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Titles are listed aphabetically in French

Film and French WWII Occupation

French History and Culture
African cinema (including films from Francophone Africa)
Experimental and Avant-Garde Films (for early French avant-garde films)

French Cinema Bibliography
Luis Buñuel bibliography
Jean-Luc Goddard bibliography
Jean Renoir bibliography
François Truffaut bibliography

8 femmes (France | Italy, 2002)
Directed by François Ozon. Cast: Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Béart, Fanny Ardant, Virginie Ledoyen, Ludivine Sagnier, Firmine Richard. A wealthy industrialist is found murdered in his home while his family gathers for the holiday season. The house is isolated and the phone lines have been found to be cut. Eight women are his potential murderers. Each is a suspect and each has a motive. Only one is guilty. Based on the play Huit femmes by Robert Thomas. 111 min. DVD X3409
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François Ozon bibliography
Ozon, François 8 femmes : scénario adapté de la pièce de théâtre de Robert Thomas, Huit femmes, comédie policière en trois actes créée le 28 août 1961 au Théâtre Edouard-VII / François Ozon ; avec la collaboration de Marina De Van. Paris : Editions de La Martinière, c2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.2 H84 2002)

35 rhums (35 Shots of Rum) (France | Germany, 2008)
Directed by Claire Denis. Cast: Alex Descas, Mati Diop, Nicole Dogué, Grégoire Colin. Lionel is a middle-aged widower who makes his living driving a train and shares an apartment with his twenty-something daughter Josephine. Lionel and Josephine have a warm and caring relationship. Lionel's on-and-off girlfriend Gabrielle and their footloose friend Noe live in the same building. Together the four have fallen into a casual family relationship. But when Josephine and Noe become more than friends, Lionel is on edge. 102 min. DVD X3953
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36 fillette (1988)
Directed by Catherine Breillat. Cast: Delphine Zentout, Etienne Chicot, Olivier Parnière, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Berta Dominquez D., Jean-François Stevenin. Lili, at fourteen, is literally busting out of her children's size dress. While on vacation with her family, she vows to lose her virginity and soon attracts the attention of a good looking, middle-aged playboy. With the skill of an adult and the naivete of a child, Lili seduces him. Her involvement with this older man and a chance encounter with a musician further her journey towards sexual awakening. 88 min. DVD 7171
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Catherine Breillat bibliography

À Ma soeur (The Fat Girl) (2001)
Directed by Catherine Breillat. Cast: Anais Reboux, Roxane Mesquida, Libero de Rienzo, Arsinee Khanjian, Romain Goupil, Laura Betti. A daring and provocative exploration of the complexities of sexual awakening involving 12-year-old Anais. With her family on holiday by the sea, she yearns for the experience of first love. However, she experiences it by proxy when her beautiful older sister, Elena gets involved with an older boy. Soon Elena's naive hopes of romance will be shattered setting a chain of events in motion that will shatter her family forever. Non-US format DVD. 83 min. DVD 2646
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À Nos amours (1983)
Directed by Maurice Pialat. Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire, Dominique Besnehard, Maurice Pialat, Evelyne Ker, Cyr Boitard, Pierre-Loup Rajot, Cyril Collard. A study of a working class girl of fifteen who, looking for the affection she is denied at home, enters a series of casual sexual affairs, eventually marries, then leaves her husband to fly off to America. Non-US format Special features (Disc one): Original theatrical trailer ; (Disc two): "The human eye" a 1999 documentary on the film; archival interview with Maurice Pialat on the set; a 2003 interview with Sandrine Bonnaire; new interviews with filmmakers Catherine Breillat and Jean-Pierre Gorin; actor auditions. 102 min. DVD 6661 (Criterion); copy 2: DVD 3408(PAL) DVD. In French without subtitles.
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Awards
César Awards - Best Film

À Nous la liberté (1931)
Directed by René Clair. Cast: Henri Marchand, Raymond Cordy, Rolla France, Paul Olivier, André Michand, Germaine Aussey, Jacques Shelly, Leon Lorin, William Burke, Vincent Hyspa. A landmark film in early sound production this is a left-wing satirical comedy about two ex-convicts, one of whom works his way up from salesman to factory owner. He oversees a highly mechanised operation where the workers are reduced to mere automatons. Blackmailed over his past, he joins up with his old cellmate, and the pair take to the road as tramps. Frequently acknowledged as the inspiration for Chaplin's "Modern times." Special feature: Entr'acte (1924), the classic surrealist short by Clair and artist Francis Picabia. 83 min. DVD 1274
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Aaltra: A Road Movie (France/Belgium 2004)
Directed by Gustave de Kervern and Benoît Delépine. Cast: Benoît Delepine, Gustave Kervern, Jan Bucquoy, Pierre Carl, Michel de Houx, Isabelle Delepine, Jason Flemying, Noel Godin, Christine Grulois, Aki Kauresmaki, Bouli Lanners, Vincent Patar, Benoît Poelvoorde, Chrisophe Salengro, Vincent Tavier. In this hilarious comedy two rural neighbors who hate each other, end up paralyzed after they get tangled in a tractor during a fight. Full of spite they decide to roll across Europe to exact revenge from the tractor's manufacturer. 90 min. DVD 6304
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[Absinthe] The Four Earliest Known Absinthe-related Films
Presents four movies from the silent film era concerning the distilled, highly alcoholic spirit absinthe. Almost from the very outset motion picture producers found a lucerative niche producing films with an anti-alcohol message. The 1902 film "Les victimes de l'alcoolisme" was the first attempt by the newly formed Pathé company to exploit the burgeoning demand for anti-absinthe and anti-alcohol propaganda. "Les Victimes de l'alcool" (1911), a far more sophisticated film, was enthusiastically promoted by the temperance movement and was a huge success for Pathé. "Absinthe" (1913) is the only surviving U.S.-made absinthe related motion picture from the pre-ban era, featuring one of the very few filmed versions of absinthe being prepared and consumed. Contents: La Bonne absinthe / produced by Gaumont Film Company ; directed by Alice Guy (1899, 1 min.) -- Les Victimes de l'alcoolisme / produced by Pathé ; directed by Ferdinand Zecca (1902, 4 min.) -- Les Victimes de l'alcool / produced by Pathé ; directed by Gerard Bourgeois (1911, 26 min.) -- Absinthe / produced by the Gem Motion Picture Company ; starring Glen White and Sadie Weston (1913, 12 min.) DVD X2294

Adieu, Gary (France, 2009)
Directors, Nassim Amaouche. Cast: Jean-Pierre Barci, Dominique Reymond, Yasmine Belmadi. When their factory is closed down, some irreducible people stay to live in the factory city where they've been spending all their lives. Some of them also keep going to work, to repair the machinery. Soundtrack and subtitles in French without English subtitles. 76 min. DVD X4736
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Adieu Philippine (France | Italy, 1962)
Directors, Jacques Rozier. Cast: Jean-Claude Aimini, Daniel Decamps, Stefania Sabatini, Yveline Céry, Vittorio Caprioli. Michel is working in a television crew while he waits to be shipped out with the French Army to Algeria. He meets two young actresses, Liliane and Juliette, who join him as he spends his last days of liberty. 106 min. DVD X5379
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Burdick, Dolores "Adieu Philippine." The French Review, Vol. 52, No. 5 (Apr., 1979), pp. 801-803 UC users only
Neupert, Richard. "Adieu Philippine and Rozier's alternative sound practice." Studies in French Cinema. 2011, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p31-41. 11p UC users only

Une Affaire de femmes (Story of women) (1988)
Director, Claude Chabrol. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Francois Cluzet, Marie Trintignant, Nils Tavernier. To survive Nazi-occupied 1940's France, Marie turns to illegally aborting pregnancies for a hefty fee. As her income increases, Marie moves her family to a posh apartment. Completely seduced by her lifestyle, Marie ignores her shell-shocked husband Paul. Things take a disastrous turn after one of Marie's "customers" dies and her husband turns her over to the authorities. Inspired by the real-life of Marie-Louise Girard, who was executed in 1943 by the Vichy Government, who'd declared abortion as a Crime Against the State because it diminished the number of potential soldiers. 108 min. DVD 7256
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Awards

Golden Globe Award - Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
National Society of Film Critics - Best Foreign Language Film
New York Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Une Affaire de goût (A Matter of Taste) (1999)
Directed by Bernard Rapp. Cast: Bernard Giraudeau, Jean-Pierre Lorit, Florence Thomassin. Frederic Delamont, a wealthy businessman, hires Nicolas, a young waiter, to be his personal food taster--with escalating stakes. Delamont's shrewd, bizarre plan is to make Nicolas into a counterpart so sensitive that he can anticipate and share all of his employer's exact tastes. 88 min. DVD 1703
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Noh, David "A Director of Taste: France's Bernard Rapp Concocts a Psychological Tale of Manipulation." Film Journal International, vol. 104, no. 9, pp. 24-28, Sept 2001

L'âge d'or (Golden Age) (1930)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Using a melange of strange and unrelated images, this is a statement by Bunuel on the nature of the bourgeoisie, the church and the police. 62 min. DVD 3140; vhs 999:102
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Un air de famille (Family Resemblances) (1996)
Directed by Cédric Klapisch. Cast: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Catherine Frot, Agnès Jaoui, Clare Maurier, Wladimir Yordanoff. A dysfunctional family eats dinner together one night a week. On this particular Friday family politics and squabbles disrupt a birthday party, thus illuminating some universal truths about family life. 105 min. DVD X5592; vhs 999:3147
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Awards
César Awards, France - Best Supporting Actor (Jean-Pierre Darroussin); Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Frot)

Fallon, Jean M. "Ni Pour, Ni Contre" [Neither for Nor Against]: Conflict and Community in the Films of Cedric Klapisch." Foreign Language Annals, v40 n2 p201-214 Sum 2007. UC users only
Lucia, Cynthia. "The Last Time He Saw Paris: An Interview with Cédric Klapisch." Cineaste, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 10-14, 1997 UC users only

Ali-Baba (et les Quarante Voleurs) (1954)
Directed by Jacques Becker. Cast: Fernandel (Ali-baba), Samia Gamal (Morgiane), Dieter Borsche (Abdul), Henri Vilbert (Cassim), Edouard Delmont (Morgiane's father). In this film adaptation of the story of Ali Baba and the forty thieves Ali Baba accidentally discovers the magic cave where Abdul and his band of thieves hide their treasure. He takes enough gold to buy a slave girl from his master to be his wife, but sinister plans are being made to spoil his wedding night. Includes belly dances by women in the marketplace and Cassim's harem. 90 min. vhs 999:3501
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Cardullo, Bert. "André Bazin, "The Cinema of Jacques Becker": Four Original Reviews." Literature Film Quarterly; 2006, Vol. 34 Issue 4, p252-256, 5p UC users only

Á l'intérieur (1986)
Director, Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury. Cast: Béatrice Dalle, Alysson Paradis, Nicolas Duvauchelle, François-Régis Marchasson, Nathalie Roussel, Aymen Saidi. Pregnant photojournalist Sarah Scaragato has just lost her husband in a fatal car accident and is in recovery when her baby is due on Christmas Eve. Morose, she rejects friend and family visits, opting to stay home. A bewitched predator, played by Beatrice Dalle, senses Sarah's vulnerability and seizes upon it like a spider capturing prey in its web. The tale, woven around maternal psychosis, reveals the killer's haunting preoccupation with stealing Scaragato's unborn baby. Each character who enters Sarah's house, the "war zone" as one doomed policeman puts it, encounters the wrath of two women fighting with mirror shards, knitting needles, scissors, hurled kitchen appliances, and even a homemade bayonette. 82 min. DVD X3545
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L'Allée du Roi(1996)
Director, Nina Companeez. Cast: Dominique Blanc, Mauricio Buraglia, Didier Sandre, Valentine Varela. A historical drama based on the recollections of Françoise d'Aubigne, Marques de Maintenon, wife to Louis XIV, the King of France. In French without substitles. 240 min. DVD 4510
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Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (Alphaville) (1965)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff, Laszlo Szabo, Michel Delahaye, Howard Vernon. A story which unfolds in a utopian world of the future. Alphaville is governed by a totalitarian system in which the individual counts for almost nothing, and an alienated society has no use for art, poetry, love, or even thought. People are reduced essentially to the level of robots. 98 min.DVD 86; vhs 999:73
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L'Amant (The Lover) (France / UK / Vietnam, 1992)
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Cast: Jane March, Tony Leung, Frederique Meininger, Arnaud Giovaninetti, Melvil Poupaud. A poor French teenager embarks on a love affair with a wealthy Chinese man in 1929 French colonial Vietnam, defying the boundaries of age, race and class. From the novel by Marguerite Duras. 115 min. DVD 3697; vhs 999:2285
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Godard, Jean Luc. Alphaville : a film / by Jean-Luc Godard ; English translation of screenplay by Peter Whitehead. London : Lorrimer : Faber and Faber, 2000. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .A325 2000)

Les Amants (The Lovers) (1958)
Directed by Louis Malle. Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Alain Cuny, Jean-Marc Bory, Judith Magre. Landmark film of both modern French cinema and screen eroticism that portrays a fashion-dominated provincial wife whose shallow life changes overnight when she encounters an unpretentious young man. 89 min. DVD 9353 (PAL); vhs 999:3455
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Special Jury Prize

Louis Malle bibliography
Banned and Censored Films (for the controversy and court cases related to this film)

Les Amants criminels (Criminal Lovers) (2005)
Directed by François Ozon. Cast: Natacha Regnier, Jérémie Renier, Miki Manojlovic, Salim Kechiouche, Yasmine Belmadi. Alice and Luc find themselves in a terrifying trap when they sneak out into the woods to cover up a crime they committed together and then cannot find their way back out. 96 min. DVD X4015
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Les Amants réguliers (Regular Lovers) (2005)
Directed by Philippe Garrel. Cast: Louis Garrel, Clotilde Hesme, Julien Lucas, Eric Rulliat, Nicolas Bridet, Mathieu Genet, Raissa Mariotti, Caroline Deruas-Garrel, Rebecca Convenant. Regular Lovers is a rapturous paean to Paris in '68 love, youth, and disillusionment. A student poet is grappling in tumult with a doomed romance of the famous Parisian riots. 175 min. DVD 8142
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Awards
César Awards, France
Venice Film Festival - Silver Lion, Best Director

Amélie(1996)
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L'amour braque (France, 1985)
Directed by Andrzej Zulawski. Cast: Sophie Marceau, Francis Huster, Tchéky Karyo, Christiane Jean, Jean-Marc Bory, Michel Albertini, Saïd Amadis, Roland Dubillard, Ged Marion, Serge Spira, Julie Ravix. Intended as homage to Dostoyevsky and loosely based on his novel 'The Idiot', L'Amour Braque is the story of a mad love-triangle: Léon, Marie, and Mickey. Zulawski's postmodern existentialist adaptation is presented with an intense sense of visual style suggestive of the hyper-realistic and chaotic world of "Bande-Dessinée". From start to finish the screen is filled with outbursts of energy and eruptions of emotional violence where "notions of performance as madness" are choreographed into a perverse, bloody ballet. Written by Etienne Roda-Gil; loosely based on the novel, "The Idiot", by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Special features (Disc 1): Audio commentary with director Andrzej Zulawski & writer Daniel Bird; Exclusive new video interview with Sophie Marceau (24 min); video interview with directory of photography J.F. Robin (24 min.); rare archival interviews & behind the scenes footage (16 min.); theatrical trailer; image gallery. 105 min. DVD X5767
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Atkinson, Michael. "Trouble Every Day From Amour Fou to Primal Scream: Inside the Movie Madhouse of Andrzej Zulawski.." Film Comment, Jan/Feb2003, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p38, 4p UC users only

Un amour de Swann (Swann in Love) (France / West Germany, 1984)
Directed by Volker Schlöndorff. Cast: Jeremy Irons, Alain Delon, Ornella Muti, Fanny Ardant, Marie-Christine Barrault, Anne Bennent, Nathalie Juvet. Set in Paris in the 1890s, Swann falls in love with a young courtesan, and soon finds himself tormented by his unrelenting sexual desire. Based on Marcel Proust's monumental masterpiece of modern literature, this elegant, sensual film recreates the glittering, lost world of the aristocracy. Based on the novel by Marcel Proust. 110 min. DVD X111
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L'Amour l'après-midi (Chloe in the Afternoon) (1972)
Directed by Eric Rohmer. Cast: Bernard Verley, Zouzou, Françoise Verley, Daniel Ceccaldi. Frederic leads a bourgeois life; he is a partner in a small Paris office and is happily married to Hélène, a teacher expecting her second child. In the afternoons, Frederic daydreams about other women, but has no intention of taking any action. One day, Chloe, who had been a mistress of an old friend, begins dropping by his office. They meet as friends, irregularly in the afternoons, till eventually Chloe decides to seduce Frederic, causing him a moral dilemma. 88 min. DVD 2518; vhs 999:2509
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L'Amour en fuite (Love on the Run) (1979)
Directed by François Truffaut. Cast: Jean-Pierre Leaud, Marie-France Pisier. In Truffaut's fifth and final film of his semi-autobiographical "Antoine Doinel" series, Doinel is now in his thirties, newly divorced and René wing love affairs with several women from his past. But when his mother dies, he is forced to confront his emotional immaturity and inability to sustain a lasting relationship. 95 min. DVD 1727, part 4; DVD 350; vhs 999:2433
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L'Amour à mort(1984)
Directed by Alain Resnais. Cast: Sabine Azema, Fanny Ardant, Pierre Arditi, Andre Dussolier, Jean Daste. Elisabeth and Simon have been together as a couple for only a few months when Simon dies. To everyone's surprise he revives after a few minutes and appears to be quite healthy again. The couple's relationship appears to become more intense, but Simon is unable to come to terms with his near-death experience, feeling an irresistible desire to withdraw from life. Their friends Judith and Jerome, a married couple of Protestant pastors, try to offer guidance and consolation through theological and philosophical discussions, but the couple are beyond their reach, and the persuasive music of 'the other,' of a love beyond death, exerts an irresistible attraction. 88 min. DVD 9803
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L'Amour par terre (Love on the Ground) (1984)
Directed by Jacques Rivette. Cast: Jane Birkin, Geraldine Chaplin, André Dussollier, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Facundo Bo, Isabelle Linnartz, Sandra Montaigu. A film director (Clément) invites two actresses to his home to work on a performance. A magician named Paul is his current lover and lives in Clément's home. After the actresses arrive, they find themselves influenced by Paul's magic. 129 min. DVD 4584
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Les amours de la reine Élisabeth (Queen Elizabeth) (France, 1912)
Directed by Louis Mercanton and Henri Desfontaines. Cast: Sarah Bernhardt, Lou Tellegen, Max Maxudian. Episodes from the life of Elizabeth I, Queen of England (1533-1603) focusing on her ill-fated love affair with Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex. Based on the play by Emile Moreau. Originally released as a silent film in 1912, by a French production company working in London and released in France under the title: Les amours de la reine Élisabeth. Premiered in the United States in July 1912 with the title Queen Elizabeth. 45 min. DVD X4473
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Anatomie de l'Enfer (Anatomy of Hell) (2003)
Directed by Catharine Breillat. Cast: Amira Casar, Rocco Siffredi. A man rescues a woman from a suicide attempt in a gay nightclub. Walking the streets together, she propositions him: She'll pay him to visit her at her isolated house for four consecutive nights. There he will silently watch her. He's reluctant, but agrees. As the four nights progress, they become more intimate with each other, and a mutual fascination/revulsion develops. By the end of the four-day "contract", these two total strangers will have had a profound impact on each other. Based on Breillat's novel, Pornocratie. 80 min. DVD 7170
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Les anges exterminateurs (The Exterminating Angels) (France, 2006)
Directed by Jean-Claude Brisseau. Cast: Frédéric van den Driessche, Maroussia Dubreuil, Lise Bellynck, Marie Allan. François is a filmmaker holding auditions for his upcoming film about female pleasure. He expects the process to be unconventional but cannot predict the danger that so much arousal can cause. As his female cast embarks on a journey of intense physical pleasure-seeking they become emotionally involved with the director and each other, bringing new meaning to the warning to never mix business with pleasure. 99 min. DVD X3450
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L'Année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad) (1961)
Directed by Alain Resnais. Cast: Giorgio Albertazzi, Delphine Seyrig, Sacha Pitoeff. Among an assembly of guests in a vast baroque mansion, the narrator/hero tries to persuade a woman that they have met before, and that she has agreed to go away with him, leaving the man (her husband, perhaps) who has accompanied her to this mansion. Introduces Resnais' unconventional editing techniques. Special features (DVD X6721): Disc 1: Original theatrical trailer and Rialto's rerelease trailer -- Disc 2: New audio interview with Resnais, recorded exclusively for this release ; New documentary on the making of Last year at Marienbad, featuring interviews with many of Resnais' collaborators ; New video interview with film scholar Ginette Vincendeau on the history of the film and its many mysteries ; "Toute la memoire du monde" documentary (1956); "Le chant du styrene" documentary (1958). A booklet featuring an essay by critic Mark Polizzotti and a section on Alain Robbe Grillet's evolving attitude toward the film, including the author's introduction to the published screenplay and comments by film scholar Francois Thomas. Also contains two shorts: Toute la mémoire du monde: "A poetic piece about the French national library in Paris and the archiving of memory that looks forward to his later films." Styrene [aka: Le chant du styrene] : This short film was "shot in the Pechiney polystyrene factories and features boldly abstract color images and voice-over text [written] by Raymond Queneau." 93 min. DVD X6721; DVD 115
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion Award

Les Années 80 (The Eighties) (1983)
Director, Chantal Akerman. Cast: Aurore Clément, Lio, Magali Noel, Pascale Salkin. The Eighties is a film about a musical in the making. It provides insights into behind-the-scenes drama and, at the same time, is a preview of Akerman's forthcoming shopping mall musical, "Window Shopping." 82 min. vhs 999:3597
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Les années lumière (Light Years Away) (Switzerland | France, 1981)
Director, Alain Tanner. Cast: Trevor Howard, Mick Ford, Odile Schmitt, Bernice Stegers. A young drifter meets up with a strange old man who claims that he has been taught to fly by birds. Based on the novel by Daniel Odier "La voie sauvage" 115 min. DVD X4940
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Leach, Jim. A possible cinema : the films of Alain Tanner / by Jim Leach. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1984. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 T264 1984)

Antoine et Collette (1962)
Directed by François Truffaut. Part of Truffaut's saga of Antoine Doinel, following the character (played by Jean-Pierre Leaud) from his stormy teens through marriage, children, divorce, and adulthood. 30 min. DVD 1727, part 1

François Truffaut bibliography

L'appartement (The apartment) (France | Spain | Italy, 1996)
Directed by Gilles Mimouni. Cast: Romane Bohringer, Vincent Cassel, Jean-Philippe Ecoffey, Monica Bellucci, Sandrine Kiberlain, Olivier Granier. Max, a young corporate hotshot, is planning a marriage, investigating a murder, chasing after a lost love and getting bizarrely hooked up with a mystery girl. 116 min. DVD 9310
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Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
César Awards, France - Best First Work; Most Promising Actress (Monica Bellucci)

L'appât (Fresh bait) (1995)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Cast: Marie Gillain, Olivier Sitruk, Bruno Putzulu, Clotilde Courau, Marie Ravel, Philippe Duclos, Richard Berry. A drama based on a shocking true story of greed and murder. Getting rich quick is the idea; robbery, torture, and murder are the plan. Nathalie, Eric, and Bruno lure men with the promise of sex with Nathalie. Two men enter the apartment, never to be seen alive again. 112 min. DVD 8822
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L'Argent (Money) (1983)
Directed by Robert Bresson. Cast: Christian Patey, Vincent Risterucci, Caroline Lang, Sylvie Van den Elsen. Adapted from the story "The forged note" by Tolstoy, Bresson's film tells of the tragic chain of events which ensue when two schoolboys pass a forged banknote in a photography shop. The note is transferred to the unwitting Yvon, a delivery driver, who is arrested for possessing it. Despite being cleared by the court, Yvon loses his job and becomes trapped in a disastrous spiral of theft, imprisonment and murder. Special features: 2 interviews with Robert Bresson; Interview with Marguerite Duras; Theatrical trailer. 82 min. DVD 9438
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L'Argent (Money) (1928)
Directed by Marcel L'Herbier. Cast: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Pierre Alcover, Yvette Guilbert, Antonin Artaud. Business tycoons Saccard and Gunderman lock horns when the former tries to raise capital for his faltering bank. To inflate his stock, Saccard concocts a duplicitous publicity stunt involving the unwitting aviator Hamelin and a flight across the Atlantic, much to the dismay of his wife Line. The Hamelins become pawns in a high-stakes chess game played out by unscrupulous speculators. Based on L'Argent by Émile Zola. Special features: newly improvised musical accompaniment by French composer and pianist Jean-Francois Zygel ; About L'argent (1928) ; Jean Dréville's 40 min "making of" documentary ; Marcel L'Herbier: Poet of the silent art (2007) ; a 54 min documentary profile ; archival footage of Brigitte Helm arriving in Paris and screen-tests of the actors ; a demonstration of L'Herbier's innovative sound techniques. 165 min. DVD X6013
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L'Argent de poche (Small Change) (1976)
Directed by François Truffaut. Cast: Nicole Felix, Tania Torrens, Jean-François Stevenin, Chantal Mercier. A poetic comedy about a group of children as they experience life from early childhood to adolescence. Truffaut interweaves vignettes of puppy love, school days, bragging rights, trips to the movie house, loving parents and one boy's escape from child abuse, as he explores the range of young emotions from humour to fantasy to the serious side of life. 105 min. DVD 513; vhs 999:2187
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L'armée du crime (Army of Crime) (France, 2009)
Directed by Robert Guédiguian. Cast: Virginie Ledoyen, Simon Abkarian, Robinson Stevenin, Grégoire LePrince-Ringuet, Lola Naymark, Yann Tregouët, Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin. In Paris, 1941, Armenian poet Missak Manouchian leads a motley crew of foreign-born resistance fighters in clandestine battle against the Nazi occupation. An initially reluctant Manouchian and his team must resort to guerilla tactics and radical measures in the name of liberty. News of their daring attacks, including the assassination of an SS general, eventually reaches Berlin. 138 min. DVD X5559
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L'armée des ombres (Army of Shadows) (France / Italy, 1969)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Cast: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret, Paul Crauchet, Claude Mann, Christian Barbier, Serge Reggiani. A civil engineer who is one of the French Resistance's chiefs is given away by a traitor and interned in a camp. He manages to escape, and joins his network at Marseilles, where he makes the traitor be executed... Follows the everyday life of the French Resistants : their solitude, their fears, their relationships, the arrests, the forwarding of orders and their carrying out. Special features: Audio commentary by film historian Ginette Vincendeau; new interviews with Lhomme and editor Francoise Bonnot; archival video excerpts, including on-set footage and interviews with Mellville, cast members, writer Joseph Kessel, and real-life Resistance fighters; "Jean-Pierre Melville et 'L'armee des ombres'" (2005), a short program on the director and his film; "Le journal de las Resistance" (1944), a rare short documentary shot on the front lines of the final days of German-occupied France; and a film restoration demonstration by Lhomme. 145 min. DVD 7536
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Awards

New York Film Critics Circle Awards
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
National Society of Film Critics

Artemisia (France / Germany / Italy, 1997)
Directed by Agnes Merlet. Cast: Michel Serrault, Valentina Cervi, Miki Manojlovic, Brigitte Catillon, Maurice Garrel, Emmanuelle Devos. Tells the provocative true story of the beautiful and talented daughter of one of Italy's greatest painters. When Artemisia Gentileschi is forbidden to fully pursue her own passion of painting, she convinces a renowned artist to tutor her. He not only liberates her into the world of art but initiates her into the world of sex and love. 96 min. DVD 6109
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Charbonnier, J. M. "Identifications d'une femme: Artemisia Gentileschi." [profile of the 17th century artist and film by Agnes Merlet]. Beaux Arts Magazine no. 160 (September 1997) p. 82-7
Eades, Caroline. "Mainstreaming the Margins in France: Three Films au Féminin." In: Women filmmakers : refocusing / edited by Jacqueline Levitin, Judith Plessis, and Valerie Raoul. Vancouver : UBC Press, 2002. Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 W655 2003)
Felleman, Susan. "Dirty Pictures, Mud Lust, and Abject Desire: Myths of Origin and the Cinematic Object." Film Quarterly 55:1 (Fall 2001) p. 27-40 UC users only
Garrard, M. D. "Artemisia's trial by cinema." [film about A. Gentileschi]. Art in America v. 86 no. 10 (October 1998) p. 65+
Lent, Tina Olsin. "'My heart belongs to daddy': the fictionalization of Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi in contemporary film and novels." Literature-Film Quarterly 34.3 (July 2006): 212(7).UC users only
Vidal, B. "Feminist Historiographies and the Woman Artist's Biopic: The Case of Artemisia." Screen, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 69-90, Spring 2007 UC users only

Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (Elevator to the Gallows) (1957)
Directed by Louis Malle. Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly. The plot to murder his lover's husband backfires when the murderer is stuck in an elevator on the way out. Meanwhile, his car is stolen by two young delinquents who kill some German tourists with his gun and now he is charged with two murders. With a very cool musical score by Miles Davis. 87 min. DVD 5933; DVD 9353 (PAL); DVD 9353 vhs 999:3729
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L'Atalante (1934)
Directed by Jean Vigo. Story follows some newlyweds on their barge, the "L'Atalante," up the Seine River. The bride is bored and, craving the excitement of Paris, starts flirting with men. Restored with additional footage, 87 min. DVD X6356; DVD 1720; DVD 3482 (non-US format DVD) vhs 999:2965
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L'Atlantide (Queen of Atlantis) (1921)
Directed by Jacques Feyder. Cast:Jean Angelo, Georges Melchior, Stacia Napierkowska, Marie-Louise Iribe. Two young officers, Saint-Avit and Morhange, get lost in the desert and become prisoners of the beautiful Antinea, queen of Atlantis. Saint-Avit is blinded by his love for her, and she orders him to kill his comrade. "Filmed on location in the Sahara, the desert, with its burning sun and vast expanse of sand, is the real star of this adventure." 163 min. DVD 6474
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Au bonheur des dames (1930)
Directed by Julien Duvivier. Cast: Dita Parlo, Ginette Maddie, Andrée Brabant, Pierre de Guingand. Denise, an orphaned girl, moves to Paris where she hopes to find work at her uncle's store. But the glamorous department store 'Aux Bonheur des Dames' across the street crunches all the little businesses around. She finds a position there despite the fact that the store is threatening to put her uncle out of business. Based on a novel by Emile Zola. Bonus features: Introduction by French film collector Serge Bromberg; featurette on recording the music score; La ventre d'un magasin: a short documentary about a department store. 89 min. DVD X2002
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Walter, Klaus Peter. "La Rançon du progrès: Naturalistic discourse and two adaptation of Zola's Au bonheur des dames." In: Zola and film : essays in the art of adaptation / edited by Anna Gural-Migdal and Robert Singer ; with a foreword by Brigitte Emile-Zola. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PQ2538 .Z64 2005)
Wolter, Jennifer. "Viewing Au boneur des dames in the context of occupied France." In: Zola and film : essays in the art of adaptation / edited by Anna Gural-Migdal and Robert Singer ; with a foreword by Brigitte Emile-Zola. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PQ2538 .Z64 2005)

Au Coeur du Mensonge (1998)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire, Jacques Gamblin, Antoine de Caunes, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. Set in a French fishing community, Rene is a primary suspect in the rape and murder of a young girl. His wife Viviane supports him even while conducting an affair with a celebrity writer. Rene and Viviane's lives come under close scrutiny, which puts further strain on their relationship. Meanwhile the chief of police is also looking at a TV journalist, a small-time crook who fences stolen goods, and a curious married couple who run a local shop. 113 min. DVD 6603
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Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
Directed by Robert Bresson. Cast: Anne Wiazemsky, François LaFarge, Philippe Asselin, Nathalie Joyaut. Man's inhumanity to man is the central and often cruel theme of Bresson's perhaps most well rounded and moving film. Balthazar, a donkey, is the main character, and the film traces his birth, life and death and the various tasks he is set: drawing a carriage, a child's plaything, circus attraction, turning a grindstone, and finally a drug smuggler's transport. PAL format. 91 min. DVD 5385; vhs 999:3256
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Au Revoir les Enfants (Goodbye, Children) (1987)
Directed by Louis Malle. Based on the director's life, this film chronicles Malle's experiences during the German occupation of France in World War II. Julien (Malle) is 12 years old, and the smartest boy in his class at a Catholic boarding school when a new student appears. The two form a friendship and Julien soon discovers that his new friend is a Jew who must be hidden in their school from German soldiers. 103 min. DVD 5379; vhs 999:1434
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Awards
César Awards - Best Film; Best Director
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion Award

Malle, Louis. Au revoir les enfants : a screenplay / by Louis Malle ; translated from the French by Anselm Hollo. New York : Grove Press, 1988. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.R53413 M31 1988)

L'Auberge espagnole (The Spanish Apartment) (2002)
Directed by Cédric Klapisch. Cast: Romain Duris, Judith Godreche, Audrey Tautou, Cecile De France, Kelly Reilly, Cristina Brondo, Federico D'Anna, Barnaby Metschurat, Christian Pagh, Kevin Bishop, Xavier de Guillebon. Xavier is a straight-laced French college senior who moves to Barcelona as part of a student exchange program, much to the dismay of his beautiful girlfriend. But sharing cramped quarters with students from all over Europe quickly leads to multi-cultural chaos as Xavier gets an eye-opening lesson on how to live, love, laugh and party. 122 min. DVD 2837
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Amago, Samuel. "Todo sobre Barcelona: Refiguring Spanish Identities in Recent European Cinema." Hispanic Research Journal; Feb2007, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p11-25, 15p UC users only
Blum-Reid, Sylvie. "Away from Home? Two French Directors in Search of their Identity." Quarterly Review of Film & Video, Jan2009, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p1-9, 9p UC users only
Ezra, Elizabeth; Sánchez, Antonio. "L'Auberge espagnole (2002): transnational departure or domestic crash landing?" Studies in European Cinema, 2005, Vol. 2 Issue 2, p137-148, 12p UC users only
Fallon, Jean M. "Ni Pour, Ni Contre" [Neither for Nor Against]: Conflict and Community in the Films of Cedric Klapisch." Foreign Language Annals, v40 n2 p201-214 Sum 2007. UC users only
Lucia, Cynthia. "The Last Time He Saw Paris: An Interview with Cédric Klapisch." Cineaste, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 10-14, 1997 UC users only
McCaffrey, Enda; Pratt, Murray. "Erasmus, Exchange Value and Euronormativity in Cédric Klapisch's L'Auberge espagnole and Les Poupées russes." In: Hexagonal variations : diversity, plurality and reinvention in contemporary France / edited by Jo McCormack, Murray Pratt, and Alistair Rolls. (Main (Gardner) Stacks DC33.8 .H49 2011)

Avant que j'oublie (Before I Forget) (2007)
Directed by Jacques Nolot. Cast: Jacques Nolot, Jean-Pol Dubois, Marc Rioufol, Bastien d'Asnières, Gaetano Weysen-Volli. A tale of a downward spiraling gay gigolo, struggling to cope with his advancing age, poverty, loneliness, writers block, and the increasing complications of HIV disease. Ultimately, he must face his inner demons in order to be free of them. 108 min. DVD X5278
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Aventure Malgache (with Bon Voyage) (1944)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Two films made by Hitchcock during WW II at the request of the British government. When viewed by government officials they decided that the films were inflammatory and withheld them from distribution. The first, Bon Voyage, is about an RAF pilot who has escaped from a POW camp and made his way back to London with the help of the French resistance. The second, Aventure malgache, is set in Vichy-controlled Madagascar where the Resistance leader battles to keep his island free. 58 min. DVD 1031; vhs 999:990
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Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob (The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob) (1973)
Director, Gérard Oury. Cast: Louis De Funes, Marcel Dalio, Suzy Delair. Victor Pivert, a blustering, anti-Semitic French factory owner en route to his daughter's wedding, unwittingly stumbles on a group of Arab terrorists. After Victor is captured and escapes, he hides himself by dressing up as a rabbi, leading to one madcap situation after another. 100 min. DVD 2478
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Baise-moi (Rape Me) (2000)
Directed and written by Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi. Cast: Raffaela Anderson, Karen Bach. Manu is violently raped by a group of savage young thugs. Nadine, a tough-skinned prostitute, sells her body but refuses to give up her soul. Chance unites them and together they embark on a twisted rage-filled road trip of sex and murder. A vividly nihilist road movie set in France, controversial for its violence and real sex scenes. 77 min. DVD 1834
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Baisers volés (Stolen Kisses) (1968)
Directed by François Truffaut. Featuring Jean-Pierre Leaud, Delphine Seyrig, Claude Jade, Michel Lonsdale, Harry Max, André Falcon, Daniel Ceccaldi, Claire Duhamel. The third in the Antoine Doinel series, (first told in the film The 400 Blows) and in many respects the autobiography of François Truffaut. After his dishonorable discharge from the army, Antoine embarks on a series of ill-fated jobs, finally settling on an amusing stint as a private dectective. In his ever-turbulent love life, he finds himself torn between an attractive, serious-minded young violinist and a glamorous, older married woman. 90 min. DVD 1727, part 2; DVD 116
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Awards
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Director

François Truffaut bibliography

Le Bal (Italy | France | Algeria, 1983)
Directed by Ettore Scola. Cast: Christophe Allwright, Aziz Arbia, Marc Berman, Regis Bouquet, Chantal Capron, Liliane Delval, Martine Chauvin, Francesco De Rosa, Rossana Di Lorenzo, Etienne Guichard, Raymonde Heudeline, Arnault LeCarpentier, Olivie Loiseau, Nani Noel, Jean-Claude Penchenat, Jean-François Perrier, Anita Picchiarini, François Pick, Genevieve Rey-Penchenat, Danielle Rochard, Monica Scattini, Michel Toty, Michel van Speybroeck. Le Bal takes place in a hypothetical Parisian dance hall and its plot is communicated entirely through mime, its pop music soundtrack and period ballroom dances. The prologue section, set in present time, introduces viewers to the cast of characters. The music begins and in a series of flashback sequences that use key moments in modern French history as their backdrop, viewers are presented with a clever yet poignant social commentary of prewar, postwar and modern times. 107 min. DVD X4394
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La Balance (The Nark) (1982)
Directed by Bob Swaim. Cast: Nathalie Baye, Philippe Leotard, Richard Berry. The special French police force, the Territorial Brigade, needs an informer after the murder of one of their own. They put the squeeze on Dede, a pimp, and Nicole, his girlfriend. 104 min. vhs 999:3572
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Awards
César Awards - Best Film

Le Ballon rouge (Red Balloon) (1956)
Directed by Albert Lamorisse. Academy award winning children's film about a young French boy who makes friends with a bright red balloon that joins him as he goes to school, plays with his friends, etc. No dialogue, entire story told in music and sound. 34 min. DVD 9639; vhs 999:991
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Best Short Film: Palme d'Or

Bande à part (Band of Outsiders) (1964)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur, Sami Frey. Loneliness and desperation of French urban life are major themes in this film about three young Parisians who rob a suburban house only to find that their carefree caper has tragic consequences. "This Godard film is like a reverie of a gangster movie--a gangster movie as students in an espresso bar might remember it or plan it. It has the gangster-film virtues (loyalty, daring) but they are mixed with innocence, amorality, lack of equilibrium. It's as if a French poet took a banal American crime novel and told it to us in terms of the romance and beauty he read between the lines." [Pauline Kael, 5001 Nights at the Movies. (Main Stack PN1995.K19 1982)] 95 min. DVD 1539; vhs 999:756
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La Bande des quatre (Gang of Four) (1988)
Directed by Jacques Rivette. Cast: Ines d'Almeida, Laurence Cote, Ir`ene Jacob, Bulle Ogier, Fejria Deliba, Benoît Regent. Anna, Joyce, Claude and Lucia are all students under the tutelage of Constance Dumas. Lucia moves in with the other girls in a small house outside of Paris. Soon after, Lucia is attacked on the street outside her home and saved by a mysterious stranger. Then she discovers that the stranger is involved with all the girls and is hiding a dark secret inside the house. 155 min. DVD 4584
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Barbe bleue (Bluebeard) (France, 2009)
Directed by Catherine Breillat. Cast: Dominique Thomas, Lola Creton, Daphne Baiwir, Marilou Lopes-Benites, Lola Giovannetti. Tells the story of young Marie-Catherine, child bride to an aristocratic ogre with a reputation for murdering his wives. The Princess must employ all her cunning to outwit her husband and escape a potentially unpleasant fate. 80 min. DVD X3972
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Les Bas-Fonds (The Lower Depths) (1936)
Directed by Jean Renoir. Cast: Jean Gabin, Louis Jouvet, Jany Holt, Junie Astor, Vladimir Sokoloff. A Baron, forced by circumstances, gives up his life of luxury and takes up residence in the slums of Paris. The Baron observes the frustrated romance between Wasska Pepel and Natacha, the thwarted dreams of an actor, and the oppressive cruelties of landlord Kostileff. 93 min. DVD 2769
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Bazin, André; Gray, Hugh (translator) "The Destiny of Jean Gabin." In: Rediscovering French film / edited by Mary Lea Bandy ; introduction by Richard Roud. New York : Museum of Modern Art ; Boston : Distributed by New York Graphic Society Books, Little, Brown, c1983. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1993.5.F7 R39 1983)
Gruber, Helmut "Jean Gabin: Doomed Worker-Hero of a Doomed France." International Labor and Working-Class History No. 59, Workers and Film: As Subject and Audience (Spring, 2001), pp. 15-35 UC users only
Slavitt, David R. "Jean Gabin: A Screen Image." Hopkins Review, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 275-293, 2008 Spring UC users only
Vincendeau, Ginette. "Anatomy of a Myth: Jean Gabin." Nottingham French Studies, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 19-31, 1993 Spring
Vincendeau, Ginette. "From proletarian hero to godfather: Jean Gabin and 'paradigmatic' French masculinity." In: Me Jane : masculinity, movies, and women / edited by Pat Kirkham and Janet Thumin. New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995. Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.M46 M35 1995)

La Bataille du Rail (The Battle of the Rails) (1946)
Directed by René Clément. Cast: Marcel Barnault, Jean Clarieux, Jean Daurand, Tony Laurent, Lucien Desagneaux, François Joux, Pierre Latour. During the occupation of France by Nazi Germany, French railway workers bravely battled the Nazis on many fronts, from transporting forbidden mail to committing acts of sabotage. They became an invaluable part of the French resistance. 85 min. DVD 5097
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Best Director; International Jury Prize

Bowles, Brett. "Documentary Realism and Collective Memory in Post-War France, 1945-1955." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, Jun2007, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p251-258, 8p UC users only
Danks, Adrian. "Border Crossings: Placing Rene Clement's La Bataille du rail." Senses of Cinema, vol. 27, pp. (no pagination), July 2003 UC users only
Lindeperg, Sylvie. "Political and Narrative Ambiguities in La Bataille du Rail." Historical Reflections; Summer2009, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p142, 21p UC users only
Torchin, Leshu. "La Bataille du Rail/Forbidden Games." Cineaste, Winter2006, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p66-68, 3pUC users only
Watts, Philip. "Of Heroes and Traitors: Two Early Films by René Clément." In: Rhine crossings : France and Germany in love and war / edited by Aminia M. Brueggemann and Peter Schulman. Albany : State University of New York Press, c2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PT123.F7 R45 2005)

Le Beau mariage (1982)
Directed by Eric Rohmer. Cast: Beatrice Romand, André Dussollier, Arielle Dombasle, Thamila Mezbah, Feodor Atkine, Vincent Gauthier, Sophie Renoir. An impulsive young art student, tired of the complications of freedom and insecurity, ends an affair with a painter and decides she wants to get married. She picks out a prosperous lawyer and confidently sets out to catch him, only to be ensnared by her increasingly obsessive scheming when she refuses to accept his polite indifference. 95 min. DVD 9458; DVD 9100 (non-US DVD; French w/out English subtitles)
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Eric Rohmer bibliography

Le Beau Serge (Handsome Serge) (1958)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. Cast: Gérard Blain, Jean-Claude Brialy, Bernadette Lafont, Michele Meritz, Edmond Beauchamp. Theology student François returns to his native Creuse and finds that the village hasn't changed much in the past decade, but his old friend Serge has become a drunkard. François tries to find out what happened to him and then attempts to help him. 98 min. DVD X6491; vhs 999:3655
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Harper, Dan. "Claude Chabrol's Le Beau Serge" Senses of Cinema, vol. 13, pp. (no pagination), Spring 2001.

