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Books  on  French  Cinema

Panorama du Film Noir Américain book by Raymond Borde & Etienne Chaumeton  "Panorama du Film Noir Américain, 1941-1953" [1955]
by Raymond Borde & Etienne Chaumeton

This is the book that coined the term 'film noir'.
Flammarion French-language mass pb [1/93] imported/scarce
Flammarion French-language mass pb [1/93] for €10,93 from Amazon France
French Cinema Since 1946  "French Cinema Since 1946, Volume 1" [1970] by Roy Armes
A.S. Barnes pb [1/76] out of print/used
"French Cinema Since 1946, Volume 2: The Personal Style" [1970]
A. Zwemmer pb [1/1966] out of print/used
Oak Tree Publns pb [6/70] out of print/used
Great French Films book by James Reid Paris  
"The Great French Films" [1983]
by James Reid Paris, Introduction by François Truffaut

Citadel Press 11¼x8¼ pb [9/86] out of print/used
Citadel Press 11¼x9 hardcover [8/83] out of print/used
Golden Age of French Cinema book by John W. Martin  "The Golden Age of French Cinema, 1929-1939" [1983]
by John W. Martin

Virgin Books pb [10/87] out of print/used
Twayne Publrs hardcover [10/83] out of print/used
Republic of Images  "Republic of Images: A History of French Filmmaking" [1992]
by Alan Williams

Harvard Univ Press 9x6 pb [3/92] for $24.00
Harvard Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [3/92] for $79.00
Screening the Text / New Wave French Cinema book by T. Jefferson Kline  "Screening The Text: Intertextuality In New Wave French Cinema" [1992]
by T. Jefferson Kline

Johns Hopkins Univ Press 8¾x6 pb [12/2002] for $27.00
Johns Hopkins Univ Press 9½c6½ hardcover [4/92] out of print/used
Classic French Cinema  "The Classic French Cinema, 1930-1960" [1993]
by Colin Crisp

Indiana Univ Press 9¼x6 pb [4/97] for $18.95
Indiana Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [10/93] for $59.95
French National Cinema  "French National Cinema" [1993]
by Susan Hayward

Routledge 9x6 pb [7/2005] for $31.95
Routledge 9¼x6 hardcover [10/2005] for $125.00
French Cinema, 1896-1914  "The Ciné Goes To Town: French Cinema, 1896-1914" [1994]
by Richard Abel

Univ CA Press 10x6¾ pb [6/98] for $37.15
Univ CA Press 10½x7½ hardcover [3/94] out of print/used
French Film Noir  "French Film Noir" [1994]
by Robin Buss

Marion Boyars 8½x5¼ pb [4/2001] for $16.95
Marion Boyars 8¾x5½ hardcover [7/94] for $35.00
French New Wave  "French New Wave" [France 1998]
by Jean Douchet, translation by Robert Bonnono

DAP 11½x9½ {4¼ lbs} hardcover [9/99] for $47.25
Red Rooster Scare Making Cinema American book by Richard Abel  "The Red Rooster Scare: Making Cinema American, 1900-1910" [1999]
by Richard Abel

During the era of the nickelodeon theater, the French company Pathé dominated film distribution in America & Europe. But then American filmmakers fought back ...
Univ CA Press 8¾x6 pb [3/99] for $32.95
Univ CA Press 9¼x6 hardcover [3/99] for $55.00
Stars and Stardom in French Cinema book by Ginette Vincendeau  "Stars and Stardom In French Cinema" [2000] by Ginette Vincendeau
chapters/subjects include: Brigitte Bardot, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Juliette Binoche, Louis de Funes, Alain Delon, Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu, Jean Gabin, Max Linder {"the world's first film star"}, and Jeanne Moreau {and the New Wave)
Continuum Intl. Publng 8¾x6 pb [11/2000] for $44.95
Continuum Intl. Publng hardcover [3/2001] for $74.95
Encore Hollywood  "Encore Hollywood: Remaking French Cinema" [2000]
by Lucy Mazdon

British Film Institute 9¼x6 pb [12/2000] for $27.95
British Film Institute 9½x6½ hardcover [12/2000] out of print/rare
France On Film  "France On Film: Reflections On Popular French Cinema" [2001]
by Lucy Mazdon

Wallflower Press 9¼x6¼ pb [9/2001] for $24.00
Wallflower Press 9½x6¼ hardcover [9/2001] for $65.00
French New Wave  "French New Wave: An Artistic School" [2002]
by Michel Marie, Translated by Richard Neupert

