne)" [France 1937]
Pearls of The Crown 1937 movie by Sacha Guitry  Starring, co-written & directed by Sacha Guitry, with Jacqueline
Delubac & Lyn Harding
available on Criterion DVD box set above
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Désiré" [France 1937]
Désiré 1937 movie by Sacha Guitry  Starring, written & directed by Sacha Guitry, with Jacqueline
Delubac, Pauline Carton & Arletty
available on Criterion DVD box set above
full credits at IMDb

"Quadrille" [1938]
Quadrille 1938  Starring, written & directed by Sacha Guitry, with Gaby Morlay,
Jacqueline Delubac, Georges Grey & Pauline Carton
available on Criterion DVD box set above
full credits at IMDb

"Ils Etaient Neuf Celibataires (Nine Bachelors)" [France 1939] /tt0193239/
Starring, written & directed by Sacha Guitry, with Max Dearly, Elvire Popesco & Victor Boucher

"La Vie D'un Honnête Homme" aka "The Virtuous Scoundrel" [1953]
described as 'his neglected masterpiece'; written & directed & narrated by Sacha Guitry;
starring Michel Simon, Lana Marconi, Louis de Funès, Marguerite Pierry & Claude Gensac

"Napoléon" [France March 1955]
Napoléon 1955 epic by Sacha Guitry  Written & directed by Sacha Guitry; starring Daniel Gelin (as young Napoléon} & Raymond Pellegrin {as old Napoléon}; also starring Jean-Pierre Aumont, Danielle Darrieux, O.W. Fischer, Jean Gabin, Sacha Guitry, Jean Marais, Michèle Morgan, Yves Montand, Patachou, Micheline Presle, Dany Robin, Maria Schell, Erich von Stroheim {as Ludwig van Beethoven} & Orson Welles
DVD/Blu-ray not available
Madacy Ent. color VHS [undated] for $5.00
21st Genesis Home Video color VHS [undated] for $23.45
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia


Magic Lantern's
director Alice Guy-Blaché [1873-1968] Page

The only woman filmmaker to this day who owned her own studio.
Blaché made over 1,000 films; 130 films survive, but only 3 of her 40 features (and only 450 are listed on IMDb.)

Gaumont Treasures Alice Guy-Blaché on DVD  "Gaumont Treasures: 1897-1913" DVD Box Set [2009]
Kino Video b&w DVD set [9/2009] 85+ films on 3 disks for $79.95
DISK 1 contains 70+ silent short films produced and-or directed from 1897 to 1907 by Alice Guy-Blaché [1873-1968], including the 33-minute religious epic "La Vie du Christ" aka "The Birth, The Life and The Death of Christ" [1906], and performances by Félix Mayol with 'Phono-Cinema' synchronous sound
DISK 2 is films of Louis Feuillade [1873-1925]; DISK 3 is films of Léonce Perret [1880-1935]


Jean-Pierre Jeunet
IMDb listingWikipedia


won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for "A Man & A Woman" [1966]    Claude Lelouch
IMDb listingWikipedia

"I do have an awkward relationship with the elite, ever since A Man and A Woman."

"I fell in love with cinema because I preferred this life instead of real life."

— Claude Lelouch

"And  Now  My  Love" aka "Toute une vie"
[France May 1974, AVCO-Embassy/U.S.A. March 1975]
This film was how I discovered Simultaneous Bilingual Film Production
And Now My Love  A love story that spans a century, with the two young lovers meeting in the very last frame. {But now the DVD includes the restored 20-minute scifi-fantasy sequence after that supremely-romantic moment; one option is to halt the movie when the fantasy portion begins.} Co-written & directed by Claude Lelouch; starring Marthe Keller (in 3 roles), André Dussollier, Charles Denner (in 3 roles), Carla Gravina, Charles Gérard, Gilbert Bécaud, Sam Letrone, Daniel Boulanger, André Falcon, Nathalie Courval, Judith Magre, Annie Kerani & Maria Pia Conte; Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay
Image Ent. widescreen subtitled color DVD [12/2003] for $22.99
Columbia-Tristar subtitled color VHS [2/93] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Roman  de  Gare" [France May 2007, USA April 2008]
Roman de Gare poster  An examination of what is real and what is not, thru the interconnections among a famous crime writer who secretly uses a ghost writer, a serial killer on the loose, and a hairdresser on her way to the country with her fiancée. Co-produced, co-written & directed by Claude Lelouch; starring Fanny Ardant, Dominique Pinon, Audrey Dana, Zinedine Soualem, Myriam Boyer, Michèle Bernier & Cyrille Eldin
video/DVD not yet available • full credits from IMDb
official movie sites: France {requires Flash}USA {requires Flash}