Claude Chabrol bibliography

Beau Travail (1998)
Director, Claire Denis. Cast: Denis Lavant, Michel Subor, Gregoire Colin, Richard Courcet. Story of a sergeant in the French Foreign Legion in Djibouti whose ordered life is turned upside down with the arrival of a new recruit who finds favor with the unit's commander. Loosely based on Herman Melville's Billy Budd. 90 min. DVD 2901; vhs 999:3161 (PAL format tape)
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Bedwin Hacker (France / Morocco / Tunisia, 2002)
Directed by Nadia El Fani. Cast: Sonia Hamza, Muriel Solvay, Nadia Saiji, Tomer Sisley, Xaviers Desplas. From a remote mountain village in Tunisia a female hacker hijacks the airwaves in Northern Africa and France to broadcast political messages. When a French intelligence officer gets on the case, things quickly turn into a cat-and-mouse game as the two women play each other to get what they want. 105 min. DVD 5763
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Gugler, Josef. "Bedwin hacker (Nadia El Fani): a hacker challenges Western domination of the global media." In: Film in the Middle East and North Africa : creative dissidence / edited by Josef Gugler. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2011. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.M53 F55 2011)
Martin, Florence.. "Transvergence and cultural detours: Nadia El Fani's Bedwin Hacker (2002)." Studies in French Cinema, 2007, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p119-129, 11p UC users only

La Belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast) (1946)
Directed by Jean Cocteau. Cast: Jean Marais, Josette Day. Dramatized adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Tells the fable of the kindly beast and the self-sacrificing beauty whose love releases the prince in him. Contains such visual displays as tears that become real diamonds and walls that grow arms to light Beauty's path through the castle of the Beast. 90 min. DVD 216; vhs 999:113
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Cocteau, Jean. Three screenplays: L'Eternel retour, Orphée, La Belle et la bête. Translated from the French by Carol Martin-Sperry. New York, Grossman Publishers, 1972. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 C6 1972)

Belle de Jour (France / Italy, 1967)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli, Geneviève Page. Subtle, erotic film about a wealthy young surgeon's wife who indulges her masochistic fantasies by working as a part-time prostitute in a Paris brothel. 95 min. DVD 1104; vhs 999:1113
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion Award

La belle endormie (The Sleeping Beauty) (2010)
Directed by Catherine Breillat. Cast: Carla BesnaÔnou, Julia Artamonov, Kerian Mayan, David Chausse. Cursed at birth by an evil fairy, Anastasia is destined to prick her finger and die at the age of sixteen. When three feckless fairy sisters discover this, they hatch a plan to alter the curse: rather than die, Anastasia will sleep for 100 years and live in a world of dreams. Through her active dream life, Anastasia will find love, loss and possibly a waking life. French provocateur Breillat continues her deconstruction of classic fairytales with her latest, 'The Sleeping Beauty'. 82 min. DVD X6857
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Une belle fille comme moi (A Gorgeous Girl Like Me; Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me) (1972)
Directed by François Truffaut. Cast: Bernadette Lafont, Claude Brasseur, Charles Denner, Guy Marchand. While researching his book, a naive sociologist embarks on a programme of interviews with female criminals. Camille Bliss tells him the story of her life and finally entangles him in her web of deceit and murder. Based on the novel: Such a gorgeous kid like me by Henry Farrell. 93 min. DVD X2057
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La Belle Noiseuse (The Beautiful Troublemaker) (1990)
Directed by Jacques Rivette. Cast: Michel Piccoli, Jane Birkin, Emmanuelle Beart. Piccoli stars as a famous artist who has suffered painter's block since abandoning his masterpiece, a painting of his wife Liz, entitled `La Belle Noiseuse'. Disturbing tensions develop when a young artist and his girlfriend, visiting him in his South of France retreat, inspire him to return to the canvas, using the girl as his new model. 229 min. DVD 5522; DVD 4585 (PAL, without subtitles)
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival: Grand Prize
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Film

La Belle personne (1990)
Directed by Christophe Honoré. Cast: Léa Seydoux, Louis Garrel, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet. Having just lost her mother, 16-year-old Junie changes schools in Paris in the middle of the school year. A classmate seduces her, but her true passion is for Nemours, her Italian teacher. An adaptation of Madame de Lafayette's novel La princesse de Clèves, originally published in 1678. Originally Special features: Hôtel Kuntz, short film by Christophe Honoré (2008, 15 min.) 98 min. DVD X5378
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Vanderschelden, Isabelle "The 'beautiful people' of Christophe Honoré: New Wave legacies and new directions in French auteur cinema." Studies in European Cinema; 2010, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p135-148, 14p UC users only

Belle toujours (Portugal / France, 2006)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Cast: Michel Piccoli, Bulle Ogier, Ricardo Trêpa, Leonor Baldaque, Júlia Buisel. A sequel to Luis Buñuel's 1967 film Belle de jour. Thirty-eight years after their last encounter, Henri thinks he sees Séverine, now a widow. He blackmails her into seeing him by threatening to reveal her dark secret-- that years ago she had been a prostitute. Special features: Interviews with Manoel de Oliveira, Michel Piccoli, Bulle Ogier and Ricardo Trêpa; featurette on the film's world premiere at the Venice Film Festival; trailer; film and set stills gallery; credits. 70 min. DVD X2153
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Brody, Richard. "Belle toujours." New Yorker, 6/11/2007, Vol. 83 Issue 16, p32-32 UC users only
Brooke, Michael. "Belle toujours." Sight & Sound, Sep2009, Vol. 19 Issue 9, p85-85, 1/8p UC users only
Kuehner, Jay. "Belle toujours." Cinema Scope, Spring2007, Issue 30, p74-75, 2p UC users only
Martin, Adrian. "Belle toujours." Sight & Sound, Dec2008, Vol. 18 Issue 12, p53-53UC users only
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. "The Classic Modernist." Film Comment; Jul/Aug2008, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p44-50, 7p UC users only

La Bête humaine (The Human Animal) (1938)
Directed by Jean Renoir. Cast: Jean Gabin, Simone Simon, Fernand Ledoux, Julian Carette, Blanchette Brunoy. A visually stunning adaptation of Zola's novel of passion, violence and destiny. Railroad engineer Jacques Lantier, descended from a family subject to madness, falls in love with a beautiful married woman, the seemingly innocent, sensuous Severine. Plotting together to kill her husband, circumstances spin out of control, and he strangles her instead. 104 min. DVD 5029; DVD 3494 (PAL); vhs 999:1917
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Bazin, André; Gray, Hugh (translator) "The Destiny of Jean Gabin." In: Rediscovering French film / edited by Mary Lea Bandy ; introduction by Richard Roud. New York : Museum of Modern Art ; Boston : Distributed by New York Graphic Society Books, Little, Brown, c1983. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1993.5.F7 R39 1983)
Gruber, Helmut "Jean Gabin: Doomed Worker-Hero of a Doomed France." International Labor and Working-Class History No. 59, Workers and Film: As Subject and Audience (Spring, 2001), pp. 15-35 UC users only
Slavitt, David R. "Jean Gabin: A Screen Image." Hopkins Review, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 275-293, 2008 Spring UC users only
Vincendeau, Ginette. "Anatomy of a Myth: Jean Gabin." Nottingham French Studies, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 19-31, 1993 Spring
Vincendeau, Ginette. "From proletarian hero to godfather: Jean Gabin and 'paradigmatic' French masculinity." In: Me Jane : masculinity, movies, and women / edited by Pat Kirkham and Janet Thumin. New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995. Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.M46 M35 1995)
Vincendeau, Ginette. "The Beast's Beauty: Jean Gabin, Masculinity and the French Hero." In: Women and film : a Sight and sound reader / edited by Pam Cook and Philip Dodd. Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1993. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.W6 W63 1993)

Betty (1991)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. Cast: Marie Trintignant, Stephane Audran, Jean-François Garreaud, Yves Lambrecht, Christiane Minazzoli, Pierre Vernier. Betty Etamble, a promiscuous and alcoholic woman who has lost her family, ends an evening at a bar and meets Laure, an elegant retiree who lives in a luxury hotel. Laure takes the girl under her wing, and gradually details of her sinister story unfold and evolves into a lethal game of cat and mouse. 105 min. DVD 6597
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Betty Blue (37į2 le matin) (1986)
Directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix. Cast: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Beatrice Dalle, Gérard Darmon, Consuelo De Haviland. Zorg was living a quiet and peaceful life until Betty, a beautiful, wild and unpredictable young woman, walks in. When Betty's wild manners start to get out of control, Zorg sees the woman he loves slowly going insane. Can his love prevail? Based on the novel by Philippe Djian. 105 min. DVD X3349
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Betty Fisher et autres histoires (Alias Betty) (France / Canada, 2001)
Directed by Claude Miller. Cast: Sandrine Kiberlain, Nicole Garcia, Mathilde Seigner, Luck Mervil, Edouard Baer, Stephane Freiss, Yves Jacques, Roschdy Zem. Betty is a best selling novelist who has invented her name to escape a troubled past made worse by her emotionally unstable and violent mother. When her young son is killed in an accident, her mother brings her a "replacement", a boy she kidnapped off the street. 98 min. DVD 3893
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Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (Welcome to the Sticks) (France, 2008)
Directed by Dany Boon. Cast: Kad Merad, Dany Boon, Zoé Felix, Anne Marivin, Philippe Duquesne, Guy Lecluyse. Post office manager Philippe longs for a transfer to the sunny, sophisticated south of France. But when his attempt to cheat his way into a transfer backfires, he is sent instead to Nord-Pas de Calais. This northern province is known for its chilly dampness, its drunken, unemployable population, its terrible food and an impenetrable dialect known as Ch'timi. But Philippe soon learns to love these people so much that he must devise a strategy, with the help of the natives, to keep his left-behind wife from discovering his secret. 106 min. DVD X6299
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Biquefarre (France / Canada, 1983)
Directed by Georges Rouquier. Cast: Henri Rouquier, Maria Rouquier, Roger Malet. Thirty-seven years after "Farrebique," Georges Rouquier, the French director, returned to the farming community in Aveyron in south-central France to continue the story of the Rouquier family, his cousins, who had been featured in the earlier film. The film records, in quasi-documentary style, the revolutionary changes that have taken place not only in agriculture, but also in the social and economic life of the community. 90 min. DVD X4641
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Blanc (White; Three Colors: White; Bialy; Trois couleurs: Blanc) (1993)
Director, Krysztof Kieslowski. See East Europe Cinema filmography DVD 1749; vhs 999:2280

Bleu (Trois Couleurs: Bleu; Blue) (France / Poland / Switzerland / UK, 1993)
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski. Cast: Juliette Binoche, Benoît Regent, Hélène Vincent, Florence Pernel, Charlotte Very, Emmunuelle Riva. A young woman is left devastated by the unexpected death of her husband and child. She retreats from the world around her, but is soon reluctantly drawn into an ever-widening web of lies and passion as the dark, secret life of her husband begins to unravel. 99 min. DVD 1748; vhs 999:2346
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Venice Film Festival, Golden Lion Award

Blue Jeans (1958)
Directed by Jacques Rozier. Cast: René Ferro, Francis de Peretti, Elisabeth Klar, Laure Coretti; narrator, Pierre Michaël. In this film short two young men who drive a Vespa try to pick up girls in Cannes. 22 min. DVD X5382
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Bob Le Flambeur (Bob the Gambler) (1955)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Cast: Isabel Corey, Daniel Cauchy, Roger Duchesne, Guy Decomble, Andrée Garet. Bob the Gambler finds out that the Deauville Casino expects to pull in 800 million francs on a certain date. On the night of the heist, Bob plays at the casino tables where before dawn breaks some of the men and women will win, some will lose and some will die. 95 min. DVD 1264; vhs 999:413
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Bon voyage (with Aventure malgache) (1944)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Two films made by Hitchcock during WW II at the request of the British government. When viewed by government officials they decided that the films were inflammatory and withheld them from distribution. The first, Bon Voyage, is about an RAF pilot who has escaped from a POW camp and made his way back to London with the help of the French resistance. The second, Aventure malgache, is set in Vichy-controlled Madagascar where the Resistance leader battles to keep his island free. 58 min. DVD 1031; vhs 999:990
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Le Bonheur (Happiness) (1965)
Directed by Agnes Varda. Cast: Jean-Claude Drouot, Claire Drouot, Marie-France Boyer, Sandrine Drouot, Oliver Drouot. An amiable, young carpenter decides that he will be happiest with both a wife and a mistress. His affair however, leads to tragedy as his wife tries to accept the situation but at a picnic drowns herself. Special DVD features: "The two women of Le bonheur" (2006), a short film; Thoughts on "Le bonheur" (2006), a discussion; two short pieces by Varda investigating people's idea of happiness; "Jean-Claude Drouot returns" (2006) featurette; segment from the 1964 television program Demons et merveilles du cinema, featuring footage of Varda shooting Le bonheur; interview with Varda from 1998; "Du cote de la cote" (1958), a short film; theatrical trailer; production notes. 85 min. DVD 9074; vhs 999:1982
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La bonne année (Happy New Year) (1973)
Directed by Claude Lelouch. Cast: Lino Ventura, Françoise Fabian, Charles Gérard, André Falcon. Simon develops an intricate plan to meet the lovely lady who operates the antique shop next to Van Cleef & Arpels, the location of his next jewelry heist. The attraction is undeniable, but Simon is a professional and will not let romance get in his way --or will he? 102 min. DVD X2053
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Les Bonnes femmes (Good Girls) (1965)
Directed by Cladue Chabrol. Cast: Bernadette Lafont, Clotilde Joano, Stephane Audran, Lucile Saint-Simon, Mario David. In the drab Paris of the early sixties, four shop-keeping girls are looking for love. While their lecherous boss savors every opportunity to deliver a dressing down, the girls find emotional escape by flirting with delivery men, wandering the and gossiping about the enigmatic motorcyclist who hangs about. A tense yet airy drama that characterizes the best films of the French new wave. 93 min. DVD 320
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Le Boucher (The Butcher) (1969)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. Cast: Stephane Audran, Jean Yanne, Antonio Passalia. In a provincial French town, a sophisticated schoolmistress avoids attachments but strikes up a congenial friendship with the charmingly passionate local butcher, a veteran of Indochina. As a serial killer spreads terror throughout the countryside, the effort of these two people to come back from their emotional islands to some kind of mutual understanding and reality builds from oblique tenderness and humor to shattering tragedy. 87 min. DVD 1733
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Boudu sauvé des eaux (Boudu Saved From Drowning) (1932)
Directed by Jean Renoir. Cast: Michel Simon, Marcelle Hainia, Severine Lerczynsha, Jean Gehret, Max Dalban, Jean Baste, Charles Granval. A well-off bookseller rescues a tramp from a suicidal plunge into the Seine and his family dedicates itself to reforming him. He shows his gratitude by shaking the household to its foundations, challenging the hidebound principles of his hosts. Special DVD features: Archival introduction by Jean Renoir; excerpt from a "Cineastes de notre temps" program, featuring Renoir and Michel Simon; new video interview with filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin; archival interview with Eric Rohmer; interactive map of 1930s Paris, featuring locations for the film; a new essay by Renoir scholar Christopher Faulkner. 87 min. DVD 4359; vhs 999:118
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La Boulangère de Monceau (The Girl at the Monceau Bakery) (1963)
Directed by Eric Rohmer. Cast: Barbet Schroeder, Claudine Soubrier, Michèle Girardon. The story of a young man who becomes infatuated with a woman he sees on the street, but after several days without seeing her again sets his sights on a girl in the local bakery, eventually having to choose between them. (DVD 211 includes Suzanne's Career/La Carriere de Suzanne, another of the "six films that make up the Moral Tales.") (26 min.) DVD 6054; DVD 211
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À Bout de souffle (Breathless) (1960)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Liliane David, Daniel Boulanger, Jean-Pierre Melville, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, Francois Truffaut. In this groundbreaking new wave classic a playful car thief accidentally shoots a policeman, then hides out in Paris with a hip American girl, trying to hustle enough cash for a getaway. DVD 8726 includes: Disc one: Archival interviews with director Jean-Luc Godard and actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, and Jean-Pierre Melville ; French theatrical trailer -- Disc two: new video interviews with Coutard, asst. director Pierre Rissient, and filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker ; new video essays: filmmaker Mark Rappaport's Jean Seberg and critic Jonathan Rosenbaum's "Breathless as Criticism" ; "Chambre 12, Hotel de Suede," an 80 min. French documentary about the making of Breathless with members of the cast and crew ; "Charlotte et son Jules," a 1959 short by Godard starring Belmondo ; plus: a book featuring an essay by scholar Dudley Andrew, writings by Godard, Francois Truffaut's original film treatment, and Godard's scenario. 90 min. DVD 8726; DVD 937; vhs 999:417
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Buffet froid (1979)
Director, Bertrand Blier. Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Bernard Blier, Jean Carmet, Genevieve Page, Denise Gence, Carole Bouquet. Black comedy about solitude and dishumanization of the modern world, through the adventures of three men. First introduced is Alphonse Tram, an unemployed young man. His only neighbour is the police chief-inspector Morvandieu. Then a third man appears : he is Alphonse's wife's murderer. 90 min. DVD X2872
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Bye-Bye (France / Belgium / Switzerland, 1995)
Director, Karim Dridi. Cast: Sami Bouajila, Nozha Kouadra, Philippe Ambrosini. After a family tragedy, two young French-Arab brothers leave Paris and end up on the door step of their uncle and his family in Marseilles. Once there, the two are pulled apart as one is seduced by the streets and its life of drugs and crime, while the other desperately seeks to rescue his brother without falling to its temptations. 107 min. vhs 999:3497
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Ça commence aujourd'hui (It All Starts Today) (1999)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Cast: Philippe Torreton, Nadia Kaci, Maria Pitarresi. Daniel is schoolmaster of a kindergarten in a small French town. The local economy, which depended entirely on coal production, has been mired in a depression ever since the mines were closed. When their parents fall into utter discouragement or even poverty because of prolonged unemployment, the children suffer the consequences. Daniel is confronted daily with difficult situations and he feels required to deal with them although they are outside the scope of his responsibilities. 114 min. DVD 8816
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Caché (France / Austria / Germany / Italy, 2005)
Directed by Michael Haneke. Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Benichou, Annie Girardot, Bernard Le Coq, Walid Afkir, Lester Makedonsky, Daniel Duval, Nathalie Richard, Denis Podalydes, Aissa Maiga. A talk show host and his wife and son seem to be living an ideal life until clandestinely-filmed videotapes of their private lives start to show up on their front porch. As the tapes reveal more secrets, the resulting stress and fear leads to conflict, obsession, and deceit for the couple and brings back episodes from the husband's childhood when he wronged a young Algerian boy. Special features: Interview with director Michael Haneke and Serge Toubiana (ca. 25 min.); behind-the-scenes featurette (ca. 32 min.). 118 min. DVD 6929
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Awards

Cannes Film Festival - Best Director
César Awards, France - Best Director
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award - Best Foreign Language Film

Café au lait (Métisse) (France / Belgium, 1993)
Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. Cast: Julie Mauduech, Herbert Kounde, Mathieu Kassovitz, Vincent Cassell, Jean-Pierre Cassell. Lola, a West Indian beauty, confronts her two lovers with her impending motherhood, then flatly refuses to reveal which of the two men is the father. At first, they compete for the right to help Lola through her pregnancy, but soon the three come to a bohemian accord to share the responsibilities of parenthood. 94 min. DVD X4786
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Higbee, Will. "The return of the political, or designer visions of exclusion? The case for Mathieu Kassovitz's 'fracture sociale' trilogy." Studies in French Cinema; 2005, Vol. 5 Issue 2, p123-135, 13pUC users only

La Cage aux folles (1979)
Directed by Edouard Molinaro. Cast: Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Michel Galabru, Claire Maurier, Remi Laurent, Carmen Scarpitti, Benny Luke, Luisa Maneri. A farce involving a flamboyant homosexual couple's attempt to appear to be conventional parents in front of the prospective in-laws of the son of one of the men. 99 min. DVD 782
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Awards
César Awards, France - Best Actor (Michel Serrault)
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Film

Sikov, Ed. "Homosexuals, Bandits, and Gangsters: Gay Images in La Cage aux Folles." Cineaste, vol. 11 no. 4. 1982. pp: 30-35.
Tavernier-Courbin, Jacqueline. "La Cage aux Folles as Comedy of Manners: From the Play to the Film." Thalia: Studies in Literary Humor, vol. 7 no. 2. 1984 Fall-Winter. pp: 44-50.

La Cage aux folles II (1981)
Director, Marcello Danon. Cast: Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Marcel Bozzuffi, Paola Barboni, Giovanni Vettorazzo, Benny Luke. Continues the story of Albin and Renato, a gay couple who are proprieters of a transvestite nightclub. When Albin feels his attractiveness to Renato is waning, he sets out to make Renato jealous, with the disasterous yet hilarious result of embroiling them in a spy caper. 100 min. DVD 783
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Sikov, Ed. "Homosexuals, Bandits, and Gangsters: Gay Images in La Cage aux Folles." Cineaste, vol. 11 no. 4. 1982. pp: 30-35.
Tavernier-Courbin, Jacqueline. "La Cage aux Folles as Comedy of Manners: From the Play to the Film." Thalia: Studies in Literary Humor, vol. 7 no. 2. 1984 Fall-Winter. pp: 44-50.

Camille Claudel (1989)
Directed by Bruno Nuytten. Cast: Isabelle Adjani, Gérard Depardieu, Madeleine Robinson, Laurent Grevill, Philippe Clevenot. A historically accurate depiction of one of the most important collaborations in the history of art, that of legendary sculptor Rodin, and the creative prodigy Camille Claudel. 149 min. DVD 518
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Awards
César Awards - Best Film

Capitaine Conan (1996)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Cast: Philippe Torreton, Samuel Le Bihan, Bernard Le Coq, Catherine Rich, François Berléand, Claude Rich. Conan, a dedicated career soldier, serves the band of fifty French irregulars under his command in the Great War. After the signing of the 1919 Armistice, Conan lays down his arms and attempts to extricate his men from the war but his troops continue to fight for nine months after the war is ended. Based on the novel by Roger Vercel. 130 min. DVD 1256
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Awards
César Awards - Best Director

Le caporal épinglé (The Elusive Corporal (1962)
Directed by Jean Renoir. Cast: Jean-Pierre Cassel, Claude Brasseur, O.E. Hasse, Claude Rich, Jacques Jouanneau, Mario David, Jean Carmet, Guy Bedos, Sacha Briquet. Set in a German P.O.W. camp in 1940, this is the story of a French corporal who is determined to escape to return to Paris and fight once more. 96 min. DVD 7586
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La Captive (2000)
Directed by Chantal Akerman. Cast: Stanislas Merhar, Sylvie Testud, Olivia Bonamy, Liliane Rovere, Aurore Clément. Simon is obsessed with Ariane and keeps her as his willing captive. She tolerates his elaborate desires, his endless interrogations and surveillance. Still Ariane is able to maintain her own reserve of privacy, her own mental and physical freedom. Although often affectionate to Simon, Ariane prefers women and so leads a double life. But this only magnifies Simon's pain until his obsessive desires culminate in devastation and tragedy. 118 min. DVD 2321
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Les Carabiniers (1963)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Albert Juross, Marino Mase, Catherine Ribeiro, Geneviève Galea, Jean Brassat, Gérard Poirot. Centers on two peasants who join the King's army. Seduced by the promise of riches, the two leave their wives and embark into the war sending postcards home that detail their conquests. Upon their return, they learn that a peace treaty has been signed and in turn, are betrayed by the king for their overzealousness. 80 min. DVD 1835
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Carlos (France | Germany, TV, 2010)
Directed by Olivier Assayas. Cast: Êdgar Ramírez, Juana Acosta. Tells the story of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the 1975 OPEC meeting. 326 min. DVD X5040
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Awards
Golden Globes - Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Hoberman, J. "Sympathy for the Devil." Film Comment, Sep/Oct2010, Vol. 46 Issue 5, p48-53, 6p UC users only
Porton, Richard. "Demystifying Carlos: An Interview with Olivier Assayas." Cineaste, Winter2010, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p16-22, 7p UC users only
White, Rob. "Interview with Olivier Assayas." Film Quarterly, Winter2010, Vol. 64 Issue 2, p74-77, 4p UC users only

Un Carnét de Bal (1937)
Directed by Julien Duvivier. Cast: Marie Bell, Françoise Rosay, Harry Baur, Louis Jouvet, Fernandel. Story of a widow who uncovers a 20-year old dance card from a ball and decides to find all her former partners. None of the men have come out well and the one man she truly loved committed suicide and orphaned his son. The widow adopts the boy. 125 min. Video/C 999:3769
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La Carrière de Suzanne (Suzanne's Career) (1963)
Directed by Eric Rohmer. Cast: Catherine Sée, Philippe Beuzen, Christian Charrière, Diane Wilkinson. Examines the relationship between a timid Parisian student, and his lecherous friend, who both become interested in the same girl. (DVD 211 includes The Girl at the Monceau Bakery/La Boulangère de Monceau, another of the "six films that make up the Moral Tales.") 52 min. DVD 6053; DVD 211
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Carrosse d'or (The Golden Coach)(1953)
Director Jean Renoir. Cast: Anna Magnani, Odoardo Spadaro, Nada Fiorelli, Dante, Duncan Lamont, Paul Campbell, Jean Debucourt. An eighteenth-century comic fantasy about a viceroy in Central America who receives a golden coach and gives it to the tempestuous star of a touring commedia dell'arte company. 103 min. DVD 2914
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Casque d'or (Golden Marie)(1952)
Director Jacques Becker. Cast: Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani, Claude Dauphin, Raymond Bussières, Gaston Modot, Paul Barge, Dominique Davray, Daniel Mendaille. In an open-air dance hall, the members of Leca's gang are relaxing with their ladies. One of the ladies, Marie, meets Manda, who is a carpenter by trade. Marie's man Roland is a jealous sort and does not like the idea of Marie and Manda becoming friendly, and Leca himself has his eye on Marie. What follows is a story of love, death, friendship and jealousy during the Belle Epoque. Special features: Audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie; 1995 video interview with actor Serge Reggiani; 1960 interview with actress Simone Signoret from the French television program 'Cinepanorama'; excerpt from an episode of the French television series 'Cineastes de notre temps', dedicated to Jacques Becker; rare, silent behind-the-scenes footage of Becker on the set, with commentary by film scholar Philip Kemp; new essay by Kemp. 94 min. DVD 6623
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Andrew, Dudley. "Casque d'or, casquettes, a Cask of Ageing Wine: Jacques Becker's Casque d'or (1952)." In: French film, texts and contexts / edited by Susan Hayward and Ginette Vincendeau. London ; New York : Routledge, 1990. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1993.5.F7 F74 1989)
Hayward, Susan. "Signoret's star persona and redressing the costume cinema: Jacques Becker's Casque d'Or (1952)." Studies in French Cinema, 2004, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p15-28, 14p UC users only

Céline et Julie vont en bateau (Céline and Julie Go Boating) (1974)
Directed by Jacques Rivette. Cast: Juliet Berto, Dominique Labourier, Marie-France Pisier, Philippe Clévenot, Barbet Schroeder. "A brilliantly allusive meditation on the nature of fantasy, this is regarded by many as Jacques Rivette's most accomplished film. Two girls meet and wind up sharing each others' lives -- same flat, same fiance, same clothes -- even the same imagination. The film spins a circular, tortuous fantasy around their lives while at the same time acting as a meditation on the art of cinema itself." Special DVD features (Disc 2): New filmed introduction by Jonathan Romney on Rivette and C@eacute;line and Julie go boating; "Toute la m@eacute;moire du monde" (Alain Resnais, 1956, 20 min., English subtitles); "The haunted curiosity shop" (R.W. Paul, 1901, 2 min., silent); Illustrated booklet containing a review by Tom Milne; interviews with Dominique Labourier, Juliet Berto and Jacques Rivette; Susan Seidelman's reflections on her Rivette-inspired Desperately Seeking Susan; director biography. 193 min. DVD X3117; vhs 999:1758
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Le Cercle rouge (Red Circle) (1970)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Cast: Alain Delon, André Bourvil, Gian Maria Volante, Yves Montand, Paul Crauchet, François Perier. A master thief is fresh out of prison. But instead of toeing the line, he finds his steps leading back to the shadowy world of crime. He, a notorious escapee, and an alcoholic ex-cop plan a jewel heist, while being persued by a police superintendent. 140 min. DVD 2201
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La Cérémonie (1996)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. Featuring Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Bonnaire, Jacqueline Bissett, Jean Pierre Cassel. An eccentric housekeeper for a wealthy French family and her boisterous postal worker friend unleash a vicious rampage against the bourgeois family. 111 min. DVD 2889; vhs 999:2192
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Awards
César Awards, France - Best Actress (Isabelle Huppert)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Film
National Society of Film Critics - Best Foreign Language Film
Venice Film Festival - Best Actress (Isabelle Huppert); Best Actress (Sandrine Bonnaire)

César (Fanny Trilogy) (1936)
Directed by Marcel Pagnol. This is the last film of Pagnol's Fanny trilogy (titles: Marius, Fanny, César). Fanny's son César is told his real father is not Fanny's husband but rather Marius. The young man sets out to find his father and through his efforts Fanny and Marius, still in love, are finally united after 20 years. 133 min. DVD 2751
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Cet obscur objet du désir (That Obscure Object of Desire) (France / Spain, 1977)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Angela Molina, Julien Bertheau, Andre Weber, Milena Vukotik, Maria Asquerino, Pieral. A middle-aged man falls in love with a much younger woman in this satire on sexual obsession. 100 min. DVD 944; vhs 999:1590
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Awards

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film; Best Director
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Director

Ceux qui m'aiment prendront le train (Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train(1988)
Directed by Patrice Chéreau. Cast: Pascal Greggory, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Charles Berling, Bruno Todeschini. Jean-Baptiste is a French painter who has requested to be buried in his hometown of Limoges. When he dies, his friends take the train from Paris to Limoges to attend his funeral. During this journey, they all review their lives and relationships. 122 min. DVD X3717
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La chambre(1972)
Directed by Chantal Akerman. In this experimental short film the furniture and clutter of one small apartment room becomes the subject of a moving still life. 11 min. DVD X2624

La Chambre Vert (The Green Room) (1947)
Directed by François Truffaut. Cast: François Truffaut, Nathalie Baye, Jane Lobre, Jean Dasté, Jeane-Pierre Ducós, Monique Dury, Jean -Pierre Moulin, Antoine Vietz. A masterpiece about grief and survival. In an unusual twist François Truffaut stars in this haunting tale of a man whose heartwrenching grief over the death of his wife inadvertently leads him to a young widow. Based on the novels "The Beast of the Jungle" and "The Altar of the Dead" by Henry James. 94 min. DVD X6353
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Un Chant d'Amour (1947)
Jean Genet's story of male prisoners and a prison guard expressing self love and love for each other. Male homosexual expression is shown together with masturbation, sadism, and fantasy. 28 min. DVD 5413; vhs 999:1070
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Giles, Jane. The Cinema of Jean Genet: Un Chant d'amour / Jane Giles. London: BFI Publishing, 1991. (Main Stack PN1998.A3.G445 1991)

Adnum, Mark. "Un Chant d'amour." Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema. 27: (no pagination). 2003 July-Aug.
Barbaro, Fabrice. "Les idoles et la distance" (Un chant d'amour, Genet's only film) Cahiers du Cinema no435 Sept 1990. p. 74-5
Giles, Jane. "Un chant d'amour par Jean Genet" Artforum International v 26 Jan 1988. p. 102-6
Giles, Jane. The cinema of Jean Genet : Un chant d'amour / Jane Giles. London : BFI Publishing, 1991. (Main Stack PN1998.A3.G445 1991)
Oswald, Laura. "The Perversion of I/Eye in Un Chant d'amour." Enclitic, vol. 7 no. 2. 1983 Fall. pp: 106-115.

Un Chapeau de paille d'Italie (Italian Straw Hat) (1927)
Directed by René Clair. Cast: Albert Préjean, Marise Maia, Olga Tschekowa, Alice Tissot, Alexis Bondireff, Vital Geymond. A bridegroom is riding to his marriage when his horse eats a straw hat hanging on a branch while its owner, a married lady, enjoys a tryst behind the bush with her lover, a fierce hussar. She cannot go home without her hat, so the groom interlaces his wedding with an attempt to find madam a twin chapeau, launching a series of misunderstandings and embarrassments. From the play by Eugene Labiche and Marc Michel. 114 min. DVD X3605; vhs 999:641
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Savage, John. "L'Amour Fou: nationalism, patriarchy and the nuptial farce in L'Âgege d'or and Un chapeau de paille d'Italie." Studies in French Cinema, 2007, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p243-258, 16p UC users only

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Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie (Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) (France / Italy / Spain, 1972)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Stephane Audran, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Bulle Ogier, Paul Frankeur, Julien Bertheau. An all-star French cast assembles for an elegant dinner party, but whenever they try to eat, something happens to interrupt them. Mixes biting social satire with bold surrealistic invention as the dinner party serves to lampoon such targets as diplomats, wealthy socialites and even radical terrorists. 100 min. DVD 445; vhs 999:78
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Film
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Foreign Language Film; Best Director

Le Château de ma mère (My Mother's Castle) (1991)
Directed by Yves Robert. Cast: Phillippe Caubère, Nathalie Roussel, Thérèse Liotard, Didier Pain. The story of Marcel Pagnol's childhood holidays in Provence continues in My Mother's Castle. During a Christmas in the region Marcel's affection for the area deepens and he also learns to love and appreciate his Mother's true nature. Based on the work of Marcel Pagnol. 98 min. DVD 2922; vhs 999:960
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Le cheval d'orgueil (The Proud Ones)(1980)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. Cast: Jacques Dufilho, Bernadette Le Saché, François Cluzet, Paul Le Person. A lyrical tale of Brittany from 1908 to 1918. The film shows the hardships and joys of French peasant life focusing on the story of a young couple who meet, marry, and soon have a son. Too poor to own a horse, they are content to ride "the horse of pride," an adage passed down from generation to generation. Based on the novel by Pierre-Jakez Hélias. 118 min. vhs 999:3905
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Chien Andalou (France, 1929)
Directed by Luis Buñuel & Salvador Dali. This surrealistic movie was written over the course of a three day exchange of fantasies and dreams with Salvador Dali. Silent with musical accompaniment and original French intertitles. 16 min. DVD 3341; DVD X2181; also vhs 999:2252; vhs 999:173 (with 'Land Without Bread')
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La Chienne (1931)
Directed by Jean Renoir. Cast: Michel Simon, Janie Marèze, Georges Flamant, Magdalaine Berubet. "Cashier Maurice Legrand is married to Adele, a terror. By chance, he meets Lucienne, "Lulu", and make her his mistress. He thinks he finally met love, but Lulu is nothing but a streetwalker, in love with Dede, her pimp. She only accepts Legrand to satisfy Dede's needs of money." [IMDB] 55 min. vhs 999:576
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Des Chiens dans la Neige (Wolves in the Snow) (Canada, 2002)
Directed by Michel Welterlin. Cast: Marie-Josee Croze (as Marie Jose Croze), Jean Philippe Ecoffey, Romano Orzari, Anne Roussel, Antoine Lacomblez. Antoine has been cuckolding Lucie for years. A violent marital argument ensues resulting in Antoine's death. After lying about Antoine's whereabouts, Lucie discovers his secret life of gangsters, money laundering and violence. Followed, threatened and badgered by the gangsters, Lucie becomes trapped by her deceit. The body of Antoine disappears, other corpses appear, and the money, very quickly, becomes only the pretext of an alarming turn of events. 95 min. DVD 6345
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La Chinoise (1968)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Anne Wiazemsky, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Michel Semeniako, Juliet Berto. Centers upon a small group of Parisian students who discuss the implications of the cultural revolution in China and how it may be possible to effect, by means of terrorism, a similar political and cultural upheaval in the West. Non-US format DVD (PAL, Region 2). 93 min. DVD 4262
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Chocolat (UK/US 2000)
Directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Cast: Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Lena Olin, Johnny Depp. When a single mother and her young daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop - with Sunday hours - across the street from the local church, they are met with some resistance from the rigidly moral community. But as soon as the townspeople discover their delicious products, their attitudes begin to change. 122 min. DVD 1745
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Chocolat (France / West Germany / Cameroon, 1989)
Directed by Claire Denis. Cast: Giulia Boschi, Isaach de Bankole, François Cluzet, Cecile Ducasse, Mireille Perrier. Frances Dalens has returned to Cameroon to trace her past. Soon the sights, sounds and smells sweep her back to her childhood and memories of the people who populated her youth. This is a mesmerizing memoir of life in colonial Africa in the 1950s, as seen through the unblinking eyes of the young daughter of a French official. 105 min. DVD 781; vhs 999:2088
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Les Choristes (The Chorus) (France / Switzerland / Germany, 2004)
Directed by Christophe Barratier with Jean-Paul Bonnaire, Marie Bunel and Jean-Baptiste Maunier. Cast: Gérard Jugnot, François Berléand, Kad Merad, Jean-Paul Bonnaire, Marie Bunel, Paul Charieras. Unemployed music teacher Clément Mathieu becomes the supervisor at a French boarding school for the rehabilitation of minors. Dismayed by the repressive administration, he works to positively transform the students' lives through music. 97 min. DVD 3914
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La Chute de la maison Usher (Fall of the House of Usher) (1928)
Directed by Jean Epstein; Assistant Director, Buñuel. In an aristocratic English family the young lord finds to his horror, while painting his wife's portrait, that as the work progresses life drains from his lady. In this poetic horror film, called by some the most outstanding achievement of this genre, an absolute mastery of editing and rhythm is employed with lighting and Gothic sets combining to impart an unearthly sense of mystery. Based on two short stories by Poe, "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Oval Portrait". Silent film with music and French intertitles. 44 min. DVD 360; vhs 999:1377
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Le cimetière des voitures (Car Cemetery) (France, 1983)
Directed by Fernando Arrabal. Cast: Alain Bashung, juliet Berto, Micha Bayard, Roland Amstutz, Denis Manuel. Combining punk rock and post-apocalyptic mayhem, Arrabal's outrageous adaptation of his infamous stage play is a gallows-humor romp in a wretched dystopia. The inhabitants of a junkyard at the edge of a nuclear crater live hand to mouth all the while being hounded by authorities from a corrupt government. Among them is Emanou, a punk rock star agitator doomed to betrayal by one of his own. A raucous and absurd retelling of the Christ story with thugs, murderers, pimps and punks. 87 min. DVD X2901
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Cinépoèmes & films parlants
A collection of ten short films directed by the writer, Pierre Alferi, between 2000 and 2002, with music composed by Rodolphe Burger. The booklet contains English translations of extracts from Le Cinéma des familles. Contents" Films parlants: La Berceuse de Broadway -- La protection des animaux -- Coincés -- Élenfant -- Cinépoèmes: Elvin Jones -- Lapins du soir -- Atman -- Nuitée -- Ne l'oublie pas -- Tante Élisabeth. In French without English subtitles. 82 min. DVD X774

La Cité des enfants perdus (The City of Lost Children) (France / Germany / Spain, 1995)
Directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Cast: Ron Perman, Daniel Emilfork, Judith Vittet, Dominique Pinon, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Geneviève Brunet, Odile Mallet, Mireille Mosse. This fantastically-twisted fairy tale is chock-full of curious characters and special effects. A sad and heartbroken madman, Krank, is aging prematurely because he can't dream. He kidnaps little children, hoping that eventually he will find a way to steal their sleeping thoughts. The story takes the form of a quest, as a sentimental harpooner-turned-fairground strongman, One, sets out to find his young brother on a dilapidated oil rig. He soon falls in love with the gutsy nine-year old girl (who is head of the orphan gang), and together they run a gauntlet of fantastical dangers as they join hearts and hands to save a small boy's dreams from the madman's master plan. 114 min. DVD 3014; vhs 999:2352
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La classe de neige (Class Trip)(France, 1998)
Directed by Claude Miller. Cast: Clement Van Den Bergh, Lokman Nalcakan, Francois Roy, Yves Verhoeven, Emmanuelle Bercot, Tina Sportolaro. Nicolas is an insecure child plagued by visions of disaster. On a class trip to the ski country, Nicolas is befriended by the class bully. When one of Nicolas's visions mirrors a true-life murder, they set out to solve the crime. Based on the novel by Emmanuel Carrere. 96 min. DVD X3578
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Cannes Film Festival - Jury Prize

Classe tous risques (The Big Risk)(1960)
Directed by Claude Stutet. Cast: Lino Ventura, Sandra Milo, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Marcel Dalio, Claude Cerval, Jacques Dacqmine. After hiding out in Milan for nearly a decade, former gang boss Abel Davos sneaks back into Paris, along with his children and appointed guardian, Eric Stark. Beset by backstabbing former friends, Abel begins a journey through the postwar Parisian underworld that is both throat grabbing and soul searching. A character study of a career criminal at the end of his rope. Special features: Excerpts from "Claude Sautet ou la magie invisible:" a 2003 documentary on the director by N.T. Binh and Dominique Rabourdin; interview with Classe tous risques novelist and screenwriter Jose Giovanni; archival interview footage featuring actor Lino Ventura discussing his career; original French and U.S. theatrical trailers; booklet: features new essays by director Bertrand Tavernier and Binh, a reprinted interview with Sautet, and a 1962 tribute by Jean-Pierre Melville. 108 min. DVD X94
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Cléo de 5 à 7 (Cleo from 5 to 7) (1961)
Directed by Agnes Varda. Cast: Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray, Dorothee Blank, Michel Legrand, Jose-Luis de Vilallonga. An intimate portrait of a woman who is waiting to learn if she has terminal cancer. The beautiful but spoiled Cleo searches for answers with a fortune-teller, then seeks comfort in the familiar as she shops for a hat, talks with friends, and rehearses a song. Shot almost entirely on location, this visually entrancing film captures the look, feel, and sounds of Paris as Cleo views the world with a new awareness. 90 min. DVD 1181; vhs 999:2203
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Coco avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel) (France, 2009)
Directed by Anne Fontaine. Cast: Alessandro Nivola, Audrey Tautou, Emmanuelle Devos, Marie Gillain. Years after being abandoned at an orphanage by her father, Gabrielle Chanel finds a job in a tailor shop where she meets, and soon begins an affair with French millionaire Etienne Balsan. Through Baron Balsan she is introduced into French society and given the opportunity to design her own style of hats. Though her career takes off, her personal life becomes more complicated when she falls in love with Balsan's former best friend Arthur Capel. Adapted from the novel L'irreguliere by Edmonde Charles-Roux. Special features: Walking the red carpet: from Los Angeles to New York ; Coco before Chanel "La rencontre" ; the making of Coco before Chanel ; commentary with writer/director Anne Fontaine, theatrical trailer. 110 min. DVD X2737
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Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (France, 2009)
Directed by Jan Kounen. Cast: Anna Mouglalis, Mads Mikkelsen.By the 1920s, Coco Chanel has established herself in the world of fashion. After a disastrous reaction to an early production of his Rite of Spring ballet, Igor Stravinsky has become a penniless refugee living in exile. When the two are introduced, the attraction is immediate and together they embark on a passionate affair, which results in a period of great artistic achievement for both artists. Based on the novel by Chris Greenhalgh.110 min. DVD X4665
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Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages (Code Unknown: Incomplete Yales of Several Journeys)(France / Germany / Romania, 2000)
Director, Michael Haneke. Cast: Juliette Binoche, Thierry Neuvic, Ona Lu Yenke, Sepp Bierbichler, Arsinee Khanjian. On a bustling Paris street corner four separate livesintersect, interweaving the stories of a promising actress, her photojournalist boyfriend, a teacher of African descent and a Romanian illegal immigrant in this portrait of life in a fractured, lonely world. 113 min. DVD 2051
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Un cúur en hiver (A Heart in Winter) (1992)
Directed by Claude Sautet. Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Emmanuelle Béart, André Dussollier. Camille, a concert violinist, becomes intrigued by her lover's business partner, Stephane. She interprets his distance as a sign of intellectual seduction. The love triangle that develops reveals the complexity and imperfection of the three characters. Special features: Claude Sautet interview; French TV appearances by Claude Sautet and Andr@eacute; Dussollier; excerpt from the documentary "Claude Sautet ou la magie invisible"; original French theatrical trailer. 101 min. DVD X3760
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Coeurs (Private Fears in Public Places)(France | Italy, 2006)
Directed by Alain Resnais. Cast: Sabine Az@eacute;ma, Isabelle Carré, Laura Morante, Pierre Arditi, André Dussollier, Lambert Wilson, Claude Rich. Interweaves multiple stories set in a magically snowbound Paris where six lonely souls converge and commingle in their search for lasting connections. Based on the play: Private fears in public places / by Alan Ayckbourn. 120 min. DVD X6630
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La Collectionneuse (Collector-Girl) (1966)
Directed by Eric Rohmer. Cast: Patrick Bauchau, Daniel Pommereulle, Haydee Politoff, Alain Jouffroy. A witty and erotic look at the theme of resisting sexual temptations. Two older men spend their holidays in a house near St. Tropez with a beautiful young girl who collects men the way some people collect art. Both men try to resist being added to her collection, however, they soon fall victim to her charms. 88 min. DVD 4346
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Le colonel Chabert (1994)
Directed by Yves Angelo. Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Fanny Ardant, Fabrice Luchini, André Dussollier, Claude Rich. Colonel Chabert has been severely wounded in the French-Russian Napoleonic war to the point that the medical examiner has signed his death certificate. When he regains his health and memory, he goes back to Paris, where his "widow", Anne has married the Count Ferraud and is financing his rise to power using Chabert's money. Chabert hires a lawyer to help him get back his money and his honor. 78 min. DVD X2872
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Le combat dans l'île (Fire and Ice) (1962)
Directed by Alain Cavalier. Cast: Romy Schneider, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Henri Serre.A story of love, loyalty and betrayal with a backdrop of political upheaval. Clement is part of a right-wing political movement and an active terrorist determined to spread chaos among the Western nations . Betrayed by his comrade, he takes his long-suffering wife and seeks refuge in a friend's house. Complications arise when affection blossoms between his wife and his friend. Special features: "France 1961" by Alain Cavalier (2010) ; rare behind-the-scenes photos, including images from the archive of Louis Malle. 104 min. DVD X4587
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Comment ça va? (How is it Going?) (1976)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard and Anne Marie Mieville. Cast: Michel Marot, Anne-Marie Mieville. A middle-aged Communist editor and his young typist and collaborator set out to make a videotape about their magazine and printing plant. The young typist/collaborator takes issue with the rough cut. The film goes on to prove the corruptness of the entire process of gathering and transmitting information. 78 min. vhs 999:2065
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La Commune (Paris, 1871) (France, 2000)
Directed by Peter Watkins. La Commune was the name given to the revolutionary government established by the people of Paris in 1871. This presents an in-depth account of the major characters of the Commune of 1871 whose members followed either Louis August Blanqui or the philosopher Pierre Joseph Proudhon. The film travels back to 1871 and is not only a lesson in history but presents a demonstration of how history is shaped, and re-shaped, by the tellers of the tale. In this particular case activities of the Commune are broadcast by a journalist for Versailles Television who presents the official view while a Commune television station is set up to present the perspectives of the Paris rebels. 345 min. DVD X5780; Video/C 9477
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Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où; il veut (Man Escaped) (1956)
Director, Robert Bresson. Cast: François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock. Based on a true story, tells of a French Resistance fighter who is sent to an infamous prison in 1943, where 7,000 of the 12,000 prisoners housed there died either by natural means or by execution. Lt. Fontaine is certain that execution awaits him, and begins planning his escape. For a period of time he goes it alone, but reluctantly takes on a partner. He gets some help from a couple of prisoners allowed to stroll in the exercise yard, but for the most part he is a figure of isolation. 100 min. DVD 2770
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La conquête (The Conquest) (France, 2011)
Directed by by Xavier Durringer. Cast: Denis Podalydès, Florence Pernel, Bernard Le Coq, Hippolyte Girardot. A look at Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to the French presidency through the lens of his unraveling marriage to then-wife Cecilia. This lampoon depicts the future president as a bold and unashamed virtuoso of political combat, whose inattention to his disintegrating domestic partnership emerges as his chief vulnerability. 105 min. DVD X7313
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Un conte de noël (Christmas Story) (2008)
Director, Arnaud Desplechin. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Mathieu Amalric, Anne Consigny, Melvil Poupaud, Emmanuelle Devos, Chiara Mastroianni, Emile Berling, Hippolyte Girardot, Laurent Capelluto, Françoise Bertin, Samir Guesmi. Junon is the matriarch of the troubled Vuillard family, who come together at Christmas when they learn she needs a bone marrow transplant from a blood relative. The Vuillard's shared history of physical and mental illness, estrangement, self harm, and loss doesn't lead itself to the idea of a cheerful holiday season. Hopefully the Christmastime reunion, a scheme concocted by three of the youngest family members, will finally bring peace to their family. Special features: "L'aimée:" Desplechin's 2007 documentary about the selling of his family home; new documentary featuring interviews with Desplechin and actors Mathieu Amalric and Catherine Deneuve; original theatrical trailers. 152 min. DVD X4060
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Conte de Printemps (A Tale of Springtime) (1989)
Directed by Eric Rohmer. Cast: Anne Teyssedre, Hugues Quester, Florence Darel. Romantic comedy about Jeanne, a philosophy teacher who doesn't want to stay at her boyfriend's apartment while he's away. At a party, she meets Natacha who invites Jeanne to stay with her at her father's place, since he's at his girlfriend's most of the time. What Natacha really wants is to start a romance between Jeanne and her father. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. 103 min. DVD 6387
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Conte d'Hiver (A Winter's Tale) (1988)
Directed by Eric Rohmer. Cast: Charlotte Very, Frederick Van Den Driessche, Herve Furic, Michel Voletti. On holiday in Brittany, Felice has an idyllic romance which results in the birth of her child. She loses touch with the father and becomes obsessed with the lost love of her life. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. 110 min. DVD 6388
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Conte d'Ete (A Summer's Tale) (1989)
Directed by Eric Rohmer. Cast: Melvil Poupaud, Amanda Langlet, Aurelia Nolin, Gwenaelle Simon. A graduate student takes a vacation and while waiting for his girlfriend, he becomes attracted to two other women. For the next three weeks, he must decide which woman he wants. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. 113 min. DVD 6389
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Conte d'automne (An Autumn Tale) (1990)
Directed by Eric Rohmer. Cast: Marie Riviere, Beatrice Romand, Alain Libolt, Didier SAndré , Alexia Portal. Best friends Magali, a widowed winegrower, and Isabelle, a happily married bookshop owner, have known each other since childhood. Magali admits that she would enjoy some male companionship, prompting Isabelle to place a lonely hearts ad on her behalf, with unexpected results. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. 107 min. DVD 6390
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Awards
National Society of Film Critics Best Foreign Language Film