Wiley-Blackwell 8¼x6 pb [7/2002] for $32.15
Wiley-Blackwell 9x5½ hardcover [8/2002] for $115.95
French Cinema / Beginnings To Present  "French Cinema: From Its Beginnings To The Present" [2002]
by Rémi Fournier Lanzoni

Continuum Intl. Publng 9x6 pb [3/2004] for $24.95
Continuum Intl. Publng 9¼x6½ hardcover [10/2002] for $35.00
History of French New Wave Cinema  "A History of The French New Wave Cinema" [2002]
by Richard Neupert

Univ WI Press 8¾x6 pb [rev 2/2007] for $26.95
Univ WI Press 9x6 hardcover [12/2002] out of print/used
The French Cinema Book  "The French Cinema Book" [2004]
Edited by Michael Temple & Michael Witt

British Film Institute 9x6¾ pb [7/2004] for $21.24
British Film Institute 9½x6¾ hardcover [7/2004] for $80.00
Cinema of France / 24 Frames  "The Cinema of France (24 Frames Series)" [2006]
Edited by Phil Powrie

Wallflower Press 9¼x7¼ pb [4/2006] for $25.00
Wallflower Press 9¼x7½ hardcover [4/2006] for $75.00
It's So French! Hollywood, Paris & Cosmopolitan Film Culture book by Vanessa R. Schwartz  "It's So French!: Hollywood, Paris, and The Making of Cosmopolitan Film Culture" [2007]
by Vanessa R. Schwartz

Univ Chicago Press 9x7 pb [12/2007] for $19.00
Univ Chicago Press 9¼x7¼ hardcover [12/2007] for $65.00
French Road Movie book by Neil Archer   "The French Road Movie: Space, Mobility, Identity" [2012]  
by Neil Archer

Berghahn Books hardcover [11/2012] for $65.90

"Brutal Intimacy: Analyzing Contemporary French Cinema" [3/2011] by Tim Palmer

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Cinémathèque  Française  [est. 1936]

official Cinémathèque Française website
Cinémathèque Française entry at Wikipedia

co-founder Henri Langlois [1914-77]
won Honorary Oscar Award in 1974, won Honorary César Award in 1977
credits at IMDbentry at Wikipedia

co-founder Georges Franju [1912-87]
credits at IMDbentry at Wikipedia

co-founder Jean Mitry [1907-88]
credits at IMDbentry at Wikipedia

archivist [1945-75] (and critic) Lotte H. Eisner [1896-1983]
credits at IMDbentry at Wikipedia

Henri Langlois / Phantom of the Cinematheque  "Henri Langlois: Phantom of The Cinematheque" docufilm
[France May 2004, USA Oct 2005]
Produced, written & directed by Jacques Richard

Kino Video widescreen color DVD [8/2006] for $21.99
full credits at IMDb
Henri Langlois / First Citizen of Cinema  "Henri Langlois: First Citizen of Cinema" [1995]
by Glenn Myrent & Georges P. Langlois

Twayne Publrs 9¼x6 pb [2/95] for $23.00
Twayne Publrs hardcover [2/95] out of print/used
Henri Langlois / Cinémathèque Française  "A Passion For Films: Henri Langlois & The Cinémathèque Française"
[1983] by Richard Roud; Foreword by François Truffaut

Johns Hopkins Univ Press 8½x5½ pb [6/99] out of print/used
Viking hardcover [7/83] out of print/many used

"A Short History of Cahiers du Cinema" [10/2011] by Emilie Bickerton

Movie  Studios  of  France

Euro Media Television Groupe [est. 1983] in France
Riviera Studios [renamed 1999; est. 1919 as Studios de La Victorine] in Nice, France
Studios d'Arpajon [est. 1987], south of Paris, France
Studios de France, in the St. Denis District north of Paris, France
Société Française de Production [est. 1975] of France
Studios de Bry [est. 1987] at Bry-sur-Marne, just east of Paris, France
Studios de Boulogne [est. 1940], on west side of Paris, France
Studios de Saint-Ouen, in the St. Denis District north of Paris, France

Cité du Cinéma  
Opened officiially in September 2012, in the St. Denis District north of Paris, France;
a joint venture of Luc Besson's EuropaCorp, Euro Media Group, Quinta Communications, and Frontline