Louis Malle [1932-95]
IMDb listingWikipedia

Documentaries of Louis Malle DVD box set  The Documentaries of Louis Malle [2007]
Criterion Collection DVD box set [4/2007] 6 disks for $79.95
includes "Vive Le Tour" [1962 short]; "Place de La République"[France April 1974]; "Humain, Trop Humain" [New Yorker Films Feb 1975]; "Calcutta" [France April 1969, USA Nov 1971]; "Phantom India" [1969 7-episode TV miniseries; "God's Country" [P.B.S. TV 1986]; and "...And the Pursuit of Happiness" [TV 1986]


Magic Lantern's
cinema pioneer Georges Méliès [1861-1938] Page


Magic Lantern's
Jean-Pierre Melville [1917-73] Page


Marcel Pagnol [1895-1974]
IMDb listingWikipedia

The Fanny or Marseilles Trilogy
starring Raimu, Pierre Fresnay & Orane Demazis
Kino Video b&w DVD [9/2007] 4 disks for $53.99
Kino Video b&w DVD [6/2004] 4 disks - out of prodn/used
credits: "Marius [1931]  •  "Fanny" [1933]  •  "César" [1936]

"Port of Seven Seas" [M.G.M. July 1938]
The waterfront of Marseilles is populated by self-centered yet charming rascals caught in a love triangle: Panisse loves Fanny, Fanny loves Marius, and Marius loves the sea. Directed by James Whale; screenplay by Preston Sturges [1898-1959], based on Marcel Pagnol's 'Fanny Trilogy' stageplays & movies; starring Wallace Beery, Frank Morgan, Maureen O'Sullivan, John Beal, Jessie Ralph, Cora Witherspoon, Etienne Girardot, E. Alyn Warren, Robert Spindola & Doris Lloyd; video/DVD not available • full credits from IMDb

"La Trilogie Marseillaise: Marius" [France April 2000 TV movie] /tt0243407/
"La Trilogie Marseillaise: Fanny" [France April 2000 TV movie] /tt0243250/
"La Trilogie Marseillaise: César" [France April 2000 TV movie] /tt0243844/

The Marseilles Trilogy [2013]
Directed by & starring Daniel Auteuil (as César)
        

Pagnol's 'Souvenirs d'Enfance (Memories of Childhood)" Books

"La Gloire de mon Père (My Father's Glory)" [1957 autobiographical novel]
1990 film based on the novel, co-written & directed by Yves Robert /tt0099669/

"Le Château de ma Mère (My Mother's Castle)" [1957 autobiographical novel]
1990 film based on the novel, co-written & directed by Yves Robert /tt0099266/

"L'Eau des Collines [1964 novel]
"Jean de Florette" [France Aug 1986, Orion USA Aug 1987] film based on the novel /tt0091288/
Co-written & directed by Claude Berri; starring Gérard Depardieu, Yves Montand, Daniel Auteuil & Elisabeth Depardieu
"Manon des Sources" [France Nov 1986, Orion USA Nov 1987] film based on the novel /tt0091480/
Co-written & directed by Claude Berri; starring Emmanuelle Béart, Yves Montand & Daniel Auteuil


Maurice Pialat [1925-2003]


won Honorary Oscar in 1975    Magic Lantern's
Jean Renoir [1894-1979] Page


Alain Resnais [1922-2014]
"You sense that all of the resources of cinema are available to Resnais." – reviewer Stuart Klawans in 2009
IMDb listingWikipedia

"Wild Grass" [2009]

"You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet (Vous n'Avez Encore Rien Vu)"  
[France Sept 2012, Kino Lorber USA June 2013]
"You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" film by Alain Resnais of France  A who's-who of French acting royalty is summoned to the reading of a late playwright's last will and testament, which turns out to be on video. Co-adapted & directed by Alain Resnais; co-adapted by Laurent Herbiet; based on two works by the playwright Jean Anouilh; starring Denis Podalydes, Mathieu Amalric, Michel Piccoli, Sabine Azéma, Anne Consigny, Hippolyte Girardot, Amy Duperey, Pierre Arditi & Lambert Wilson
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitewatch 6/2013 official trailer [2:37] at YouTube


Alain Robbe-Grillet [1922-2008]


Eric Rohmer [1920-2010]
IMDb listingWikipedia

Contes Moraux (Six Moral Tales) [1963-72]
"Six Moral Tales" DVD set

Comédies et Proverbes (Comedies and Proverbs) [1981-87]

Contes des Quatre Saisons (Tales of The Four Seasons) [1990-98]


documentarian Jean Rouch [1917-2004]
IMDb listingWikipedia

landmark 1957 work "Moi, Un Noir (Me, A Black)" winner of the 1958 Prix Louis Delluc
regarded by Jean-Luc Godard as “the best French film since the liberation”

Announced 8/2012: Icarus Films has acquired two short films and four feature films
by Jean Rouch for North American distribution.