La Coquille et le clergyman (The Seashell and the Clergyman) (1927)
Directed by Germaine Dulac. A clergyman, committed by his calling to celibacy but in love with a romantic beauty, is afflicted by sexual torments he is unable to resolve. Silent with music and French intertitles. 32 min. DVD 4095; vhs 999:838
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Le Corbeau (The Raven) (1943)
Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Cast: Pierre Fresnay, Ginette Leclerc, Micheline Francey, Helena Manson, Jeanne Frusier-Gir, Sylvie, Liliane Maigne, Pierre Larquey, Noel Roquevert. A mysterious writer of poison pen letters, known only as Le Corbeau, plagues a French provincial town, unwittingly exposing the collective suspicion and rancor seething beneath the community's calm surface. Brilliantly captures the spirit of paranoid pettiness and self-loathing turning an occupied French town into a twentieth-century Salem style witch-hunt. Made during the Nazi occupation of France, the film was attacked from all sides and banned after the Liberation. 91 min. DVD 3276; vhs 999:1650
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Le Corniaud (The Sucker) (France / Italy, 1964)
Directed by Gérard Oury. Cast: Bourvil, Louis de Funes, Venantino Venantini, Jacques Eyser, Henri Virlojeux. After the luxury car of an import-export businessman crashes into his car, Antoine Marechal is offered, as compensation, an all-expenses-paid trip to Naples in a Cadillac. Marechal accepts eagerly, never dreaming what he is transporting. 90 min. vhs 999:3174
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Coup de Torchon (1981)
Directed by Bernard Tavernier. Cast: Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Stephane Audran, Eddy Mitchell, Guy Marchand, Irené Skobline. After Lucien Cordier, the only police officer in a small African village is ridiculed by the local pimp, cheated on by his wife, and suffers his mistresses being beaten, he begins to get rid of the evil ones in his life. 128 min. DVD 1797
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Speck, Oliver C. "The cesspool of colonial cinema: Coup de torchon by Bertrand Tavernier." Studies in French Cinema, 2006, Vol. 6 Issue 3, p207-217, 11p UC users only

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Coup pour coup (Blow for Blow)(France / West Germany, 1971)
Director, Marin Karmitz. Cast: Anne-Marie Bacquiér, Danielle Chinsky, Eva Damien, Maité Delamarre, Annick Fougery, Jean Hébert, Anne Lipinska, Christiane Rorato, Andre Rouyer, Jean Tervoort, André Watt. Collectively made by more than 100 factory workers, peasants, students, musicians and film-makers, this is a fictionalized account of a wildcat strike at a garment factory in France during which the seamstresses demand better working conditions. Special features: [Disc 1] preface and interviews (75 min.) ; [Disc 2] Le journal du tournage de Coup pour coup / document exclusif commente par Marin Karmitz (121 min.) ; Le conflict LIP 1973-1974 / Dominique Dubosc (59 min.) ; Presentation de Dominique Dubosc (10 min.) 161 min. DVD X2062
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Le couple témoin (The Model Couple)(France / Switzerland, 1977)
Director, William Klein. Cast: Andre Dussolier, Anemone, Georges Descri?eres, Jacques Boudet. The French Ministry of the Future chooses two "normal", white, middle-class citizens for a national experiment. They will be monitored and displayed on television in a model apartment outfitted with state-of-the-art products and non-stop surveillance--the template for "a new city for the new man." 101 min. DVD 9849
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Rapfogel, Jared. "The Delirious Fictions of William Klein.." Cineaste; Fall2008, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p20-23, 4p UC users only

Cour Toujours (Dad on the Run) (2000)
Director, Dante Desarthe. Cast: Clément Sibony, Rona Hartner, Isaac Sharry, Marie Desgranges, Emmanuelle Devos. Jonah, a young musician and father to a newborn son, learns at the last minute that, according to an obscure Jewish custom, he must rush to bury the foreskin of his just-circumcised son. 89 min. DVD 1709
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Cousin cousine (1975)
Directed by Jean-Charles Tacchella. Cast: Marie Christine Barrault, Victor Lanoux, Marie-France Pisier, Guy Marchand, Ginette Garcin, Sybil Maas. During the chaos of a large wedding replete with drunken relatives, two cousins by marriage meet for the first time. Marthe has an adulterer for a husband, while Ludovic is burdened with a hyperactive, over-sensitive wife, and both are dissatisfied with life. Deciding that they should see more of each other, they find that they greatly enjoy each other's company. PAL, region 2. 91 min. DVD X3928
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Les Cousins (The Cousins) (1959)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. Cast: Gérard Blain, Jean Claude Brialy, Juliette Mayniel, Claude Cerval. A sly moral fable about a provincial boy who comes to live with his sophisticated bohemian cousin in Paris. Through these seeming opposites, the filmmaker conjures a piercing, darkly comic character study that questions notions of good and evil, love and jealousy, and success in the modern world. Special DVD features: 2011 documentary by filmmaker Pierre-Henri Gibert about the making of Les cousins ; theatrical trailer ; booket featuring an essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty. 110 min. DVD X6532; vhs 999:673
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Crainquebille (1922)
Directed by Jacques Feyder. Cast: Maurice de Feraudy, Françoise Rosay, Felix Oudart. In this great satirical classic of the French cinema a Parisian street merchant is unjustly accused and jailed but afterwards finds happiness as a tramp. 77 min. DVD 6474
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Le Crime de Monsieur Lange (Crime of Monsieur Lange) (1936)
Directed by Jean Renoir. Cast: René Lefevre, Florelle, Jules Berry, Marcel Levesque, Sylvia Bataille, Nadia Sibirskaia. A group of workers take over a publishing house when its crooked owner, Batala, absconds. Batala returns to resume control, but one of the workers, Lange, kills him to save the collective. 89 min. DVD X7251; vhs 999:583
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Les croix de bois (Wooden Crosses) (1932)
Directed by Raymond Bernard. Cast: Pierre Blanchar, Gabriel Gabrio, Charles Vanel, Raymond Aimos, Antonin Artaud, Paul Azais, Rene Bergeron, Raymond Cordy. Film adaptation of the anti-war novel by Roland Dorgelès that follows a French regiment in World War I as it trudges from patriotism to disillusionment. 113 min. DVD 8175
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Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
Directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau. Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Jacques Weber, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez, Roland Bertin. Cyrano, a master swordsman and poet, feels he cannot woo his beloved Roxane due to an unfortunate physical flaw: his grotesquely large nose. Resigning himself to helping another suitor, the dashing yet tongue-tied Christian, Cyrano uses his mastery of words to win Roxane for him. But when Roxane finds that she has fallen for Christian's mind - and not for his beauty - which of her two suitors will finally possess her heart? 138 min. DVD X2841; vhs 999:505
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Awards

Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
César Awards - Best Film; Best Director
Toronto International Film Festival - People's Choice Awards

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Daddy Nostalgie (1992)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Jane Birkin, Odette Laure, Emmanuelle Bataille, Charlotte Kady. A drama about reconciliation and family ties. This is the story of a daughter's return to the family villa to spend time with her mother and her dying father. Daddy and daughter have never been close, but they begin to develop a belated bond of intimacy and come to know and understand one another for the first time. 105 min. DVD 8827
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Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (The Ladies of the Bois de Boulogne) (1944)
Directed by Robert Bresson. Cast: Cast: Maria Casarès, Paul Bernard, Elina Labourdette, Lucienne Bogaert, Jean Marchat. Hélène, a sophisticated but jaded socialite, realizes she has become indifferent to her longtime lover so she introduces him to her friend Agnes, hoping they will be attracted to one another. They are, but Agnes has a dark secret in her past, one which jeopardizes any chance for their happiness together. 83 min. DVD 2476; vhs 999:1342
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Danton(France / Poland / West Germany, 1982)
Directed by Andrzej Wajda. Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Wojciech Pszoniak, Patrice Chereau, Roger Planchon, Jacques Villeret, Angela Winkler, Georges Danton, the popular revolutionary leader, returns to Paris at a time when the new Republic is in disarray. Maximilien Robespierre and his allies have set up a monstrous dictatorship, beginning the infamous "Reign of Terror." Danton pleads with the people for an end to the bloodshed which violates the spirit of their revolution. 166 min. DVD X1609; vhs 999:198
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Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
César Awards - Best Director

De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) (France, 2005)
Directed by Jacques Audiard. Cast: Romain Duris, Niels Arestrup, Linh-Dan Pham, Aure Atika, Emmanuelle Devos, Jonathan Zaccai, Gilles Cohen. In this remake of Fingers, Tom, a ne'er-do-well, works with two scheming real estate men who have little or no morals. He decides to return to the piano and become a concert pianist, like his mother. His piano teacher is a Chinese piano virtuoso who has recently come to live in France. She doesn't speak a lick of French so music becomes the only language they have in common. Before long, Jacques' bid to be a better person means that he begins to yearn for true love. But, when he finally has the chance of winning his best friend's wife, his passion only succeeds in scaring her. And then, one day, his dubious past comes to light... 107 min. DVD X608
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Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
César Awards - Best Film; Best Director

Dobson, Julia. "Jacques Audiard and the filial challenge." Studies in French Cinema; 2007, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p179-189, 11p UC users only

Décade prodigieuse (Ten Days' Wonder) (Italy / France, 1972)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. Cast: Orson Welles, Anthony Perkins, Marlene Jobert, Michel Piccoli. Divided into 10 days, the story focuses on the wealthy Van Horns. Orson Welles plays the eccentric tycoon who lives in an Alsatian chateau with his young wife and his adopted son, a sculptor given to hallucinatory fits that cause him to fear he has unknowingly committed murder. Of course, wife and son are having a passionate affair and being blackmailed, which sets in dizzying motion the complex plot. 105 min. DVD 1730
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Dédée d'Anvers (1947)
Directed by Yves Allégret. Cast: Simone Signoret, Bernard Blier. Dédée works as a prostitute in the "Big Moon" nightclub. She falls in love with an Italian sailor, Francesco, with consequences for all those around them. 100 min. DVD X2716
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Le déclin de l'empire Américain (The Decline of the American Empire) (Canada, 1986)
Directed by Denys Arcand. Cast: Dominique Michel, Dorothee Berryman, Louise Portal, Pierre Curzi, Remy Girard, Yves Jacques, Genevieve Rioux, Daniel Briere, Gabriel Arcand. Four university teachers gather to prepare a dinner. Remy is a married man, Claude a homosexual, Pierre has a girlfriend and Alain is a bachelor. Amongst them, they discuss sex, the female body and their affairs with them. Their dinner guests Louis, Dominique, Diane and Danielle are waiting at a health gym. They also discuss sex, the female body and, naturally, men. Later in the evening they meet and have dinner where candid conversations are brought out at the dinner table, where more revelations, confrontation - and sex - begin. 102 min. DVD X3765
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Delicatessen (France, 1991)
Directors, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro. Cast: Dominique Pino, Marie-Laure Dougnac, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Karin Viard. In this futuristic comedy, set in a starving, post-holocaust France, a butcher keeps his customers supplied by his cannibalistic tendencies. But when his daughter falls in love with a circus performer, only an underground band of vegetarian freedom fighters can save her beloved from the meat cleaver. 100 min. DVD 5505; also DVD 2648 (PAL, 95 min.)
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Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (The Young Girls of Rochefort) (1967)
Directed by Michel Legrand. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, George Chakiris, Françoise Dorleac, Jacques Perrin, Michel Piccoli. Delphine and Solange are twin sisters living in the picturesque seaside village of Rochefort-- Delphine teaches dance while Solange composes and gives piano lessons. As the girls dream of success and romance in the far-off big city, they don't realize that true love may be just around the corner. 112 min. DVD 1172
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La Demoiselle d'honneur (The Bridesmaid) (France | Germany | Italy, 2004)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. Cast: Benoît Magimel, Laura Smet, Aurore Clément, Bernard Le Coq, Solène Bouton, Anna Mihalcea. It's love at first sight when bridesmaid Senta falls into the life of a handsome young Phillipe at the wedding of his younger sister. As passion for one another intensifies, Phillipe slowly discovers that Senta is shrouded in mystery. When one day she asks Phillipe to perform a terrible deed as proof of his love for her, Phillipe must come to terms with who his lover might really be. Based on the novel by Ruth Rendell. 106 min. DVD X3327
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La Dentellière (Lacemaker) (France / Switzerland / West Germany, 1977)
Directed by Claude Goretta. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Yves Beneyton, Florence Giorgetti, Anne-Marie Duringer. A shy beautician falls rapturously in love with a handsome student who is captivated by her gracefulness but his inability to appreciate her inner beauty leads to heartbreaking tragedy for the fragile young woman. 107 min. vhs 999:2904
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Cardullo, Bert. "The Employment of Time." Hudson Review. Summer2003, Vol. 56 Issue 2, p345-354. 10p. UC users only
Cardullo, Bert. "The Fall of Beatrice, the Salvation of Pomme: Simultaneity and Stillness in Goretta's The Lacemaker." New Orleans Review 8. 1 (1981 Winter): 15-20.
Parker, Gillian." "La Dentellière." Film Quarterly, Fall 1978, Vol. 32, p51-55, 5p UC users only
Birchall, Bridget. "From nude to metteuse-en-scìne: Isabelle Huppert, image and desire in La Dentellière (Goretta, 1977)and La Pianiste (Haneke, 2001)." Studies in French Cinema, 22005, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p5-15, 11p UC users only
Martineau, Barbara Halpern. "The Lacemaker vs. Free Breathing" Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media 19 (1978 Dec): 12-14.
Powrie, Philip. "Towards an Ethics of Intermediality: Text, Intertext and Identification i La Dentellière. " Literature Film Quarterly. 2002, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p92. 6p UC users only
Simon, John. "Delicate Lacework." National Review, 1/20/1978, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p103, 3p UC users only

Le Dernier métro (Last Metro) (1980)
Directed by François Truffaut. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Jean Poiret, Heinz Bennent. In Nazi-occupied Paris the jewish director of the Montmartre theatre is in hiding. In his absence, the theatre is run by his wife who is determined to protect her husband. Special features DVD X1689: Disc one: New audio commentary by Annette Insdorf, author of François Truffaut; audio commentary by actor Gérard Depardieu, historian Jean-Pierre Azéma, and Truffaut biographer Serge Toubiana. Disc two: Deleted scene; French television excerpts featuring interviews with Truffaut and actors Catherine Deneuve, Depardieu, and Jean Poiret; new video interviews with actors Andréa Ferréol, Sabine Haudepin, and Paulette Dubost, second assistant director Alain Tasma, and camera assistants Florent Bazin and Tessa Racine, in which they discuss The last metro's ensemble performances and visual style; a video interview with the celebrated cinematographer Nestor Almendros, detailing his collaborations with Truffaut; "Une histoire d'eau," a 1958 short film by Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard; theatrical trailer.131 min. DVD X1689; also DVD 1216
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César Awards - Best Film; Best Director

Le Dernier tango à Paris (Last Tango in Paris; Ultimo tango a Parigi) (Italy / France, 1972)
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Cast: Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Maria Michi, Giovanna Galletti, Jean-Pierre Leaud. An American widower in Paris, desolate at the unexplained suicide of his wife, plunges into an erotic affair with a young French girl half his age with tragic consequences 131 min. DVD 303
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Désiré (1937)
Directed by Sacha Guitry. Cast: Sacha Guitry, Jacqueline Delubac, Jacques Baumer, Saturnin Fabre, Alys Delonde, Arletty, Pauline Carton. A valet begins a flirtation with his employer, who is in turn involved with a class-obsessed politician. 97 min. DVD X4410
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Moine, RaphaŽlle. "The star as the 'great man' in French cinema:the example of Sacha Guitry." Studies in French Cinema, 2004, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p77-86, 10p UC users only
Pullar, Ellen. "'A star who is not like the others': Arletty's publicity persona during the 1930s." Studies in French Cinema, 2012, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p7-19, 13p UC users only

Détective (1985)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Nathalie Baye, Claude Brasseur, Johnny Hallyday, Laurent Terzieff, Aurelle Doazan, Jean-Pierre Leaud. A take on modern morality and popular culture set amidst the confines of a decaying Parisian hotel. The plot is set in motion when a miserably married couple attempt to collect a debt from mob-plagued boxing manager, the mischievously named Jim Fox Warner. Meanwhile, a house detective tries to solve an old murder case. 94 min. DVD 9296
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Les Deux Anglaises (Two English Girls) (1971)
Directed by François Truffaut. Cast: Jean-Pierre Leaud, Kika Markham, Stacey Tendeter, Sylvia Marriott, Philippe Leotard. Two English sisters at the turn of the century are in love with the same man for seven years. His inability to choose between them (compounded by his overpossessive mother), and the girls' own powerful passions -- both expressed and repressed -- create a painful, emotionally charged triangle. 130 min. DVD 1246; vhs 999:2421
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Deux fois cinquante ans de cinéma français (2 x 50 Years of French Cinema) (1995)
Directed by Anne-Marie Mieville and Jean-Luc Goddard. Rather than exulting the achievements of the last hundred years this entry laments the ways that cinema has been forgotten. It is a work of sadness, but also of mischievous and quirky humour. 1998. Video/C MM444

Deux ou trois choses que je sais d'elle (Two or Three Things I Know About Her) (1966)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Marina Vlady, Anny Duperey, Roger Montsoret, Jean Narboni, Christophe Bourseiller, Joseph Gehrard, Raoul Levy, Yves Beneyton, Juliet Berto, Helena Bielicic, Marie Bourseiller, Robert Chevassu, Blanding Jeanson, Benjamin Jules-Rosette, Jean-Pierre Laverne, Jean-Patrick Lebel, Anna Manga, Claude Miller, Helene Scott. The "her" in the film refers to Paris. Inspired by a real article on housewife prostitution, the film examines Godard's theory that if you lived in Paris (at the time) one had to prostitute oneself to survive. This "sociological fable" is shot through the eyes of Juliette, a housewife who spends one day a week in central Paris selling her body on the street in the hope that she will be able to escape the high rise suburban drudgery in which she lives with her family, and find happiness. Disc set includes book (50 p.) on making of the film. 84 min. DVD 8461; vhs 999:1761
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Deux secondes (2 secondes) (Canada, 1998)
Director, Manon Briand. A champion mountain bike racer named Laurie hesitates at the start gate, and the two seconds lost cost her the race--and her place on the team. Forced into retirement, she is delighted to discover a job as a bike messenger. By chance, she meets Lorenzo, a cantankerous Italian bike shop owner and former champion himself. Their mutual love and appreciation of cycling draw them together in spite of initial clashes. One night, they decide to face each other in a peculiar duel. Lorenzo shows Laurie how every victory is relative and that--speaking of relativity--speed is not the only way to bring time to a halt. 105 min. DVD 1070
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Le deuxième souffle (Second Breath)(France, 1966)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Cast: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Christine Fabrega, Raymond Pellegrin, Marcel Bozzufi, Paul Frankeur, Denis Manuel, Jean Negroni. Gustave Manda, better known as Gu, a dangerous gangster, escapes from jail. He goes to Paris to join Manouche and other friends, and becomes involved in a gangland killing. Before leaving the country with Manouche, Gu needs a final job to get some money. But that's not so simple when you have Inspector Blot tracking you, and have to deal with the consequences of the shooting in Paris. Special features: Audio commentary featuring film scholar Ginette Vincendeau; new video interview with director Bertrand Tavernier (publicity agent on the film); archival footage featuring interviews with Melville and actor Lino Ventura; original theatrical trailer; new and improved English subtitle translation; a new essay by film critic Adrian Danks. 144 min. DVD X647
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Les Diaboliques (1954)
Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Cast: Cast: Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzot, Charles Vanel, Paul Meurisse. Suspense classic that influenced the 1960 movie, Psycho, by Alfred Hitchcock. Tells the story of a sadistic headmaster of a Parisian boarding school who is murdered by his wife and mistress, whom he has mistreated. The women dump his body in a swimming pool. When the pool is drained, the body has disappeared. Then come reports of sightings, terrifying his killers. Adapted from the novel: Celle qui n'etait plus by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac. Special features (DVD X5815): New digitally restored version with extensive special features. Selected-scene commentary by French film scholar, Kelley Conway ; new video introduction with by Serge Bromberg ; new video interview with novelist and film critic Kim Newman ; original theatrical trailer ; Booklet featuring an essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty. 109 min. DVD DVD X5815; DVD 345; vhs 999:124
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Diagonale du Fou (Dangerous Moves) (1984)
Directed by Richard Dembo. Cast: Michel Piccoli, AlexAndré Arbatt, Leslie Caron, Liv Ullmann. A senior Soviet chessmaster and his former star pupil, now a dissident living in exile, square off in a highly publicized chess tournament. Both become pawns however in a much larger political game. 110 min. DVD 5543
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Diaboliquement vôtre( Italy | France | West Germany, 1967)
Director, Julien Duvivier. Cast: Alain Delon, Senta Berger, Peter Mosbacher, Claude Pieplu, Albert Augier, Sergio Fantoni. George Campo searches desperately for his sanity after a near-fatal car crash and three weeks in a coma, when he awakens to a strange new life and can't remember a thing. He becomes convinced that someone wants him dead. 93 min. DVD X4672
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Dieu est grand, je suis toute petite (God Is Great and I'm Not) (France, 2001)
Directed by Pascale Bailly. Cast: Audrey Tautou, Edouard Baer, Julie Depardieu, Atman Kelif, Catherine Jacob, Philippe Laudenbach, Mathieu Demy. Twenty-year-old model Michele's search for happiness gives new meaning to religious fervor as she enthusiastically jumps from Catholicism, Buddhism and finally attempts to convert to Judaism after meeting a handsome Jewish veterinarian. 95 min. DVD X3074
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Un dimanche à la campagne (A Sunday in the Country) (1984)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Cast: Louis Ducreux, Michel Aumont, Sabine Azema, Genevieve Mnich, Monique Chaumette. Monsieur Ladmiral, an aging impressionist painter, spends his usual Sunday afternoon visit with his family ruminating over life's small pleasures and inevitable disappointments until his daughter Irene arrives. Irene, a whirlwind of activity for whom life itself is an art, has a magical reviving effect on her father and the world suddenly takes on the beautiful hues and feelings of an Impressionist masterpiece. 94 min. DVD 8832
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Le Dîner de Cons (Dinner Game) (1998)
Director, Francis Veber. Cast: Jacques Villeret, Thierry Lhermitte, Frances Huster, Alexandra Vandernoot, Daniel Prevost, Catherine Frot. Pierre and his snobbish friends have a standing date for dinner. Every week, they compete to see who can bring the biggest idiot to the party. 80 min. DVD 3631
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Diva (1981)
Director, Jean-Jacques Beineix. Cast: Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez, Frederic André i, Richard Bohringer, Thuy An Luu, Roland Bertin, Gérard Darmon. Cynthia Hawkins is the operatic superstar whose refusal to make a recording frustrates her adoring public. A young fan named Jules makes a secret tape and is stalked by thugs who plan to blackmail the diva. Jules also accidently taped, in addition to the concert, film which proves a top mobster's role in an international sex and drug ring and now two hired killers are out to get the tape. 123 min. DVD 697; vhs 999:2953
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Allmer, Patricia. "'Window Shopping?'-Aesthetics of the Spectacular and Cinéma du Look." Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies, 2004 Feb
Dagle, Joan. "Effacing race: The discourse on gender in Diva." Post Script, Winter91, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p26-35, 10p
Garrity, Henry A. "Pop-Culture Love in Diva: Objects as Icon, Index, and Syntagma." In: Sex and love in motion pictures : proceedings of the Second Annual Film Conference of Kent State University. [Kent, Ohio] : Romance Languages Dept., Kent State University, c1984. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S45 F551 1984)
Hagen, W. M. "Performance Space in Diva." Literature Film Quarterly, 1988, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p155, 5p UC users only
Higbee, Will. "Diva." In: The cinema of France / edited by Phil Powrie. London ; New York : Wallflower, 2006. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.F7 C56 2006)
Jameson, Fredric. "On Diva." Social Text, vol. 6, pp. 114-19, 1982 Fall UC users only
Levin, David J. "Is there a text in this libido? Diva and the rhetoric of contemporary opera criticism." In: Between opera and cinema / edited by Jeongwon Joe and Rose Theresa. New York : Routledge, 2002. (Music ML2100 .B47 2002)
Powrie, Phil. "Diva's Deluxe Disasters." Nottingham French Studies, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 109-20, 1993 Spring
Powrie, Phil. "Diva: A new psychoanalytical approach." Studies in French Cinema, 2002, Vol. 2 Issue 1, p41, 9p UC users only
White, Mimi. "They All Sing Ö: Voice, Body, and Representation in Diva." Literature and Psychology, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 33-43, 1988

Domicile conjugal (Bed and Board) (1970)
Directed by François Truffaut. Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claude Jade, Hiroko Berghauer, Barbara Laage, Danièle Girard, Silvana Blasi, Daniel Boulanger, Daniel Ceccaldi, Pierre Fabre, Jacques Jouanneau, Jacques Rispal, Claude Véga. The fourth and penultimate film in Truffaut's semi-autobiographical series about Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud) depicts our hero in the early years of marriage. Antoine and Christine become the proud parents of a son, but Antoine soon tires of domesticity and is lured into a disastrous affair with a Japanese girl. 100 min. DVD 1727, part 3; DVD 337; 999:2190
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Le Dossier 51 (1978)
Directed by Michel Deville. Cast: Françoise Bellard, Patrick Chesnals, Jenny Cleve. The story of a rising French diplomat who is being recruited by an unnamed secret agency. Special features: Ni stars ni paillettes et une caméra subjective, interviews with Michel Deville and Gilles Perrault (28 min.) ; featurette Faire du cinéma : Raconter en photos (5 min). 105 min. DVD X4431
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La Double Vie de Véronique (The Double Life of Veronique) (France/Poland/Norway, 1991)
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski. Cast: Irene Jacob, Philippe Volter, Sandrine Dumas, Halina Gryglaszewska, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Jerzy Gudejko, Claude Duneton. Weronika is a Polish choir soprano, and her double, Veronique, is a French music teacher. Though they are unknown to each other, the two women share an enigmatic, purely emotional bond. The two were born on the same day and each senses that somewhere there exists another person with whom their lives are intertwined. Special features: (Disc one:) Audio commentary by film scholar Annette Insdorf; three short documentary films by Kieslowski: "Factory" (1970), "Hospital" (1976), and "Railway station" (1980); "The musicians" (1958), a short film by Kieslowski's teacher Kazimierz Karabasz; U.S. ending. -- (Disc two): "Kieslowski - dialogue" (1991), a documentary; rare behind-the-scenes footage; "1966-1988: Kieslowski, Polish filmmaker", a 2005 documentary; new video interviews with cinematographer Sawomir Idziak and composer Zbigniew Preisner; a 2005 interview with actress Ir`ene Jacob; a booklet featuring new essays by Jonathan Romney, Slavoj Zizek, and Peter Cowie, and excerpts from "Kieslowski on Kieslowski." 97 min. DVD 6605
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National Society of Film Critics Best Foreign Language Film

Le Doulos (1968)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Serge Reggiani, Jean Desailly, Michel Piccoli. A complicated thriller about the fatalistic relationship between two men, Maurice, a crook just out of prison, and Silien, a mysterious, cryptic informer caught up in the complex relationship between the criminal underworld and the police. In French without subtitles. DVD X646; copy 2 DVD 3655 (Non-US format DVD (PAL))
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Drancy avenir (France, 1997)
Directed by Arnaud des Pallières. Cast: Aude Amiot, Thierry Bosc, Anne-Lisa Nathan. Presents three stories about the Holocaust and how it affected the lives of three people: one the last Holocaust survivor, one doing research on a concentration camp in Drancy, and the third about a ship's captain and his journey into an unknown territory. This experimental film attempts to address the problem of how to explain to the next generation why Hitler's extermination of Jews and gypsies took place and found support inside and outside Germany. 84 min. DVD X3139
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Dahan, Yannick. "Drancy avenir" Positif, Jan 1998, Issue 443, p42-43, 2p UC users only
Guerin, Marie-Anne. "Drancy avenir" Cahiers du Cinéma, November 1997, Issue 518, p70-72, 3p;
Liebman, Stuart. "Drancy avenir" Cineaste 35. 1 (Winter 2009): 72-74. UC users only

Drôle de drame ou L'étrange aventure de Docteur Molyneux (Bizarre, Bizarre) (1937)
Directed by Marcel Carné. Cast: Michel Simon, Françoise Rosay, Louis Jouvet, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Jean-Louis Barrault, Nadine Vogel. A quiet botanist is the secret author of a popular crime novel. His peaceful existence is threatened when a crazed fan vows to kill the author of "The model crime." The convoluted plot involves a group of Victorian Englishmen who get so enmeshed in lies and disguises, murders and supposed murders, intrigues and romances, that Scotland Yard and the participants themselves are confused. 109 min. DVD 4793
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Turk, Edward Baron. "Marcel Carné's Deceptive Comedy...... Drôle de drame." Literature/Film Quarterly. 1980. Vol. 8, Iss. 3; p. 165 (5 pages) UC users only

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Drôle de Félix (Adventures of Felix) (2000)
Directors, Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau. Cast: Sami Bouajila, Patachou, Ariane Ascaride, Pierre-Loup Rajot, Charly Sergue, Maurice Benichou. This French comedy-drama features Felix, an unemployed, gay Frenchman of Arab descent, who has a series of adventures during a trek through the French countryside. The film examines the familiar theme of a man's search for his identity. Felix is forced to confront the anger he feels toward his father for abandoning him, and the fear and shame he feels, living as an outsider in a predominantly straight, Caucasian world. 95 min. DVD 1706
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Depuis qu'Otar est parti... (Since Otar Left) (France | Belgium | Georgia, 2003)
Directed by Julie Bertuccelli. Cast: Esther Gorintin, Nino Khomassouridze, Dinara Droukarova, Temour Kalandadze, Roussoudan Bolkvadze, Sacha Sarichvili, Douta Skhirtladze, Abdallah Moundy. Three generations of women--ninety something grandmother Eka, her middle-aged daughter Marina, and twentyish, multilingual, well-educated, lively granddaughter Ada--share a rundown flat in T'bilisi, the capital city of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Theirs is an accidental matriarchy, as Eka's beloved only son, the titular Otar, is in France. A trained doctor, he sends money home from his menial jobs as an undocumented laborer. Eka lives for his occasional letters and telephone calls, so when he is killed in an accident, Marina and Ada weave an intricate web of deception to spare the old woman from heartbreak. But what will happen when Eka decides to visit Otar in Paris? 99 min. DVD X5310
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Du coté d'Orouët (1973)
Directed by Jacques Rozier. Cast: Caroline Cartier, Danièle Croisy, Françoise Guéguan, Patrick Verde, Bernard Menez. Three single women from Paris take a three-week vacation in Orouët on the Atlantic coast of France. 154 min. DVD X5380
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L'Eclisse (Eclipse) (Italy / France, 1962)
Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Cast: Alain Delon, Monica Vitti, Francisco Rabal. A young woman, after breaking off an affair with an older man, finds herself in Rome and alone. She becomes friends with a young stockbroker, but after he has an accident, she once again finds herself alone. 123 min. DVD 3644; vhs 999:131

Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Special Jury Prize

L'ecole des facteurs (1947)
Directed by and starring Jacques Tati. "In his office, the chief postman of a French rural community puts three junior postmen through a course of intensive training. The aim is to reduce the time of their postal round so that they can catch the airmail plane on time. In the classroom, Franç
ois may be the star pupil, but when he gets back to his daily round, countless obstacles prevent him from succeeding in his mission..." [filmsdefrance.com] 18 min. Included on DVD 895
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Eden a l'ouest (Eden is West) (France | Greece | Italy, 2009)
Directed by Costa-Gavras. Riccardo Scamarcio, Juliane Köhler, Ulrich Tukur. Elias is a young man from a nameless country in the Mediterranean who has paid a smuggler a handsome fee to be hidden inside a ship making its way to Europe. When immigration authorities stage a surprise inspection, Elias jumps ship along with a number of other unauthorized passengers, and hours later washes up at a luxury resort on a Greek island. There he meets Nick Nickelby, a traveling magician who gives Elias a job as a temporary assistant and invites him to visit him in Paris. When Nickelby moves on, Elias decides to make his way to the fabled city, which is the beginning of a long and sometimes dangerous journey. Cast: 107 min. DVD X5067
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Édith et Marcel (France, 1983)
Directed by Claude Lelouch. Cast: Evelyne Bouix, Marcel Cerdan jr., Jaques Villeret, Francis Huster. This tragic musical drama chronicles the star-crossed love between beloved French singer Edith Piaf and World Middleweight boxing champion Marcel Cerdan who died in a plane crash. The tumultuous affair is paralleled by the love affair of a French POW and his young pen pal who get engaged after writing to each other for four years and having never met. Their romances are framed by the sad, torchy songs of Piaf. 156 min. DVD X2052
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Eldorado (1921)
Directed by Marcel L'Herbier. Cast: Eve Francis, Jaque Catelain, Marcel, Pardot. This early French film broke new ground with its combination of avant garde and traditional narrative techniques. This tale of a dancer rejected by her lover and forced to endure other indignities in order to support her child is told in expressionistic style, with camera angles and architectural design defining the emotional states of the characters even more than the plot. 98 min. vhs 999:3423
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Elena et les hommes (Elena and Her Men) (Italy / France, 1956)
Director, Jean Renoir. Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Jean Marais, Mel Ferrer, Jean Richard, Juliette Greco, Pierre Bertin, Magali Noel. Set amid the military maneuvers and Quatorze de Juillet carnivals of turn-of-the-century France, Jean Renoir's romantic comedy stars Ingrid Bergman as a Polish princess who drives men of all stations to fits of desperate love. 95 min. DVD 2914
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Elle s'appelait Sarah (Sarah's Key)(France, 2010)
Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner. Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Niels Arestrup, Melusine Mayance. In modern-day Paris, a journalist finds her life becoming entwined with a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel d'Hiv round up, which took place in Paris, in 1942. She stumbles upon a family secret which will link her forever to the destiny of a young Jewish girl, Sarah. Adapted from the novel by Tatiana de Rosnay. 111 min. DVD X6786
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Éloge de l'amour (In Praise of Love) (2001)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Alain Sarde, Ruth Walburger, Bruno Putzulu, Cecile Camp, Jean Davy, Françoise Verny, Audrey Klebaner, Jeremie Lippmann, Claude Baignieres. This film is divided into two sections which pivot on the death of a young woman. In Part one Edgar, a film director, has searched out Elle to star in a film he is trying to make depicting what he calls the four stages of love. The second part of the film flashes back two years to the time when Edgar first met Elle, the granddaughter of an elderly couple, veterans of the French Resistance, who were selling the rights to their story. 98 min. DVD 1817
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McNeill, Isabelle. "Phrases, monuments and ruins: melancholy history in Éloge de l'amour (2001)." Studies in French Cinema; 2003, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p111-120, 10p UC users only
Morrey, Douglas. "History of resistance / resistance of history: Godard's Éloge de l'amour (2001)." Studies in French Cinema, 2003, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p121-130, 10p UC users only
Sofair, Michael. "In Praise of Love (Éloge de l'amour)." Film Quarterly Dec 2004, Vol. 58, No. 2: 36-44. UC users only

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Emak Bakia (Silent, with intertitles in French, 1927)
Directed by Man Ray. Three experimental short films by Man Ray: Retour a la raison (1923); Emak Bakia (1927); Les mysteres du chateau du Dé; (1929). In Emak Bakia all the principles of surrealism are followed as Man Ray uses light patterns from rotating objects to exhibit his early Dadaistic affiliations. Retour a la raison was made by sprinkling various items on raw stock and exposing them to light. In Les mystères du château du Dé, a modern villa is the scene of an unsolved mystery. 50 min.vhs 999:2267; also on vhs 999:878 and vhs 999:2001
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The Emperor of Peru (France | Canada, 1982)
Directed by Fernando Arrabal. Cast: Mickey Rooney, Anick, Jonathan Starr, Ky Huot Uk, Monique Mercure, Guy Hoffmann. This charming story follows two siblings, Toby and Liz whose family temporarily decides to foster a young Cambodian boy, Hoang. The three children soon discover a crippled railroad engineer in the woods who sparks a string of fantasies and wild ideas which culminate in their decision to restore an abandoned train so they can go to Cambodia to reunite the boy with his family. 81 min. DVD X2899
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L'emploi du temps (Time Out) (France, 2001)
Directed by Laurent Cantet. Cast: Aurélien Recoing, Karin Viard, Serge Livrozet. Tells the story of Vincent, a middle-class family man recently fired from his drab, middle-management job. Unable to tell his family about his firing, Vincent spends his workdays driving around the French countryside - "business trips" he tells his wife - keeping intact the reassuring routine of going to work and coming home to his wife and kids. As his family grows suspicious of his evasive behavior, Vincent is forced to spin a new tale, pretending to get a job working for the U.N. In a bid to keep the money coming in, he recruits old friends to invest in an imaginary emerging-markets investment scheme. Vincent also falls in with Jean-Michel, a black market dealer whose ignominious past serves as an ominous warning for Vincent's present course. Despite his efforts to maintain an undisturbed surface, Vincent's wife begins to suspect something amiss. 128 min. DVD X4383
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En compagnie d'Antonin Artaud (My Life and Times with Antonin Artaud) (France, 1993)
Directed by Gérard Mordillat. Cast: Sami Frey, Marc Barbe, Julie Jezequel, Valerie Jeannet, Clotilde de Bayser, Charlotte Valandrey. Presents the last two years of the life of French poet, madman, genius, and theatrical impressario, Antonin Artaud. Based on the diaries of Jacques Prevel, a poet who befriended Artaud in 1946 when he was released from an insane asylum. Special features: Documentary by Gerard Mordillat and Jerome Prieur (1933, 21 min.) "Jacques Prevel, de colere et de haine," an intimate portrait of the poet Jacques Prevel, a very close disciple of Artaud, based on the accounts of those close to him ; booklet including interviews with the directors and profiles of the participants ; optional subtitles ; scene selection. 93 min. DVD 5094
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L'Enfant (The Child) (2005)
Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Cast: Jeremie Renier, Deborah Francois, Jeremie Segard, Fabrizio Rongione, Olivier Gourmet. When a small-time crook and his young girlfriend have a child, he decides to sell the baby for money. When his girlfriend finds out, she goes into shock. While she recovers in the hospital, he tries to get their son back and redeem himself. 96 min. DVD 6096
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival: Palme d'Or

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L'Enfant sauvage (The Wild Child) (1969)
Directed by François Truffaut. A film based upon the true journal account of a French physician, Dr. Jean-Marc-Gaspard Itard of the National Institute for the Deaf and Dumb, Paris, who undertook the task of effecting the education of a child found living like an animal in the forest in 1798. Itard, whose teaching strategies survive today in the Montessori Method, was unsure whether he was helping a savage become human or turning a forest child into a semi-civilized idiot. 86 min. DVD 1263; vhs 999:1420
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National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film; Best Director

Les Enfants du paradis (Children of Paradise) (1949)
Directed by Marcel Carné. Cast: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir, Maria Casares. Story of theatrical society in 19th century Paris and the love between the mime Debureau and the beautiful courtesan Garance who is also loved by an aristocrat, a criminal, and an actor. 195 min. DVD 1126; vhs 999:539 (2 cassettes)
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Pullar, Ellen. "'A star who is not like the others': Arletty's publicity persona during the 1930s." Studies in French Cinema, 2012, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p7-19, 13p UC users only

Les enfants du siècle (Children of the century)(1999)
Directed by Diane Kurys. Cast: Juliette Binoche, Benoit Magimel, Stefano Dionisi, Robin Renucci, Karin Viard, Isabelle Carre, Patrick Chesnais, Arnaud Giovanetti, Denis Podalydès, Olivier Foubert, Marie-France Mignal, Michel Robin. A dramatization of the love affair between the authors George Sand and Alfred de Musset that scandalized their families, friends and the salons of Paris in nineteenth century France. 137 min. DVD 8161
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Des enfants gâtés (Spoiled Children) (1997)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Cast: Michel Piccoli, Christine Pascal, Michel Aumont, Gerard Jugnot. A succesful writer sequesters himself in a drab modern apartment to finish his latest script, but is drawn into an affair with a beautiful young and unemployed publisher's assistant and into her involvement with a fight for tennants' rights against a landlord who believes in neither human dignity nor architectural beauty. 110 min. DVD 8828
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Les enfants terrible(1950)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Cast: Nicole Stephane, Edouard Dermithe, Renee Cosima, Jacques Bernard, Roger Gaillard, Maurice Revel, Adeline Aucoc. Voice: Jean Cocteau. Elisabeth is very protective of her teenage brother Paul, who has been injured in a snowball fight at school and has to rest in bed most of the time. The siblings are inseparable, living in the same room, fighting, playing secret games, and rarely leaving the house. Paul's friend, Gerard, often drops by to stay with them. One day Elisabeth brings home Agathe to live with them. She bears a strong resemblance to Dargelos, a schoolboy whom Paul had a crush on and the same boy who injured him. When Paul and Agathe become attracted to each other, Elizabeth becomes very jealous. Special features: Audio commentary by writer, film critic, and journalist Gilbert Adair; interviews with producer Carole Weisweiller, actors Nicole Stephane and Jacques Bernard, and assistant director Claude Pinoteau; "Around Jean Cocteau" (2003), a short video by filmmaker Noel Simsolo discussing Cocteau and Melville's creative relationship; theatrical trailer; gallery of behind-the-scenes stills; a booklet featuring a new essay by critic Gary Indiana, a tribute by Stephane, an excerpt from Rui Nogueira's "Melville on Melville" and drawings by Cocteau. Based on the 1929 novel "Les enfants terribles" by Jean Cocteau. 106 min. DVD 8315
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Sterritt, David. "Les Enfants terribles." Cineaste. Spring 2008. Vol. 33, Iss. 2; pg. 60, 3 pgs UC users only
Turk, Edward Baron. "The Film Adaptation of Cocteau's Les Enfants terribles." Cinema Journal, Spring80, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p25-40, 16pUC users only

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L'enfer (1994)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. Cast: Emmanuelle Beart, Francois Cluzet, André Wilms, Marc Lavoine, Nathalie Cardone, Mario David, Christiane Minazzoli, Dora Doll, Jean-Pierre Cassel. Paul and Nelly are a picture-perfect bride and groom and work hard to make their hotel a success. However, Paul can't shake the nagging feeling that Nelly is having an affair, and his jealousy grows to insane proportions. 100 min. DVD 6604
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The Enter the Void (France | Germany | Italy | Canada, 2009)
Directed by Gaspar Noé. Cast: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy, Olly Alexander, Masato Tanno. "Tokyo's nasty underside, seen primarily through the eyes of Oscar, a druggie, whose sister Linda is a stripper. Oscar also has flashbacks to his childhood when trauma upends the siblings. Oscar's drug-fed hallucinations alter Tokyo's already-disconcerting nights, and after the police shoot him, he can float above and look down: on his sister's sorrow, on the rooms of a love hotel, and on life at even a molecular level. The spectrum's colors can be beautiful; it's people's colorless lives that can be ugly. And what of afterlife, is there more than a void?" [IMDB] 161 min. DVD X5558
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Entr'acte (Avant garde. #2) (1924)
Directed by René Clair. Three experimental films produced in the 1920s: Entr'acte, by René Clair (1924); Symphonie diagonale, by Viking Eggeling (1924); L'Etoile de mer, by Man Ray (1928). 42 min.DVD 4095; also on DVD 1274; vhs 999:289
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Entre les murs (The Class) (2008)
Directed by Laurent Cantet. Cast: François Bégaudeau, Nassim Amrabt, Laura Baquela, Juliette Demaille, Cherif Bounaïdja Rachedi. François and his fellow teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough neighborhood. Armed with the best intentions, they brace themselves to not let discouragement stop them from trying to give the best education to their students. Cultures and attitudes often clash in the classroom, a microcosm of contemporary France. As amusing and inspiring as the teenaged students can be, their difficult behavior can still jeopardize any teacher's enthusiasm for the low-paying job. François insists on an atmosphere of respect and diligence. Neither stuffy nor severe, his extravagant frankness often takes the students by surprise. But his classroom ethics are put to the test when his students begin to challenge his methods. Inspired by the novel Entre les murs by François Bégaudeau. 130 min. DVD X1877
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival: Palme d'Or

L'Esquive (Games of Love & Chance) (2003)
Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. Cast: Osman Elkharraz, Sara Forestier, Sabrina Ouazani, Nanou Benhamou, Haffet Ben-Ahmed, Aurelie Ganito, Carole Franck, Hajar Hamlili, Rachid Hami, Meriem Serbah, Hanane Mazouz, Sylvain Phan. A sensitive portrait of a group of teenagers living in the projects outside Paris and surviving in a world marginalized by society. Set during preparations for a school production, it captures the affections, quarrels, and jealousies as well as the budding romance between childhood friends Krimo, who is very shy, and Lydia, the fiery blonde star of the school production. 117 min. DVD 5446
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Awards
César Awards - Best Film; Best Director

Nettelbeck, Colin "Kechiche and the French Classics: Cinema as Subversion and Renewal of Tradition." French Cultural Studies October 2007 18: 307-319, UC users only
Porton, Richard. "Marivaux in the 'Hood: An Interview with Abdellatif Kechiche." Cineaste, Winter2005, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p46-49, 4pUC users only
Swamy, Vinay. "Marivaux in the suburbs: Reframing language in Kechiche's L'Esquive (2003)." Studies in French Cinema; 2007, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p57-68, 12p UC users only
Strand, Dana. "Être et parler: Being and speaking French in Abdellatif Kechiche's L'Esquive (2004) and Laurent Cantet's Entre les murs (2008)." Studies in French Cinema, 2009, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p259-272, 14p UC users only

D'Est (Belgium / France / Portugal, 1993)
Directed by Chantal Akerman. Filmmaker Akerman makes a voyage from East Germany, across Poland and the Baltics, to Moscow, shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Bloc. Without dialogue or commentary, but with a soundtrack rich in the noises and voices of these lands, the film is composed of faces, landscapes, cities and ordinary lives -- fascinating and unforgettable. 110 min. DVD X2303
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Et Dieu... créa la femme (And God Created Woman) (France / Italy, 1956)
Directed by Roger Vadim. Juliette Hardy (Brigitte Bardot) is sexual dynamite, and has the men of a French town panting. Antoine, the only man who moves her wouldn't dream of settling down with a woman considered the town tramp. While Antoine's away, his younger brother Michel proposes to Juliette and she accepts out of liking rather than love. But what will happen when Antoine returns? 92 min. En francais: DVD 3582
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Leahy, Sarah. "The matter of myth: Brigitte Bardot, stardom and sex." Studies in French Cinema; 2003, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p71-81, 11p UC users only
Mancini, Michele "So Who Created...Vadim." (Interview). Film Comment XXIV/2, Mar-Apr 88; p.18-23. Director Roger Vadim discusses highlights of his career, and his remake "And God created woman".