Studios de Paris company website {in French} • Wikipedia: English version or version Française

free film school at Cité du Cinéma

EuropaCorp [est. 2000]

film director Luc Besson, chairman
Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, CEO

company website: English version or version FrançaiseWikipedia

Roissy Films SAS [est. 1973, purchased 2008] division

Gaumont Film Company

Léon Gaumont [1864–1946]
credits at IMDbWikipedia

Société des Etablissements L. Gaumont [est. 1895]
company websiteWikipedia

"Gaumont Treasures: 1897-1913" DVD Box Set [2009]
Kino Video b&w DVD set [9/2009] 85+ films on 3 disks for $79.95
Gaumont Treasures Alice Guy-Blaché on DVD  
Gaumont Treasures Louis Feuillade on DVD  
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
Magic Lantern's Alice Guy-Blaché [1873-1968] Page

DISK 2 contains 13 silent short films written and-or directed from 1907 to 1913 by Louis Feuillade [1873-1925], plus the documentary "Louis Feuillade: Master of Many Forms" [2009]
Louis Feuillade IMDb listing [1905-24]

DISK 3 contains two color-tinted silent features written & directed in 1912 & 1913 by Léonce Perret [1880-1935], including the 100-minute silent feature "L'Enfant de Paris (The Child of Paris)" [1913] and the 45-minute silent feature "The Mystery of The Rocks of Kador" [1912], plus the documentary "Léonce Perret: The Filmmaker's Filmmaker" [2009]
Léonce Perret IMDb listing [1909-35]

Pathé Brothers

Charles Pathé [1863-1957]
IMDb listingWikipedia

with Émile, Théophile & Jacques Pathé founded

Société Pathé Frères [est. 28 September 1896] of Paris, France
company websiteWikipedia

Red Rooster Scare Making Cinema American book by Richard Abel   "The Red Rooster Scare: Making Cinema American, 1900-1910" [1999]
by Richard Abel

During the era of the nickelodeon theater, the French company Pathé dominated film
distribution in America & Europe. But then American filmmakers fought back ...

Univ CA Press 8¾x6 pb [3/99] for $32.95
Univ CA Press 9¼x6 hardcover [3/99] for $55.00

StudioCanal [est. 1988]
company websiteWikipedia

Actors  &  Others  of  France

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Isabelle  Adjani
IMDb listingWikipedia

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composer  Georges Auric  [1899-1983]

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Brigitte Bardot
Brigitte Bardot Collection Box Set 6305839670
"Dear Brigitte" [1965] /tt0059094/

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Jean-Paul  Belmondo [b. 1933]
IMDb listingWikipedia

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Juliette Binoche

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won shared Best Live Action Short Subject Oscar for "Heureux Anniversaire" [1962]    writer  Jean-Claude  Carrière
worked often with Luis Buñuel, and has worked with Peter Brook, Miloš Forman,
Philip Kaufman, Nagisa Oshima, Volker Schlöndorff, Andrzej Wajda & Wayne Wang
IMDb listingWikipedia

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actor Vincent  Cassel
browse videos/DVDsIMDb listingofficial websiteWikipedia

"Mesrine" [France 2008, USA Oct 2010]
Mesrine two-part film poster  The legendary French gangster Jacques Mesrine [1936-79] lived an epic life, generating romanticism, cruelty, flamboyance & tragedy. Co-written & directed by Jean-François Richet; co-written by Abdel Raouf Dafri, adapted from Mesrine's memoir; starring Vincent Cassel, Ludivine Sagnier, Michel Duch-aussoy & Myriam Boyer; the combined films won three César Awards (Best Actor, Best Director, Best Sound) along with 7 other noms
official movies sitemovies entry at Wikipedia
"Mesrine: Killer Instinct" [France Oct 2008, USA Aug 2010]
also starring Cécile De France, Gérard Depardieu, Gilles Lellouche, Roy Dupuis & Elena Anaya
Region 1 DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDb
"Mesrine: Public Enemy #1" [France Nov 2008, USA Sept 2010]
also starring Mathieu Amalric, Gérard Lanvin, Samuel Le Bihan, Olivier Gourmet & Anne Consigny
Region 1 DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDb

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actress-model Laetitia Casta

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actor-director Pierre Clémenti [1942-99]

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Marion Cotillard

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Hélène  de Fougerolles
browse videos/DVDsIMDb listingWikipedia

French-language Hélène de Fougerolles fansite

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Louis de Funes

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Alain  Delon [b. 1935]
IMDb listingWikipedia