French-Algerian filmmaker Florida Sadki


won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for "Mon Oncle" [1958]    Magic Lantern's
Jacques Tati [1907-82] Page


Bertrand Tavernier
IMDb listingWikipedia

president of Institut Lumière museum [est. 1982] in Lyon, France

watch 12/2016 live interview at Film Society at Lincoln Center [23:20] online at YouTube

"My Journey Through French Cinema" [Gaumont/Pathé France Oct 2016]
original title "Voyage à Travers le Cinéma Français"
poster for 'My Journey Through French Cinema' by Bertrand Tavernier  3-hour 10-minute documentary film covering cinema examples that Tavernier enjoyed as a child, that influenced his career, and‑or that he simply admires • Written & directed by Bertrand Tavernier; featuring Bertrand Tavernier, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Thierry Frémaux; with archive footage of Jacques Becker, Marcel Carné, Claude Chabrol, Eddie Constantine, Raoul Coutard, Georges de Beauregard, Michel Deville, Antoine Duhamel, Jean Gabin, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Françoise Giroud, Jean-Luc Godard, Henri Jean-son, Joseph Kosma, Henri Langlois, Jean-Paul Le Chanois, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Tonie Marshall, Jean-Pierre Melville, Michel Piccoli, Jacques Prévert, Jean Renoir, Claude Sautet, Volker Schoendoerffer, René Tavernier, Alexandre Trauner & Lino Ventura
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available •
full credits at IMDbwatch 6/2017 French-language official trailer [1:41] at YouTube


André Téchiné
IMDb listingWikipedia

"My Favorite Season" [1993]
"Wild Reeds" [1994]



won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for "Day For Night" [1973]    Magic Lantern's
François  Truffaut  [1932-84] Page


Agnès  Varda
IMDb listingWikipedia

four restored films by Agnes Varda   "4 by Agnès Varda" [2008]
Criterion Collection color/b&w DVD set [1/2008] 4 disks for $89.99
includes restored versions of "La Pointe Courte" [1956] starring Silvia Monfort & Philippe Noiret; "Cléo From 5 To 7" [1961] starring Corinne Marchand; "Le Bonheur" [1965] starring Jean-Claude Drouot, Claire Drouot & Marie-France Boyer; and "Vagabond" [1985] starring Sandrine Bonnaire


Jean  Vigo  [1905-34]
Prix Jean Vigo [est. 1951]IMDb listingWikipedia

book "Jean Vigo" [] by Michael Temple

Complete Jean Vigo Blu-ray & DVD box sets from The Criterion Collection  "The Complete Jean Vigo" Box Set [2011]
Criterion Collection b&w Blu-ray [8/2011] for $24.04
Criterion Collection b&w DVD [8/2011] 2 disks for $18.14
contains high-definition digital restorations of Jean Vigo's four feature films: "À Propos de Nice" [1929 silent], "Taris, Roi de l'Eau" [1931], "Zéro de Conduite" [1933], and "L’Atalante" [1934]; extras include commentaries, alternate scenes, animated tribute by filmmaker Michel Gondry, and a 90-minute French "Cinéastes de Notre Temps" TV episode [1964] directed by Jacques Rozier

Zéro de Conduite / Zero For Conduct  "Zéro de Conduite: Jeunes Diables au Collège" [France April 1933]
aka "Zero For Conduct" [U.S.A. June 1947]

Banned until 1946: Bored & oppressed at their boarding school, the students revolt.
Written & directed by Jean Vigo; starring Louis Lefebvre, Gilbert Pruchon, Coco Golstein, Gérard de Bédarieux, Jean Dasté, Robert le Flon, Du Verron, Delphin, Léon Larive, Madame Émile, Louis de Gonzague & Raphaël Diligent
Timeless Multimedia b&w VHS [12/94] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
Jean Vigo's "L'Atalante"  "L'Atalante" [Gaumont Intl./France Sept 1934, U.S.A. June 1947]
"Lyrically expressive ... a pioneer of poetic realism ... a portrait of a nation." A handsome barge captain marries a girl from a small village, who soon becomes bored with canal-bound life. When they reach Paris, she jumps ship. Co-written & directed by Jean Vigo; starring Michel Simon, Dita Parlo, Jean Dasté, Gilles Margaritis, Louis Lefebvre, Maurice Gilles & Raphaël Diligent
New Yorker Films b&w DVD [4/2003] out of prodn/used
Timeless Multimedia b&w VHS [7/94] for $12.99
New Yorker Films b&w VHS [11/98] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia


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