État de siège (State of Siege) (France / West Germany / Italy, 1973)
Directed by Costa Gavras. Cast: Yves Montand, Renato Salvatori, O. E. Hasse. A drama based on the true story of the interrogation and execution of CIA agent Dan Mitrione by urban guerillas, the Tupamoros of Uruguay. Kidnapped by the revolutionaries, Mitrone who had been training the country's police in sophisticated counter-insurgency and torture techniques, was held hostage in exchange for the release of political prisoners. Shot in Chile with the approval of President Allende shortly before his assassination, the film was the first to detail the uglier side of the kind of paramilitary training that the U.S. has often performed for its allies. PAL format tape. 120 min. vhs 999:3237
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L'éternel retour (Eternal Return) (1943)
Directed by Jean Delannoy; screenplay, Jean Cocteau. A young man and his uncle have a deep friendship that is threatened when the young man falls in love with the uncle's wife. 100 min. vhs 999:231
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Sims, Gregory. "'Tristan en chandail': poetics as politics in Jean Cocteau's 'L'Eternel Retour.'" (cinema of the Occupation) French Cultural Studies, Feb 1998 v9 n1 p19(32) UC users only

Cocteau, Jean. Three screenplays: L'Eternel retour, Orphée, La Belle et la bête. Translated from the French by Carol Martin-Sperry. New York, Grossman Publishers, 1972. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 C6 1972)

Étoile de mer (Starfish; Avant garde #2) (1928)
Directed by Man Ray. Three experimental films produced in the 1920s: Symphonie diagonale, by Viking Eggeling (1924); L'Etoile de mer, by Man Ray (1928); Entr'acte, by René Clair (1924). 42 min. DVD 4191; also included on vhs 999:2267; 999:2001; 999:289
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Exiles (France / Japan, 2004)
Directed by Tony Gatlif. Cast: Romain Duris, Lubna Azabal, Leila Makhlouf, Zouhir Gacem, Habib Cheikh. A young couple, both of Arabic descent, leave Paris with no money, jobs, or connections, and travel to their ancestral home of Algeria. In search of re-connecting to their roots, they cross three countries by foot, bus, train, and hitched rides. 104 min. DVD 5393
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Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (Amélie from Montmartre) (France / Germany, 2001)
Director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Cast: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Serge Merlin. Amelie is a young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood; misdiagnosed with an unusual heart condition, Amelie didn't attend school with other children, but spent most of her time in her room, where she developed a keen imagination and an active fantasy life. Despite all this, Amelie has grown into a healthy and beautiful young woman who works in a cafe and has a whimsical, romantic nature. She decides to step into the lives of others around her to help them out. 122 min. DVD 1214
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Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics' Choice Awards
César Awards - Best Film; Best Director
Toronto International Film Festival - People's Choice Awards

Familia (Family) (Canada, 2005)
Directed by Louise Archambault. Cast: Sylvie Moreau, Macha Grenon, Mylene St-Sauveur, Juliette Gosselin, Vincent Graton. Familia: Mimi, a divorced aerobics instructor, who's up to her ears in debt, leaves Montreal with her 14-year-old daughter and moves in with her childhood friend, Janine. Mimi's rebellious teenage daughter and Janine's shy daughter become friends, leading to unforseen tensions that force both generations to reassess their values. 102 min. DVD 6322
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Fanfan la Tulipe (Italy | France, 1952)
Directed by Christian-Jaque. Cast: Gérard Philipe, Gina Lollobrigida, Marcel Herrand, Olivier Hussenot, Henri Rollan, Nerio Bernardi, Jean Marc Tennberg, Geneviève Page, Sylvie Pelayo, Lolita de Silva, Irène Young, Georgette Anys, Hennery, Lucien Callamand, Gil Delamare, Jackie Blanchot, Joe Davray, Gerard Buhr, Georges Demas, Jean Parédès, Noël Roquevert, Jean Debucourt. Charming rogue Fanfan flits from one adventure to the other after evading marriage by joining the army in the midst of the Seven Years' War. He's motivated less by patriotism than by a consultation with Adeline, a voluptuous phony fortuneteller who promises that he will find glory in the army, even win the hand of King Louis XV's daughter. Herself the daughter of a recruiting sergeant, Adeline is a charlatan, but the irrepressible Fanfan sets about fulfilling his "destiny," even as his would-be soothsayer finds herself falling in love with him. 99 min. DVD X4066
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Fanny (Fanny Trilogy) (1932)
Directed by Marcel Pagnol. This is the second film of Pagnol's Fanny trilogy (titles: Marius, Fanny, César). Fanny, daughter of a fishmonger loves Marius son of a saloon owner, who has just gone to sea for an extended period. Fanny discovers she is pregnant and marries a rich older man, to give her son legitimacy. Marius returns planning to marry Fanny, but his father knowing who fathered Fanny's child sends Marius away to prevent complications. 120 min. DVD 2751
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Fantôme de la liberté (Phantom of Liberty) (1974)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Buñuel attacks society's false ideas of liberty from religion to politics using humor from high wit to low comedy. 104 min. DVD 5921; vhs 999:989
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Fantômas (1913-1914)
Directed by Louis Feuillade. Films from the silent serial crime saga with the evil Fantômas battling Inspector Juve. Based on novels by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain. [Disc 1]. Fantômas(A l'ombre de la guillotine) (1913, 54 min.). Juve contre Fantômas(1913, 60 min.). Le mort qui tue (1913, 91 min.) -- [Disc 2]. Fantômascontre Fantomas (1914, 59 min.). Le faux magistrat (1914, 70 min.). Special features. Photography, Georges Guerin and Albert Sorgius. Cast: Rene Navarre, Edmond Breon, Georges Melchior, Renee Carl, André Luguet, Yvette André yor. Special features: Photo gallery, covers of the novels, sinister crime stories of the time, illustrated filmographies, a comparison of the original novels with the films, interviews with Marcel Allain, clips from the show "Pour le plaisir" (Rendez-vous avec Fantômas, created by Georges Franju, 1966) and "Bonnes adresses pour rever" (created by Roland Bernard, 1969). DVD 5868

Farinelli, il Castrato (Belgium / France / Italy / USA, 1994)
Directed by Gérard Corbiau. Cast: Stefano Dionisi, Enrico Lo Verso, Elsa Zylberstein, Jeroen Krabbé. The true story of a world famous castrato in the 18th century. With charisma, talent, drive and success, Farinelli had everything: money, talent, fame, women, and the voice of an angel. He becomes obsessed with earning the respect of his brother's rival, the composer Handel. 110 min. DVD X1393
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Awards
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Fascination (France, 1979)
Director, Jean Rollin. Cast: Brigitte Lahaie, Franca Mai, Jean-Marie Lemaire, Cyril Val. Fascination follows a swaggering thief who hides out in a lavish chateau, holding the occupants at gunpoint. When night falls, he realizes that these two maids are not only deadlier than he imagined, but are gatekeepers to a ring of women with a thirst for blood. 81 min. DVD X6905
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Black, Andy "Clocks, seagulls, Romeo and Juliet Jean Rollin interviewed ." Kinoeye, vol. 2, no. 7, 2002 Apr 15
Cherry, Brigid. "The Universe of Madness and Death: Jean Rollin's Fascination (1979)." Kinoeye, vol. 2, no. 7, 2002 Apr 15
Kalat, David. "Exoticism and eroticism in French horror cinema: A brief introduction to the world of Jean Rollin." Kinoeye, Vol 2 Issue 7 15 April 2002
McCann, Ben. "Pierced Borders, Punctured Bodies: the Contemporary French Horror Film." Australian Journal of French Studies Volume 45, Number 3 / September - December 2008 UC users only
Tohill, Cathal. "Back to the Beach: The Films of Jean Rollin." In: Immoral tales : European sex & horror movies 1956-1984 / Cathal Tohill & Pete Tombs. New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H6 T64 1995)

Faubourg 36 (Paris 36)(France / Germany / Czech Republic, 2008)
Directed by Christophe Barratier. Cast: Gérard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac, Kad Merad, Nora Arnezeder. When Pigoil's adulterous wife leaves with his beloved son, he gambles everything to get him back. As the previous manager of the now closed Chansonia Theatre, he makes a deal with the new owner to give him one month to turn the theater around and make a profit. Special features: Deleted scenes ; commentary with director Christophe Barratier and actress Nora Arnezeder ; Nora Arnezeder: the young revelaton's beautiful adventure ; The film locations: Thomas Lautner's Making of ; Paris 36: interview with the actors. 120 min. DVD X2299
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Fausse alerte (The French Way) (1940)
Director, Jacques de Baroncelli. Cast: Josephine Baker, Micheline Presle, George Marchal, Raymond Aimos, Jean Tissier, Gabrielle Dorziat, Saturnin Fabre, Marguerite Perry, Lucien Baroux. A rare wartime musical comedy featuring Josephine Baker as a Parisian cabaret singer who assists two lovers in the face of their parents' disapproval while trying to re-open her nightclub. Includes Baker and chorus girls in cabaret rehearsals and performances. 74 min. vhs 999:3498
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La Fausse suivante (False Servant) (2000)
Directed by Benoît Jacquot. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Kiberlain, Pierre Arditi, Mathieu Amalric, AlexAndré Soulie. Based on the popular stage play by the 18th century author Marivaux, filmed in a theater using vintage costumes and minimal props to help retain the flavor of the stage production. An attractive heiress disguises herself as a man as she travels for a weekend getaway to the estate of her friend the Countess. En route, the heiress, introducing herself as "The Chevalier," meets Lelio, the Countess's fiancee who confides that he isn't really in love with the Countess and he's hoping that someone else will take her off his hands. The heiress agrees as "the Chevalier" to romance the Countess. PAL format DVD (non-US standard). 85 min. DVD 1333
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Brunette, Peter; Peary, Gerald. "A Child of the New Wave: An Interview with Benoît Jacquot." Cineaste vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 23-27, 2000 UC users only
Frodon, Jean-Michel. "'Rester malades du cinma': Conversation entre Andrée Téchiné et Benoît Jacquot." Cahiers du Cinéma, vol. 596, pp. 18-20, December 2004
Lardoux, Xavier. Le cinema de Benoît Jacquot Paris : Editions PC, 2006. (MAIN: PN1998.3.J28 L27 2006)

La Femme d'à côté (The Woman Next Door) (1981)
Directed by François Truffaut. Featuring Gérard Depardieu, Fanny Ardant, Henri Garacin, Michele Baumgartner, Roger Van Hool, Veronique Silver. Former lovers find themselves unintentionally reunited seven years later as neighbors in a small French village. Although they are now married to different people, their ill-fated relationship rekindles, causing irrevocable damage to all parties. 106 min. DVD 1081; vhs 999:2407
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Une Femme douce (A Gentle Woman) (1969)
Directed by Robert Bresson. Dominique Sanda, Guy Frangin, Jane Lobre, Dorothee Blank, Claude Ollier. When the teenage wife of a pawnbroker suddenly and inexplicably commits suicide, her distraught husband tries to understand why. As the story unfolds in flashbacks, a pattern of miscommunication and abuse is revealed. 89 min. vhs 999:1980
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Une Femme est une femme (Woman is a Woman) (1961)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. A nightclub stripper wants to have a baby and settle down with her lover. When he refuses, she turns to his best friend. 85 min. DVD 847; vhs 999:452
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La Femme infidèle (The Unfaithful Wife) (1969)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. In this sharp comedy with a sting aimed at the facade of a loveless marriage, a man suspects his wife of infidelity so he hires a private detective to watch her, who confirms his worst fears. Darkly amusing and accurately observed, this is the film which established Chabrol as a master of the off-beat thriller. 94 min. DVD 1729; vhs 999:3205
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Une femme mariée: Suite de fragments d'un film tourné en 1964 (A Married Woman) (1964)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Macha Meril, Philippe Leroy, Bernard Noel, Roger Leenhardt, Rita Maiden. A married woman carrying on an affair with a married man discovers that she is pregnant. Double trouble follows: first, she is not sure who the father is; second, she doesn't know whether or not she loves either man. A look at modern relationships expressed largely through montages of pop art images and sounds. DVD special features: Archival 1966 interview with Chantal Goya; new video interviews with Goya, Kurant, and Jean-Luc Godard collaborator Jean-Pierre Gorin, conducted in 2005; video discussion of the film between French film scholars Freddy Buache and Dominique Paini; Swedish television footage of Godard directing the "film within the film" scene; trailers; 16-page booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Adrian Martin and a reprint of a report from the set by French journalist Philippe Labro. 98 min. DVD 4539; vhs 999:2007
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La Femme Nikita (1990)
Directed by Luc Besson. Thriller about a street junkie who is picked up and recruited against her will for training in a secret government agency as a killer. In three years time she is transformed into a beautiful and sophisticated woman, and soon falls in love with a soft-spoken romantic. When she receives a call and is ordered to kill someone she has to fight against the trap of her double life. 117 min. DVD 5948; vhs 999:1922
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Femmes du 6ème étage (The Women on the 6th Floor)(2010)
Directed by Philippe Le Guay. Cast: Carmen Maura, Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain, Natalia Verbeke, Lola Dueñas, Berta Ojea, Nuria Sole, Concho Galán. Paris, 1960. Jean-Louis lives a bourgeois existence with his neurotic socialite wife Suzanne while their children are away at boarding school. The couple's world is turned upside down when they hire Maria, a Spanish maid who introduces Jean-Louis to an alternative reality a few stories up on the sixth floor. Befriending a group of sassy Spanish maids, the women teach him there's more to life than stocks and bonds, and their influence on the house ultimately transforms everyone's life. 104 min. DVD X7195 Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

La Fiancée du pirate (A Very Curious Girl) (1969)
Directed by Nelly Kaplan. Cast: Bernadette LaFont, Georges Geret, Michel Constantin, Julien Guiomar. A beautiful peasant girl is known intimately by most of the men in her village. Tired of enduring the physical abuse and the sexual exploitation for free, she starts to charge a fee for her services. Suddenly she has more power than she ever dreamed of. 105 min. vhs 999:1821
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Giukin, Lenuta. "Demystification and Webtopia in the Films of Nelly Kaplan" Cinema Journal 42:3 (Spring 2003) Go to Journal Issue p. 96-113 UC users only
Kay, Karyn. "French Cinema: The Revenge of Pirate Jenny a Very Curious Girl: Part One." The Velvet Light Trap 9 (Summer 1973) p. 46 UC users only
Richardson, Michael. "Nelly Kaplan and Sexual Revenge." In: Surrealism and cinema / Michael Richardson. Oxford ; New York : Berg, 2006. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S85 R53 2006)
Waldman, Diane. "French Cinema: The Eternal Return of Circe A Very Curious Girl: Part Two." The Velvet Light Trap 9 (Summer 1973) p. 49 UC users only

Le feu follet (The Fire Within) (1963)
Directed by Louis Malle. Cast: Maurice Ronet, Lena Skerla, Yvonne Clech, Hubert Deschamps, Jean-Paul Moulinot, Ursula Kubler, Jeanne Moreau. Describes the last 48 hours in the life of a dissolute playboy - an "old young man" who has used up his life and is heading relentlessly toward suicide. The ghosts of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Marilyn Mornroe are invoked in the film, but Malle's vision of alcoholism, dissolution and suicide is one without self-pity or spurious sociology. 103 min. DVD 9353
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion

The Fifth Element (France, 1997)
Director, Luc Besson. Cast: Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Milla Jovovich. Two hundred and fifty years in the future, life as we know it is threatened by the arrival of Evil. Only the fifth element can stop the Evil from extinguishing life, as it tries to do every five thousand years. 126 min. DVD 1339
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Awards & Honors

César Awards, France - Best Director
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Special Effects

Fille de l'eau (Whirlpool of Fate)(1925)
Directed by Jean Renoir. Cast: Catherine Hessling, Pierre Philippe, Marc Rosaert, Harold Lewingston, Maurice Touze. After the suspicious death of her father a young girl runs away from her brutal uncle and joins a Gypsy camp. 72 min. DVD 7586
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Le Film est déja commencé? (1951)
Directed by Maurice Lemaitre. With "Film Annonce" - 8 min. (1993) This major work of lettrist cinema had as much direct or hidden influence on the New Wave as it does on today's Avant-Garde. Its first screenings in Paris in 1951 became major events. The critics despised it, but this work is and will remain a landmark in film history. 59 min. vhs 999:1962

Film socialisme(Switzerland | France, 2010)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Catherine Tanvier, Christian Sinniger, Jean-Marc Stehlé, Agatha Couture, Eye Haidara, Marie-Christine Bergier, Nadége Beausson-Diagne, Mathias Domahidy, Quentin Grosset, Olga Riazonova, Maurice Sarfati, Dominique Devals, Louma Sanbar, Gulliver Hecq, Marine Battaggia, Elizabeth Vitali, Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Alain Badiou, Bernard Maris, Elias Sanbar, Robert Maloubier. Jean-Luc Godard presents a magisterial essay on the decline of European civilization. As a garish cruise ship travels the Mediterranean, Godard embarks on a filmic essay on the state of contemporary Europe, international politics, and Western history. In the tradition of his acclaimed political and essayistic films, Godard explores a wide range of contemporary cultural, political and historical themes with his distinctive and innovative cinematic style. 101 min. DVD X6015
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Le fils (The Son)(Belgium | France, 2002)
Directed by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne. Cast: Olivier Gourmet, Morgan Marinne, Isabella Soupart, Nassim Hassaïni, Kevin Leroy, Félicien Pitsaer, Rémy Renaud, Annette Closset, Fabian Marnette. A carpentry teacher as a rehabilitation center for teens struggles to maintain a professional distance from a new student until the revelation of a secret from the past binds them together. Bonus disc (70 min.): Interviews with directors and star, stills gallery, filmographies, and theatrical trailers of The Son, Rosetta and La Promesse. 101 min. DVD X4109
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Awards
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Foreign-Language Film

Flandres (Flanders)(2006)
Directed by Bruno Dumont. Cast: Adelaide Leroux, Samuel Boidin, Henry Cretel. Andre is forced to leave his secret love, Barbe, to serve as a soldier. On his last night of freedom, he witnesses Barbe and another local sleeping together in a parking lot. A twist of fate forces the two men to fight side by side. 91 min. DVD 8745
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival: Grand Prize

McGill, Hannah. "Flanders." Sight & Sound, Jul2007, Vol. 17 Issue 7, p49-49, 3/4p UC users only
Wilson, Emma. "Days of Glory: Flanders." Film Quarterly, Fall2007, Vol. 61 Issue 1, p16-22, 7p UC users only

Flic Story (1975)
Directed by Jacques Deray . Cast: Alain Delon, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Claudine Auger, Renato Salvatori, Maurice Biraud. Based on the memoir of real life French police detective Roger Borniche, Flic Story recreates a violent post-war crime spree that shocked a nation still reeling from Nazi occupation. Based on the autobiography by Roger Borniche. 107 min. DVD X2431
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France Tour Detour Deux Enfants (1978)
In this intimately scaled study of the effect of television on a French family, Jean Luc Godard and Anne Marie-Mieville interview two children in contemporary France. Interviews, collages of television, cinema and advertising images are intercult with commentary by two adult television journalists. As they expose how a child's world is "programmed" by the institutions of family, school and television, Godard and Mieville posit the mass media as the pervasive cultural influence in the home, with television as the 20th century primer. Loosely inspired by G. Bruno's work: Le tour de la France par deux enfants. Originally produced in 1978. 54 min. each movement

Mouvement 1-2 In movements 1 and 2 Godard's provocative questions range loosely around the children's perceptions and experiences of darkness, light, chemistry and physics. Video/C 6540

Mouvement 3-4. In movements 3 and 4 Godard's provocative questions range loosely around the children's perceptions and experiences of the familiar, geography, the unknown and techniques. Video/C 6541

Mouvement 5-6. In movements 5 and 6 Godard's provocative questions range loosely around the children's perceptions and experiences of impressions, dictation, pressures and the French culture. Video/C 6542

Mouvement 7-8. In movements 7 and 8 Godard's provocative questions range loosely around the children's perceptions and experiences of violence, grammar, disorder, and calculation. Video/C 6543

Mouvement 9-10. In movements 9 and 10 Godard's provocative questions range loosely around the children's perceptions and experiences of power, music, life story, and the economy. 54 min. Video/C 6544

Mouvement 11-12. In movements 9 and 10 Godard's provocative questions range loosely around the children's perceptions and experiences of reality, logic, dreaming, and morals. Video/C 6545

François Truffaut: Portraits volés
Delivers deep insight into the celebrated French director through accounts by friends, colleagues, actors and actresses, filmmakers and relatives commenting on the man and his work. Featured are extracts from his films, rare and unpublished photos, and archive material that will present a new look at an extraordinary man. 1993. 93 min. Video/C 8114

French CanCan (1955)
Directed by Jean Renoir. Featuring Jean Gabin, Françoise Arnoul, Maria Felix. A musical comedy about an aging theater impressario with a talent for transforming common working girls into dance hall sensations. Complications arise when he is captivated by Nini, a beautiful laundress, and decides to make her the star of his new show. Despite a jealous mistress and romantic intrigue, the show must go on. The film concludes with an exuberant, high-kicking cancan finale at the grand opening of the Moulin Rouge. 105 min. DVD 2913; vhs 999:3233
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Slavitt, David R. "Jean Gabin: A Screen Image." Hopkins Review, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 275-293, 2008 Spring UC users only
Vincendeau, Ginette. "Anatomy of a Myth: Jean Gabin." Nottingham French Studies, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 19-31, 1993 Spring
Vincendeau, Ginette. "From proletarian hero to godfather: Jean Gabin and 'paradigmatic' French masculinity." In: Me Jane : masculinity, movies, and women / edited by Pat Kirkham and Janet Thumin. New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995. Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.M46 M35 1995)

Le frisson des vampires (Shiver of the Vampires aka Strange Things Happen at Night) (France, 1971)
Director, Jean Rollin. Cast: Sandra Julien, Jean-Marie Durand, Jacques Robiolles, Michel Delahaye, Marie-Pierre, Kuelan Herca, Nicole Nancel, Dominique. A young honeymooning couple stop for the night at an ancient castle. Unbeknownst to them, the castle is home to a horde of vampires, who have their own plans for the couple. 96 min. DVD X6904
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Black, Andy "Clocks, seagulls, Romeo and Juliet Jean Rollin interviewed ." Kinoeye, vol. 2, no. 7, 2002 Apr 15
Kalat, David. "Exoticism and eroticism in French horror cinema: A brief introduction to the world of Jean Rollin." Kinoeye, Vol 2 Issue 7 15 April 2002
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Gadjo Dilo (Crazy Stranger) (Romania / France, 1997)
Directed by Tony Gatlif. Cast: Romain Duris, Rona Hartner, Isidor Serban, Ovidiu Balan, Angela Serban. A young French man, in search of a legendary Gypsy singer, is taken in by a Gypsy community in Romania. The inhabitants at first do not like him but as they grow to know him he is accepted and learns their ways of talking, drinking, dancing, and cursing. 96 min. DVD 6458; vhs 999:2256
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Blum-Reid, Sylvie. "Away from Home? Two French Directors in Search of their Identity." Quarterly Review of Film & Video, Jan2009, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p1-9, 9p UC users only
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McGregor, Andrew. "French cinema in exile: trans-national cultural representation in Tony Gatlif's Gadjo Dilo." New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 2008, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p75-83, 9p UC users only
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Le Gai savoir (The Joy of Learning) (1968)
Directed by Jean Luc Godard. Cast: Jean-Pierre Leaud, Juliet Berto. How do we learn? What do we know? Night after night, not long before dawn, Patricia and Emile meet on a sound stage to discuss learning, discourse, and the pathe to revolution. Scenes of the May '68 student revolts, the Vietnam war, posters, photographs, and cartoons form the backdrops to their words, which themselves are often their subject, as are images, sounds and juxtapositions. Based loosely on Jean Jacques Rousseau's incendiary treatise, "Emile, or on education", Godard's "Le gai savoir" is a montage, a meditation, a reflection on ideas - and how filmmaking is a path. 96 min. DVD X3395; vhs 999:1104
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Gainsbourg: vie héroïque(Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life) (France, 2010)
Directed by Joann Sfar. Cast: Anna Mouglalis, Eric Elmosnino, Laetitia Casta, Lucy Gordon. Best selling comic book artist Joann Sfar delivers an inventive biography of famed French singer Serge Gainsbourg. Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Sfar follows him from his childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, his transition from painter to jazz musician to pop superstar and his many relationships including Juliette Greco, Brigitte Bardot, and Jane Birkin while employing a witty surrealistic style and a soundtrack that acts like a time capsule to '60s Paris. Bonus features: Joann Sfar (drawings): a documentary by Mathieu Amalric ; original storyboards and character sketches by Joann Star ; making of Gainsbourg ; theatrical trailer. 122 min. DVD X7266
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Gaumont Treasures: 1897-1913
This collection looks at pioneering French filmmakers from the Gaumont studio, with extensive examples of their work.

Disc 1:Few individual artists have exerted as profound an influence upon the evolution of cinema as Alice Guy (later known as Guy-Blaché). With this collection of more than 60 films, culled from the world's leading archives and carefully mastered, Guy may no longer be seen as a "woman filmmaker." These films, produced by Guy for Gaumont before she moved to the U.S., reveal her to be an unqualified pioneer of motion pictures.

Contents: Fisherman at the stream = Pêcheur dans le torrent (1897) -- Bathing in a stream = Baignade dans un torrent (1897) -- Serpentine dance = Bob Walter, Danse serpentine (1897) -- Turn-of-the-century blind man = Aveugle fin de siècle (1898) -- At the hypnotist's = Chez le magnétiseur (1898) -- Burglars = Cambrioleurs (1898) -- Disappearing act = Scène d'escamotage (1898) -- Surprise attack on a house at daybreak = Surprise d'une maison au petit jour (1898) -- At the club = Au cabaret (1899) -- Wonderful absinthe = Bonne absinthe (1899) Avenue de l'Opera (1900) -- Automated hat-maker and sausage-grinder = Chapellerie et charcuterie automatiques (1900) -- At the photographer's = Chez le photographe (1900) -- Dance of the seasons: winter, snow dance = Danse des saissons: L'Hiver, danse de la neige (1900) -- Landlady = Concierge (1900) -- Turn-of-the-century surgery = Chirurgie fin de siècle (1900) -- Pierrette's escapades = Fredaines de Pierette (1900) -- At the floral ball, featuring Miss Lally and Miss Julyett of the Olympia = Mesdemoiselles Lally et Julyett de l'Olympia, au bal de flore (1900) -- Cabbage-patch fairy = Fée aux choux (1900) Serpentine dance by Lina Esbrard = Lina Esbrard, Danse serpentine (1902) -- Midwife to the upper class = Sage-femme de première classe (1902) -- Untimely intrusion = Intervention malencontreuse (1902) -- Miss Dundee and her performing dogs = Miss Dundee et ses chiens savants (1902) -- How monsieur takes his bath = Comment Monsieur prend son bain (1903) -- Faust and Mephistopheles = Faust et Méphistophélès (1903) O'Mers in 'The Bricklayers' = O'Mers dans 'Les Maçons' (1905) -- Statue = La statue (1905) -- Magician's alms = Charité du prestidigitateur (1905) -- Clown, dog and balloon = Clown, chien et ballon (1905) -- Spain = Espagne (1905) -- Tango =Le Tango (1905) -- Malagueña and the bullfighter = Malagueña et le torero (1905) -- Cook & Rilly's trained rooster = Coq dressé de Cook et Rilly (1905) -- Cake walk, performed by Nouveau Cirque = Le Cake Walk du Nouveau Cirque (1905) -- Alice Guy films a 'Phonoscène' in the studio at Buttes-Chaumont, Paris = Alice Guy tourne une phonoscène sur le théâtre de pose des Buttes-Chaumont (1905) Saharet performs the Bolero = Saharet, Boléro (1905) -- Polin performs 'The anatomy of a draftee' = Polin, L'Anatomie du conscrit (1905) -- Dranem performs 'The true jiu-jitsu' = Dranem, Le Vrai Jiu-jitsu (1905) -- Dranem performs 'Five o'clock tea' = Dranem, Five O'clock tea (1905) -- Félix Mayol performs 'Indiscreet questions' = Félix Mayol, Questions indiscrètes (1905) -- Félix Mayol performs 'The Trottins' polka' = Félix Mayol, La Polka des trottins (1905) -- Félix Mayol performs 'White lilacs' = Félix Mayol, Lilas-Blanc (1905) Birth, the life and the death of Christ = Naissance, la vie et la mort du Christ (1906) -- Obstacle course = Course d'obstacle (1906) -- Madame's cravings = Madame a des envies (1906) -- Sticky woman = Femme collante (1906) -- Hierarchies of love = Hiérarchie dans l'amour (1906) -- Cruel mother = Marâtre (1906) -- Story well spun = Histoire roulante (1906) -- Drunken mattress = Matelas épeliptique (1906) -- Parish priest's Christmas = Noöl de Monsieur le curé (1906) -- Truth behind the ape-man = Vérité sur l'homme-singe (1906) -- Consequences of feminism = Résultats du féminisme (1906) -- Ocean studies = Effets de mer 1906) -- Game-keeper's son = Fils du garde-chasse 1906) -- Race for the sausage = Course à la saucisse (1907) -- Glue = Glu (1907) -- Fur hat = Bonnet à poil (1907) -- Cleaning man = Frotteur (1907) -- Four-year-old hero = Héroïne de quatre ans (1907) -- Rolling bed = Lit à roulettes (1907) -- Irresistible piano = Piano irrésistible (1907) -- On the barricade = Sur la barricade (1907) -- Dirigible 'Homeland' = Ballon dirigeable 'Le Patrie' (1907). DVD X2028

Disc 2: This collection looks at pioneering French filmmakers from the Gaumont studio, with extensive examples of their work. Best remembered today for his espionage serials Les Vampires and Fantômas, Louis Feuillade had a more varied and profound influence upon French cinema than many of his followers realize. For more than a decade, he was the artistic director at Gaumont, encouraging the rise of such filmmakers as Abel Gance and Léonce Perret. This collection of films offers a wider view of Feuillade's directorial efforts -- but, admittedly, it is only a small portion of the nearly 800 films he is believed to have directed.

Contents: Colonel's account = Récit du colonel (1907) -- Very fine lady = Dame vraiment bien [in collaboration with Romeo Bosetti] (1908) -- Spring = Printemps (1909) -- Fairy of the surf = Fée des grèves (1909) -- Custody of the child = Possession de l'enfant (1909) -- Defect = Tare (1911) -- Roman orgy = 'Orgie romaine (1911) -- Trust, or the battles for money = Trust, ou les batailles de l'argent (1911) -- Heart and the money = Coeur et l'argent [in collaboration with Léonce Perret] (1912) -- Obsession = Hantise (1912) -- Tragic error = Erreur tragique (1913) -- Bout de Zan steals an elephant = Bout de Zan vole un éléphant (1913) -- Agony of Byzance = Agonie de Byzance (1913) -- Special feature : Louis Feuillade: Master of many forms (ca. 11 min.) DVD X2029

Disc 3: This collection looks at pioneering French filmmakers from the Gaumont studio, with extensive examples of their work. Until now, the films of Léonce Perret have been virtually unseen in the United States, yet he was a hugely influential figure in the growth of the French film industry. As an actor, he appeared in more than 100 films from 1909 to 1916, including the long-running series of "Léonce" comedies. But his greater contribution was as a director who set the standard to which other French filmmakers aspired. His films had a technical mastery and aesthetic grace that allowed them to reveal subtleties of character and meaning.

Contents: Mystery of the rocks of Kador = Mystère des roches de Kador (ca. 44 min., 1912, hand-tinted) -- Child of Paris = Enfant de Paris / written and directed by Léonce Perret ; photography, Georges Specht ; cast, Léonce Perret, Louis Leubas, Maurice Lagrenée, Émile Keppens (ca. 124 min., 1913) -- Special feature: Léonce Perret: The filmmaker's filmmaker (ca. 18 min.). DVD X2030

Gaumont Treasures Volume 2, Disc 1, Emile Cohl
During its second decade of existence, the Gaumont Film Company continued to prove itself an indomitable force in cultivating and advancing the fledgling art of cinema. It was also a place of great technical innovation. This film showcases the work of animator Emile Cohl that includes explorations of 2 dimensional animation, puppetry, etc. with some occasional live action.

Contents: Fantasmagoria (1908, 2 min.) -- The Puppet's nightmare (1908, 2 min.) -- Drama at the puppets' house (1908, 3 min.) -- The Magic hoop (1908, 5 min.) -- The Little soldier who became a god (1908, 4 min.) -- The Boutdebois brothers (1908, 2 min.) -- Transfigurations (1909, 6 min.) -- Let's be sporty (1909, 5 min.) -- Japanese fantasy (1909, 1 min.) -- The Happy microbes (1909, 4 min.) -- Modern eduacation (1909, 3 min.) -- The Living fan (1909, 4 min.) -- Spanish clair de lune (1909, 4 min.) -- The Next door neighbors (1909, 4 min.) -- Crowns (1909, 5 min.) -- Delicate porcelains (1909, 3 min.) -- Monsieur clown among the Lilliputians (1909, 4 min.) -- Comic mutations (1909, 3 min.) -- Matrimonial shoes (1909, 5 min.) -- The Enchanted spectacles (1909, 5 min.) -- Affairs of the heart (1909, 4 min.) -- Floral frameworks (1910, 5 min.) -- The Smile-o-scope (1910, 5 min.) -- Childish dreams (1910, 5 min.) -- En route (1910, 6 min.) -- The Mind of the café waiter (1910, 5 min.) -- Master of a fashionable game (1910, 4 min.) -- Petit chantecler (1910, 7 min.) -- The Twelve labors of Hercules (1910, 7 min.) -- Petit Faust (1910, 5 min.) -- The Neo-impressionist painter (1910, 6 min.) -- The Four little tailors (1910, 7 min.) -- Art's infancy (1910, 4 min.) -- The Mysterious fine arts (1910, 5 min.) -- The Persistent salesman (1910, 8 min.) -- A History of hats (1910, 5 min.) -- Nothing is impossible for man (1910, 6min.) -- Mr. Crack (1910, 5 min.) -- B@eacute;b@eacute;'s masterpiece (1910, 4 min.) -- Music-mania (1910, 5 min.). DVD X5732

Gaumont Treasures Volume 2, Disc 2, Jean Durand
During its second decade of existence, the Gaumont Film Company continued to prove itself an indomitable force in cultivating and advancing the fledgling art of cinema. It was also a place of great technical innovation. This film focuses on the work of filmmaker Jean Durand who specialized in slapstick and innovated the "French Western".

Contents: Comedies. Calino's baptism (1911, 3 min.) -- Calino wants to be a cowboy (1911, 6 min.) -- Zigoto and the affair of the necklace (1911, 8 min.) -- Calino, the love tamer (1912, 6 min.) -- Zigoto's outing with friends (1912, 5 min.) -- Oxford vs. Martigues (1912, 4 min.) -- Onésime goes to hell (1912, 7 min.) -- Calin, station master (1912, 6 min.) -- Onésime, clockmaker (1912, 5 min.) -- Onésime vs. Onésime (1912, 8 min.) -- Zigoto drives a locomotive (1912, 6 min.) -- Onésime gets married... so does Calino ( 1913, 7 min.) -- Onésime: Calino's inheritance (1913, 1 min.) -- Onésime loves animals (1913, 6 min.) -- Onésime, trainer of men and horses (1913, 13 min.) -- Onésime and the heart of a gypsy (1913, 7 min.) -- Onésime, you'll get married... or else! (1913, 7 min.) -- Onésime's theatricla debut (1913, 10 min.) -- Onésime's family drama ( 1914, 7 min.) -- Dramas. The Railway of death (1912, 17 min.) -- Burning heart: an Indian tale (1912, 13 min.) -- Under the claw (1912, 25 min.). DVD X5733

Gaumont Treasures Volume 2, Disc 3, Jacques Feyder and the Early Masters of French Cinema
During its second decade of existence, the Gaumont Film Company continued to prove itself an indomitable force in cultivating and advancing the fledgling art of cinema. It was also a place of great technical innovation. This film highlights the romantic comedies of Jacques Feyder, while paying tribute to some of French cinema's lesser-known pioneers.

Contents: Heads... and women who use them / Jacques Feyder (1916, 36 min.) -- Friendly Advice / Jacques Feyder (1916, 16 min.) -- Biscot on the wrong floor / Jacques Feyder (1916, 15 min.) -- The Long arm of the law / Roméo Bosetti (1909, 7 min.) -- The Barges / George-André Lacroix (1911, 10 min.) -- La Marseillaise / Etienne Arnaud (1912, 10 min.) -- A Drama of the air / René le Somptier (1913, 17 min.) -- Child's play / Henri Fescourt (1913, 12 min.) -- Feet and hands / Gaston Ravel (1915, 17 min.) -- Anonymous films. Factory drama (1912, 13 min.) -- The Pavements of Paris (1912, 13 min.) -- The Fairy's farewell (25 sec.).