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Catherine Deneuve

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actress Marianne Denicourt

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actor Charles Denner  [1926-95]
IMDb listingWikipedia

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Gerard Depardieu

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comic actor Fernandel  [1903-71]
IMDb listingWikipedia

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Pierre Fresnay

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Jean  Gabin  [1904-76]
IMDb listingWikipedia

Musée Jean Gabin in Mériel, France

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composer  Arthur Honegger  [1892-1955]

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Valérie Kaprisky

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Jean-Pierre Léaud

Deux de la Vague / Two In The Wave documentary film  "Deux de la Vague (Two In The Wave)" [Lorber Films France 2009, USA May 2010]
Godard & Truffaut were friends during the creation of the French New Wave {Nouvelle Vague} cinema of the 1950s and 1960s – after the success of "the 400 Blows", Truffaut gave Godard the script for "Breathless". But they split over France's political changes in 1968; actor Léaud had worked for them both, and was torn between them, much like a child with divorced parents • 91-minute documentary produced & directed by Emmanuel Laurent; written & narrated by Antoine De Baecque; featuring directors Jean-Luc Godard & François Truffaut, and actor Jean-Pierre Léaud
Lorber Films widescreen color DVD [2/2011] for $22.99
full credits at IMDb

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silent-era comedian
Max Linder  [1883-1925; France] Page

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Mélanie Maudran
IMDb listingWikipedia {empty}

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Yves Montand  [1921-91]
IMDb listingWikipedia

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Jeanne Moreau [b. 1928]
IMDb listingWikipedia

"The Proprietor" [] from Merchant-Ivory - not avail region 1

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Philippe Noiret  [1930-2006]
IMDb listingWikipedia

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Micheline Presle

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Sophie Quinton

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Raimu [1883-1946]
(born Jules Auguste Cesar Muraire)
IMDb listing

starred in the The Fanny or Marseilles Trilogy, 1931-36 by Marcel Pagnol [1895-1974]

"Monsieur La Souris" English title: "Midnight In Paris"
[France Oct 1942, USA Oct 1947]
Monsieur La Souris feature film starring Raimu  Small-time crook 'Mr. Mouse' is very well known to the police, so when he discovers a fortune in a wallet, he cannot spend it. Produced by Roger Richebé; directed by Georges Lacombe; adapted by Marcel Achard from the 1938 novel by Georges Simenon [1903-89]; original music by Georges Auric; starring Raimu, Aimé Clariond, René Bergeron, Paul Amiot, Pierre Jourdan, Marcel Melrac, Jo Dervo, Micheline Francey, Marie Carlot, Charles Granval, Gilbert Gil & (Raymond) Aimos
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb
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Dominique Sanda
IMDb listingWikipedia

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Simone  Signoret  [1921-85]
IMDb listingWikipedia

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actress  Audrey  Tautou
IMDb listingWikipedia

video from May 2011 Chanel No. 5 ad campaign on YouTube

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actress  Clémence  Thioly
IMDb listing

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Jean-Louis  Trintignant
IMDb listingWikipedia

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Lino  Ventura  [1919-87]
IMDb listingWikipedia

Lino Ventura Foundation

And here's an idea: A separate page with entries for the many French literary giants
who have had multiple or major movies made of their works, such as
Honoré de Balzac, Colette ("Gigi"), Alexandre Dumas, Gustave Flaubert, Victor Hugo, Gaston Leroux,
Molière, Edmond Rostand ("Cyrano de Bergerac"), Jules Verne, and Emile Zola

Such a page was created on the companion Spirit of America Bookstore site in early 2013
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French Cinema Links

French movie poster catalog at AllPosters [dot] com
Foreign Films [dot] com - Best French Films on DVD
Complete Index To World Film
European Film Academy [est. 1988]
European Film Festivals Coordination
Festival du Cinema de Paris [short films; January]
Noir Films of France at BlackHat Mystery Bookstore
Yahoo! France Cinéma
'Films de France' fansite

My French Film Festival [Jan 2012 = #2] online {for fee}
'Rendez-Vous With French Cinema' showcase [March 2012 = #17] in New York City

ZZ Productions of Paris, France            Champs Elysees Film Festival [June 2012 = #1] in Paris, France of France            Cannes Festival in France

The American Pavilion [est. 1989] at the Cannes Festival

Cinema of France Pages at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

on page one: French filmmakers • on page two: selected French films

here on page three: top of this pagebooksCinémathèque Française
French movie studiosFrench actors & otherslinks

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