Le Gendarme à New York (1965)
Directed by Jean Girault. Cast: Louis De Funes, Michel Galabru, Jean LeFebvre, Christian Marin, Alan Scott, Geneviève Grad. The St. Tropez police squad goes to the International Police Convention in New York City to represent France. The daughter of the squad's sergeant stows away on the ship and turns the trip into a disaster for her father. 100 min. vhs 999:3173
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Le Genou de Claire (Claire's Knee) (1969)
Directed by Eric Rohmer. Satirizes a diplomat's sexual temptations. On vacation without his fiancee, he flirts with a brash, charming nymphet, while harboring a secret, peculiar obsession for her stunning teenage sister. (One of the six films that make up the "Moral Tales".) 106 min. DVD 341; vhs 999:2508
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Jones, Edward T. "Desire under the Helms of Rohmer and Buñuel: Claire's Knee and That Obscure Object of Desire." Literature-Film Quarterly. 9(1):3-7. 1981 UC users only

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Germinal (1993)
Directed by Claude Berri. Cast: Miou-Miou, Renaud, Jean Carmet, Judith Henry, Jean-Roger Milo, Gérard Depardieu, Laurent Terzieff, Bernard Fresson, Jean-Pierre Bisson, Jacques Dacqmine, Anny Duperey. Recreates the gut-wrenching poverty and intense struggles of striking French coal-miners in 1884 at the Voreux mines through the bitter toils of Maheu and his family and Etienne, an organizer for the miner's new union. As conditions in the mines worsen, Etienne convinces Maheu to organize a a miner's strike but when the miners finally do strike the owners send in armed soldiers to defend the mines. Based on a novel by Emile Zola. 166 min. DVD X5621; vhs 999:3286
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Gervaise (France, 1956)
Directed by René Clément. Cast: Maria Schell, François Périer, Suzy Delair, Jacques Harden, Jany Holt, Mathilde Casadesus, Florelle, Armand Mestral. A story of mid-19th-century Parisian slums in which a young girl's dreams of a happy home and a successful laundry are cruelly destroyed by a drunken husband. Based on Emile Zola's L'Assommoir. 117 min. DVD X4386
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Le gitan (The Gypsy)(France | Italy, 1975)
Director, José Giovanni. Cast: Alain Delon, Annie Girardot, Paul Meurisse. A long-suffering gypsy sets out to steal from the rich to provide sustenance to his fellow gypsies, all of them desperate and treated like trash by French society. Constatly outwitting the authorities as he moves deftly from place to place with the help of accomplices, this king of beggars ultimately cannot break the chain of displacement. 102 min. DVD X4673
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Les Glaneurs et la Glaneuse (The Gleaners and I) (2000)
Director, Agnes Varda. The first of Varda's efforts to be filmed with a digital videocamera focuses on gleaners, those who gather the spoils left after a harvest, as well as those who mine the trash. Some completely exist on the leavings; others turn them into art or find a use for what others have cast off. The director likens gleaning to her own profession -- that of collecting images, stories, fragments of sound, light, and color. 82 min. DVD 1281
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La Gloire de mon père (My Father's Glory) (1991)
Directed by Yves Robert. Cast: Phillippe Caubère, Nathalie Roussel, Thérèse Liotard, Didier Pain. The enchanting story of Marcel Pagnol's childhood in the south of France, and a very special summer when he was 11 years old. In the countryside of Provence he fell under the spell of the rugged hills, made new friends and strengthened the unique bond with his father. Based on the work of Marcel Pagnol. 110 min. DVD 2933; vhs 999:959
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Golem, l'esprit de l'exil (Golem, the Spirit of Exile) (Germany / Netherlands / UK /France / Italy, 1991)
Directed by Amos Gitai. Cast: Hanna Schygulla, Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Ophrah Shemesh, Mireille Perrier, Sotigui Kouyate, Samuel Fuller, Bernardo Bertolucci, Fabienne Babe, Bernard Eisenschitz, Philippe Garrel. An allegory of the Golem, a Jewish mythical creature personifying displacement and exile, this film tells the story of a woman (similar to the biblical Ruth) and her sisters, who are forced into exile after the death of their husbands. It is set in 1990s Paris, where the director was living in self-imposed exile following the ban on his 1982 documentary in Israel. The recurring theme of the film is migrations and unrooting, like the legendary Golem. 115 min. DVD X2100
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Le Gone du Chaâba (The Kid from Chaaba) (1997)
Director, Christophe Ruggia. Cast: Bouzid Negnoug, Mohamed Fellag, Nabil Ghalem. Set in 1956 France in a city slum outside of Lyons, a poor Algerian father wants his son to be the best in school, although the boy is not very gifted. 105 min. DVD 1265
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Le Goût des autres (The Taste of Others)
Directed by Agnes Jaoui. Cast: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Alain Chabat, Agnes Jaoui, Gérard Lanvin, Christiane Millet, Wladimir Yordanoff. The lives and loves of several completely opposite men and women artfully intersect in what becomes a delightfully funny web of romantic entanglements! While negotiating differences in wealth and status, style, and taste, this vivid collection of characters mix and match in outrageously volatile combinations! 112 min. DVD 1158
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Awards
César Awards - Best Film

Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes (Water Drops on Burning Rocks) (2000)
Directed by François Ozon. Cast: Bernard Giraudeau, Malik Zidi, Ludivine Sagnier, Anna Thompson. A young man, who is sexually confused, falls in love with an older man. When his ex-fiance comes to see him he needs to decide who he loves more. Unable to cope, he decides to take drastic measures. Based on the play "Tropfen auf Heisse Steine" by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. 81 min. DVD X4257
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La graine et le mulet (The Secret of the Grain) (France, 2007)
Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. Cast: Habib Boufares, Hafsia Herzi, Faridah Benkhetache.. "At the port of Sète, Mr. Slimani, a tired 60-year-old, drags himself toward a shipyard job that has become more and more difficult to cope with as the years go by. He is a divorced father who forces himself to stay close to his family despite the schisms and tensions that are easily sparked off and that financial difficulties make even more intense. He is going through a delicate period in his life and, recently, everything seems to make him feel useless: a failure. He wants to escape from it all and set up his own restaurant. However, it appears to be an unreachable dream given his meager, irregular salary that is not anywhere near enough to supply what he needs to realize his ambition. But he can still dream and talk about it with his family in particular. A family that gradually gives its support to this project, which comes to symbolize the means to a better life. Thanks to its ingeniousness and hard work, this dream soon becomes a reality...or almost." [IMDB] 180 min. DVD X4185
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Awards
César Awards - Best Film; Best Director
French Syndicate of Cinema Critics - Best Film
Venice Film Festival - Special Jury Prize; FIPRESCI Prize

Nettelbeck, Colin "Kechiche and the French Classics: Cinema as Subversion and Renewal of Tradition." French Cultural Studies October 2007 18: 307-319, UC users only

La Grande Bouffe (1973)
Directed by Marco Ferrerin. Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret, Ugo Tognazzi, Andréa Ferreol, Solange Florence, Blondeau Giorgetti, Michele AlexAndré , Monique Chaumette. Four world-weary middle-aged men decide to gorge themselves to death in one final orgiastic weekend full of gourmet food, call girls, and a hefty, lusty schoolteacher. Special DVD feature: Excerpt from the documentary "Marco Ferreri: the director who came from the future." 130 min. DVD X1672
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Awards
César Awards - Best Film

La Grande Illusion (The Grand Illusion) (1937)
Directed by Jean Renoir. Jean Renoir's classic anti-war film. A non-inflammatory World War I film set on the front in 1916, before American involvement. It is a study of a prisoner of war camp and the disillusionment of captors and prisoners alike. 111 min.DVD 141; DVD 3494; vhs 999:82
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National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Film
Venice Film Festival - Best Overall Artistic Contribution (Jean Renoir)

Spaak, Charles Grand illusion; a film by Jean Renoir. Translated from the French by Marianne Alexandre and Andrew Sinclair. New York, Simon and Schuster [1968] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.G68 G6813)
Spaak, Charles La grande illusion: [a film by] Jean Renoir; translated from the French by Marianne Alexandre and Andrew Sinclair. London, Lorrimer Publishing, Ltd., 1968. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.G68 G6813 1968) Permanent link for this record:

Le Grand Voyage (2004)
Directed by Ismael Ferroukhi. Cast: Nicolas Cazale, Mohamed Majd, Jacky Nercessian. A few weeks before his college entrance exams, Reda, a young man who lives in the south of France, finds himself obligated to drive his father to Mecca. The wide cultural and generational gap between the two is worsened by their lack of communication. Reda finds it hard to accommodate his father, who demands respect for himself and his pilgrimage. From France, through Italy, Serbia, Turkey, Syria, Jordan to Saudi Arabia, the two embark on a road trip that will change their lives. 108 min. DVD 6328
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La Guerre est finie (The War Is Over) (1966)
Directed by Alain Renais. Cast: Yves Montand, Ingrid Thulin, Geneviève Bujold, Jean Daste. In this complex and perceptive film an aging Spanish revolutionary finds his idealism destroyed when he returns from exile to visit his longtime mistress. 120 min. DVD 5935; vhs 999:2013
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Kael, Pauline. "The glamour of failure La guerre est finie." In: Kiss kiss bang bang. Boston, Little, Brown [1968] p162-66. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995 .K24)
Porton, Richard. "La Guerre est finie." Cineaste, Fall 2001, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p80-81, 2p UC users only
Sarris, Andrew. "La Guerre est finie." In: American movie critics : an anthology from the silents until now / edited by Phillip Lopate. Imprint New York : Library of America : Distributed to the trade by Penguin Putnam, c2006. p298-300. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1995 .A448 2006)
Vaughan, Hunter. "The philosophical war: Beyond the Cartesian subject in Alain Resnais's La Guerre est finie (1966)." Studies in French Cinema, 2011, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p125-137, 13p UC users only
Willis, Sharon, "La Guerre est finie: The Image as Mourning and Anticipation of History." In: The Spanish Civil War and the visual arts / edited by Kathleen M. Vernon. Ithaca, N.Y. : Center for International Studies, Cornell University, [1990] (Main (Gardner) Stacks DP269.8.A7 S63 1990)

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La gueule ouverte (The Mouth Agape) (France, 1974)
Director, Maurice Pialat. Cast: Nathalie Baye, Hubert Deschamps, Philippe Léotard, Monique Mélinand, Henri Saulquin, Alain Grestau, Anna Gayane. When cancer strikes the mother of a family, everyone in the family expresses a previously invisible caring and tolerance of the others. The father has always been a bit of a drunk, and is forever chasing younger women. Despite that, he and his wife care for each other, and he tends attentively to her in her last days while remaining unchanged in character. The son and daughter-in-law, whose marriage is somewhat sterile, have similarly penetrating interactions with the dying mother. Special features (Disc one): Original French trailer [2:50] ; footage from the shoot of La gueule ouverte, with commentary [11:00] ; 2004 interview with Pialat's ex-wife, Micheline Pialat [12:00] ; 2004 interview with actress Nathalie Baye [8:00] ; Janine by Maurice Pialat (1961) [17:00] ; 6 x Maurice Pialat trailers. Special features (Disc two): Two early short-films by Pialet: Droles de bobines [Funny reels] (1957), L'Ombre familiere [The familiar shadow] (1958) ; the six short 1964 essay-documentaries made by Pialat in, and about, Turkey: Bosphore [Bosporus], Byzance [Byzantium], La corne d'or [The golden horn], Istanbul ; Maitre Galip [Master Galip, and Pehlivan ; 2004 interview with cinematographer Willy Kurant [16:00] ; 1987 interview with Pialat about the Cinémathèque Française [14:00] ; excerpt from a 2002 Pialat masterclass, discussing Maitre Galip [10:00]. 97 min. DVD X2774
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La Haine (Hate) (1995)
Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. Said is an Arab, Hubert is black, Vinz is a Jew, all living in Paris. Each of them needs to vent the anger they feel about the police brutality that landed another friend in the hospital. Vinz finds a Smith & Wesson .44 that sparks the shocking climax after the boys tangle with the cops and a gang of skinheads. Special features (ca. 135 min.) (Disc 1): Video introduction by Jodie Foster (14:51); Audio commentary by director Mathieu Kassovitz; Theatrical trailers. (Disc 2): "Ten Years of La haine" (83:25); "Social Dynamite" (33:59); "Preparing for the Shoot" (5:57); "Making of a Scene" (6:36); Deleted and extended scenes (5:57); Still gallery. Essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau, and appreciation by Costa-Gavras in booklet. 95 min. DVD 7386; vhs 999:1644
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Awards

Cannes Film Festival - Best Director
César Awards, France - Best Film

Le harem de Mme Osmane (The Harem of Madame Osmane) (France | Spain | Morocco, 2000)
Directed by Nadir Moknèche. Cast: Carmen Maura, Myriam Amarouchène, Linda Slimani, Nadia Kaci, Biyouna, Thamila Mesbah-Detraz. An off-beat comedy that takes an unconventional look at the problems of contemporary Algeria. As the country veers toward civil war, Madame Osmane exercises a casual dictatorship over the tenants of her apartment building. A former freedom fighter whose husband -- also an ex-freedom fighter -- is living in France with another woman, Madame Osmane is determined to control the lives of her daughter Sakina, her batty maid, Meriem, French-born wife Yasmine and various other tenants. 100 min. DVD X2711
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Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien (With a Friend Like Harry) (2000)
Directed by Dominik Moll. Cast: Laurent Lucas, Sergi Lopez, Mathilde Seigner, Sophie Guillemin. Michel, who wrote poetry, and Harry, a rich spoiled brat, were school chums. Now twenty years later, Michel, who is married with three young girls, meets up with Harry on the way to Michel's summer home. Harry "forces"his way into their lives and nothing will be the same again. Trying to make Michel's life "easier", Harry embarks on a path that will become self-destructive. 116 min. DVD 1018
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Haut, bas, fragile (Up, Down, Fragile) (2001)
Directed by Jacques Rivette. Cast: Marinanne Denicourt, Nathalie Richard, Laurence Cote, André Marco, Bruno Todeschini, Wilfred Benaiche, Marcel Bozonnet, Philippe Dormoy, Pierre Lacan, Stephanie Schwartzbrod, Christine Vezinet, Anna Karina, Enzo Enzo. A luminously unique romantic musical set in summertime Paris. In beautiful sun drenched streets, cafes and parks three young lives intersect and are changed by an artist, a mystery, and a gun. 164 min. DVD 4585
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Hélas pour moi (Oh, Woe Is Me) (1993 )
Director, Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Laurence Masliah, Bernard Verley, Aude Amiot. God may have entered the body of Simon to experience love and desire with Simon's wife Rachel. Based in part on the Greek legend of Amphitryon, the film is set in a small Swiss town on Lake Geneva. Based on the play Amphitrion 38 by Jean Giraudoux. 83 min. DVD 9296
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Les herbes folles (Wild Grass) (France | Italy, 2009)
Director, Alain Resnais. Cast: Mathieu Kassovitz, Anouk Grinberg, Sandrine Kiberlain, Jean-Louis Trintignant. Restricted from service during World War II a young Frenchman can only watch as the war ends without him. He decides to flee to Paris where his inspired gift of deception leads to a tenaciously drawn plan to reinvent himself with a new heroic identity as a leader of the French Resistance. 105 min. DVD 9832; vhs 999:3451
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Un héros très discret (A Self-made Hero) (1997)
Director, Jacques Audiard. Cast: Mathieu Kassovitz, Anouk Grinberg, Sandrine Kiberlain, Jean-Louis Trintignant. Restricted from service during World War II a young Frenchman can only watch as the war ends without him. He decides to flee to Paris where his inspired gift of deception leads to a tenaciously drawn plan to reinvent himself with a new heroic identity as a leader of the French Resistance. 105 min. DVD 9832; vhs 999:3451
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Forbes, Jill. "Politicians And Performers: 'Un héros très discret.'" Australian Journal of French Studies, Jan1999, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p125-135, 11p

L'heure d'été (Summer Hours) (2008)
Director, Olivier Assayas. Cast: Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling, Jérémie R@eacute;nier, Edith Scob, Dominique Reymond, Valérie Bonneton, Jean-Baptiste Malartre, Isabelle Sadoyan, Kyle Eastwood, Alice de Lencquesaing, Emile Berling. The divergent paths of three adult siblings collide when their mother, heiress to an exceptional 19th century art collection, dies suddenly. Special features (Disc two): New video interview with director Assayas ; making-of documentary featuring interviews with Assayas and actors Charles Berling and Juliette Binoche, and showing the cast and crew on set ; 'Inventory', an hour-long documentary by Olivier Geoinard, shot partly in Paris's Mus@eacute;e d'Orsay, that examines the film's approach to art ; booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones. 103 min. DVD X3754
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Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign-Language Film
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Foreign-Language Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Film

Maule, Rosanna. "The Difficult Legacy of the Nouvelle Vague: Olivier Assayas and French Film Authors at the End of Auteurism." In: Beyond auteurism: new directions in authorial film practices in France, Italy Bristol, UK ; Chicago, USA : Intellect, c2008. (Full text available online [UCB users only])

Une hirondelle a fait le printemps (The Girl from Paris) (2001)
Directed by Christian Carion. Cast: Michel Serrault, Mathilde Seigner, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Frederic Pierrot, Marc Berman, Francoise Bette, Christophe Rossignon, Roland Chalosse. Sandrine is a successful Parisienne who tires of her job in the rat race and decides to buy Adrien's isolated farm with the caveat that he remain onsite for a period of time. A touching story of growth and change and of the glorious ability of nature to stir the depths of one's heart. 103 min. DVD 8256
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Hiroshima mon amour (1959)
Directed by Alain Resnais. During the filming of an anti-war film in Japan, a French actress falls in love with a Japanese architect. While sharing an intimate relationship, they also begin sharing the memories of a war experience at opposite sides of the world. 91 min. DVD 1716; vhs 999:28
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French Syndicate of Cinema Critics - Best Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Picture

L'Histoire d'Adèle H. (The Story of Adele H) (1975)
Directed by François Truffaut. Based on a true story, this film concerns Adele (Isabelle Adjani), the younger daughter of the famous author Victor Hugo, who follows her lover, Lt. Pinson, to Nova Scotia in 1863. Refusing to acknowledge his rejection of her, Adele continues to pursue Pinson for years, until her obsession gives way to madness. 97 min. DVD 517; vhs 999:2265
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Histoire de Marie et Julien (The Story of Marie and Julien) (2003)
Director, Jacques Rivette. Cast: Emmanuelle Béart, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Anne Brochet, Bettina Kee, Olivier Cruveiller. A pair of ex-lovers get back together. Julien is a clock repairman whose girlfriend has left him. Marie is a mysterious woman whose boyfriend has died. Now that they have no emotional entanglements, they slowly begin a new relationship. 150 min. DVD X3221
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Histoire d'O (The Story of O)(France / West Germany / Canada, 1975)
Directed by Just Jaeckin. Cast: Corinne Clery, Anthony Steel, Udo Kier, Jean Gaven. O is taken by her boyfriend, Rene, to a bizarre retreat, where she is trained in bondage and sexual perversion. Rene discharges a personal debt by transferring possession of O to his step-brother. 98 min. DVD X677
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Histoire(s) du cinema: [introduction a une veritable histoire du cinema la seule la vraie] [SOUND RECORDING]
Videographic film history essays by Jean Luc Godard (the sound track to a video by the same name), consumed with nostalgia for old movies and unusual image-mixing techniques. This provacative, wildly multiple video-poem is about an old man, his editing suite and his cultural lamentations. Text in French, with English and German translations. Based on Godard's book Histoire(s) du cinema 4vol (Main Stack PQ2667.O315.H57 1998) SOUND/D 84

Histoires extraordinaires (Spirits of the Dead) (1968)
Presents three films based on the dark prose of Edgar Allan Poe. Metzengerstein, directed by Roger Vadim, with Jane Fonda and Peter Fonda, is the tale of a young woman who believes the spirit of the cousin she loved, killed in a stable fire she started, is in a horse that escaped. William Wilson, directed by Louis Malle, with Brigitte Bardot and Alain Delon, is the story of a mean-spirited Austrian officer who kills his doppelganger in a duel. Toby Dammit, directed by Federico Fellini, with Terence Stamp, is about a film star who takes off on a drunken spree after his film is completed, and was liberally adapted from Edgar A. Poe's novel Don't Wager Your Head to the Devil. 121 min. DVD 1819
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L'Homme blessé (The Wounded Man) (1983)
Directed by Patrice Chéreau. Cast: Jean-Hugues Anglade; Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Roland Bertin, Claude Berri, Gérard Desarthe, Armin Müller-Stahl, Lisa Kreuzer. In a large provincial railroad station, a young man, himself being pursued by a voyeuristic homosexual doctor, becomes romantically obessed with, and tries to win the love of, another much older man. Special features (Disc 2): Clip de Jane Birkin : "Et quand bien même" réalisé par Patrice Chéreau (3 min) ; 1983, la sortie à Cannes : portrait de Patrice Chéreau par Raymond Depardon ; interventions télévisées de Yves Mourousi et S. Daney (25 min) ; Hervé Guibert invité à Apostrophes (15 min) ; Interviews de Jean-Hugues Anglade, C. de Vivaise, R. Berta et Patrice Chéreau par Jean-Marie Charuau (45 min) ; Diaporama. 106 min. DVD X5350
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Des hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men) (France, 2010)
Directed by Xavier Beauvois. Cast: Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Laudenbach, Jacques Herlin. Based on true events, tells the story of eight French Christian monks who live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990s. When a crew of foreign workers are massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choice but to stay, come what may. 123 min. DVD X6139
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prize

Un Homme et une femme (A Man and a Woman) (1966)
Directed by Claude Lelouch. Cast: Anouk Aimee, Jean Louis Trintignant, PIerre Barouh, Valerie Lagrange, Henri Chemin, Yane Barry, Paul Le Person, Simone Paris. A love story of two tragically widowed people, a daredevil race-car driver and a movie script girl who meet while visiting their children's boarding school. They soon share a love filled with warmth, humor and truth, and intertwined with the demands of career and parenthood. 103 min. DVD 5526; vhs 999:735 (Dubbed into English)
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Awards

Special Academy Award - Foreign Language Film
Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Claude Lelouch bibliography

L'homme qui aimait les femmes (The Man Who Loved Women) (1977)
Directed by François Truffaut. Cast: Charles Denner, Brigitte Fossey, Nelly Borgeaud, Genevieve Fontanel, Leslie Caron, Nathalie Baye, Jean Dasté. The story of Bertrand Morane, a bachelor who is obsessed with women. Bertrand is no Don Juan-he is an intelligent and sensitive man who adores women of all ages, shapes and sizes. In an effort to understand his obsession, Bertrand writes his memoirs and remembers all the women he has loved. 119 min. DVD X3186
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Un Homme qui dort (The Man Who Sleeps) (1974)
Directed by Bernard Queysanne. Cast: Jacques Spiesser (student), Ludmila Mikael (voice/narrator). In this French tour-de-force a young student (Jacques Speisser) decides to have no more interaction with the world than is needed to minimally sustain life. His increasingly automaton-like behavior is coupled with a strange clarity of insight about the world around him. His inner musings as he wanders the luminous streets of Paris are narrated in the form of an unwritten diary by Ludmila Mikael. Contents: Disc 1: Version originale française avec la voix de Ludmila Mikaël (77 min.) ; Versions américaine (voix de Shelley Duvall), allemande (voix d'Andrea Kopsch) et espagnole ; La bande-annonce originale. -- Disc 2: Supplements: 1 ire-traduire Georges Pérec (71 min.) ; Propos amicaux à propos d'espèces d'espaces (32 min.) ; Deux documentaires de Bernard Oueysanne autour de l'oeuvre et de la personnalité de Georges Pérec. 77 min. DVD X1839
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Hôtel des Amériques (Hotel America) (1981)
Directed by André Téchiné. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Patrick Dewaere, Etienne Chicot, Sabine Haudepin, Dominique Lavanant. Helène, a distracted anesthetist, almost runs down Gilles one evening on a Biarritz street. She is still numb from the drowning death earlier that year of her lover, a visionary architect. Gilles presses for a relationship, then backs away, deciding she could never love someone of lower class and limited prospects. But she does fall in love with him and gradually her depression eases. As she heals, he becomes obsessed with her lover's talents and his own limitations, behaving bizarrely and pushing her away. 95 min. DVD X61
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Hôtel du nord (1938)
Directed by Marcel Carne. Cast: Annabella, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Louis Jouvet, Arletty, Paulette Dubost, Andrex, Bernard Blier, François Perier. The Hôtel du Nord is a family-run hotel on the edge of the Canal Saint-Martin in Paris. As the family is celebrating a first communion, a young couple checks in, planning a double suicide. Only one shot is fired, and the man, Pierre, flees leaving his lover, Ren@eacute;e, to die in the room. But, he leaves the gun behind and she survives. A series of convoluted affairs between hotel patrons and staff, as well as passion-feuled travels across France, ensue - all to end the story in perfect symmetry. Based on the novel by Eugene Dabit. 92 min. DVD X5849
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Pullar, Ellen. "'A star who is not like the others': Arletty's publicity persona during the 1930s." Studies in French Cinema, 2012, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p7-19, 13p UC users only

Hôtel Monterey (1974)
Shorter works directed by Chantal Akerman. Hôtel Monterey: A stark, silent look at a New York pension hotel. J'ai faim, j'ai froid (I'm hungry, I'm cold): Two young Belgian girls run away from their home in Brussels. They spend a day and an evening in Paris looking for food and love, with comic and poignant results. Saute ma ville: A young woman comes home to her apartment in Brussels, where she cooks pasta and seals herself in with duct tape. The story ends with a bang. Akerman's first film made at the age of 18. 89 min. DVD X2624; also DVD 8267; vhs 999:980
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Humanité(1999)
Directed by Bruno Dumont. Cast: Emmanuel Schotte, Severine Caneele, Philippe Tullier, Ghislain Ghesquiere, Ginette Allegre. Pharaon de Winter is a police detective who lives with his mother in a working-class town in northern France. He agonizes over the evil he confronts every day during the course of his work. The brutal rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl tests Pharaon's profound humanity to its limits as the investigation proceeds to its climax, and as Pharaon struggles to grasp the crime's meaning. 148 min. DVD 5619
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Cannes Film Festival: Grand Prize

Peranson, Mark; Picard, Andrea. "A humanist philosophy: interview(s) with Bruno Dumont." Cineaction, 2000, Issue 51, p69-72, 4p
Picard, Andrea. "Lessons in humanity." Cinema Scope; Sep 1999, Issue 1, p8-9, 2p
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"Overrated Solutions: Líhumanité." In: Essential cinema : on the necessity of film canons / Jonathan Rosenbaum. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004. (Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Main Stack; Moffitt; PFA PN1994.R5684 2004)

Hurlevent (Wuthering Heights) (1985)
Director, Jacques Rivette. Cast: Fabienne Babe, Lucas Belvaux, Sandra Montaigu, Alice de Poncheville. Based on Emily Bronte's 19th-century novel, this film sets the drama in the French countryside of the 1930s. Tells the story of the tormented love affair between two childhood sweethearts, Catherine, a headstrong young woman, and Roc, a fiery young gypsy. 126 min. DVD 1818; DVD 4584 (PAL)
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L'Hypothèse du tableau volé (The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting) (1978)
Directed by Raul Ruiz. A pedantic art collector guides the viewer around six paintings by Frederic Tonnerre, a fictitious 19th century artist, as the mystery of the disappearance of the seventh unfolds. The paintings are shown as tableaux vivants which begin to move, forcing the viewer to examine the links between art and its interpreters, between words and images. 87 min. DVD 6572; video Video/C 3972
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Elsaesser, Thomas. "Raoul Ruizís Hypothèse du Tableau Volé." In: European cinema: face to face with Hollywood / Thomas Elsaesser. Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press 2005. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.E8 E525 2005)

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I Want to Go Home(1989)
Directed by Alain Resnais. Cast: Adolph Green, Laura Benson, Linda Lavin, Gerard Depardieu, Micheline Presle, John Ashton, Geraldine Chaplin, Caroline Sihol. In a satire of French and American culture, an American cartoonist accepts an invitation to show his work at an exclusive Parisian gallery, hoping to reconcile with his estranged daughter living in France, who is trying to rid herself of her American provinciality. 101 min. DVD 9802
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Ici et ailleurs (Here and Elsewhere).
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Initially begun as a documentary portraying a sympathetic view of Palestinian revolutionaries, this film was ultimately transformed into a filmed essay addressing the relationship between politics and image and the problems of documentary filmmaking. After the filmmakers returned to France, a massacre by Hussein's troops killed most of the film subjects. At this point Godard joined the production and produced a film presenting the parallel lives of two families -- one French, one Palestinian -- with the film questioning the images and suggesting that documentaries present a false, constructed vision of reality. 1970. 55 min. Video/C 6879
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Il y a longtemps que je t'aime (I've loved you so long)(France | Germany , 2008)
Directed by Philippe Claudel. Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein, Serge Hazanavicius, Laurent Grévill, Frédéric Pierrot. Summary A shell-shocked Juliette is released from prison after serving 15 years for murdering her young son. As life has moved on, she must relearn certain basics. After being banished from her family, she is now reunited with her younger sister, Lea. Hopefully, Juliette will learn to forgive herself in the process. 117 min. DVD X1612
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British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film

Inch'Allah Dimanche (Algeria / France, 2001)
Director, Yamina Benguigui. Film about the "family reunion," the French government's euphemism for a 1974 law allowing Algerian wives to rejoin their husbands working in France. Strong-willed Zouina parts tearfully from her mother in the port of Algiers; once in France, she and her three small children are at the mercy of her mother-in-law and confused by the strange customs of their local grocer and garden-obsessed neighbor. The radio is her only window on life and on the women of this new country. 98 min. DVD 1907
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Alion, Yves. "Inch'Allah Dimanche: Entretien avec Yamina Benguigui." Avant Scène Cinéma, vol. 506, pp. 136-38, November 2001
Fauvel, Maryse. "Yamina Benguigui's Inch' Allah dimanche: unveiling hybrid identities." Studies in French Cinema; 2004, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p147-157, 11p UC users only
Fenner, Angelica. "Aural Topographies of Migration in Yamina Benguigui's Inch'Allah dimanche." Camera Obscura: A Journal of Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, vol. 22, no. 66[3], pp. 93-127, 2007 UC users only
Humblot, Catherine Documentaires et reportages: "Mémoires d'immigrés, l'héritage maghrébin" CinémAction 87 (April-June 1998)

India Song (1974)
Directed by Marguerite Duras. Cast: Delphine Seyrig, Michel Lonsdale, Matthieu Carri?ere, Claude Mann, Vernon Dobtcheff, Didier Flamand, Claude Juan. The wife of a French vice-consul in 1930s India begins having affairs in order to escape her boredom. Her husband pretends not to notice because he understands the cause of her behavior. The accompanying feature length making-of documentary includes interviews with Duras and the actors and crew of the film. Special features: La couleur des mots : India song / Le Bureau d'amination culturelle du Minist?ere des relations exterieures presente ; Medias et Medias presente ; entretiens, Dominique Noguez ; realisation Jerome Beaujour, Jean Mascolo. (1984, 67 min.) ; Duras filmography ; shooting script plans ; photos ; About the DVD version. 114 min. DVD 2869; vhs 999:1087
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Indochine (1992)
Directed by Regis Wargnier. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Perez, Linh Dan Pham, Jean Yanne, Dominique Blanc, Henri Marteau. Eliane, a rubber plantation owner in French Indochina, hides her torrid love affairs with upper-class society. But when her adopted Indochinese daughter innocently falls in love with Eliane's secret lover, the scandal may destroy their family. 156 min. DVD 2131; vhs 999:1125
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Awards

Special Academy Award - Foreign Language Film
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film

Les Innocents (The Dreamers) (2003, France/Italy)
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Cast: Michael Pitt, Eva Green, Louis Garrel, Robin Renucci, Anna Chancellor. When French twins - a brother and sister - invite a man to stay with them, what begins as a casual friendship ripens into a sensual voyage of discovery and desire in which nothing is off limits and anything is possible. 115 min. DVD 3043
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Les Innocents aux mains sales (Innocents with Dirty Hands) (1972)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. Cast: Romy Schneider, Rod Steiger, Paolo Giusti, Jean Rochefort. Julie and her young lover Jeff plot to murder Julie's rich husband Louis Wormser and make it look like an accident. After the deed, Jeff disappears and Julie is arrested on suspicion of murder, but through the efforts of a clever lawyer she is released. Upon returning home, she discovers her husband Louis has returned in what proves to be the first of many plot twists in this tense thriller. 121 min. DVD 1731
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Inspecteur Lavardin (1986)
Director, Claude Chabrol. Cast: Jean Poiret, Jean-Claude Brialy, Bernadette Lafont, Jean-Luc Bideau, Jacques Dacqmine. Poiret arrives at a cozy, seaside village to investigate the bizarre murder of an eminent Catholic author. The usually cool sleuth is shaken when he discovers that the victim's widow is none other than his old flame. 100 min. DVD 6596
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Á l'intérieur
(1986)
Director, Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury. Cast: Béatrice Dalle, Alysson Paradis, Nicolas Duvauchelle, François-Régis Marchasson, Nathalie Roussel, Aymen Saidi. Pregnant photojournalist Sarah Scaragato has just lost her husband in a fatal car accident and is in recovery when her baby is due on Christmas Eve. Morose, she rejects friend and family visits, opting to stay home. A bewitched predator, played by Beatrice Dalle, senses Sarah's vulnerability and seizes upon it like a spider capturing prey in its web. The tale, woven around maternal psychosis, reveals the killer's haunting preoccupation with stealing Scaragato's unborn baby. Each character who enters Sarah's house, the "war zone" as one doomed policeman puts it, encounters the wrath of two women fighting with mirror shards, knitting needles, scissors, hurled kitchen appliances, and even a homemade bayonette. 82 min. DVD X3545
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L'intrus (The Intruder) (2003)
Directed by Claire Denis. Cast: Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin, Katia Golubeva, Bambou, Florence Loiret-Caille, Lolita Chammah, Alex Descas, Hong-suk Park, Dong-ho Kim, Se-tak Chang, Henri Tainanuarii, Jean-Marc Teriipaia, Anna Tetuaveroa, Edwin Aline, Béatrice Dalle. Louis is a brooding loner who lives with two large white dogs in a forest near the French-Swiss border. His estranged son Sidney lives with his wife in a village nearby. Louis is carrying on an affair with the local pharmacist and carrying a torch for a beautiful, feral local dog breeder. He suffers a mild heart attack, and buys a new heart on the black market. Then he travels to South Korea, where he buys a boat and sails it to his former home, a dilapidated shack on a remote island south of Tahiti. His dream is to find the son he sired decades earlier when he lived there. However, once he is settled, his body begins to reject the alien heart. Inspired by the book L'intrus by Jean-Luc Nancy. Special features: Interview with Claire Denis (36 min.); Filmographies [text feature]; Original theatrical trailer (2 min.); Trailer gallery (11 min.). 126 min. DVD X5825
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Les Invasions barbares (Barbarian Invasions) (Canada | France, 2003)
Directed by Denys Arcand. Cast: Remy Girard, Stephane Rousseau, Marie-Josee Croze, Roy Dupuis. It's not easy for a narrow-minded professor to reconcile with his equally stubborn son. But soon, father and son find themselves gathering with their wide and colorful circle of family and friends to confront their differences, confess their secrets, and celebrate life. 99 min. DVD 5525
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Film
Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics' Choice Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
César Awards - Best Film; Best Director

Auteur/provocateur : the films of Denys Arcand / edited by André Loiselle and Brian McIlroy. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.A735 A88 1995)
Imboden, Roberta. "The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares)." Film Quarterly, Spring2005, Vol. 58 Issue 3, p48-52, 5p UC users only

Invitation au voyage(France, 1937)
Directed by Germaine Dulac. Leaving her husband and child one evening a woman meets a marine officer in a cabaret, but he leaves her when he discovers that she is married. Her dreams dashed, she returns home. Based on the poem by Charles Baudelaire. 26 min. DVD X5062
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Irma Vep (1996)
Directed by Olivier Assayas. Cast: Maggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Nathalie Richard. Aging director Henri Vidal has decided to film a remake of the legendary silent serial, Les vampires, in hopes of making a comeback. Vidal chooses Cheung to play Irma Vep, the leader of a band of jewel thieves. Arriving in Paris unable to speak a word of French, Cheung finds herself stuck in the middle of a stressful situation when the production begins to fall apart and Vidal suffers a nervous breakdown. 95 min. DVD 4136
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Irréversible (2002)
Directed by Gaspar Noé. Cast: Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel, Philippe Nahon, Jo Prestia. Alex and Marcus are a couple whose story is told over the course of a fateful evening in a series of long takes. An emotional odyssey that unspools in reverse from gut-wrenching violence to sweetly observed moments of sublime tenderness. 90 min. DVD 8759
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JCVD(Belgium / Luxembourg / France, 2008)
Directed by Mabrouk El Mechri. Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, François Damiens, Zinedine Soualem, Karim Belkhadra, Jean-François Wolff, Anne Paulicevich, Liliane Becker. JCVD, an out of luck actor, returns to his childhood home of Brussels. When he goes into a post office to receive a wire transfer, he finds himself in the middle of a hostage situation. Due to an unfortunate mistake, the police believe JCVD is responsible for the crime. As the events are played from different perspectives, JCVD finds himself protecting the hostages, as well as serving as their negotiator. JCVD is forced to accept responsibility for crimes he didn't commit, as well as the life mistakes that he did make. 97 min. DVD X1618
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JLG/JLG (1995)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. "Godard stars as a fictional character of his own creation, musing about in his actual home in Rolle, Switzerland. In the dead of winter, he suffers the rude interruption of critics and the cheeky services of a pretty maid, while contemplating the end of western culture, cinema and his own mortality. A busy day... but still with time for tragedy, tennis and television." 65 min. vhs 999:2102
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J'Accuse (1937)
Directed by Abel Gance. J'Accuse was first released in 1919 as a silent film, but during the late thirties, appalled at the prospect of a second World War, Gance retold his story in a vastly different version to challenge the awful onslaught of history. Jean Diaz is a research scientist who survived the carnage of WWI and swears to dedicate his life to ending war, a burden which drives him to madness. When he discovers his work is being exploited by the military-industrial establishment, he summons up the millions of dead soldiers from World War I to rise from their graves, to bring the world to its senses. Gance's monumental work anticipated the terrible destructive capability of modern weapons and remains a powerful statement for today.

J'accuse is a World War I drama considered to be one of the most technically advanced films of the era and the first major pacifist film. It was referred to by Gance as "a human cry against the bellicose din of armies." Stars Marise Dauvray as Edith, a young woman who is unhappily married to an older man François, but is actually in love with a young poet Jean Diaz. Both Jean and François end up on the front lines of World War I while Edith is captured by German forces and suffers atrocities at the hands of the soldiers. Gance contrasts individual human suffering with the larger horrors of was, depicted with stark realism. Paris pendant la guerre (Paris during the war): A rare comical look at Parisian life during wartime. These short vignettes feature several popular performers of the day (including: Félix Galipaux, M. Rablet, Marcel Simon, M. Boucot, Jane Faber) ; also includes François Poulbot's famous political cartoons. 166 min. DVD X665

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J'ai faim, j'ai froid (I'm Hungry, I'm Cold) (1984)
Shorter works directed by Chantal Akerman. J'ai faim, j'ai froid (I'm hungry, I'm cold): Two young Belgian girls run away from their home in Brussels. They spend a day and an evening in Paris looking for food and love, with comic and poignant results. Hôtel Monterey: A stark, silent look at a New York pension hotel. Saute ma ville: A young woman comes home to her apartment in Brussels, where she cooks pasta and seals herself in with duct tape. The story ends with a bang. Akerman's first film made at the age of 18. 89 min. vhs 999:980
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J'ai pas sommeil (I Can't Sleep) (1994)
Director, Claire Denis. Cast: Katerina Golubeva, Richard Courcet, Vincent Dupont. A "granny killer" is loose in Paris, inciting fear and havoc amongst its residents. Based on the true story of Thierry Paulin, who with his male lover murdered over 20 elderly women in Paris in the 1980s, this is an eerily atmospheric portrait of urban alienation and arbitrary violence. 115 min. DVD X1120; vhs 999:3268
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Je Rentre à la maison (Vou para Casa; I'm Going Home) (France/Portugal, 2001)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveria. Cast: Michel Piccoli, Antoine Chappey, Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Leonor Baldaque, Leonor Silveria. The comfortable daily routines of an aging Parisian actor are suddenly shaken when he learns that his wife, daughter, and son-in-law have been killed in a car crash. Having to take care of his now-orphaned grandson, he struggles to go on with his lifelong acting career but finally becomes convinced that its time to retire. 90 min. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. DVD 5271
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Je, Tu, Il, Elle (I, you, he, she) (1974)
Directed by Chantal Akerman. Julie stays in a virtually bare room writing a long love letter, with which she becomes increasingly frustrated. She hitchhikes along the Brussels highway, where she is picked up by a truck driver. Arriving at the apartment of her former lesbian lover, Julie spends the night but silently leaves the apartment next morning. 90 min. DVD X2625; also DVD 8267; DVD 513; vhs 999:926
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Je vous salue, Marie (Hail Mary) (1985)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Myriem Roussel, Thierry Rode, Philippe Lacoste, Malachai Jara Kohan, Juliette Binoche. A film which presents the Virgin Birth in contemporary terms. When a teenage virgin innocent becomes pregnant the girl, her fiance, family, and friends struggle to cope. 107 min. Special feature: Le livre de Marie (The book of Mary), by Anne-Marie Mieville (1985, 28 min). DVD 6375
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Jean de Florette (1986)
Directed by Claude Berri. Cast: Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, Elisabeth Depardieu, Margarite Lozano. The story of Jean Cadoret, a man who inherits a farm from his mother and foolishly hopes to become a gentleman farmer. But even before he arrives, his powerful neighbor Cesar, is plotting to steal his land. With the help of his corrupt nephew, the collusion of the clannish villagers and the added effects of a severe drought, Cesar hatches a wicked scheme that drives Jean to the brink of desperation. From the novel by Marcel Pagnol. 122 min. DVD 514; vhs 999:383
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Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film; Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Daniel Auteuil)
César Awards, France - Best Actor (Daniel Auteuil)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film

Jeanne Dielman 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Belgium / France, 1975)
Directed by Chantal Anne Akerman. Cast: Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Henri Storck. Chronicles mundane episodes from the daily life of a 40-year-old housewife/prostitute who snaps when faced with intense emotion and commits a horrifying crime. Special features DVD X1959: Restored digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Chantal Akerman; "Autour de Jeanne Dielman:" a documentary shot by actor Sami Frey and edited by Agnes Ravez and Akerman, made during the filming; new interviews with Akerman and cinematographer Babette Mangolte; excerpt from "Chantal Akerman par Chantal Akerman:" a 1997 episode of the French television program Cinéma de notre temps; interview with Akerman's mother, Natalia; archival television interview excerpt featuring Akerman and star Delphine Seyrig; "Saute ma ville:" (1968), Akerman's first film, with an introduction by the director. A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ivone Margulies. 85 min. DVD X1959; DVD 8267 (non-US format DVD)
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Autour de Jeanne Dielman (1975-2004)
An unpublished documentary on the filming of "Jeanne Dielman" mounted by Chantal Akerman and Agnes Ravez and filmed throughout the shooting by Sami Frey. Looks at the relationships during rehearsals between Delphine Seyrig, Chantal Akerman and the team, almost exclusively female. Special feature: Entretien avec Chantal Akerman (1966; 17 min. : sd., col.) 78 min. DVD 8267

Jeanne la Pucelle - Les Batailles (Joan the Maid - The Battles) (1994)
Directed by Jacques Rivette. Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire, André Marcon, Jean-Louis Richard, Marcel Nozonnet, Patrick LeMauff, Didier Sauvegrain, Jean-Pierre Lorit, Bruno Wolkowitch. Tells the story of Joan of Arc recorded in meticulous detail, relying on original court transcripts and eyewitness accounts. "The Battles," the first segment of this two-part account of her life, follows Joan from her birth in 1412 describing her early life, to her response to inner voices during battles at Orleans culminating with the defeat of the English at Tourelles. 112 min. DVD 1171; vhs 999:2371
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Jeanne la Pucelle - Les Prisons (Joan the Maid - The Prisons) (1994)
Directed by Jacques Rivette. Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire, André Marcon, Jean-Louis Richard, Marcel Nozonnet, Patrick LeMauff, Didier Sauvegrain, Jean-Pierre Lorit, Bruno Wolkowitch. "The Prisons," the second segment in a two-part account of the life of Joan of Arc, begins in June, 1429, as Joan rejoins the Dauphin at Loches and embarks on a series of French victories over the English. But in May of the following year, Joan is captured and imprisoned. In January of 1431, the trial of Joan of Arc begins and during five months, she faces her two judges; accused of sorcery, impurity, wearing men's clothing and refusal to submit to English rule, she is condemned as a heretic and burned at the stake. 116 min. DVD 1171; vhs 999:2372
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J'embrasse pas (I Don't Kiss) (France / Italy, 1991)
Directed by André Téchiné. Cast: Philippe Noiret, Emmanuelle Beart, Manuel Blanc, Helène Vincent, Ivan Desny, Christophe Bernard, Roschdy Zem, Raphaeline Goupilleau, Michèle Moretti. Pierre breaks away from his family life in rural France and moves to Paris where he finds it harder than expected to become an actor. He rejects the help of an older gay man and lives on the streets, where he meets a young female prostitute. 116 min. DVD X61
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Jésus de Montréal (Jesus of Montreal) (Canada | France, 1989)
Directed by Denys Arcand. Cast: Lothaire Bluteau, Catherine Wilkening, Johanne-Marie Tremblay, Remy Girard, Robert Lepage, Gilles Pelletier, Yves Jacques. A Montreal shrine seeks to inspire its congregants by modernizing its staging of the Passion play. A promising cast of vibrant young actors are signed on - one fresh from perfume commercials, another from the pornographic film industry, and another who had an affair with the basilica's priest - quickly drive the production on to become a smash hit. But as the play enjoys success, the actors become more and more challenged to separate their real lives from their lives onstage. 119 min. DVD 3163
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Awards

Cannes Film Festival - Jury Prize; Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Toronto International Film Festival - International Critics Award (FIPRESCI)

Auteur/provocateur : the films of Denys Arcand / edited by André Loiselle and Brian McIlroy. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.A735 A88 1995)
Baugh, Lloyd. Imaging the divine : Jesus and Christ-figures in film / Lloyd Baugh. Kansas City, MO : Sheed & Ward, c1997. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.J4 B38 1997)
Grace, Pamela. "The Gospel According to Matthew (1964) and Jesus of Montreal (1989): the alternative hagiopic." In: The religious film : Christianity and the hagiopic / Pamela Grace. Chichester, U.K. ; Malden, Mass. : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.R4 G73 2009)
Miles, Margaret R. "Jesus of Montreal." In: Seeing and believing : religion and values in the movies / Margaret R. Miles. Boston : Beacon Press, 1996. (Main Stack PN1995.9.R4.M56 1996)
O'Brien, Tom. "Jesus of Montreal." Film Quarterly, Fall90, Vol. 44 Issue 1, p47-50, 4p UC users only
Staley, Jeffrey Lloyd. "Jesus of Montreal, 1989." In: Jesus, the Gospels, and cinematic imagination : a handbook to Jesus on DVD / Jeffrey L. Staley and Richard Walsh. Louisville, Ky. : Westminster John Knox Press, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.J4 S73 2007)

La Jetée (1962)
Directed by Chris Marker. "Earth lies ruined in the aftermath of a nuclear war. The few surviving humans begin researching time travel, in hopes of sending someone back to the pre-war world in search of food, supplies, and hopefully some sort of solution to mankind's imminent demise. The protagonist is a man whose retention of a single, vague childhood memory (that of witnessing a murder on the jetty at Orly airport) is the basis for his being chosen to travel back in time. His journey leads him towards an enigmatic and paradoxical destiny. This fascinating story is told primarily with still photographs; the film contains only one moving image." [Internet Movie Database]. 42 min. DVD 6:1:2 [NOTE: this version with English voice over only]; DVD 1917 (PAL); vhs 999:778 and vhs 999:1437
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Le Jeu de l'amour et du hasard (1975)
Directed by Marcel Bluwal. Cast: Danièle Lebrun, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Françoise Giret, Claude Brasseur, André Huguet, Henri-Jacques Huet. A comic romance based on the 1730 play by Marivaux. In French without subtitles. 93 min. Video/C 9354

Jeux interdits (Forbidden Games) (1952)
Directed by René Clément. An orphaned girl in 1940s France is taken in by a farm family. The story focuses on the relationship which grows between the girl and the family's youngest son. 84 min. DVD 4992; vhs 999:133
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Awards
Honorary Academy Award - Foreign Language Picture
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion Award

Benson, Ed. "The Screen of History in Clément's Forbidden Games." Literature/Film Quarterly. 2005. Vol. 33, Iss. 3; p. 207 (10 pages) UC users only
Cardullo, Bert; Bazin, André. "André Bazin on René Clément and Literary Adaptation: Two Original Reviews." Literature Film Quarterly, 2002, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p2, 11p UC users only
Cardullo, Bert "Death Wish, Child's Whim, Auteurist Will: Boyer and Clément's Forbidden Games Replayed." Literature Film Quarterly, 2011, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p190-200, 11p UC users only
Torchin, Leshu. "La Bataille du Rail/Forbidden Games." Cineaste, Winter2006, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p66-68, 3pUC users only

Le Joli Mai (1963)
Directed by Chris Marker and Pierre L'Homme. A series of interviews with ordinary people in the streets of France speaking about their lives and feelings while living in France in May of 1962, the year the Algerian War came to an end. Commentary spoken by Yves Montand (French version), Simone Signoret (English version). 119 min. DVD X5801 [preservation copy]; vhs 999:2111
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Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l'an 2000 (Jonah Who Will be 25 in the Year 2000) (1976)
Directed by Alain Tanner. Cast: Jean-Luc Bideau, Myriam Mezi`ere, Miou-Miou, Jacques Denis. This high-spirited, freewheeling comedy tells the story of eight French veterans of 1968, stranded between revolution and accomodation in the 1970s. Among them a sexy secretary with mystical beliefs, a disillusioned journalist turned gambler, a supermarket cashier who gives away food and a highly unorthodox teacher each providing their own eccentric solutions to the problems of society. 110 min. vhs 999:2882
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Barkan, Joanne. "Jonah After the Year 2000." Dissent , Winter2004, Vol. 51 Issue 1, p105-108, 4p UC users only
Bates, Robin "Holes in the sausage of history: May '68 as absent center in three Europan films." Cinema Journal Vol XXIV nr 3 (Spring 1985); p 24-42.
Berger, John. Jonah who will be 25 in the year 2000 = Jonas qui aura 25 ans in l'ans 2000 / a film by Alain Tanner Berkeley, Calif. : North Atlantic Books, c1983 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997 .J5613 1983)
Horton, Andrew. "Alain Tanner's "Jonah": Echoes of Renoir's "M. Lange"." Film Criticism, Spring80, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p25-30, 6p UC users only
Leach, Jim. A possible cinema : the films of Alain Tanner / by Jim Leach. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1984. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 T264 1984)
Stam, Robert. "Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000: The Subversive Charm of Alain Tanner." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, vol. 15, pp. 1, 5-7, 1977 July

Joueur d'échecs (The Chess Player) (1925)
Directed by Raymond Bernard. Cast: Pierre Blanchar, Charles Dulin, Edith Jehanne, Camille Bert, Pierre Batchell, Marcelle Charles-Dulin. An early silent costume drama set in the court of Catherine the Great, the film combines romance, politics, and war with the story of the invention of the chess-playing automaton. 140 min. DVD 1796
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Jour de fête (1949)
Directed by Jacques Tati. Cast: Jacques Tati, Guy Decomble, Paul Frankeur, Santa Relli, Maine Vallee. Comedy about the effects of the arrival of a travelling fair to a small village, where rural postman Francois is unduly influenced by a newsreel about the super-efficient U.S. mail service. Notable as the first feature film of Jacques Tati. 76 min.DVD X6118
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Le Jour se l&egravJacques Tatie;ve (Daybreak) (1939)
Directed by Marcel Carné. Cast: Jean Gabin, Arletty, Jules Berry, Jacqueline Laurent. A sympathetic factory worker finds the only way to free the woman he loves from the arms of another is to commit murder. Afterwards he locks himself in his furnished room and starts remembering how he was led to the killing. He met Françoise, a young fleurist, and they fell in love but ... 88 min.DVD X2434; vhs 999:1059
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Bazin, André; Gray, Hugh (translator) "The Destiny of Jean Gabin." In: Rediscovering French film / edited by Mary Lea Bandy ; introduction by Richard Roud. New York : Museum of Modern Art ; Boston : Distributed by New York Graphic Society Books, Little, Brown, c1983. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1993.5.F7 R39 1983)
Gruber, Helmut "Jean Gabin: Doomed Worker-Hero of a Doomed France." International Labor and Working-Class History No. 59, Workers and Film: As Subject and Audience (Spring, 2001), pp. 15-35 UC users only
Pullar, Ellen. "'A star who is not like the others': Arletty's publicity persona during the 1930s." Studies in French Cinema, 2012, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p7-19, 13p UC users only
Slavitt, David R. "Jean Gabin: A Screen Image." Hopkins Review, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 275-293, 2008 Spring UC users only
Turim, Maureen. "Poetic Realism as Psychoanalytical and Ideological Operation: Marcel Carné's 'Le Jour se leve'." In: French film, texts and contexts Edited by Susan Hayward and Ginette Vincendeau. pp: 63-77. London ; New York : Routledge, 1989. (UCB Main PN1993.5.F7 F74 1989; UCB Moffitt PN1993.5.F7 F74 1990)
Slavitt, David R. "Jean Gabin: A Screen Image." Hopkins Review, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 275-293, 2008 Spring UC users only
Vincendeau, Ginette. "Anatomy of a Myth: Jean Gabin." Nottingham French Studies, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 19-31, 1993 Spring
Vincendeau, Ginette. "From proletarian hero to godfather: Jean Gabin and 'paradigmatic' French masculinity." In: Me Jane : masculinity, movies, and women / edited by Pat Kirkham and Janet Thumin. New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995. Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.M46 M35 1995)

Le Journal d'une femme de chambre (Diary of a Chambermaid) (1964)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Georges Geret, Daniel Ivernel, Françoise Lugagne, Muni, Jean Ozenne, Michel Piccoli. A chambermaid with Paris flair gets a job at a country estate and discovers the family she works for and the other staff members are a strange sort. She entrenches herself in sexual hypocracy and scandal with her philandering employer and when a child is murdered near the estate, she begins to have her suspicions as to whom may be responsible. 97 min. DVD 892; vhs 999:1060
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Buñuel, Luis. Le journal d'une femme de chambre. [Paris] Seuil [1971] (NRLF (UCB) PN1997 .B7946)

Le Journal d'un curé de campagne (Diary of a Country Priest) (1950)
Directed by Robert Bresson. Cast: Claude Laydu, Antoine Balpetre, Gaston Severin, Leon Arvel, Jean Danet, André Guibert, Nicole Ladmiral, Jean Riveyre, Jeanne Etievant, Bernard Hubrenne, Marie-Monique Arkell. A young country priest engenders hostility, indifference, and rejection among his parishioners. Stricken by cancer, he dies a lonely death. 120 min. DVD 2475
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Jours tranquilles à Clichy (Quiet days in Clichy) (1989)
Director, Claude Chabrol. Cast: Nigel Havers, André w McCarthy, Barbara De Rossi, Stephanie Cotta, Eva Grimaldi, Isolde Barth. A womanizing photographer takes up residence with an impoverished writer in the promiscuous red light district of 1930's Paris. Together, they spend days at the club Melody, a place of ill-repute where prostitutes satisfy the passions and desires of their clientele. Adapted from the novel of the same title, written by Henry Miller. 100 min. vhs 999:2900
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Judex (1917)
Directed by Louis Feuillade. One of cinema's first 'superheroes,' the mysterious Judex in these early silent films is torn between an oath of justice against the wealthy banker Favraux, who had earlier wronged his family, and his secret love of Favraux's daughter, Jacqueline. This framework is the basis of a series of extraordinary and engaging incidents involving Judex's brother, the evil Diana Monti and her accomplices, the detective Cocatin, and the charming Licorice Kid. Disc 1: Prologue -- 1. The mysterious shadow -- 2. The atonement -- 3. The fantastic dog pack -- 4. The secret of the tomb -- 5. The tragic mill -- Disc 2: 6. The Liquorice Kid -- 7. The woman in black -- 8. The underground passages of the Chateau-Rouge -- 9. When the child appeared -- 10. Jacqueline's heart -- 11. The water goddess -- 12. Love's forgiveness. Features a newly recorded score by Robert Israel. Also included: The music of Judex, an 18 minute featurette in which Robert Israel discusses scoring Judex and an essay by film historian Jan-Christopher Horak. 315 min. DVD 6178
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Judex (1963)
Directed by Georges Franju. Cast: Channing Pollock, Francine Bergé, Edith Scob, Théo Sarapo, Sylvia Koscina. Concerns a wicked banker, his helpless daughter, and a mysterious avenger. It plays like a fairy tale, one in which Franju creates a dazzling clash between good and evil, eschewing interest in the psychological aspects of his characters for unexplained twists and turns in the action. Special features: Interview with Jacques Champreux (the grandson of Louis Feuillade) filmed in 2007, discussing Georges Franju and their collaboration adapting the work of his grandfather. 94 min. DVD X1679
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Le juge et l'assassin (The Judge and the Assassin) (1975)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Cast: Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert, Michel Galabru, Jean-Claude Brialy. France, 1893. Joseph Bouvier, a former Sergeant in the French military, shoots his beloved and attempts to kill himself. Having survived with two bullets in his brain, he is released from the Dole medical facility, a place of mental and physical filthiness. Then begins a five-year period of wandering on the roads of the South East of France, during which Bouvier rapes and eventually kills two dozen defenseless shepherds and farm servants of both sexes. Judge Rousseau thinks this case would help his career as a right wing politician and therefore issues warrants of arrests to find any hobo fitting the description. But if Bouvier was declared insane, the Judge's plan may become a trap... Based on the career, trial and execution of Joseph Vacher, at whose trial the judge was Émile Fourquet. 121 min.DVD X6011
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Jules et Jim (Jules and Jim) (1961)
Directed by François Truffaut. Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre, Vanna Urbino. In the bohemian Paris of 1912, two inseparable bon vivants fall in love with the same young woman. She capriciously marries one of them and thereupon begins a tale of the long, torturous emotional adjustments the three must make. Special features (Criterion disc DVD 4347): New, restored high-definition digital transfer supervised by director of photography Raoul Coutard; Commentary with co-writer Jean Gruault, Truffaut collaborator Suzanne Schiffman, editor Claudine Bouche, and Truffaut scholar Annette Insdorf; Commentary with actress Jeanne Moreau and Truffaut biographer Serge Toubiana; New video interview with director of photography Raoul Coutard; Exclusive video interview with Jean Gruault; New Video conversation between film scholars Robert Stam and Dudley André w; 1969 segment from the French program 'L'Invite du Dimanche,' featuring Truffaut and Moreau; Excerpts from an episode of the French TV program 'Cineastes de notre temps' dedicated to Truffaut; Truffaut on novelist Henri-Pierre Roche, from the 1966 French program 'Bibliotheque de poche'; Archival audio interview with Truffaut. 106 min.DVD 4347; DVD 126; vhs 999:62
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Juste avant la nuit (Just Before Nightfall) (1971)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. Cast: Stephane Audran, Michel Bouquet, François Perier, Jean Carmet, Marina Ninchi, Dominique Zardi, Henri Attal, Paul Temps. Charles Masson, an advertising executive, is having an affair with Laura, the wife of his best friend, the architect François Tellier. When one of their S&M games goes too far, Laura is accidentally strangled. Even though the police are struggling to solve the murder, Charles finds it difficult to cope with the situation and to live a normal life with his two children and loving wife Hel`ene. From Chabrol's most revered period of work between 1968 and 1974, this is a masterful exploration into friendship and the darker sides of human nature. 102 min. DVD 5414
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Juve contre Fantômas (Silent; 1913-14)
Directed by Louis Feuillade. The Simplon Express disaster (23 min.) -- The haunted Villa (23 min.) Episodes of the Fantomas silent film serial about the adventures of Fantomas, the mysterious bandit in a black hood who is relentlessly tracked by Juve, the detective. Fantomas was an immense worldwide success and helped establish the advent of film serials in the United States. 47 min. included on DVD 5868; also on vhs 999:1926
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L.627 (1992)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Cast: Didier Bezace, Jean-Paul Comart, Charlotte Kady, Jean-Roger Milo. Using the French anti-drug statute L.627 as its title and collaborating with a fifteen-year veteran of the Paris police, Tavernier plunges into the story of Lulu, a quietly dedicated narcotics cop who becomes part of a small, ill-equiped, but spirited drug squad often taking the law into their own hands. 145 min. DVD 8823
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La France (France, 2007)
Directed by Serge Bozon. Cast: Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Guillaume Depardieu, Guillaume Verdier, François Négret, Laurent Talon, Pierre Léon, Benjamin Esdraffo, Didier Brice, Laurent Lacotte, Laurent Valero, Lionel Turchi, Bob Boisadan. French farm girl Camille is awaiting news of her husband, who is fighting at the front. After she receives an enigmatic letter ending their relationship, she dresses up as a boy and joins a wandering regiment in search of her estranged love. Skirting the edges of battlefields, the platoon haunts the screen like shell-shocked specters, awakening for four uncannily beautiful musical numbers played on homemade string instruments. 102 min. DVD X3883
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Dargis, Manohla. "World War I on Their Minds, '60s Pop in Their Hearts." New York Times; 07/11/2008, p16, 0p
Peranson, Mark. "Band on the Run: Serge Bozon's La France." Cinema Scope, Winter2008, Issue 33, p6-10, 5p UC users only
Smith, Gavin. "La France." Film Comment; Jan/Feb2009, Vol. 45 Issue 1, p40-40 UC users only

Lacombe Lucien (1974)
Directed by Louis Malle. Cast: Pierre Blaise, Aurore Clément, Holger Lowenadler, Thérèse Giehse. Louis Malle's film brilliantly relates the story of a young opportunist French peasant who joins the Gestapo during the Nazi occupation. Despite being a collaborator he falls in love with the daughter of a Jewish tailor, with profound effects on her family. A subtle, complex tale of guilt, innocence and the amorality of power. 132 min. DVD 5381; vhs 999:3071
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British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Supporting Actor (Holger Löwenadler)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Supporting Actor (Holger Löwenadler)

Lady Chatterley (Belgium | France, 2006)
Directed by Pascale Ferran. Cast: Marina Hands, Jean-Louis Coulloc'h, Hippolyte Girardot. A young woman, unable to be intimate with her husband after his war injuries, seeks solace and physical passion in the arms of a gamekeeper. Based on the novel by D.H. Lawrence. Special features: 40 minutes of never-before-seen footage, interviews, commentary, and more. 201 min. DVD X3772
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Laissez-passer (Safe Conduct) (2002)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Cast: Jacques Gamblin, Denis Podalydes, Charlotte Kady, Marie Desgranges, Ged Marlon, Philippe Morier-Genoud, Laurent Schilling, Maria Pitarresi, Marie Gillain. During the Nazi occupation of France during World War II, the nation's movie studios continued to operate. Jean Devaivre is an assistant director for Continental Pictures, a studio which has recently been taken over by the Germans and is headed by Dr. Greven. With a wife and son to support, Devaivre feels he has little choice but to continue with his work. Screenwriter Jean Aurenche, a man who lives for wine, women and song, refuses to work for Greven, and struggles to find a way to make a living with his words. 163 min. DVD 2684
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Kauffmann, Stanley. "Grace under pressure." The New Republic. Nov 4, 2002. Vol. 227, Iss. 19; pg. 22UC users only
Lovejoy, Alice. "Safe Conduct." Film Comment, Nov/Dec2002, Vol. 38 Issue 6, p76, 1pUC users only
Marcelle Clements. "When Moviemaking Was a Form of Resistance." New York Times. (Late Edition (East Coast)). Oct 13, 2002. pg. 2.11
Porton, Richard; Flitterman-Lewis, Sandy. "The spirit of resistance: An interview with Bertrand Tavernier." Cineaste. Spring 2003. Vol. 28, Iss. 2; p. 4 UC users only

Lancelot du Lac (Lancelot of the Lake) (1974)
Directed by Robert Bresson. Cast: Luc Simon, Laura Duke Condominas, Humbert Balsan, Vladimir Antolek-Oresek, Patrick Bernhard, Arthur De Montalembert, Charles Balsan. Set in the last days of the doomed quest by Lancelot and the rest of King Arthur's knights for the Holy Grail, this is a tale of the end of the age of chivalry and the death of a dream. 80 min. DVD 2755; vhs 999:1206
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Léon (The Professional) (1994)
Director, Luc Besson. Cast: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello. When his next door neighbors are murdered, New York's top hit man becomes the unwilling guardian of their surviving 12-year-old daughter. He helps her track the psychotic agent who murdered her family so she can exact her revenge. A non-stop crescendo of action, suspense and surprises. 110 min. DVD 5805
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La legge (The Law) (Italy | France, 1959)
Directed by Jules Dassin. Cast: Gina Lollobrigida, Marcello Mastroianni, Yves Montand, Pierre Brasseur, Melina Mercouri. A beautiful young woman in a sleepy Italian village is desired by the son of a mobster, but she only has eyes for a handsome young engineer. Unfortunately, he is as poor as she is so Marietta decides to steal a dowry. In so doing she exposes the town's biggest lies. Based on the novel by Roger Vailland. Special features: Feature length audio commentary ; alternate ending ; 1958 episode of Cin@eacute;panorama ; 1957 television interview with La loi novelist Roger Vailland ; documentary ; original trailer ; exclusive essay by Haden Guest. 121 min. DVD X5122
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Léon Morin, prêtre (Leon Morin, Priest) (1961)
Director, Jean-Pierre Melville. Cast: Emanuelle Riva, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Irene Tunc, Nicole Mirel, Gisele Grimm, Marco Béhar, G@eacute;rard Buhr. Léon Morin is a devoted man of the cloth who is also the crush object of all the women of a small village in Nazi-occupied France. He finds himself most drawn to a sexually frustrated widow, a borderline heretic whose relationship with her confessor is a confrontation with both God and her own repressed desire. Based on the novel by Béatrix Beck. 117 min. DVD X6146
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Le Léopard (1984)
Director, Jean-Claude Sussfeld. Cast: Claude Brasseur, Dominique Lavanant, Marius Weyers, Max Megy, Nini Crepon. A French secret service agent who becomes a novelist after he is forced to retire, writes about experiences he had as a spy in his novel. Adventures ensue when he and his editor, whom the ex-spy regards as too stuffy for his own good, wind up in Africa where they must overcome their mutual dislike and investigate the murder of a renowned physicist. In French without subtitles. SECAM format. 96 min. vhs 999:3193
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Letter to Jane (France, 1972)
Directors, Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin. "This extraordinary little movie emerges from the then recently formed French Dziga Vertov film collective, led by Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin. The collective produced a number of provocative films that show a distinct move away from the more 'middle class' narratives of a film like Pierrot le fou (Godard, 1965). In Letter to Jane, a single news photograph (see further discussion below) first appears on the screen: it is of Jane Fonda towering above some Vietnamese, and on the sound track Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin discuss the implications of the photograph. Their talk is didactic, and reveals what Laura Mulvey referred to later as Godard's "always interesting" misogyny (quoted in Williams 1992: 84). Certainly the intensity of a film consisting of a still picture and two ideologues berating the subject of the picture has something of the feeling of a show trial about it. The Marxist/Maoist Dziga Vertov movement and Jane Fonda's own short career as a bourgeois idealist collide in what in retrospect is a film by two rather privileged intellectuals who both seem to lack a sense of history's ironies." [Dawson, J. 2002.] Includes 1972 video interview excerpt with Jean-Luc Godard; new video interview with Jean-Pierre Gorin; includes a booklet including essays by film critics J. Hoberman and Kent Jones and Godard biographer Colin MacCabe and an excerpted interview with Gorin and Godard from 1972. 52 min. DVD 3549 (supplement to DVD of Tout va bien)
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Dawson, Jonathan. "Letter to Jane." Senses of Cinema. no. 19, Mar-Apr 2002.
Klein, Michael. "Letter to Jane." Film Quarterly, Vol. 27, No. 1 (Autumn, 1973), pp. 62-64 UC users only

Letterist Films: Woman, Women (1978-1995)
Various directors. Contents: Le temoin ou la timide esperance (The witness or timid expectations), Christiane Guymer (1984, 9 min.); Guimauve et baisers bleus (Blue kisses and marshmellows), Hélène Richol (1983, 10 min.); All women are Joan of Arcs, Suzanne Lemaitre, Maurice Lemaitre (1984, 20 min.); La femme n'est plus ce qu'elle e'tait! (Woman is not what she used to be), Hélène Richol (1978, 10 min.); End memory, Pip Chodorov (1995, 6 min.); Une histoire d'amour (Love, Maurice Lemaitre (1978, 9 min.).
"If the woman is not what she used to be, she will soon become, through ongoing struggle, not the future of mankind, but her own future, as demonstrated in these letterist films. Proof that she must perhaps also find companionship with men in this creative combat is offered here as the focus on the woman or on women, can signify neither myth nor exclusion." 64 min. vhs 999:1963

Leurs premiers films (Their First Films) (1946-1971)
Presents eight of the very first films of several French directors who went on to become household names in international cinema. Even in their first attempts it is easy to see what differentiated them from similar colleagues, and also how their styles became so coherent and indentifiable. Contents: L'amour existe, by Maurice Pialat (1961, b&w, 19 min.). Le chant du styRené , by Alain Resnais (1957, col., 14 min.). Charlotte et son Jules, by Jean-luc Godard (1958, b&w, 13 min.). Le coup du berger, by Jacques Rivette (1957, b&w, 27 min.). Histoire d'eau, by François Truffaut & Jean-Luc Godard (1958, b&w, 12 min.). Le labaratoire de l'Angoisse, by Patrice Leconte (1971, col., 11 min.). Les surmenes, by Jacques Doniol-Valcroze (1957, b&w, 19 min.). 24 heures de la vie d'un clown, by Jean-Pierre Melville (1946, b&w, 18 min.) (Note: search IMDB.com for more details on each filmmaker.) DVD 3134

Level Five (1997)
Directed by Chris Marker. The French computer programmer Laura inherits the task of making a computer game of the Battle of Okinawa in Japan during WWII. She searches the Internet for information and interviews Japanese experts and witnesses. The extraordinary circumstances of the Battle lead her to reflect deeply on her own life and humanity in general, particularly the influence of history and memories. 105 min. vhs 999:3156
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Lèvres de sang (Lips of Blood) (France, 1975)
Directed by Jean Rollin. Cast: Jean-Loup Phillipe, Annie Brilland, Natalie Perrey. A young man is plagued by visions of a castle and a ghostly woman in white, visions which eventually lead him to a cemetery of female vampires whom he releases onto the city of Paris. This explicit oedipal fantasy is crammed full of dark dungeons, lesbian sex, coffins, and surreal vampires. 90 min. DVD X6871
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Black, Andy "Clocks, seagulls, Romeo and Juliet Jean Rollin interviewed ." Kinoeye, vol. 2, no. 7, 2002 Apr 15
Kalat, David. "Exoticism and eroticism in French horror cinema: A brief introduction to the world of Jean Rollin." Kinoeye, Vol 2 Issue 7 15 April 2002
McCann, Ben. "Pierced Borders, Punctured Bodies: the Contemporary French Horror Film." Australian Journal of French Studies Volume 45, Number 3 / September - December 2008 UC users only
Sparks, Doug "The romance of childhood: Jean Rollin's Lèvres de sang (Lips of Blood, 1975)." Kinoeye, vol. 2, no. 7, 2002 Apr 15
Tohill, Cathal. "Back to the Beach: The Films of Jean Rollin." In: Immoral tales : European sex & horror movies 1956-1984 / Cathal Tohill & Pete Tombs. New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H6 T64 1995)

Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) (1960)
Directed by Roger Vadim. Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Gérard Philipe, Annette Vadim, Jeanne Valerie, Jean Louis Trintignant. Based on the 18th century novel that scandalized Parisian society and updated by Vadim. Valmont (Gérard Philipe) and Juliette (Jeanne Moreau) have an unusual open marriage in which adulterous affairs are encouraged. A Swiss ski resort provides the perfect backdrop for their perverse game of devastating the emotional lives of those around them. Their game backfires when Valmont breaks their cardinal rule by falling in love. Created is an unforgettable portrait of a decadent society where people become mere playing pieces in the game of seduction. 111 min. DVD X7264; vhs 999:453
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Liliom (1934)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Cast: Charles Boyer, Madeleine Ozeray, Florelle, Pierre Alcover, Robert Arnoux. Brash ne'er-do-well Liliom, played by Boyer with physical gusto and inner uncertainty, is a carnival barker until he encounters the ethereal Julie, whom he marries. When he is killed in a knife fight he is allowed to return to earth for one day to see how his wife and daughter are managing. Based on the play by Franz Molnar. 120 min. DVD 6861; DVD 2457
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Lola (1961)
Directed by Jacques Demy. Cast: Anouk Aimee, Marc Michel, Jacques Harden, Alan Scott, Elina Labourdette. In Nantes, a bored young man named Roland is letting life pass him by when he has a chance meeting with a woman he knew in his teens: she's Lola, now a cabaret dancer. She's also the devoted single mother of a young son, and she harbors the hope that his father, who deserted her during pregnancy, will return. Roland realizes he's in love with Lola, and this gives sudden purpose to his life. But how does she feel? Woven into the story are an American sailor who likes Lola and is kind to her son; a girl on the eve of her 14th birthday, when all things seem romantic; the girl's mother, a lonely widow; and, an aging woman who misses her son. And who's the rich guy in the Cadillac? 90 min. DVD 6660
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Lola Montès (1955)
Directed by Max Ophüls. Cast: Martine Carol (Lola Montès), Peter Ustinov (Ringmaster), Anton Walbrook (King Ludwig), Henri Guisol (Maurice), Lise Delamare (Lola's mother), Paulette Dubost (Josephine), Oskar Werner (Student). Depicts, through flashbacks, the life of a famous courtesan, recounted as part of a lavish circus act. The ringmaster introduces and displays Lola Montes who recalls her romances with Franz Liszt, a student, and Ludwig, King of Bavaria before she was reduced by scandal, poverty and ill fortune to her present life as a circus performer. 110 min. DVD 189
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Burdick, Dolores M. "Lisa, Lola, and I: The Woman Unknown as the Woman Immortal in Ophuls and Robbe-Grillet." Michigan Academician, vol. 12 no. 3. 1980 Winter. pp: 251-259.

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Un Long dimanche de fiançailles (A Very Long Engagement) (2004)
Directed by Jean Pierre Jeunet. Cast: Audrey Tautou, Gaspard Ulliel, Jean-Pierre Becker, Dominique Bettenfeld, Jodie Foster. Mathilde is waiting desperately for her fiance to return from World War II. When bad news arrives she refuses to believe he is dead. Instead, she begins her own investigation into his infantry, hiring a private detective and piecing together his war stories. 133 min. DVD 4169
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Doherty, Annabelle. "Digital Tableaux of Cinematic Cultural Memory in the French Heritage Film: Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles. Australian Journal of French Studies, May-Aug2012, Vol. 49 Issue 2, p196-207, 12p UC users only
Durham, Carolyn A. "Auteurism and Adaptation in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Un Long Dimanche de fiançailles French Review , Apr2008, Vol. 81 Issue 5, p912-927, 16p
Kehr, Dave "A Very Long Engagement." Film Comment 40:6 (November-December 2004) p. 73-74 UC users only
Shapiro, Ann-Louise. "Fixing history: Narratives of World War I in France." History & Theory, 1997, Vol. 36 Issue 4, p111, 20p UC users only

Lucie Aubrac (1997)
Directed by Claude Berri. Cast: Carole Bouquet, Daniel Auteuil. Based on a true story, this is the dramatic tale of a husband and wife along with their associates in the French Resistance during several months of 1943. Activist Raymond Samuel is betrayed by a comrade and arrested by the Gestapo. His only hope is his beautiful wife, Lucie, who conceives a bold plan for her husband's escape -- flirting with the enemy and risking her life to free him. 116 min. vhs 999:2926
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Allison, Maggie. "From the Violence of War to the War against Intolerance: Representing the Resistant Woman, Lucie Aubrac." South Central Review, 2002, Vol. 19(4)-20 Issue 1, p119-134, 16p UC users only
Hayes, Graeme. " Resistancialism revisited: masculinity and national identity in Claude Berri's Lucie Aubrac (1997)." Studies in French Cinema, 2001, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p108, 10p UC users only
Hewitt, Leah D. "Identity Wars in "L'affaire (Lucie) Aubrac": History, Fiction, Film." Contemporary French Civilization, 1998, Vol. 22 Issue 2, p264-284, 21p
Reid, Donald "The Grandchildren of Godard and the Aubracs: Betrayal, Resistance, and the People without the Memory." French Cultural Studies, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 76-92, Feb 2004 UC users only

Aubrac, Lucie. Outwitting the Gestapo / Lucie Aubrac ; translated by Konrad Bieber with the assistance of Betsy Wing ; with an introduction by Margaret Collins Weitz. (Main (Gardner) Stacks D802.F8 A7913 1993)

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Ma nuit chez Maud (My Night at Maud's) (1969)
Directed by Eric Rohmer. Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Françoise Fabian, Marie-Christine Barrault, Antoine Vitez. In this French romantic comedy an engineer is seeking the perfect mate. Just when he thinks he has found her, he finds himself accidentally spending the night sharing the bed of a seductive divorcee, Maud. 111 min. DVD 263; vhs 999:1426
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Ma saison préferéé (My Favorite Season) (1993)
Directed by André Téchiné. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Patrick Dewaere, Etienne Chicot, Sabine Haudepin, Dominique Lavanant. Helène, a distracted anesthetist, almost runs down Gilles one evening on a Biarritz street. She is still numb from the drowning death earlier that year of her lover, a visionary architect. Gilles presses for a relationship, then backs away, deciding she could never love someone of lower class and limited prospects. But she does fall in love with him and gradually her depression eases. As she heals, he becomes obsessed with her lover's talents and his own limitations, behaving bizarrely and pushing her away. 122 min. DVD X61
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Ma 6-T va crack-er (1997)
Directed by Jean-François Richet. Cast: Arco Descat C., Jean-Marie Robert, Malik Zeggou, Mustapha Ziad, and Karim Rezeg. A portrait of the aimless lives of unemployed inner city youths living on society's fringe in the suburbs of a French city. The film centers on two teenaged gangs who terrorize their neighborhoods. There are few limits to their unpleasant philosophy of "desire equals acquisition." The film reaches its climax at a nightclub where the two rival groups collide when a gun fight breaks out. 97 min. DVD 8792
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Cieutat, Michel. "Ma 6-T va crack-er." CinemAction, 2002, Issue 103, p200-202, 3p;
Higbee, William. "Screening the 'other' Paris: cinematic representations of the French urban periphery in La Haine and Ma 6-T Va Crack-er." Modern & Contemporary France, May2001, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p197-208, 12p UC users only
Johnston, Cristina. "Gazon Maudit, Douce France, Ma 6-T va crack-er and Belle Maman." In: French Minority Cinema Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi, 2010 (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only])
Joyard, Olivier. "La cite interdite." Cahiers du Cinema, Jul/Aug 1997, Issue 515, p72-73, 2p
Kohn, Olivier. "Ma 6-T va crack-er." Positif, Jul/Aug 1997, Issue 437/438, p131-131, 1p;
Primeau, Francois. "Ma 6-T va crack-er." Sequences, Mar/Apr 1999, Issue 201, p39-40, 2p

Ma vie en rose (My Life In Pink) (1997)
Directed by Alain Berliner. Cast: Michele Laroque, Jean-Philippe Ecoffey, Hélène Vincent, Georges Du Fresne, Daniel Hanssens, Laurence Bibot, Jean-François Gallotte, Caroline Baehr, Julien Riviere, Marie Bunel. With six-year-old certainty, Ludovic believes he was meant to be a little girl and that the mistake will soon be corrected. Instead of the miraculous, Ludo finds rejection, isolation and guilt as the intense reactions of family, friends, and neighbors strip away every innocent lace and bauble. 89 min. DVD 960
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Awards
Golden Globe Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Madame Bovary (1934)
Directed by Jean Renoir. Cast: Max Dearly, Valentine Tessier, Pierre Renoir, Daniel Lecourtois, Fernand Fabre. The wife of a stolid middle-aged doctor rebels at the provincial life forced upon her and engages in a series of illicit affairs, which ultimately lead to tragedy. 102 min.vhs 999:372
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Milhaud, Darius. Deux chansons : extraites du film Madame Bovary / de Jean Renoir ; d'apres Gustave Flaubert ; production Nouvelle Societe de ... Paris : Enoch, [c1934] (Music M1614.M55.M2)

Madame Bovary (1991)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. Emma Bovary (Isabelle Hubert) is a woman possessed by a burning hunger for life and love - and a passion that can never be fulfilled. Feeling trapped in a loveless marriage, Emma indulges herself in a lifestyle of reckless overspending and a series of shocking affairs which threaten to destroy her and everyone around her. 130 min.DVD X1090; vhs 999:1966
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Madame de (Earrings of Madame de...) (1953)
Directed by Max Ophüls. Cast: Danielle Darrieux, Charles Boyer, Vittorio De Sica, Lea di Lea, Jean Debucourt. Tragic misunderstandings arise when a society wife sells her earrings and tells her husband she has lost them. Based on a novel by Louise de Vilmorin. 105 min. DVD 6371
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Made in U.S.A. (1967)
Directed by Jean Luc Godard. Cast: Marianne Faithfull, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Anna Karina. A young journalist makes enquiries about the death of the man she loved, killed by the police. Her search plunges her into a dark world of murder, gangsters, spies and corrupt police. Based on The Jugger by Richard Stark. 81 min. DVD X1749; also DVD 3654 (in French without English subtitles).
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Maelstrom (Canada, 2000)
Directed by Denis Villeneuve. Tells the story of Bibiane, who accidentally hits a man while driving one rainy summer night. The victim is a fisherman who is left on the highway and returns home to slowly die. Guiltily attending the man's funeral, Bibiane strikes up a conversation with his son, Evian and soon the two have become romantically involved, with Bibiane unable to tell Evian her secret. In French Canadian with English subtitles. 86 min. DVD 1443
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Maîtresse (1975)
Directed by Barbet Schroeder. Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Bulle Ogier, André Rouyer, Nathalie Keryan, Roland Bertin, Tony Taffin, Holger Lowenadler. A young man stumbles into a subterranean world of sadomasochism when he is implicated in a burglary of a Paris apartment. The apartment's mistress runs a two-floor operation, respectibility above and a dungeon of punishment-seeking clients below. Special features: Exclusive video interview with Schroeder; new essay by film critic Elliott Stein. 112 min. DVD X4072
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Maine Océan (1986)
Directed by Jacques Rozier. Cast: Bernard Menez, Luis Régo, Yves Afonso, Pedro Armendáriz, Lydia Feld, Rosa- Maria Gomes. A lawyer comes to the aid of a Brazilian woman who is having a misunderstanding with two ticket-takers on the "Maine-Océan," a train which travels from Paris to Nantes. Later on, the four meet again on an island off the coast. 131 min. DVD X5382
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La Maman et la putain (The Mother and the Whore) (1973)
Directed by Jean Eustache. Cast: Bernadette Lafont, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Françoise Lebrun, Isabelle Weingarten. Story of the obsessive sexual relationship between a disenchanted pseudo-intellectual, his lover, and a kinky nurse. Explores the cultural phenomenon of sex without love. 215 min. vhs 999:3728
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Cannes Film Festival - Special Jury Prize

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Manon (1949)
Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Cast: Serge Reggiani, Michel Auclair, Cecile Aubry, Gabrille Dorziat. In this adaptation of Abbe Prevost's novel 'Manon Lescaut' (updated to post-World War II France), a former French Resistance activist rescues Manon from villagers who want to lynch her for collaborating with the Nazis. She becomes involved in the black market, passes from man to man, and eventually ends up being shot by Arabs in the Sarah desert. The story involves the complex background of post-war France and the illegal immigration of Jews into Palestine. Inspired by the novel: Manon Lescaut / by L'abbe Prevost. 87 min. DVD X6939
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Manon des sources (Manon of the Spring) (1988)
Directed by Claude Berri. Cast: Yves Montand, Daniel Auteuil, Emmanuelle Beart. Ten years have passed since the tragic events of Jean De Florette. Jean's daughter, Manon, appears in town to accuse the Soubeyrans of killing her father. A tragedy results that nearly destroys Cesar, the neighbor who destroyed Jean. From the novel by Marcel Pagnol. 113 min. DVD 516; vhs 999:384
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Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
César Awards, France - Best Supporting Actress (Emmanuelle Béart )
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film

La Mariée était en noir (The Bride Wore Black) (1968)
Directed by François Truffaut. Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Michel Bouquet, Jean Claude Brialy, Charles Denner, Claude Rich, Michel Lonsdale, Daniel Boulanger, Alexandra Stewart. After a bridegroom is shot on the steps of the church on his wedding day, his widow traces the group of men responsible and eliminates them one by one. 108 min. DVD 511; vhs 999:743
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Marius (Fanny Trilogy) (1931)
Directed by Marcel Pagnol. Cast: Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, Orane Demazis, Fernand Charpin. This is the first film of Pagnol's Fanny trilogy (titles: Marius, Fanny, César). Marius, son of César the owner of a cafe, is drawn to the sea, filled with dreams of faraway lands. He loves Fanny, but even this love is not as strong as his wanderlust. Fanny turns him loose to follow his dream. 121 min. DVD 2751; vhs 999:771
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La Marseillaise (1938)
Director, Jean Renoir. Cast: Pierre Renoir, Lise Delamare, Louis Jouvet, Andrex Andrisson, Paul Dullac, Julien Carette, Aime Clariond, Irene Joachim. Charts the progress of the French Revolution from the fall of the Bastille and its impact on the rural peasantry. Chronicles the slow erosion of the power of the aristocracy, the departure of Louis XVI from the palace, and the anticipated defeat of the Prussian army. The focus here is on the point of view of the common people. 132 min. DVD 7586
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Martyrs (France | Canada, 2008)
Directed by Pascal Laugier. Cast: A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity. 96 min. DVD X6641
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Masculin féminin: 15 faits précis (Masculine Feminine) (1966)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Chantal Goya, Marlene Jobert, Catherine-Isabelle Duport, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Michel Debord, Eva-Britt Strandberg, Birger Malmsten, Brigitte Bardot. An original concoction that mixes politics, sex, comedy, nostalgia with standard boy-meets-girl theme. Interviewer/journalist Leaud has an affair with would-be rock star Madeleine in 1960's Paris. Special features: Archival 1966 interview with Chantal Goya; new video interviews with Goya, Kurant, and Jean-Luc Godard collaborator Jean-Pierre Gorin, conducted in 2005; video discussion of the film between French film scholars Freddy Buache and Dominique Paini; Swedish television footage of Godard directing the "film within the film" scene; trailers; 16-page booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Adrian Martin and a reprint of a report from the set by French journalist Philippe Labro. 103 min. DVD 4771; vhs 999:93
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Melo(1986)
Directed by Alain Resnais. Cast: Sabine Azema, Fanny Ardant, Pierre Arditi, André Dussollier, Jacques Dacqmine, Hubert Gignoux, Catherine Arditi. Marcel and Pierre, two lifelong friends, are also concert violinists. While Marcel has gone on to stardom, Pierre has settled into a contented family life with his beautiful wife, Romaine. But all is not perfect: Pierre is unaware that Romaine is having an affair with Marcel. Special features: Original theatrical trailer; interview with producer Marin Karmitz on the making of the film, and on working with director Alain Resnais. 112 min. DVD 9803
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Le Mépris (Contempt) (1963)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance, Giorgia Moll, Fritz Lang. A young French dramatist living in Rome is working on a rewrite of the Odyssey for an American film producer. His wife suddenly ceases to love him and has an affair with the producer which leads to death. 120 min. DVD 1467; vhs 999:948
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Leahy, Sarah. "The matter of myth: Brigitte Bardot, stardom and sex." Studies in French Cinema; 2003, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p71-81, 11p UC users only

Merci pour le chocolat (Nightcap) (2000)
Director, Claude Chabrol. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Dutronc, Anna Mougalis, Rodolphe Pauly, Michel Robin, Mathieu Simonet, Brigitte Catillon. Mika is the couture-attired, oh-so-perfect head of a company that makes Swiss chocolate. André is her suave concert-pianist husband whose first wife died years ago in a mysterious car acident. How is it then that André 's teenage son has no musical talent, while the stunning Jeanne, who shares his birthday, is already a world-class pianist? And why does Mika insist that everyone sip the hot chocolate she prepares each 97 min. DVD 1690
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Mesrine: Part 1: Killer Instinct (2000)
Director, Jean-François Richet. Cast: Vincent Cassel; Cécile De France; Gérard Depardieu; Gilles Lellouche; Roy Dupuis; Elena Anaya. Introduces us to Jacques Mesrine, a loyal son and dedicated soldier back home and living with his parents after serving in the Algerian War. Handsome and charming, he is soon seduced by the neon glamour of sixties Paris and the easy money it presents. Mentored by Guido, Mesrine soon moves swiftly up the criminal ladder, choosing the high-risk life of a gangster over the honest life of the hard-working family man. After pulling off an audacious heist, he and his lover Jeanne flee to Canada where the opportunity of one big payout lures him out of hiding and propels him towards international notoriety. 109 min. DVD X4427
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Mesrine: Part 2: Public Enemy Number 1 (2000)
Director, Jean-François Richet. Cast: Vincent Cassel; Ludivine Sagnier; Mathieu Amalric; Gérard Lanvin; Samuel Le Bihan. Now back in France, Mesrine is finally in police custody and facing justice for his crimes, but he is soon on the run once again. After escaping a courtroom and kidnapping the judge at gunpoint, Mesrine is declared Public Enemy Number One and is eventually condemned to a maximum security prison where he writes his first memoirs, establishing himself as a household name and anti-hero across France. 128 min. DVD X4427
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Mille et une recettes du cuisinier amoureux (A Chef In Love)(Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti) (1997)
Director, Nana Djordjadze. Cast: Pierre Richard, Micheline Presle, Nino Kirtadze Jean-Yves Gautier, Temour Kamkhadze. French chef Pascal Ichac travels to pre-Soviet Georgia to collect recipes. What he finds is a movable feast of food, music and festivals, along with an adventuresome travel companion, the princess Cecilia. But their romantic idyll is soon threatened by the barbarism of the Russian revolution. 100 min. vhs 999:3517
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Le Million (1931)
Directed by René Clair. The lyric opera is set off against the bohemian life of two poor artists both in love with a ballerina. Their happiness depends on the finding of a lottery ticket. 81 min. DVD 215; vhs 999:23
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Fischer, Lucy. "René Clair, "Le Million", and the Coming of Sound." Cinema Journal, 16:2 (1977:Spring) p.34 UC users only

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Milou en mai (May Fools)
Directed by Louis Malle. Cast: Michel Piccoli, Miou-Miou, Michel Duchaussoy, Dominique Blanc, Harriet Walter, Bruno Carette, Paulette Dubost. Set in 1968 France, this is a comic portrait of an upper-class family in revolt, a clan that gathers to bury their matriarch and ends up almost killing each other, scrounging, backstabbing, fighting tooth and nail over prized family heirlooms. 109 min. DVD X4806; vhs 999:3425
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Les Misérables (1998)
Cast: Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, Claire Danes, Hans Matheson, Peter Vaughan. A dramatization of Hugo's classic tale of the ex-convi Valjean, whose attempts at a normal life are disrupted by the fanatical police inspector Javert, and the French Revolution. 134 min. DVD 2771
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Les Misérables(1934)
Director, Raymond Bernard. Cast: Harry Baur, Charles Vanel, Henry Krauss, Florelle, Gaby Triquet, Josselyne Gael, Jean Servais, Charles Dullin, Marguerite Moreno, Orane Demazis, Emile Genevois, Robert Vidalin. The story of Jean Valjean, the ex-convict who rises against all odds from galley slave to mayor, and the fanatical police inspector, Javert, who dedicates his life to recapturing Valjean. Disc 1: Les miserables, part one (109 min.) -- Disc 2: Les miserables, parts two and three (172 min.). DVD 8174
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Molière (1978)
Directed by Ariane Mnouchkine. Cast: Philippe Caub`ere, Jean Daste, Josephine Derenne. How did Moliere, a child born in 1622 to working-class parents, become such a well-known author? This film dramatizes the life of an honest man who struggles incessantly to practice his art in a century of hypocrisy and repression. 290 min. DVD 4590
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Mon cas (France / Portugal, 1986)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Cast: Bulle Ogier, Luís Miguel Cintra, Axel Bougousslavsky, Fred Personne, Wladimir Ivanovsky, Henri Serre. An experimental film presenting four rehearsals for the same story, each with a distinct style: first in the perspective of a theatre play, second in the perspective of a silent film with Samuel Beckett speaking in the background, third in the perspective of a film of the 50s and finally in a biblical philosophical perspective based on the Book of Job. Based on the work "O meu caso" by José Regio with extracts from "Pour finir encore et autre foirades" by Samuel Beckett and the Book of Job. 88 min. DVD X2147
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Mon Oncle (1958)
Directed by Jacques Tati. A comedy in which the vague and clumsy M. Hulot, in contrast to his more wealthy sister and brother-in-law, is constantly at odds with the modern world. 110 min. DVD 895; vhs 999:1094
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Picture
Cannes Film Festival - Special Jury Prize

Mon Oncle Antoine (Canada, 1971)
Directed by Claude Jutra. A story set in a Quebec asbestos town in the early 1940's before the days of miners' unions. Uncle Antoine owns the general store and is the local undertaker, with his nephew Benoît as an occasional helper. On Christmas Eve a combination of events forces Benoît to face the harsher realities of life. 104 min. DVD 1061
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Chase, Donald. "Eyes of the north." Film Comment, May/Jun99, Vol. 35 Issue 3, p76, 3p UC users only
Leach, Jim. Claude Jutra : filmmaker / Jim Leach. Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 1999. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.J88 L43 1999)
Quart, Leonard. "Mon oncle Antoine." Cineaste, Winter2008, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p71-71 UC users only

Mon Oncle d'Amérique (My American Uncle) (1980)
Directed by Alain Resnais. A case study of three characters pursuing their careers. This is intercut with segments of a lecture from Prof. Henri Laborit, a behavioral scientist speaking in pure documentary fashion, contributing his theories on memory; also intercut with footage from other movies. 123 min. DVD 1270; vhs 999:724
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Mon père, ce héros (1999)
Director, Gérard Lauzier. Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Marie Gillain, Patrick Mille, Catherine Jacob, Charlotte de Turckheim, Jean-François Rangasamy, Koomaren Chetty, Evelyne Lagesse, Benoît Allemane, Nicolas Sobrido, Yan Brian. André, a divorced Frenchman takes his teenage daughter, Nicole, on vacation with him to Mauritius. She's desperate to appear as a woman and not a girl, so in order to impress a local boy, she makes up more and more ridiculous stories, starting with André being her boyfriend. André is desperate to make Nicole happy and so plays along with her crazy games, and the stories they make up get increasingly bizarre. 99 min. DVD X2872
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Mondo (1996)
Directed by Tony Gatlif. Cast: Ovidiu Balan, Philippe Petit, Pierrette Fesch, Schahla Aalam, Jerry Smith, Maurice Maurin. Mondo, a 10-year-old gypsy boy, mysteriously appears in Nice, France and begins asking strangers if they would like to adopt him. As he wanders, he befriends a magician, a Vietnamese woman, a fisherman, and others. 78 min. vhs 999:3788
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Monsieur Hire (1990)
Directed by Patrice Leconte. Michel Blanc, Sandrine Bonnaire, André Wilms, Luc Thuillier. When a beautiful woman discovers she's being spied on by a cold, repressed neighbor, she becomes the aggressor in an erotically charged relationship that leads to a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. 88 min. DVD 9817; vhs 999:2415
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Duffy, Jean H. "Message versus mystery and film noir borrowings in Patrice Leconte's Monsieur Hire." French Cultural Studies June 2002 13: 209-224 UC users only

Monsieur Klein (Mr. Klein) (France | Italy, 1976)
Directed by Joseph Losey. Cast: Alain Delon, Jeanne Moreau, Francine Berge, Juliet Berto, Jean Bouise, Suzanne Flon, Massimo Girotti, Michel Lonsdale. Set in France in 1942 at the beginning of the Nazi occupation, Mr. Klein tells of one man's search for another who has stolen his identity. Robert Klein is a well to do French Catholic art dealer; he is charming, cultivated and ruthless. One day he learns of another Mr. Klein, a jew who is using his identity to cover anti-Nazi resistance activities. As Klein becomes obsessed with the search for his imposter, he meets an elegant society lady who is somehow involved with the Jewish Klein. Eventually, Klein's search becomes a trap into which he falls. 122 min. DVD 8269
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César Awards - Best Film; Best Director

Monsieur N (France / UK, 2002)
Directed by Antoine de Caunes. Cast: Philippe Torreton, Richard E. Grant, Jay Rodan, Elsa Zylberstein. Story of the last years of the life of Napoleon Bonaparte, who was imprisoned by the British on St Helena. Napoleon retained a loyal entourage of officers who helped him plot his escape, and evaded the attentions of Sir Hudson Lowe, the island's overzealous Governor. 127 min. DVD 8099
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Monsieur Vincent (France, 1947)
Directed by Maurice Cloche. Cast: Pierre Fresnay, Aime Clariond, Jean Debucourt, Lise Delamare, Germaine Dermoz, Gabrielle Dorziat, Pierre Dux, Yvonne Gaudeau. Tells the remarkable journey of St. Vincent de Paul, who rose from slavery to become a trusted advisor to queens and princes. A dramatic biopic that reveals how St. Vincent de Paul's commitment to the poor made him a great humanitarian. 114 min. DVD 9901
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Awards
Honorary Academy Award - Foreign Language Picture

La mort en direct (Death Watch)((France / West Germany / UK, 1980)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Cast: Romy Scheider, Harvey Keitel, Harry Dean Stanton, Therèse Liotard. Roddy has a camera implanted in his brain. He is then hired by a television producer to film a documentary of terminally ill Katherine, without her knowledge. His footage will then be run on the popular TV series, "Death Watch"... 128 min. DVD 8817
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Mort en ce jardin (Death in the Garden; La Muerte en este jardin; The Diamond Hunters) (1956)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Simone Signoret, Charles Vanel, Georges Marchal, Michel Piccoli, Tito Junco, George M. deHoyos. Rarely seen Luis Buñuel effort mixes "Wages of Fear"--styled thrills with the director's darkly satiric outlook on religion and human nature. After fleeing a diamond field in the Amazon, a group of misfits comes to depend on each other for survival in the jungle. The discovery of a crashed airplane sends them back to their greedy, violent ways. 97 min. DVD X2214; vhs 999:3688
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Mouchette (1967)
Directed by Robert Bresson. Mouchette, a sensitive 14-year-old, lives amidst the peasant squalor of an isolated rural community. Her alcoholic father and terminally ill mother all but abandon her to become a child of the streets. Not surprisingly, her fate is sealed when she is abducted and raped by a half witted game poacher. Special DVD features: Audio commentary by renowned film scholar, critic, and festival programmer Tony Rayns; "Au hasard Bresson," documentary on the director; "Travelling" a segment from the cine-magazine TV series "Cinema"; original theatrical trailer cut by Jean-Luc Godard ; new essay by writer Robert Polito. 90 min.DVD 7392; 999:1979
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Mai, Joseph. "'New(er) stories': Narration and de-figuration in Robert Bresson's Mouchette (1967)." Studies in French Cinema, 2007, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p31-42, 12p UC users only

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Mr. Freedom(France, 1969)
Director, William Klein. Cast: John Abbey, Don Pleasance, Delphine Seyrig, Jean-Claude Drouot, Serge Gainsbourg, Yves Lefebvre, Rufus, Sabine Sun, Rita Maiden. Satire about American culture, nationalism, and political boorishness. Superhero Mr. Freedom goes to France to save it from Communism, but he spends more time creating mayhem than he does helping. 92 min. DVD 9848
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Rapfogel, Jared. "The Delirious Fictions of William Klein.." Cineaste; Fall2008, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p20-23, 4p UC users only

Muriel, ou, Le temps d'un retour (1965)
Directed by Alain Resnais. Cast: Delphine Seyrig, Jean-Pierre Kerien, Nita Klein, Jean-Baptiste Theirree, Claude Sainval, Laurence Badie. A lonely woman invites an old lover she hasn't seen in twenty years to visit; he arrives accompanied by his young mistress. Meanwhile her stepson is suffering from an episode in which a fellow soldier in the Algerian war tortured an Arab girl named Muriel. Special DVD features: Original French theatrical trailer (newly subtitled) ; chapter selection ; interactive menus. ncludes booklet containing a new essay by writer B. Kite; another new essay about the film by writer Anna Thomgate; a short piece on the film by Henri Langlois; and a critical "scrapbook" containing excerpts by Francois Truffaut, Jacques Rivette and more. 116 min.DVD X1686; vhs 999:2017
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Nada (1974)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. Cast: Fabio Testi, Michel Duchaussoy, Maurice Garrel, Michel Aumont, Lou Castel, Didier Kaminka, Viviane Romance. French terrorists kidnap the American ambassador, leaving dead and wounded in their wake. Soon they begin quarreling as to his fate, while the police purge suspects in an attempt to destroy the Nada faction. As the violence escalates on both sides, the State and the terrorists are forced to use one another's methods in an increasingly desperate and relentless conflict. 107 min. DVD 1735
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Naissance d'un golem (Birth of a Golem) (France, 1985)
Directed by Amos Gitai. Cast: Simone Benyamini, Rim Bani, Zare Vartinyan, Juliano Mer, Mohammed Bakri. In this beautiful transposition of the biblical story, Amos Gitai updates the passionate tale about the ruler of a great and sprawling kingdom who chooses as his queen a beautiful peasant girl named Esther. But when Esther hides her Jewish identity from her husband, a vicious cycle of revenge begins. 97 min. DVD X2100
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Nana (1926)
Directed by Jean Renoir. Cast: Catherine Hessling, Werner Krauss, Jean Angelo, Pierre Philippe, Valeska Gert. In this early French silent film, a women rises from poverty to become a dance hall queen and courtesan in 1860s Paris, destroying the lives of the men who fall in love with her. From the novel by Emile Zola. 140 min. DVD 7586; also Non-US (PAL) format DVD 6052 DVD 6052
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Napoléon (1927)
Directed by Abel Gance. Cast: Albert Dieudonne, Antonin Artaud, Abel Gance. This restored 1927 Abel Gance movie masterpiece which presents important early use of split screen, moving camera and Polyvision, has been painstakingly resurrected. It is a historical epic on the life of Napoleon from boyhood to military triumph including treatment of the French Revolution. 235 min. vhs 999:164
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Les naufragés de l'ile de la Tortue (The Castaways of Turtle Island) (1976)
Directed by Jacques Rozier. Cast: Pierre Richard, Jacques Villeret, Jean-François Balmer, Pierre Barouh, Patrick Chesnais, André Cletienne, Maurice Risch, Nana Vasconcellos. Two travel agents in Paris create a scheme to sell customers the "Robinson Crusoe" experience. 140 min. DVD X5381
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Nés en 68: nous nous aimeront jusqu'à la mort (Born in '68)(France, 2008)
Directors: Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau. Cast: Laetitia Casta, Yannick Renier, Yann Trégouët, Christine Citti, Marc Citti, Sabrina Seyvecou, Théo Frilet, Edouard Collin, Kate Moran, Gaëtan Gallier, Fejria Deliba, Slimane Yefsah, Matthias Van Khache. In 1968 a group of revolutionary French students experiences rebellion, enlightenment, and change while establishing a commune devoted to free love, anarchy, and nudism, only to see their children eventually engage in a similarly styled rebellion 20 years later. 167 min. DVD X1976
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Ne le dis à personne (Tell no one)(France, 2006)
Directors: Guillaume Canet. Cast: François Cluzet, Marie-Josée Croze, André Dussollier, François Berléand, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Nathalie Baye, Jean Rochefort, Guillaume Canet, Marina Hands, Philippe Lefebvre, Gilles Lellouche, Jalil Lespert, Olivier Marchal, Florence Thomassin, Brigitte Catillon. Pediatrician Alexandre Beck...still grieves the murder of his beloved wife, Margot, eight years earlier. When two bodies are uncovered near where Margot's body was found, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes a suspect again. The mystery deepens when Alex receives an anonymous e-mail with a link to a video clip that seems to suggest Margot is somehow still alive and a message to 'Tell no one'. Based on the book by Harlan Coben. 131 min. DVD X3752
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Awards
César Awards - Best Director; Best Actor (François Cluzet)

Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud (France | Italy | Germany, 1995)
Directed by Claude Sautet. Cast: Michel Serrault, Emmanuelle Beart, Jean-Hugues Anglade. Nelly is a disheartened young Parisian with marriage and financial troubles. Introduced to the wealthy Arnaud by a mutual friend, Nelly agrees to assist him in his memoirs. The unlikely couple initially develop a playful flirtation, but their budding relationship is threatened when Nelly becomes involved with Arnaud's charming editor. 102 min. DVD X3930
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Awards
César Awards - Best Director

News from Home (France / Belgium / West Germany, 1977)
Directed by Chantal Akerman. Presents a series of abstract and fragmentary images of everyday urban life in 1970s New York City, accompanied by the distinctive narration of filmmaker Chantal Akerman as she dispassionately reads through her mother's alternately affectionate, melancholic, and sincere, but maternally manipulative letters from her native Belgium. Special features: Saute ma ville (1968; 13 min. :sd., b&w); La chambre (1972; 11 min. :si., col.) 88 min. DVD X2624; also DVD 8267
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Mamula, Tijana. "Matricide, Indexicality and Abstraction in Chantal Akerman's "News from Home" and "Là-bas"." Studies in French Cinema; 2008, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p265-275, 11p UC users only

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Noirs et blancs en couleur (Black and White in Color) (1977)
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Cast: Jean Carmet, Jacques Dufilho, Catherine Rouvel, Jacques Spiesser, Dora Doll. The idyllic life in a French-African settlement is rudely interrupted in 1915 by news of war in Europe. The French gamely assemble a rag-tag army of native soldiers to try to capture a neighboring German settlement. The result is a classic farce whose comedy is enlivened by the antic clash of African versus European customs. 88 min. DVD 1667; vhs 999:333
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Kazecki, Jakub "Black and White in Color or Black Victory? The Comic Effect of Displacement in the Film Noirs et blancs en couleur (1976) by Jean-Jacques Annaud." In: Gender and laughter : comic affirmation and subversion in traditional and modern media / edited by Gaby Pailer ... [et al.]. Amsterdam ; New York, NY : Rodopi, 2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN6147 .G46 2009)
Kline, Michael. "War, Parody, and Historical Memory in Jean-Jacques Annaud's Black and White in Color." French Review: Journal of the American Association of Teachers of French, vol. 79, no. 3, pp. 586-96, Feb 2006

Notre Histoire (Our History)(France, 1984)
Director, Bertrand Blier. Cast: Alain Delon, Nathalie Baye. A desperate alcoholic reaches a turning-point in his life when he meets a strange woman in a railway carriage: they make love, but then she leaves. Chasing after the girl, he clings to her as if she were his final chance. 111 min. DVD X4673
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Notre musique (France, 2004)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Sarah Adler, Nade Dieu, Jean-Christophe Bouvet, Rony Kramer, Juan Goytisolo, Mahmoud Darwich, Jean-Paul Curnier, Pierre Bergounioux, Gilles Pecquex, Georges Aguilar, Leticia Gutierrez, Ferlyn Brass, Aline Schulmann, Simon Eine. Part poetry, part journalism, part philosophy, Notre Musique is master filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard's witty and lyrical reflection on war through the ages. The film is structured into three Dantean Kingdoms: Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. The journey begins in Hell, represented by modern war and then moves to Purgatory, set in Sarajevo. Finally, Paradise is conceived as a small beach guarded by Marines from the United States. At the same time, the film also follows the parallel stories of two Israeli Jewish women, one drawn to the light and one drawn towards darkness. 80 min. DVD 4029
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Rascaroli, Laura. "Performance in and of the Essay film: Jean-Luc Godard plays Jean-Luc Godard in Notre musique (2004)." Studies in French Cinema, 2009, Vol. 9 Issue 1, p49-61 UC users only
Vincendeau, Ginette. "Notre musique" Sight & Sound, Jun2005, Vol. 15 Issue 6, p69-70, 2p UC users only

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Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble (We Won't Grow Old Together) (1972)
Directed by Maurice Pialat. Cast: Marlene Jobert, Jean Yanne, Patricia Pierangeli, Jacques Galland, Christine Fabrega, Macha Meril. This drama examines the final period of a long and ultimately unhappy affair. Married to Françoise, Jean an unpleasant and domineering man, has had a connection with Catherine for six years. Distressed Catherine takes refuge with her grandmother. Non-US format DVD. In French without subtitles. 107 min. DVD 3407
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Nouvelle Vague (New Wave)(1990)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Alain Delon, Domiziana Giordano, Roland Amstutz, Laurence Côte. A wealthy woman slams her car into a hitchhiker on a winding country road. She takes him under her wing and what ensues is a brilliant allegory on the nature of God, the class struggle, and the eternal war between man and woman. 86 min. DVD X1262
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La Nuit américaine (Day for Night) (1973)
Directed by François Truffaut. Cast: Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Valentina Cortese, Jean Champion, Dani, Jea-Pierre Leaud, Alexndra Stewart, François Truffaut. This "homage to moviemaking," details the loves and lunacy of the closely-knit family of strangers that comprises an on-location film, cast and crew. 116 min.DVD 3524; vhs 999:1492
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Awards
Academy Award - Foreign Language Picture
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Director, Best Film
BAFTA Awards - Best Direction, Best Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Director, Best Film

Day for Night: [the complete script of the film] / François Truffaut ; translated by Sam Flores. New York: Grove Press: distributed by Random House, [1975] (Main Stack PN1997.N9.T7131)
Crittenden, Roger. La Nuit Americaine London : BFI Pub., 1998. BFI film classics. (Main Stack PN1997.N9.C75 1998)

La nuit Bengali (The Bengali Night)(France / Switzerland / UK, 1988)
Directed by Nicolas Klotz. Cast: Hugh Grant, Supriya Pathak, Shabana Azmi, Anne Brochet, John Hurt. Allan is a British engineer who becomes entangled in a forbidden romance with his Indian employer's eldest daughter, Indira. As their passion ignites, the East-meets-West clash of cultures leads to surprising and tragic consequences. Based on a true story. Based on the novel by Mircea Eliade. 115 min. DVD X1750
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La nuit de Varennes (That Night in Varennes) (France | Italy, 1982)
Directed by Ettore Scola. Cast: Jean-Louis Barrault, Marcello Mastroianni, Hanna Schygulla, Harvey Keitel, Jean-Claude Brialy. In June 1791, Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette flee Paris at night. They are followed by a writer, Nicolas Restif de la Bretonne, Casanova himself, Thomas Paine, and various other famous and non-famous people who must confront their own political ideas. Based on the novel La nuit de Varennes, ou, L'impossible n'est pas français by Catherine Rihoit. 147 min. DVD X6009
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Nuit et jour (Night and Day) (1991)
Director, Chantal Akerman. Cast: Guilaine Londez, Thomas Langmann, François Negret. Story of a summer in Paris and three young people. Jack drives a taxi at night, and his days are spent with Julie. When he introduces her to a friend, a young man who drives a taxi during the day, complications arise. 90 min. vhs 999:3596
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La Nuit fantastique (The Fantastic Night) (1942)
Directed by Marcel L'Herbier. Cast: Micheline Presle, Fernand Gravey, Marcel Levesque, Christiane Nere, Zita Fiore, Marguerite Ducouret, Jean Paredes, Michel Vitold, Paul Francoeur, Roger Caccia, Bernard Blier, Charles Grandval, Saturnin Fabre. This surrealistic French film centers around Denis, a philosophy student who works nights at the market selling flowers. His relationship with his fiance is on shaky grounds and he becomes fascinated with a mysterious woman in white who keeps appearing in his dreams. While napping one night he finds himself chasing her around Paris; to restaurants, the Louvre museum, to a mental asylum. When he discovers a plot to kill her he goes to great lengths to try to save her, thinking this is only a dream. 91 min. vhs 999:3424
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Nuits Rouges (1973)
Directed by Georges Franju. Cast: Gayle Hunnicutt, Jacques Champreux, Josephine Chaplin, Ugo Pagliai, Gert Froebe. Summary Shadowman, a thief whose head is covered by a red mask, and his cat-suited assistant, try to find the fabled treasure of the ancient Knight Templars from a surviving sect in Paris. Special features: interview with Jacques Champreux, Nuits rouges writer, actor and grandson of Louis Feuillade, was filmed in 2007, discussing the film and Georges Franju. 104 min. DVD X1679
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Numéro deux (Number Two) (1975)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Godard's exploration of the modern family unit and how it suffers in the computerized, capitalistic world. 86 min. vhs 999:1121
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On connaît la chanson (Same Old Song) (1997)
Directed by Alain Resnais. Cast: Pierre Arditi, Sabine Azema, Jean-Pierre Bacri, André Dussollier, Agnès Jaoui, Lambert Wilson, Jane Birkin. Two Parisian sisters are caught in a web of dysfunctional relationships and romantic confusion. Odile, an upper-class wife and businesswoman, finds an escape from her submissive husband Claude when her old flame Nicholas unexpectedly returns. Camille, a naïve tour guide, falls for the slimy, young realtor Marc, overlooking Simon, a caring older man with a passion for history. 117 min. DVD X3925
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Opera de quat'sous (The Threepenny Opera; 3groschenoper) (1931)
Directed by G. W. Pabst. Two versions of a 1931 motion picture, adapted from the play by Bertolt Brecht. Disc. 1. Dreigroschenoper (In German with English subtitles; 105 min.) -- Disc 2. L'opera de Quat'sous (In French with English subtitles; 98 min.) Cast: Rudolph Forster, Lotta Lenya, Carola Neher, Reinhold Schunzel. The story involves the charismatic Macheath, known as "Mack the Knife" and the complications which arise when he weds Polly Peachum, the daughter of "London's Beggar King," a sort of pimp of the destitute. Non-US format DVD. DVD 3593; vhs 999:185
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Orphée (Orpheus) (1949)
Directed by Jean Cocteau. Cocteau's modern version of the Orpheus legend, based on his own play. 86 min. DVD 209; vhs 999:211
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Cocteau, Jean. Three screenplays: L'Eternel retour, Orphée, La Belle et la bête. Translated from the French by Carol Martin-Sperry. New York, Grossman Publishers, 1972. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 C6 1972)

Origine Contrôlée (Made in France) (France, 2001)
Directed by Ahmed Bouchaala and Zakia Tahri. Cast: Patrick Ligardes, Ronit Elkabets, Isabelle Sadoyan, Atmen Kelif. Fancy Patrick is arrested by mistake and finds himself in a cell with Samia, an attractive Algerian, and Youssef, a cantankerous show off. All three are condemned to deportation. During their transfer to the airport, they manage to escape. When they are on the run the trio discover a taste for the unusual and learn to understand and love each other. DVD X6853
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Outremer (Overseas) (1990)
Directed by Brigitte Roüan. Cast: Nicole Garcia, Marianne Basler, Brigitte Rouan, Philippe Galland, Pierre Doris. For three beautiful sisters, the lush and privileged life of French colonial Algeria creates an oasis in the center of a harsh desert when revolution and dramatic social change erupts around them. 96 min. vhs 999:3809
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Davidson, Naomi. "Naming la Guerre sans nom: Memory, Nation and Identity in French Representations of the Algerian War, 1963-1992." Paroles gelées, 16(2) 1998; pp" 79-81+
Durham, Carolyn A. "Strategies of subversion in colonial nostalgia film: militarism and marriage in Brigitte Roüan's Outremer." Studies in French Cinema, 2001, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p89, 9p UC users only
Greene, Naomi "Empire as Myth and Memory." In: The historical film : history and memory in media / edited and with an introduction by Marcia Landy. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.H5 H59 2001)
Greene, Naomi "Empire as Myth and Memory." In: Cinema, colonialism, postcolonialism : perspectives from the French and francophone world / edited by Dina Sherzer. Austin : University of Texas Press, 1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.F7 C4788 1996)
Licops, Dominique. "Re-scripting history and fairy tales in Brigitte Rouan's Outremer." Women's Studies Quarterly; V. 30, NO. 1/2, SPRING/SUMMER, 2002; pp. 103-119, 17p UC users only
Murphy, K. "Foreign parts." Film Comment, May/Jun91, Vol. 27 Issue 3, p9, 5p UC users only
Murray, Alison. "Women, Nostalgia, Memory: Chocolat, Outremer, and Indochine." Research in African Literatures, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 235-244, 2002 Summer UC users only
Philibert, Celine. "Memory Process and Feminine Desire in Claire Denis's Chocolat and Brigitte Rouan's Outremer." Journal of Third World Studies, Fall96, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p173-187, 15p
Slawy-Sutton, Catherine. "Outremer and The Silences of the Palace: Feminist Allegories of Two Countries in Transition." Pacific Coast Philology, vol. 37, pp. 85-104, 2002 UC users only
Weiss, John H. "Outremer." American Historical Review, 1993, Vol. 98 Issue 4, p1173-1174, 2p UC users only

[Ozon, François] A Curtain Raiser and Other Shorts
A curtain raiser (Un lever de rideau): Bruno and his friend Pierre are waiting for Rosette in Bruno's Parisian bachelor flat. She is late again, but this time, Bruno's mind is made up: if Rosette makes them wait for more than 45 minutes, it will be over between them. Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Louis Garrel, Vahina Giocante. (2006) (30 min.) X2000: The first morning of the new millennium. Three naked couples sleep, make love, and awake in an empty skyscraper littered with party debris. The world is silent and pregnant with new possibilities. Cast: Denise Schropfer Aron, Bruno Slagmulder. (1998) (5:00) Bed scenes (Scènes de lit): Seven bed scenes around various couples. A series of liberated comic sketches on sexual etiquette, unbridled passion, and post-coital after tastes. Cast: Valérie Druguet, Camille Japy, François Delaive, Evelyne Ker, Loïc Even, Lucia Sanchez, François Genty, Pascale Arbillot, Margot Abascal, Bruno Slagmulder, Sébastien Charles. (1997) (26:00) Little death (a petite mort): A devastating look at family relations. Paul, a young photographer who specializes in capturing men in ecstasy, hasn't spoken to his father in years. When his sister persuades him to visit his dying father in the hospital, Paul discovers that he can never escape his origins. Cast: Camille Japy, François Delaive, Jacques Martial. (1995) (26:00) Truth or dare (Action vérité): Four teens discover the pain and excitement of emerging sexuality while playing a harmless children's game. Cast: Farida Rahmatoullah, Aylin Argun, Fabien Billet, Adrien Pastor. (1994) (4:00) A Rose between us (rose entre nous): An eccentric British woman picks up a young apprentice hairdresser on a wild night in Paris. Cast: Rodolphe Lesage, Sasha Hails. Victor: François Genty, Isabelle Journeau. (1994) (27:00) Victor: A young man of good breeding keeps his dead parents in the bedroom of their sumptuous family cottage. Then begins a rebirth full of discoveries. DVD X4099 (1993) (14:00) DVD X4099

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Panique (1946)
Directed by Julien Duvivier. Cast: Viviane Romance, Michel Simon, Max Dalban, Emile Drain. Two lovers frame a stranger for murder in this study of mob violence in the slums of Paris in the aftermath of World War II. 93 min. vhs 999:2455
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Wild, Florianne. "L'Histoire ressuscitée: Jewishness and Scapegoating in Julien Duvivier's Panique." In: Identity papers : contested nationhood in twentieth-century France / Steven Ungar and Tom Conley, ed Minneapolis, Minn. : University of Minnesota Press, c1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks DC34 .I34 1996)

Parade (1973)
Directed by Jacques Tati. Cast: Jacques Tati, Karl Kossinger, Michele Brabo, Pia Colombo. In this fantasy film Jacques Tati presents a humorous performance of circus acts before a cheering audience, including mimes, magicians, musicians, singers, jugglers, acrobats, and various others, as well as the audience itself. Tati himself appearing as Monsieur Loyal, presents many of his most famous music hall pantomimes. 88 min. vhs 999:3639
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Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (Umbrellas of Cherbourg) (1963)
Directed by Jacques Demy. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Marc Michel. Two lovers, separated by the Algerian war, meet again after she has remarried. A cinematic triumph unique in its presentation--all of the dialogue is sung. The haunting music and beautiful photography combine to make this an outstanding dramatic romance. 90 min. DVD 3935; vhs 999:1823
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or

Paris (2008)
Directed by Cédric Klapisch. Cast: Juliette Binoche, Romain Duris, Fabrice Luchini, Albert Dupontel, François Cluzet, Karin Viard, Mélanie Laurent, Gilles Lellouche, Zinedine Soualem, Julie Ferrier, Maurice Bénichou, Olivia Bonamy, Audrey Marnay, Annelise Hesme, Sabrina Ouazani, Xavier Robic, Emmanuel Quatra, Kingsley Kum Abang. While waiting for a heart transplant that could save his life, Pierre reunites with his sister and her lively children. This rediscovery of his family and observation of the teeming streets outside his window give Pierre hope, and a new sense of how he might spend the time still left to him. A story about the middle-class and bourgeois, immigrants and students, fashion models and the homeless, and all the lovers and strangers whose paths could cross and change in Paris. 129 min. DVD X3769
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Fallon, Jean M. "Ni Pour, Ni Contre" [Neither for Nor Against]: Conflict and Community in the Films of Cedric Klapisch." Foreign Language Annals, v40 n2 p201-214 Sum 2007. UC users only
Lucia, Cynthia. "The Last Time He Saw Paris: An Interview with Cédric Klapisch." Cineaste, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 10-14, 1997 UC users only
Paris, je t'aime (I Love Paris) (2006)
The world's top directors and some of America's top stars create a panoramic portrait of Paris in these 18 short films about the City of Lights. Each filmmaker brings their own personal touch, underlining the wide variety of styles, genres, encounters and the various atmospheres and lifestyles that prevail in the neighborhoods of Paris. Disc 1: Behind-the-scenes featurette; previews ; Disc 2: 18 behind-the-scene featurettes; video & split screen; storyboard. Quartier des Enfants Rouges / written and directed by Olivier Assayas -- Quartier Latin / directed by Frederic Auburtin, Gerard Depardieu ; written by Gena Rowlands -- Quais de Seine / directed by Gurinder Chadha ; written by Paul Mayeda Berges, Gurinder Chadha -- Tour Eiffel / written and directed by Sylvain Chomet -- Tuileries / written and directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen -- Bastille / written and directed by Isabel Coixet -- Père-Lachaise / written and directed by Wes Craven -- Parc Monceau / written and directed by Alfonso Cuaron -- Porte de Choisy / directed by Christopher Doyle ; written by Christopher Doyle, Gabrielle Keng, Kathy Li -- Pigalle / written and directed by Richard LaGravenese -- Quartier de la Madeleine / written and directed by Vincenzo Natali -- 14th arrondissement / directed by Alexander Payne ; written by Nadine Eid, Alexander Payne -- Montmartre / written and directed by Bruno Podalydès -- Loin du 16ieme / written and directed by Walter Salles, Daniela Thomas -- Place des Fetes / written and directed by Oliver Schmitz -- Place des Victoires / written and directed by Nobuhiro Suwa -- Faubourg Saint-Denis / written and directed by Tom Tykwer -- Le Marais / written and directed by Gus Van Sant. Additional directors, Frederic Auburtin, Gerard Depardieu, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Isabel Coixet, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuaron, Christopher Doyle, Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Natali, Alexander Payne, Bruno Podalydes, Walter Salles, Daniela Thomas, Oliver Schmitz, Nobuhiro Suwa, Tom Tykwer, Gus van Sant ; music, Pierre Adenot. Fanny Ardant, Leila Bekhti, Melchior Beslon, Juliette Binoche, Seydou Boro, Steve Buscemi, Sergio Castellitto, Willem Dafoe, Gerard Depardieu, Cyril Descours, Marianne Faithfull, Ben Gazzara, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Bob Hoskins, Olga Kurylenko, Li Xin, Elias McConnell, Aissa Maiga, Margo Martindale, Yolande Moreau, Emily Mortimer, Florence Muller, Nick Nolte, Bruno Podalydes, Natalie Portman, Paul Putner, Miranda Richardson, Gena Rowlands, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ludivine Sagnier, Barbet Schroeder, Rufus Sewell, Gaspard Ulliel, Elijah Wood. 110 min. DVD 8839
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Darke, Chris. "Paris, je t'aime".Sight & Sound, July 2007, Vol. 17 Issue 7, p66-68, 2p UC users only
McCann, Ben "A many splendoured thing? : plural visions of the city in "Paris, je t'aime"." In: Hexagonal variations : diversity, plurality and reinvention in contemporary France / edited by Jo McCormack, Murray Pratt, and Alistair Rolls. (Main (Gardner) Stacks DC33.8 .H49 2011)
Silvey, Vivien. "Paris, Borders and the Concept of Europe in Paris, je t'aime and Code Unknown." Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, Issue 1, Summer 2011 UC users only

Paris nous appartient (Paris is Ours) (1959)
Directed by Jacques Rivette. Cast: Betty Schneider, Giani Esposito, Jean-Claude Brialy. This French New Wave film tells the story of Ann, a Parisian student who learns that the deaths of her two friends were due to a fascist conspiracy centered in Paris. 138 min. DVD 6374; vhs 999:3561
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Paris qui dort (The Crazy Ray) (1923)
Directed by René Clair. Cast: Henri Rollan, Madeline Rodrigues, Albert Prejean, Myla Seller. This first film by René Clair (notable for its comic and trick effects), was mostly shot on the Eiffel Tower. One man, the night watchman on the Eiffel tower, finds himself the only one awake in Paris. Everyone else has been frozen in time by a mysterious ray invented by a mad scientist. He is shortly joined by a group who were flying in an airplane at the time of the catastrophe. Together they try to convince the scientist to awaken the people. 62 min. Included on DVD 1368; also vhs 999:3235
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Conley, Tom. "Icarian Cinema: Paris qui dort." In: Cartographic cinema / Tom Conley. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2007. (Full text available online [UCB users only]); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M28 C66 2007)
Michelson, Annette "Dr. Crase and Mr. Clair" October , Vol. 11, Essays in Honor of Jay Leyda (Winter, 1979), pp. 30-53 UC users only
Ousselin, Edward. "The Uses of a National Icon: The Eiffel Tower in René Clair's Paris qui dort." Nottingham French Studies, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 47-54, Spring 1999

Paris vu par Chabrol, Douchet, Godard, Pollet, Rohmer, Rouch (Six in Paris) (1965)
Cast: Barbara Wilkind, Barbet Schroeder, Micheline Dax, Jean-Michel Rouziere, Gilles Queant. Six short films present stories of different neighborhoods of Paris. "Saint-Germain-des-Pres," by Jean Douchet, is the story of the up-and-down relationship between a male model and an American coed. "Gare du Nord," by Jean Rouch, is a haunting twist-of-fate tale involving a suicidal handsome stranger. In "Rue Saint Denis," by Jean-Daniel Pollet, an experienced prostitute picks up a virginal dishwasher. In "Place de l'Etoile," by Eric Rohmer, a timid salesclerk thinks he has committed murder. In "Montparnasse et Levallois: un action film," by Jean-Luc Godard, filme par Albert Maysles, a woman is afraid she has mixed up letters to her two boyfriends. "La Muette," by Claude Chabrol, is the story of a young boy who finds a way to ignore his obnoxious parents. "Les cineastes ont ecrit les scenarios et les dialogues de leurs sketches." Special DVD features: Interviews with Barbet Schroeder, Jackie Ravnal. Albert Maysles, and Richard Brody 93 min. DVD X399; vhs 999:3228
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Une Partie de campagne (Day in the Country) (1936)
Directed by Jean Renoir. Cast: Sylvia Bataille, Georges d'Arnoux, Jeanne Marken, André Gabriello, Jacques Bernard Brunius, Paul Temps. The story of a Parisian merchant who takes his family to the country one Sunday. Depicts the amorous escapades of a young girl and her convival mother on the outing. Special features: Introduction by Jean Renoir (6 min.) -- Pierre Braunberger, producer (8 min.) -- Recollections of the technicians (8 min.) -- "Un tournage a la campagne" (86 min.) -- "Les essais d'acteurs" (15 min.) -- "Les Cahiers du Cinema face au film" (52 min.). 40 min. DVD X6543; DVD 4834 (without English subtitles); vhs 999:122
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Partir, revenir (Happy New Year) (1985)
Directed by Claude Lelouch. Cast: Annie Giradot, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Françoise Fabian, Erik Berchot, Michel Piccoli, Evelyne Bouix, Richard Anconina, Charles Gérard. A WWII melodrama involving a Jewish family who takes refuge from the Nazis by escaping to a country home owned by aristocrats, combined with a modern story of reincarnation and artistic creation featuring the descendants of the main characters of the first narrative. 113 min. DVD X2055
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Passion (1982)
Directed by Jean Luc Godard. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Michel Piccoli, Hanna Schygulla, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Jean-François Stévenin, Laszlo Szabo, Myriem Roussel, Dominique Blanc. A Godard-like director is trying to film a movie in the style of the great painters--Rembrandt, Goya, El Greco. The film is plagued by difficulties as the money for the film begins to run out, he can't seem to find the right lighting and the film has no story. In the middle of this intense situation, he starts a simultaneous affair with two women; Hanna, the owner of the hotel, and Isabelle, a factory worker who is trying to stir up a revolt. 88 min. DVD X1262; also DVD 9296; vhs 999:3514
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La Passion de Jeanne D'Arc (Passion of Joan of Arc) (1928; silent)
Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer. Cast: René e Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley, Maurice Schutz, Antonin Artaud, Gilbert Dalleu, Jean d'Yd, Lois Ravet. The trial and execution of Joan of Arc, based on actual court records, but compressed into a single day. This film is notable for its extensive use of close-ups, extreme close-ups, expressionistic camera angles, and historically accurate sets and costumes. Silent film with French intertitles and English subtitles and musical soundtrack. Special features include: an extensive production design archive; a history of Passion's many versions, with clips; audio interview with Falconetti's daughter; an essay by Richard Einhorn on Joan of Arc and Voices of Light. DVD 121; vhs 999:172; 999:2266 (Restored version)
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Dreyer, Carl Theodor. "Passion of Joan of Arc" In: Four screenplays. [Introd. by Ole Storm] Bloomington, Indiana University Press [1970] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 D842 1970)

Peau d'âne (Donkey Skin) (France, 1937)
Directed by Jacques Demy. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais, Jacques Perrin, Micheline Presle, Delphine Seyrig. A fairy tale about a king who wishes to marry his daughter to fulfill his wife's last wishes. She knows this is wrong and flees wearing a donkey skin until with the help of her fairy godmother, both princess and king find suitable mates and true love. 90 min. DVD 3459
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Hill, Rodney. "Donkey Skin (Peau d'âne)" Film Quarterly, Winter2005/2006, Vol. 59 Issue 2, p40-44, 5p
Le Gras, Gwénaëlle. "Soft and hard: Catherine Deneuve in 1970." Studies in French Cinema, 2005, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p27-35, 9p UC users only

La Peau douce (Soft Skin) (1964)
Directed by François Truffaut. Cast: Jean Desailly, Françoise Dorleac, Nelly Benedetti, Daniel Ceccaldi. Pierre Lachenay, a distinguished author and publisher with a wife and child, falls in love with a flight attendant, Nicole. Unable to decide between his wife and his mistress, Pierre keeps going back and forth between the two. Irritated, Nicole leaves Pierre, and an ironic, tragic twist of fate cuts short Pierre's plans to reconcile his marriage. 118 min. DVD 1247; vhs 999:2189
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Pépé Le Moko (1937)
Directed by Julien Duvivier. Cast: Jean Gabin, Mireille Balin, Gabriel Gabrio, Lucas Gridoux, Gilbert Gil, Line Noro. The notorious Pepe le Moko is a wanted man: women long for him, rivals hope to destroy him and the law is breathing down his neck at every turn. On the lam in the Casbah of Algiers, Pepe is safe from the police--until a Parisian playgirl compels him to risk his life and leave its confines once and for all. One of the most influential films of the 20th century and a landmark of French poetic realism. 95 min. DVD 1538; vhs 999:659
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Perceval le Gallois (1978)
Directed by Eric Rohmer. Cast: Fabrice Luchini, André Dussollier, Marie-Christine Barrault, Marc Eyraud. A stylized film adaptation of Chretien de Troyes' 12th century Arthurian romance about Perceval of Wales, who leaves his widowed mother to become a knight. Once knighted by King Arthur, the naive and selfish Perceval must learn how to be a true knight. Based on the book by Chretien de Troyes. 140 min. DVD X5591; vhs 999:3190
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La pêril jeune (1994)
Directed by Cédric Klapisch. Cast: Romain Duris, Vincent Elbaz, Nicolas Koretzky. This French comedy-drama chronicles the reunion of five high school friends who come to witness the birth of a child whose father, a former friend, recently died. The boys graduated in 1975 and now, ten years later they have come to a Parisian hospital to await the birth. As they wait, the try to understand the circumstances that caused their friend Tomasi, a formerly happy-go-lucky guy, to become a drug addict and die of an overdose. They also begin to reminisce about their senior year. Supplementary materials (Disc 2): Ten years after; Nous sommes jeunes et beaux; Le Periple Jeune; L'áge bête ne passera pas, Berroyer pas baba; Bande-annonce originale. 101 min. DVD X4100
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Fallon, Jean M. "Ni Pour, Ni Contre" [Neither for Nor Against]: Conflict and Community in the Films of Cedric Klapisch." Foreign Language Annals, v40 n2 p201-214 Sum 2007. UC users only
Lucia, Cynthia. "The Last Time He Saw Paris: An Interview with Cédric Klapisch." Cineaste, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 10-14, 1997 UC users only
Péril en la demeure (Death in a French Garden)
(1985)
Directed by Michel Deville. Cast: Anémone, Richard Bohringer, Nicole Garcia, Christophe Malavoy. A rich business man and his young wife Julia, hire David to teach guitar to their teenage daughter Vivianne. Julia quickly seduces David and they begin a steamy affair which unbeknownst to them is being filmed by the next door neighbour whom David has befriended. When an unknown assailant attacks David, he realises that he's become involved in a web of intrigue that runs deep. An elaborate manipulation plays out, with murder, kidnapping, suicide, a payoff, videos and a surprise pairing. Based on novel: Sur la terre comme au ciel by René Belletto. 101 min. DVD X3922
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Les perles de la couronne (The Pearls of the Crown) (France, 1937)
Directed by Sacha Guitry. Cast: Sacha Guitry, Raimu, Ermete Zacconi, Lyn Harding, Cécile Sorel, Jacqueline Delubac, Renée Saint-Cyr, Enrico Glori, Barbara Shaw, Marguerite Moreno. Tells the story of seven pearls; four which made it to England and were incorporated into the crown, and three that went missing along the way. 105 min. DVD X4412
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Moine, RaphaŽlle. "The star as the 'great man' in French cinema:the example of Sacha Guitry." Studies in French Cinema, 2004, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p77-86, 10p UC users only

La Petite Jérusalem (Little Jerusalem) (2005)
Directed by Karin Albou. Cast: Fanny Valette, Elsa Zylberstein, Bruno Todeschini, Hedi Tillette de Clermont-Tonnerre, Sonia Tahar, Michael Cohen, Aurore Clément. In a Paris suburb nicknamed Little Jerusalem, a family of Sephardic Orthodox immigrants shares a low-income apartment. Beautiful, teenaged Laura distances herself from her family's religion and her own burgeoning desire by devoting every waking moment to intellectual discipline and secular philosophy. Mathilde, Laura's married older sister, worries that strict observance of the Torah's marital codes has driven her husband Ariel into the bed of another. When Laura falls under the spell of Djamel, a handsome Muslim journalist, and Mathilde discovers that her worst fears are true, the two very different sisters find themselves in very similar crises. 94 min. DVD 6159
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Tarr, Carrie. "Community, identity and the dynamics of borders in Yasmina Yahiaoui's Rue des Figuiers (2005) and Karin Albou's La Petite Jérusalem (2006)." International Journal of Francophone Studies. 2009, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p77-90. 14p UC users only
Tarr, Carrie. "JewishĖArab Relations in French, Franco-Maghrebi and Maghrebi Cinemas." In: Studies in French cinema [electronic resource] : UK perspectives, 1985-2010 / edited by Will Higbee and Sarah Leahy. Bristol, UK ; Chicago : Intellect, 2011. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only])

Le Petit soldat (The Little Soldier) (1960)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Michel Subor, Anna Karina, Henri-Jacques Huet, Paul Beauvais, Georges de Beauregard, Jean-Luc Godard, Laszlo Szabo. Set during the Algerian War, this drama follows Bruno Forestier, a disillusioned young deserter who becomes involved in the French nationalist movement. He is ordered to kill an Algerian sympathizer, and although he does not hold deep political beliefs, commits the murder and undergoes torture when captured. At the same time, he meets and falls in love with a woman who he does not know is fighting for the other side. The film was banned from release in France for three years because it refers to the use of torture during the Algerian struggle for independence. DVD. 88 min. DVD 1284; vhs 999:2198
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Godard, Jean Luc. Le Petit soldat: screenplay; [translated from the French by Nicholas Garnham]. London, Lorrimer Publishing Ltd, 1967. (NRLF (UCB) PN1997 .G56713 1967)

Le petit lieutenant (The Little Lieutenant) (France, 2005)
Directed by Xavier Beauvois. Cast: Nathalie Baye, Jalil Lespert, Roschdy Zem, Antoine Chappey, Jacques Perrin, Bruce Myers, Patrick Chauvel, Jean Lespert, Annick Le Goff, Berangere Allaux, Mireille Franchino, Yanis Lespert, Xavier Beauvois. Antoine, an ambitious young rookie cop from Normandy, joins an elite plainclothes crime unit in Paris. He is happy, but misses his wife, who prefers the countryside and has stayed behind. His co-workers, drinking buddies, and mentors include cynical veteran Mallet and Moroccan Muslim Solo. He also develops a close relationship with his supervisor, Inspector Vaudieu, a recovering alcoholic who develops maternal feelings towards Antoine. When the body of a Polish drifter is found murdered along the Seine, a seemingly routine investigation suddenly turns violent and changes Antoine's life forever. 110 min. DVD 8240
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La Petite marchande d'allumettes (Little Match Girl) (1928)
Director, Jean Renoir. Cast: Catherine Hessling, Jean Storm, Manuel Raaby, Anny Xells. The little match girl, inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, shows the visions seen by a poor match seller as she lights her matches one by one to keep from freezing to death. 33 min. DVD 7586
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Jean Renoir bibliography

La Pianiste (Klavierspielerin; The Piano Teacher) (Germany / Poland / France / Austria, 2001)
Director, Michael Haneke. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoît Magimel. The story of Erika, a middle-aged classical piano instructor who is trapped between her rigid passion for music and her suffocating home life. She escapes her life with nightly voyeuristic wanderings and self-inflicted masochistic experiments. 125 min. DVD 1684; DVD 7710 (dubbed German soundtrack)
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Grand Prize of the Jury; Best Actress (Isabelle Huppert); Best Actor
César Awards, France - Best Supporting Actress (Annie Girardot)
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Actress (Isabelle Huppert)

Pickpocket
Directed by Robert Bresson. Cast: Martin Lassalle, Marika Green, Pierre Leymarie, Jean Pelegri. Michel, an insignificant man who drifts into crime, is arrested and imprisoned. Upon release, he abandons an attempt at reform when a master pickpocket teaches him his art. Special features: Audio commentary by film scholar James Quandt, new video introduction by writer-director Paul Schrader, the models of "Pickpocket", a 2003 documentary by filmmaker Babette Mangolte, featuring actors from the film; a 1960 interview with Bresson, from the French television program Cinepanorama; Q&A on Pickpocket, with actress Marika Green and filmmakers Paul Vecchiali and Jean-Pierre Ameris fielding questions at a 2000 screening of the film; footage of sleight-of-hand artist and Pickpocket consultant Kassagi, from a 1962 episode of the French television show La piste aux etoiles; original theatrical trailer; plus a new essay by novelist and culture critic Gary Indiana. 75 min. DVD 4973; vhs 999:3086
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Pierrot le fou (1965)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Graziella Galvani, Dirk Sanders, Roger Dutoit, Raymond Devos. Part love story, part gangster thriller, Pierrot le fou combines romance, adventure, and violence with allusions to art, literature, and cinema to create a colorful French version of the Bonnie and Clyde story. 90 min. DVD 119; vhs 999:448
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La piscine (The Swimming Pool) (Italy | France, 1969)
Director, Jacques Deray. Cast: Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Maurice Ronet, Jane Birkin, Paul Crauchet. Lovers Marianne and Jean-Paul spend their vacation in a villa near St.-Tropez. The main feature of the villa is a swimming pool, stage for most of the action. After a visit, Marianne invites former lover Harry and his teenage daughter Penelope to stay. Tension between the grown-ups rises especially when Jean-Paul seduces Penelope. The consequences are deadly. 121 min. DVD X4671
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Le Plaisir (House of Pleasure; Pleasure) (1951)
Director, Max Ophuls. Cast: Claude Dauphin, Gaby Morlay, Madeleine Renaud, Danielle Darrieux, Ginette Leclerc, Jean Gabin, Pierre Brasseur, Simone Simon, Daniel Gelin, Jean Servais, Jean Galland. Three stories by Guy de Maupassant are adapted to the screen: "The Mask", the story of a man at a masked ball who pursues his youth; "The Model", a story of a painter and the model that he pursues to tragedy; and "The House of Madame Tellier", in which a madame and her five ladies attend her niece's first communion. Non-US (PAL) format DVD. 93 min. DVD 6372
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Playtime (1967)
Directed by Jacques Tati. A group of American tourists arrive in Paris, only to find that the city is indistinguishable from any other big city. Endless comedies ensue however, when the path of Monsieur Hulot (Tati) crosses that of the group. 120 min. DVD 893; vhs 999:1500
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Plein Soleil (Purple Noon) (1960)
Directed by René Clément. Cast: Alain Delon, Marie Laforet, Maurice Ronet. A handsome, wealthy bachelor has a sexy girlfriend, the finest things money can buy, and an envious friend who schemes to murder him and assume his identity. Based on the novel "The Talented Mr. Ripley," by Patricia Highsmith. 118 min. DVD 4206
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Plus tard (One Day You'll Understand) (France / Germany / Israel, 2008)
Director, Amos Gitai. Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Hippolyte Girardot, Emmanuelle Devos, Dominique Blanc, Daniel Duval, Denise Aron-Schropfer. As the 1987 trial of Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie unfolds on television, Victor Bastien reviews old family documents and finds a distressing "Aryan declaration" authored by his late father. This new discovery throws Victor's conception of his family's history into darkness. His mother, Rivka, keeps a stubborn silence about the past, while Tania, his sister, defends their father's declaration. Burning with the need to unearth the truth, Victor takes his family to the tiny village where Rivka's parents were forced to hide during the war. Based on the novel Plus tard tu comprendras by Jérôme Clément. 90 min. DVD X2031
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La Pointe Courte (1954)
Director, Agnes Varda. Cast: Silvia Monfort, Philippe Noiret. There are two parts to this film: sequences of life in the fishing village of La Pointe Courte (a government inspector's visit, the death of a child) alternate with others following a couple - He is from La Pointe Courte, she is Parisian - coming to terms with their changing relationship. Special features: Video interview with director Agnes Varda ; excerpts from a 1963 episode of the French television series Cineastes de notre temps, in which Varda discusses her early career. 80 min. DVD 9073
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Police (1985)
Directed by Maurice Pialat. Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Sophie Marceau, Richard Anconina, Pascale Rocard, Sandrine Bonnaire. A tough, romantic cop falls in love with a sullen, voluptuous suspect and struggles to reconcile his personal ethics with his growing passion for her. Non-US format DVD. In French without subtitles. 113 min. DVD 3409
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Le pompier des Folies-Bergère (Fireman of the Follies-Bergère) (France, 1928)
With Josephine Baker; music, Eric le Guen. 7:38 min. DVD 9633 (Disc 1)

Poulet au vinaigre (Cop au vin) (1985)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. Cast: Jean Poiret, Stephane Audran, Michel Bouquet, Jean Topart, Lucas Belvaux, Pauline Lafont. Set in a small town in France, an invalid bullies her teen aged son into obedience. They live on an estate marked for development, but they are refusing to sell. When a series of murders occur, the deceptively charming Inspector Lavardin gets to the bottom of it all. 100 min.DVD 6598
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Les poupées russes (Russian Dolls) (France | UK, 2005)
Directed by Cédric Klapisch. Cast: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cécile de France, Kelly Reilly, Kevin Bishop, Evguenya Obraztsova, Gary Love, Irene Montala, Lucy Gordon. In this sequel to L'Auberge espagnole, Xavier, now thirty, reunites again with his old friends from his time in Barcelona when William marries a Russian dancer in Saint Petersburg. Although he is working as a writer, Xavier has been unable to publish his serious novel. He is ghostwriting celebrity memoirs and writing scripts for corny TV soap operas. His love life is a series of short-term encounters. When he loses his apartment, his lesbian friend Isabelle lets him stay at her place and gives him advice. He reconnects with William's sister Wendy in London as part of a scriptwriting project, but then also becomes involved with glamorous model Celia. Will Xavier overcome his indecisiveness about his career and love life or will he keep moving on, searching for the next, perfect thing? 129 min.DVD X4127
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Fallon, Jean M. "Ni Pour, Ni Contre" [Neither for Nor Against]: Conflict and Community in the Films of Cedric Klapisch." Foreign Language Annals, v40 n2 p201-214 Sum 2007. UC users only
Lucia, Cynthia. "The Last Time He Saw Paris: An Interview with Cédric Klapisch." Cineaste, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 10-14, 1997 UC users only
McCaffrey, Enda; Pratt, Murray. "Erasmus, Exchange Value and Euronormativity in Cédric Klapisch's L'Auberge espagnole and Les Poupées russes." In: Hexagonal variations : diversity, plurality and reinvention in contemporary France / edited by Jo McCormack, Murray Pratt, and Alistair Rolls. (Main (Gardner) Stacks DC33.8 .H49 2011)

Le Pacte des loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf) (France, 2001)
Directed by Christophe Gans. Cast: Samuel Le Bihan, Vincent Cassel, Emilie Dequenne, Monica Bellucci, Jeremie Renier, Mark Dacascos. When a mysterious beast ravages the countryside, two unlikely heroes are called in to fight the evil. The only way they can save the land from this unspeakable terror is to face their greatest fears, unearth a dark power, and reveal a deadly secret. Special features (Disc 2, ca. 4 hrs.): Deleted scenes (40 minutes of additional footage); "The guts of the Beast" featurette; on-location with cast and crew from fight choreography to costume decisions and weather challenges; historical facts behind the legend of the vicious G@eacute;vaudan Beast; storyboard gallery. 151 min. DVD X6058
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Bergeron, Kathryn. "Nostalgia, Separatism and Kung Fu Christophe Gans' Le Pacte des loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf, 2001)" Kinoeye 3. 13 (2003 Nov 10): [no pagination]. Bergeron, Kathryn. Kinoeye3. 13 (2003 Nov 10): [no pagination].
Cohen, Clelia; Chauvin, Jean-Sebastien. "Christophe Gans." Cahiers du Cinéma, Dec 2001, Vol. Hors serie, p82-86, 5p
La Bretèque, François de. "Du Miracle des loups au Pacte des loups: Comment une 'série' (les films d'action français en costumes) a pu parvenir finalement à se constituer en genre." In: Le cinéma français face aux genres / sous la direction de Raphaëlle Moine. Paris : Association française de recherche sur l'histoire du cinéma, [2005] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.F8 C56 2005)
Michael, Charlie. "French National Cinema and the Martial Arts Blockbuster." French Politics, Culture & Society, Volume 23, Number 3, Winter 2005 , pp. 55-74(20) UC users only
Oscherwitz, Dayna. "Shaking up the historical (Film): Christophe Gans's Le Pacte des loups/The Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)." Studies in French Cinema, 2011, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p43-55, 13p UC users only
White, Rob. "Brotherhood of the Wolf" Sight & Sound, October 2001, Vol. 11 Issue 10, p42-43, 2p UC users only

Les Premiers pas du Cinéma: Un Reve en couleur (Discovering Cinema: Movies Dream in Color
Historical survey of the development of color in motion pictures with early films included in special features to illustrate the main points of technological and artistic development. Coloriage =Coloring:Forgerons (1895, 0:32 min.) --Mort de Marat (1897, 0:38 min.) --Danse serpentine (1898, 0:51 min.) --Exécution de Jeannne d'Arc (1898, 0:41 min.) --Danseurs espagnols (1898, 2:01 min.) --Métamorphoses du Papillon (1904, 1:21 min.) --Fée aux Fleurs (1905, 1:07 min.) --Sorcier arabe (1906, 2:45 min.) -- Synthesè additive = Additive synthesis: Inauguration du Campanile de San Marco (1912, 11 min.) --Essai trichrome du Dr. Doyen (1912, 0:40 min.) --Essai couluer de Sonia Delaunay (1928, 0:24 min.) --Jeunes femmes prenant le Thé (1937, 3:11 min.) --Synthese soustractive =Subtractive synthe`sis: Wonderland of California (1930, 6:50 min.) --King of Jazz (1930, 3:34 min.) --Cucaracha (1934, 19:37 min.) --Becky Sharp (1935, 2:46 min.) --New York (1938, 5:03 min.) DVD 4651

Les Premièrs pas du Cinéma: A la recherche du son (Discovering Cinema: Learning to Talk)
Historical survey of the development of sound in motion pictures with early films and extracts from films included in special features to illuacute;trate the main points of technological and artistic development. Son direct =Live soéund: Quand madelon (1917, 3:19 min.) --Pere la Victorie (1917, 3:55 min.) --Chamber mystery [extract] (1920, 8:15 min.) --Miss Venus [extract] (1921, 4:58 min.) --Ain't she sweet (1933, 7:13 min.) --Son sur disque =Sound on disc:Lucia Di Lammermoor (1908, 4:01 min.) --Donna e Mobile (1908, 2:29 min.) --Carmen 'Air du Toreador' (1910, 4:17 min.) --Legende du Roi Gambrinus (1911, 2:37 min.) --Marseillaise (1911, 2:48 min.) --Nursery favorites (1913, 5:29 min.) --Chanteur de jazz (1927, 6:53 min.) --Son optique =Optical sound:Snappy tunes (1923, 6:51 min.) --Theodore Case test film (1924, 0:32 min.) --Ma he's making eyes at me (1925, 1:36 min.) --Arthur Conan Doyle (1927, 10:37 min.) --Governor Young hails greater talkie season (1928, 2:29 min.) --Finding his voice (1929, 10:12 min.) DVD 4652

Prénom Carmen (First Name, Carmen) (1983)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Maruschka Detmers, Jacques Bonnaffe, Myriem Roussel, Christophe Odent. Carmen, a member of a terrorist gang, seduces the hapless policeman who tries to arrest her during a bank robbery. Fleeing together, they hide out with her eccentric uncle until the restless Carmen leads them to an absurd doom. 85 min. DVD 9296; also DVD 626; vhs 999:2402
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion Award

Préparez vos mouchoirs (Get Out Your Handkerchiefs) (1977)
Directed by Bertrand Blier. Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Patrick Dewaere, Carol Laure. Unconventional comedy in which Freud's question "What is it that women want?" is elaborated until the answer -- she knows it when she finds it -- is discovered. 109 min. DVD 5511
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Foreign Language Picture

Harris, Sue. Bertrand Blier Manchester University Press, 2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1998.3.B65 H37 2001)
Kael, Pauline. "Bertrand Blier." In: When the lights go down / New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, c1980 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995 .K254)

Princess Tam Tam (France, 1935)
Directed by Arys Nissotti. Cast: Josephine Baker, Albert Prejean, Robert Arnoux, Germaine Aussy, Georges Peclet, Viviane Romance, Jean Gallard. An exotic Pygmalion-like musical comedy about a French author who goes to North Africa to write a novel but becomes distracted--then entranced--by a native girl whom he transforms into a "princess." 80 min. DVD 5569; vhs 999:3718
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Coffman, Elizabeth. "Uncanny performances in colonial narratives: Josephine Baker in "Princess Tam Tam." Paradoxa, 1997, Vol. 3 Issue 3/4, p379-394, 16p
Francis, Terri. "Embodied Fictions, Melancholy Migrations: Josephine Baker's Cinematic Celebrity." Modern Fiction Studies; Winter2005, Vol. 51 Issue 4, p824-845, 22p UC users only
Henderson, Mae G. "Josephine Baker and La Revue Negre: From Ethnography to Performance." Text & Performance Quarterly; Apr2003, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p107-133, 27p, UC users only
Jules-Rosette, Bennetta. "Celluloid Projections." In: Josephine Baker in art and life : the icon and the image Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (MAIN: GV1785.B3 J85 2007; MOFF: GV1785.B3 J85 2007)
Scheper, Jeanne. "Of la Baker, I Am a Disciple": The Diva Politics of Reception." Camera Obscura, May2007, Vol. 22 Issue 65, p72-101, 30p UC users only

La Prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV (The Taking of Power by Louis XIV) (France, 1965)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Cast: ean-Marie Patte, Raymond Jourdan, Silvagni, Katharina Renn, Dominique Vincent, Pierre Barrat, Fernand Fabre, Françoise Ponty, Joelle Laugeois. Presents, in a realistic rather than grandiose fashion, a dramatization of the rise to power of King Louis XIV of France (1638-1715). Shows the attendant pomp and etiquette, and the intrigues and internal power struggles that complicated his rise to power. Based on Louis XIV by Phillipe Erlander. 102 min. DVD X855; DVD 4678 (PAL format; in French without English subtitles); vhs 999:343
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Prix de Beauté (Beauty Prize) (1930)
Directed by Augusto Genina. Cast: Louise Brooks, Georges Charlia, André Nicolle, Augusto Bandini. Lucienne is a high-spirited young Parisian typist who leads a mundane life with her friends and fiance, André. She has to choose between André and an acting career. At first she chooses André but soon gets bored of being a housewife and flees to pursue acting. André chases her with a pistol. 93 min. DVD 5552
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Cox, Tracy. "Consuming Distractions in Prix de Beauté." Camera Obscura 50 (17.2), 2002 UC users only

Procès de Jeanne d'Arc (The Trial of Joan of Arc) (France, 1962)
Directed by Robert Bresson. Cast: Florence Carrez, Jean-Claude Fourneau, Roger Honorat, Marc Jacquier. Based on transcripts from the actual trial, this film dramatizes Joan of Arc's imprisonment, interrogation, trial and execution. Special features (95 additional min.): interview with Robert Bresson; interview of Georges Duby by Laure Adler with excerpts from 'Brûlures de l'histoire'; speech by André Malraux on May 8, 1961 on the anniversary of the liberation of Orléans; trailer. DVD X2710
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Special Jury Prize

Robert Bresson bibliography

Le Professionnel (1981)
Director, Georges Lautner. Cast: Jean-Paul Belmodo, Cyrielle Claire, Jean Desailly, Marie-Christine Descouard, Elisabeth Margoni, Jean-Louis Richard, Robert Hossein. French secret agent Joss Baumont has been assigned the treacherous task of killing an African president. However, due to a series of drastic political changes, the mission is negated. The tables turned on Baumont when the person responsible for assigning him the task turned him in to the African authorities. Sentenced to long-term imprisonment, Baumont makes a daring escape with the intent of fulfilling the Secret Service's murderous request as a reprisal and setting up a thrilling showdown. 105 min. DVD X4184; vhs 999:3637
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La promesse (Belgium | France | Luxembourg, 1996)
Directors, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne. Cast: Assita Ouédraogo, Rasmané Ouédraogo, Jérémie Renier, Olivier Gourmet. "La promesse is a coming of age story of sorts. The young teenaged protagonist works for his father, who loves him deeply. The father is sleazy exploiter of illegal aliens, and the boy is learning the trade of preying on the defenseless of society that includes theft from the elderly and extortion from the immigrants. And it seems to be suiting him just fine until he helps his father cover up a fatal accident at his construction site. The accident that did not have to be fatal, but the father does not want to risk the scrutiny of the authorities. The boy promises the dying immigrant that he will take care of the man's wife and baby. Slowly the youth begins to question his and his father's morality." [IMDB] 90 min. DVD X6191; DVD 1140; vhs 999:3227
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Awards

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign-Language Film
National Society of Film Critics - Best Foreign-Language Film

Un prophète (A Prophet) (France | Italy, 2009)
Director, Jacques Audiard. Cast: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Hichem Yacoubi, Reda Kateb. Malik el Djebena, a young Arab who is condemned to six years in a French prison, cannot read or write, but soon figures out the politics of the prison. Though Malik is only 19-years-old, the leader of the Corsican gang who rules the prison corners him and gives him certain 'missions' to carry out. He quickly gains the confidence of the gang leader, as these assignments begin to toughen him up. But Malik soon develops some plans of his own. 155 min. DVD X4195
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
Cannes Film Festival, Grand Prize of the Jury
César, Best Director
National Board of Review USA, Best Foreign Language Film

Bisson, Julien. "Jacques audiard: A Prophet for French Film." France Today; Feb2010, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p36-37, 2p UC users only
Klawans, Stuart. "Vision or Blindness?" Nation, 3/22/2010, Vol. 290 Issue 11, p34-36, 3p UC users only
Radovic, Rajko. "A Bandit Apart." Film International, Jul2010, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p14-20, 7p UC users only
Rupp, Gabriel V.; Atkison, James "A prophet: A study in the dialogics of the social and the psychological." PsycCRITIQUES, Vol 55(33), 2010 UC users only
White, Rob. "Only Connect." Film Quarterly; Spring2010, Vol. 63 Issue 3, p4-5, 2p UC users only

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Quadrille (1938)
Directed by Sacha Guitry. Cast: Sacha Guitry, Gaby Morlay, Jacqueline Delubac, George Grey, Pauline Carton. A magazine editor plans on proposing to his girlfriend at a hotel in Paris, but she becomes intrigued with an American movie star also staying there. Meanwhile a reporter watches from the side. 95 min. DVD X4410
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Moine, RaphaŽlle. "The star as the 'great man' in French cinema:the example of Sacha Guitry." Studies in French Cinema, 2004, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p77-86, 10p UC users only

Le Quai des brumes (Port of Shadows; Misty Warf) (1938)
Directed by Marcel Carné. Cast: Jean Gabin, Michele Morgan, Michel Simon, Pierre Brasseur. Story of an army deserter who arrives at Havre and meets a beautiful girl called Nelly. 90 min. DVD 4792; vhs 999:1163
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Bazin, André; Gray, Hugh (translator) "The Destiny of Jean Gabin." In: Rediscovering French film / edited by Mary Lea Bandy ; introduction by Richard Roud. New York : Museum of Modern Art ; Boston : Distributed by New York Graphic Society Books, Little, Brown, c1983. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1993.5.F7 R39 1983)
Driskell, Jonathan. "The female metaphysical body in poetic realist film." Studies in French Cinema; 2008, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p57-73, 17p UC users only
Gruber, Helmut "Jean Gabin: Doomed Worker-Hero of a Doomed France." International Labor and Working-Class History No. 59, Workers and Film: As Subject and Audience (Spring, 2001), pp. 15-35 UC users only
Vincendeau, Ginette. "Anatomy of a Myth: Jean Gabin." Nottingham French Studies, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 19-31, 1993 Spring
Vincendeau, Ginette. "From proletarian hero to godfather: Jean Gabin and 'paradigmatic' French masculinity." In: Me Jane : masculinity, movies, and women / edited by Pat Kirkham and Janet Thumin. New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995. Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.M46 M35 1995)

Quai des Orfèvres (1947)
Director, Henri-Georges Clouzot. Cast: Louis Jouvet, Simone Renant, Bernard Blier, Pierre Larquey, Suzy Delair. Set within the vibrant dancehalls and historic crime corridors of 1940s Paris, a singer with "stars in her eyes" ignores the protest of her covetous husband and pursues a meeting with a lecherous movie financier. When her husband attempts to crash the rendezvous, murder ensues. Enter the detective, whose seasoned instincts lead him down a circuitous path of alibis. 106 min. DVD 1816
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Mayne, Judith. "Dora the Image-Maker, and Henri-Georges Clouzot's Quai des Orfèvres." Studies in French Cinema, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 41-52, 2004 UC users only

Les quatre cents coups (400 Blows; The Four Hundred Blows) (1958)
Directed by François Truffaut. Cast: Jean-Pierre Leaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Remy, Guy Decomble, Georges Flamant, Patrick Auffay. A tale of a lonely Parisian youth, buffeted by school and family problems. 97 min. DVD 1727, part 1; DVD 68; vhs 999:8
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Awards

Cannes Film Festival - Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Que la bête meurt (This Man Must Die) (1969)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. Cast: Michel Duchaussoy, Caroline Cellier, Jean Yanne. Devastated by grief, Charles Thenier searches for the hit-and-run driver who killed his young son. When he finds the culprit, the two men begin a stalking cat-and-mouse game as one surprise follows another leading to a startling conclusion. 107 min. DVD 1732
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Que la fête commence... (Let Joy Reign Supreme) (1974)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. A historically based film about the ill-fated political reform movement attempted by the Regent, Philippe d'Orleans, counsel to l'Abbe Dubois, in 18th century France. 119 min. DVD X730 (In French with optional English subtitles); vhs 999:1503 (In French without English subtitles)
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Awards
César Awards - Best Director

La question (The Question) (France, 1977)
Directed by Laurent Heynemann. Cast: Jacques Denis, Nicole Garcia, Jean-Pierre Sentier, Roland Blanche. Based on the book by Henri Alleg, which appeared in 1958 and denounced the use of torture in Algeria. The film covers the arrest and ordeal of the editor of an Algerian newspaper confined by some parachutists during the Algerian war of independence. Mixing fact and fiction, the film describes his suffering and extraordinary courage, and, ultimately, his victory over humiliation and lies. Special features: filmographies, interview of Henri Alleg, bibliography of Henri Alleg, the short film "J'ai huit ans," restoration of the film, theatrical trailer, director's commentary. 150 min. DVD X5781
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La question humaine (Heartbeat Detector)(2007)
Director, Nicolas Klotz. Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Michael Lonsdale, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Lou Castel, Laetitia Spigarelli, Valérie Dreville, Edith Scob, Delphine Chuillot, Nicolas Maury, Rémy Carpentier, Erwan Ribard. A psychologist working for the French branch of a German-owned petrochemical company discovers a startling link between big business and Nazism. The shadow of the Nazi death camps hangs over the late-capitalist world sketched in this film. 141 min. DVD X5328
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Qui êtes-vous Polly Maggoo? (Who are you, Polly Maggoo?)(France, 1966)
Director, William Klein. Cast: Dorothy MacGowan, Jean Rochefort, Sami Frey, Grayson Hall, Philippe Noiret. Satire of Parisian haute couture and the modeling world. Set in the mod 1960s, this satire features model Polly MacGowan as she is being filmed for a television show. 102 min. DVD 9847
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Rapfogel, Jared. "The Delirious Fictions of William Klein. " Cineaste; Fall2008, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p20-23, 4p UC users only

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Les raisins de la mort (Grapes of Death) (France, 1978)
Directed by Jean Rollin. Cast: Marie-Georges Pascal, Serge Marquand, Félix Marten, Patricia Cartier, Brigitte Lahaie. A vacation with a friend turns into a horrifying nightmare when a young woman flees from a train, only to stumble into a remote village overtaken by its zombie-like inhabitants. One by one, the townspeople are slowly turning into violent, decomposing killers and the local winery may hold the key to the hellish transformations. Perhaps the pesticide used in the grape field does more than just kill insects. 90 min. DVD X6420
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Black, Andy "Clocks, seagulls, Romeo and Juliet Jean Rollin interviewed ." Kinoeye, vol. 2, no. 7, 2002 Apr 15
Kalat, David. "Exoticism and eroticism in French horror cinema: A brief introduction to the world of Jean Rollin." Kinoeye, Vol 2 Issue 7 15 April 2002
McCann, Ben. "Pierced Borders, Punctured Bodies: the Contemporary French Horror Film." Australian Journal of French Studies Volume 45, Number 3 / September - December 2008 UC users only
Tohill, Cathal. "Back to the Beach: The Films of Jean Rollin." In: Immoral tales : European sex & horror movies 1956-1984 / Cathal Tohill & Pete Tombs. New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H6 T64 1995)

Raja (France/Morocco, 2003)
Director-writer, Jacques Doillon. Cast: Pascal Greggory, Najat Benssallem, Ilham Abdelwahed, Hassan Khissal. Set in comtemporary Marrakech, Raja explores the relationship between a wealthy middle aged Frenchman and a nineteen year old orphaned Moroccan girl. Disparities in race, economic status and language complicate the older man's pursuit of the younger girl. 110 min. DVD 5343
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Regain (Harvest) (1937)
Directed by Marcel Pagnol. Cast: Orane Demazis, Fernandel, Gabriel Babrio, Henri Poupon [Robert Le Vigan]. A simple story of the land and its people. A scissors-grinder and a woman pass by a town, deserted save for one man, Panturle, who is decaying with the town. The woman stays and together they bring new life to the land. 127 min. vhs 999:3598
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Bowles, Brett. "Politicizing Pagnol: Rural France, Film, and Ideology Under the Popular Front." French History 2005 19(1): 112-142 31p. UC users only

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La Règle du jeu (Rules of the Game) (1939)
Directed by Jean Renoir. Cast: Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, Mila Parely, Jean Renoir, Roland Toutain, Julien Carette, Gaston Modot. A comedy drama set on the eve of World War II. It contrasts the affairs of the French aristocracy and the working class at a weekend house party. Masters and their servants are involved in an immoral erotic charade that builds to a shattering climax. Restored and re-released in 1959. 110 min. DVD 2230; vhs 999:51
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Regarde les hommes tomber (See How They Fall)(1994)
Directed by Jacques Audiard. Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jean Yanne, Mathieu Kassovitz, Bulle Ogier, Christine Pascal. A salesman tries to find the murderer of his best friend, a cop named Mickey. To do this, he realizes that he must abandon everything he knows. But the thriller is only a pretext for a psychological description of the three main characters. Based on the novel Triangle by Teri White. 90 min. DVD X4011
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Met, Philippe. "Oedipal Mayhem: Rituals of Masculinity and Filiation in Jacques Audiard's Regarde les hommes tomber." Australian Journal of French Studies, Jan2006, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p94-102, 9p UC users only

La Reine Margot (Queen Margot) (1994)
Directed by Patrice Chéreau. Cast: Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vincent Perez, Virna Lisi, Jean-Claude Brialy. Thrown into a political marriage of convenience by her ruthlessly power-hungry family, the beautiful Margot soon finds herself hopelessly drawn into their murderous affairs. It's then she realizes her only hope of escape lies somewhere between the heroic soldier who loves her and the enemy husband who could save her. Based on the novel by AlexAndré Dumas. 144 min. DVD 6675
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Jury Prize

Humbert, Brigitte. "Emotion, Modernization, and Female Emancipation in Patrice Chéreau's Queen Margot." Quarterly Review of Film & Video, Jul-Sep2002, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p223, 13p UC users only
Rouchy-Lévy, Violette. "Queen Margot vs la Reine Margot: la version américaine du film de Patrice Chéreau." 1895; sep2007, Issue 52, p90-115, 26p UC users only

La Religieuse (The Nun) (1966)
Directed by Jacques Rivette. Cast: Anna Karina, Liselotte Pulver, Micheline Presle, Francine Berge, Francisco Rabal. This adaptation of Diderot's classic 18th century novel explores with poetic simplicity the moving tale of a 16 year old girl who is forced by her mother to enter a convent. 135 min. In French without subtitles. DVD 3656 (PAL); vhs 999:1651
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Rendez-vous de juillet (July Rendezvous) (1949)
Director, Jacques Becker. Cast: Daniel Gelin, Brigitte Auber, Nicole Courcel, Pierre Trabaud, Maurice Ronet, Bernard Lajarrige, Louis Seigner. A portrait of a group of young people who spurn placid bourgeoisie comforts to find true love and maturity through jazz, art, theater, and camaraderie in postwar Paris. Lucien is trying to raise money to make films in Africa. He dreams of hiring his friends to work as his production team. The group's esprit de corps is tested as love affairs complicate loyalties and others find it difficult to join Lucien against their parents wishes. 110 min. vhs 999:3528
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Renaissance (2006)
Directed by Christian Volckman. Voices: Daniel Craig, Patrick Floersheim, Catherine McCormack, Romola Garai, Jonathan Pryce, Ian Holm. In this animated drama set in Paris in 2054, all movement is monitored and recorded. Casting a shadow over everything is the city's largest company, Avalon, which insinuates itself into every aspect of contemporary life to sell its primary export -- youth and beauty. In this world of stark contrasts and rigid laws the populace is kept in line and accounted for. In French without subtitles. 102 min. DVD 7164
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Les rendez-vous d'Anna (France / Belgium / West Germany, 1978)
Directed by Chantal Akerman. Cast: Aurore Clement, Helmut Griem, Magali Noel, Hanns Zischler. An independent woman film-maker journeys through Germany, Belgium, and France, meeting a stream of friends, lovers, relatives, and strangers, and passing through alienating landscapes of anonymous hotel rooms, train stations, and cinemas. Special features: Entretien avec Babette Mangolte (2007; 31 min. : sd., col.); Entretien avec ma mère, Natalia Akerman (2007; 28 min. : sd., col.); Entretien avec Aurore Clement (2007; 18 min. : sd., col.) 122 min. DVD X2626; also DVD 8267
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Rentrée des classes (1955)
Directed by Jacques Rozier. Cast: Boglio René, Jean Rémy, Marius Sumian. In this film short a boy manages to do all the wrong things on his first day of school: arriving late, not doing his homework and bringing a snake into the classroom. 20 min. DVD X5382
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Ressources humaines (Human Resources) (1999)
Director, Laurent Cantet. Cast: Jalil Lespert, Jean-Claude Vallod, Didier Emile-Woldemard, Danielle Melador, Lucien Longueville. Frank's dad, a laborer, saved his whole life to give Frank a good education. Now back home with a college degree and a management job at his dad's company, Frank is torn between his old life and new responsibilities. Thinking he understands both sides, he gets in the middle of a union dispute that risks his reputation and his father's future. 100 min. DVD 1845; vhs 999:3519 (no subtitles)
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Retour de flamme
Presents twelve seminal films in the early development of motion pictures in France and the United States, with each film preceded by extensive optional historical commentary. Contents: I'll say she is / avec Marx Brothers (1931, 4:36 min.) --Peine du Talion =Talion punishment (1906, 4:12 min.) --Alice in Wonderland / avec Viola Savoy (1915, 27:43 min.) -- Trois soundies = Three soundies (8:00 min.) :Playmates (1944) --Male order (1941) --Sheik of Araby / avec Spike Jones (1944) --Crue de la Seine =Seine flood (1910, 4:26 min.) --To spring / Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising (1936, 8:58 min.) --Femmes deputes =Women deputies / avec Madeleine Guitty (1912, 7:33 min.) --MGM promp reel / Laurel et Hardy (1936, 8:30 min.) --Gosses de la butte =Montmartre's kids (1916, 3:51 min.) --Joie de vivre / Anthony Gross (1934, 8:56 min.) --Lizzies of the field / avec Billy Bevan ; production, Mack Sennett (1924, 9:29 min.) --Philips broadcast / production, George Pal (1938, 4:58 min.) Bonus feature: "Le raid en avion" (quatrieme episode, serial) / production, Ellen Richter ; realisation, Willi Wolff (1924, 21:58 min). DVD 4650

Le Retour de Martin Guerre (Return of Martin Guerre) (1982)
Directed by Daniel Vigne. Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Nathalie Baye, Maurice Barrier, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Isabelle Sadoyan. The film revolves around the suspenseful unraveling of the identity of the title character who has disappeared as a young husband and resumes his marriage years later. His uncle claims that this is an imposter, and a trial is demanded to resolve the situation. 111 min. DVD 62; vhs 999:238
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Bann, Stephen. "Cinema and the Rescue of Historicity." History & Theory 2002 41(4): 124-133 10p. UC users only
Benson, Ed. "Martin Guerre, the historian and the filmmakers: an interview with Natalie Zemon Davis." Film & History Vol XIII nr 3 (Sept 1983); p 49-65
Davis, Natalie Zemon. "Movie or Monograph? A Historian/Filmmaker's Perspective." Public Historian; Summer2003, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p45-48, 4p
Humbert, Brigitte "Re-making history and cultural identity: from The Return of Martin Guerre to Sommersby." Film Criticism Fall 2001 v26 i1 p2(24)
Levinson, M. "The return of Martin Guerre." (review)Cineaste Vol XIII nr 2 (1984); p 47-49
Rabel, Robert J. "Impersonation and Identity: Sommersby, The Return of Martin Guerre, and the Odyssey." International Journal of the Classical Tradition, Winter2003, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p391-406, 16p UC users only
Staiger, Janet. "Securing the fictional narrative as a tale of the historical real." The South Atlantic Quarterly Spring 1989 v88 n2 p393(21)
Toplin, Robert Brent. "The filmmaker as historian." American Historical Review Dec 1988 v93 n5 p1210(18)

Les Revenants (They Came Back) (2004)
Directed by Robin Campillo. Cast: Geraldine Pailhas, Jonathan Zaccai, Frederic Pierrot, Catherine Samie, Victor Garrivier, Djemel Barek, Marie Matheron, Saady Delas. One morning, a small French city wakes up to discover thousands of recently dead people walking into town. The reason why is a mystery and there is no time to look into it. Hasty reunions--some passionate, some strained-- occur with their survivors. But can they be reintegrated into society when their jobs have been filled and their partners have moved on? As officials try to figure out that to do with them, the dead begin behaving in bizarre ways and it becomes apparent that the returnees are not exactly who they used to be. 103 min. DVD 8272
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La revue des revues (France, 1927)
Directed by Joe Francys. Cast: Josephine Baker, Helene Hallier, Andre Luguet, Pepa Bonafe, Gretchikine, Madame Komakova, Ludovic, Lila Nikolska, Skibinne, Tiller's Follies Girls, Ruth Zackey and the Hoffmann Girls. Helene Hallier, an ambitious by innocent would-be young chorine, trumps a music hall publicity stunt to become the new Parisian nightclub sensation. The light story is only a pretext for La Revue des Revues' white-hot, non-stop procession of outrageously and scantily attired exotic dancers, showgirls, and acrobats including the Tiller's Follies Girls, Ruth Zackey and the Hoffman Girls, and danseuse russe Lila Nikolska. But it's Josephine Baker, "the high priestess of primitivism" who triumphs in two show stopping numbers. 103 min. DVD 9107
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Francis, Terri. "Embodied Fictions, Melancholy Migrations: Josephine Baker's Cinematic Celebrity." Modern Fiction Studies; Winter2005, Vol. 51 Issue 4, p824-845, 22p UC users only
Henderson, Mae G. "Josephine Baker and La Revue Negre: From Ethnography to Performance." Text & Performance Quarterly; Apr2003, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p107-133, 27p, UC users only
Jules-Rosette, Bennetta. "Celluloid Projections." In: Josephine Baker in art and life : the icon and the image Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (MAIN: GV1785.B3 J85 2007; MOFF: GV1785.B3 J85 2007)
Scheper, Jeanne. "Of la Baker, I Am a Disciple": The Diva Politics of Reception." Camera Obscura, May2007, Vol. 22 Issue 65, p72-101, 30p UC users only

Ridicule (1996)
Directed by Patrice Leconte. Cast: Fanny Ardant, Charles Berling, Bernard Giraudeau, Judith Godreche, Jean Rochefort. In a desperate quest to save his hometown, a young man quickly learns that a sharp wit is the key to open any door in the Versailles court of Louis XVI. But his mission is complicated by a triangle with two very seductive ladies: a sophisticated older woman who can help him...and an innocent young beauty with nothing to offer but love. 103 min. DVD 5934; vhs 999:1999
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
Broadcast Film Critics Association - Best Foreign Language Film
César Awards - Best Film; Best Director
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film

Adams, Christine. "Ridicule." Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies Volume 34.1 (2004) UC users only
Humbert, Brigitte E. "Patrice Leconte's Ridicule - Women in the political sphere: transforming memory into modernity?" Studies in French Cinema, 2003, Vol. 3 Issue 3, p137-147, 11p UC users only
Vanderschelden, Isabelle. "Subtitling wit: the case of Ridicule." Studies in French Cinema, 2002, Vol. 2 Issue 2, p109, 14p UC users only

Rien de tout (1992)
Directed by Cédric Klapisch. Cast: RFabrice Luchini, Daniel Berlioux, Marc Bermann, Olivier Broche, Antoine Chappey, Jean-Pierre Darroussin. An American-trained store manager attempts to instruct his staff on such unlikely notions as "service" and "the customer is always right," which goes against the grain of the Parisian shopkeepers. Special features: two short films by Cédric Klapisch, "In transit" (15 min.) and "Ce qui me meut" (23 min.) ; discussion with Cédric Klapisch and Jackie Berroyer. 93 min. DVD X4101
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Fallon, Jean M. "Ni Pour, Ni Contre" [Neither for Nor Against]: Conflict and Community in the Films of Cedric Klapisch." Foreign Language Annals, v40 n2 p201-214 Sum 2007. UC users only
Lucia, Cynthia. "The Last Time He Saw Paris: An Interview with Cédric Klapisch." Cineaste, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 10-14, 1997 UC users only

Rififi (1955)
Directed by Jules Dassin. Cast: Jean Servais, Carl Mohner, Robert Manuel, Perlo Vita (i.e. Jules Dassin). A suspenseful story of a successful jewel robbery engineered by an aging ex-con in which the four thieves betray each other. The film ends in an orgy of torture, murder, kidnapping and retribution. One of the greatest crime capers, it set the standard for all others that followed. Most notable is Dassin's exquisitely intense silent burglary sequence which runs nearly half an hour. 117 min. DVD 3903; vhs 999:2779
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Guicharnaud, Jacques; Goldman, Cynthia. "Of Grisbi, Chnouf and Rififi." Yale French Studies, No. 17, Art of the Cinema (1956), pp. 6-13 UC users only

Les ripoux (My New Partner) (1984)
Directed by Claude Zidi. Cast: Philippe Noiret, Thierry Lhermitte, Régine, Grace De Capitani. Comedy about a corrupt veteran police detective in Paris who teaches his new by-the-book partner the finer points of graft and the good life. 107 min. DVD X3869
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Awards
César Awards - Best Film; Best Director

The River (1951)
Directed by Jean Renoir. In post-World War II India, three adolescent girls develop competing crushes on a young American veteran who lost a leg in combat. As their romances and rivalries deepen, the background of the Indian society, culture and environment influences all their personalities in subtle and symbolic ways. 99 min.DVD 3837; vhs 999:2821
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Robert et Robert (1978)
Directed by Claude Lelouch. Cast: Charles Denner, Jacques Villeret, Jean-Claude Brialy, Regine. Two lonely young Parisians meet in a computerized "lonely hearts" dating center. Their computer dates run off when they catch sight of them but their disappointment draws them into a friendship that will give them the desire to better themselves. 102 min. DVD X2053
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Le Roi danse (The King Dances) (2000)
Directed by Gérard Corbiau. Cast: Benoît Magimel (Louis XIV), Boris Terral (Lully), Tcheky Karyo (Moli`ere), Colette Emmanuelle (queen mother [Anne of Austria]), Cecile Bois (Madeleine), Claire Keim (Julie), Johan Leysen (Cambert), Idwig Stephane (Conti), Emil Tarding (the young Louis XIV); others. Historical drama about Louis XIV of France, centering on his passion for dance and music. The shy heir to the throne has his destiny altered when musician Jean-Baptiste Lully and the famed playwright Moliere enter his life. Recognizing the young king's talent for dance they compose and stage ballets that glorify Louis' image. The film includes many recreations of dance, drama, and opera of the era. 114 min. DVD 4502
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Tibbetts, John C. "Le Roi Danse" Film & History, Spring2011, Vol. 41 Issue 1, p154-157, 4p UC users only
Vincendeau, Ginette. "The King Is Dancing." Sight & Sound, September 2002, Vol. 12 Issue 9, p64-65, 2p UC users only

Le Roi de coeur (King of Hearts) (1966)
Directed by Phillipe DeBroca. Cast: Alan Bates, Pierre Brasseur, Françoise Christophe, Jean-Claude Brialy, Julien Guiomar, Geneviève Bujold, Micheline Presle, Adolfo Celi, Michel Serrault. A Scottish soldier is assigned the task of disarming a bomb in a small French town at the close of World War I. The townspeople have deserted the town leaving behind the inmates of the local insane asylum who embrace the soldier as their king. 102 min. DVD 7393; vhs 999:1000
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Le roman d'un tricheur (The Story of a Cheat) (France, 1937)
Directed by Sacha Guitry. Cast: Sacha Guitry, Marguerite Moreno, Jacqueline Delubac, Roger Duchescne, Rosine Deréan. A gambler and petty thief recounts his life and exploits. The film is presented with little dialogue other than the star/director's witty narration. 81 min. DVD X4413
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Moine, RaphaŽlle. "The star as the 'great man' in French cinema:the example of Sacha Guitry." Studies in French Cinema, 2004, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p77-86, 10p UC users only

Romance (1999)
Directed by Catherine Breillat. Claiming he loves her, but that he has lost his desire for her, Marie's boyfriend, Paul, refuses to engage in sexual relations, catapulting Marie into a desperate search for intimacy and erotic fulfillment. 98 min. DVD 871
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Romuald et Juliette (Mama, There's a Man in Your Bed) (1989)
Directed by Coline Serreau. Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Firmine Richard, Pierre Vernier, Maxime Leroux, Gilles Privat. A manager of a dairy products company is being framed by two employees who are preparing for a boardroom coup. The manager finds an unexpected ally with the cleaning lady, who has overheard incriminating evidence against the two men. Eventually the manager realises that he has also fallen in love with his ally. 107 min. DVD X3929
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La Ronde (1964)
Director Roger Vadim. Cast: Marie Dubois, Claude Giraud, Anna Karina, Jean-Claude Brialy, Jane Fonda, Maurice Ronet, Catherine Spaak, Bernard Noel, Francine Berge, Jean Sorel. A chain of love started between a young whore and a soldier ends with the same whore after having gone full circle through various characters. Based on the novel by Arthur Schnitzler. 110 min. DVD 4996
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Miller, D. A. "La Ronde." Film Quarterly Mar 2009, Vol. 62, No. 3: 23-27. UC users only

La Ronde (Roundabout) (1950)
Directed by Max Ophuls. Cast: Simone Signoret, Danielle Darrieux, Jean-Louis Barrault, Anton Walbrook, Odette Joyeux, Gérard Philipe. Comedy set in 1900 Vienna; a chain of love started between a young prostitute and a soldier goes full circle when the soldier ends up with her after meeting various characters. 92 min. DVD X170; vhs 999:271
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Alter, Maria P. "From Der Reigen to La Ronde: Transposition of a Stageplay to the Cinema." Literature/ Film Quarterly, vol. 24 no. 1. 1996. pp: 52-56.
Miller, D. A. "La Ronde." Film Quarterly Mar 2009, Vol. 62, No. 3: 23Ė27. UC users only
Williams, Alan. "Keep the Circle Turning: Ophuls's La Ronde." In Modern European Filmmakers and the Art of Adaptation / edited by André w Horton and Joan Magretta. pp: 38-50. New York: F. Ungar Pub. Co., 1981. Series title: Ungar film library. (UCB Main PN1997.85 .M66; UCB Moffitt PN1997.85 .M66)

La rose de fer (The Iron Rose) (France, 1973)
Director, Jean Rollin. Cast: Françoise Pascal, Hugues Quester, Natalie Perrey, Mireille Dargent, Michel Delessalle. A pair of lovers have a tryst in a vacant tomb, but then find themselves unable to escape from the graves and crypts of the massive cemetery. One of cult director Jean Rollin's most unconventional films, The Iron Rose vividly depicts the young couple's steady descent into madness. 81 min. DVD X6906
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Black, Andy "Clocks, seagulls, Romeo and Juliet Jean Rollin interviewed ." Kinoeye, vol. 2, no. 7, 2002 Apr 15
Kalat, David. "Exoticism and eroticism in French horror cinema: A brief introduction to the world of Jean Rollin." Kinoeye, Vol 2 Issue 7 15 April 2002
McCann, Ben. "Pierced Borders, Punctured Bodies: the Contemporary French Horror Film." Australian Journal of French Studies Volume 45, Number 3 / September - December 2008 UC users only
Tohill, Cathal. "Back to the Beach: The Films of Jean Rollin." In: Immoral tales : European sex & horror movies 1956-1984 / Cathal Tohill & Pete Tombs. New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 1995. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H6 T64 1995)

Les Roseaux sauvages (Wild Reeds) (1994)
Directed by André Téchiné. Cast: Elodie Bouchez, Gael Morel, Stephane Rideau, Frederic Gorny. A poignant coming-of-age story set in southwest France in 1962. Sensitive young François is uncertain of his sexuality as he finds himself more attracted to his classmate Serge than to his platonic girlfriend Maite. An older boy, Henri, is drawn into the circle, further complicating relationships. Through their passage into adulthood, the four experience a series of sexual and political conflicts as they explore the mysteries of the human heart. 110 min. DVD 1864; also DVD X61
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Awards

National Society of Film Critics Best Foreign Language Film
César Awards - Best Film; Best Director

Rosetta (France | Belgium, 1999)
Directors, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne. Cast: Emilie Dequenne, Fabrizio Rongione, Anne Yernaux, Olivier Gourmet. "Rosetta deals with the consequences of unemployment and poverty in the human soul and the continuous struggle of a teenager to have a normal life. The film starts with a fight scene, in the back room of a factory, where a young girl (Rosetta) is attacking her boss because he fired her, as the trial period was over and he denied to renew her contract. Rosetta immediately after being fired is in a search of another job that will help her have a normal life, since she lives with her alcoholic mother in a trailer house and she has to take care of her. She is only interested in finding a job that will help her escape from the life in the trailer house, and the people she meets on her way are only good as far as they can help her search." [Project CineMaas] 90 min. DVD X6191
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La roue (The Wheel)(1923)
Directed by Abel Gance. Disc 1. La roue [first part] (161 min.) -- Disc 2. La roue [continued] (101 min.), special features. Cast: Séverin Mars, Ivy Close, Gabriel de Gravone, Pierre Magnier. Sisif, a railwayman, and his son Elie fall in love with the beautiful Norma (whom Sisif rescued from a train crash when a baby and raised as his daughter), with tragic results. This seminal film introduced many innovations in set design and construction, and cinematic devices. Special features: Autour de la roue = Around "The Wheel" making-of featurette (8 min.), Original pressbook (3 min.) 263 min. DVD 9939
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Abel, Richard. "Abel Gance's Other Neglected Masterpiece: La Roue (1922-1923)." Cinema Journal, 22:2 (1983:Winter) p.26 UC users only

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Rouge (Red; Trois couleurs: Rouge) (1994)
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski. Cast: Ir`ene Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jean-Pierre Lorit, Frederique Feder. The final installment in the director's trilogy named after the colors of the French flag (titles: Bleu [Blue], Blanc [White], Rouge [Red]), Red is the story of a beautiful young model and her meeting with an unusual stranger - a meeting that leads her down a path of intrigue and secrecy. 99 min. DVD 1750; vhs 999:1676
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Awards
National Society of Film Critics

Le rouge et le noir (The Red and the Black) (TV, 1997)
Directed by Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe. Cast: Carole Bouquet, Kim Rossi Stuart, Judith Godreche, Claude Rich. Set in 1830's France, the ambitious son of a carpenter challenges the rigid social order of the time when he becomes a private tutor. Although expected to channel career aspirations into the Church of the post- Napoleonic era, his intensely romantic liaisons propel him forward at a pace he cannot control. Based on the novel by Stendhal. 208 min. DVD 6671
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La Rupture (The Breach) (1970)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. Cast: Stephane Andran, Jean-Pierre Cassell, Michel Bouquet. A woman, with a checkered past, divorces her abusive, addict husband after he beats up their young son, breaking his leg and giving him a concussion. The husband's wealthy family tries to gain custody of the boy through the courts, but when that fails they hire a man to do whatever it takes to discredit the mother. 120 min. DVD 1734
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Sade (2000)
Directed by Benoît Jacquot. Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Marianne Denicourt, Jeanne Balibar, Gregoire Colin, Isild Le Besco, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Philippe Duquesne, Vincent Branchet, Raymond Gerome. The Marquis de Sade, the famous philanthropist and sexual predator, faces execution by Robespierre's puritanical regime, but thanks to his mistress finds temporary respite at Picpus, a sanitarium for aristocrats awaiting the guillotine. There, he focuses his attention on Emilie, a teenager longing to experience sensual pleasure before her death. 100 min. DVD 2227
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Brunette, Peter; Peary, Gerald. "A Child of the New Wave: An Interview with Benoît Jacquot." Cineaste vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 23-27, 2000 UC users only
Frodon, Jean-Michel. "'Rester malades du cinema': Conversation entre André Téchiné et Benoît Jacquot." Cahiers du Cinéma, vol. 596, pp. 18-20, December 2004
Fuller, Graham. "Sade." (Review). Sight and Sound 10.11 (Nov 2000): p18(2).
Lardoux, Xavier. Le cinema de Benoît Jacquot Paris : Editions PC, 2006. (MAIN: PN1998.3.J28 L27 2006)

Saint-Cyr(1973)
Director, Patricia Mazuy. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Simon Regiani, Anne Marev, Jean-François Balmer. Madame de Maintenon, wife of Louis XIV, founds Saint-Cyr, a boarding school outside of Paris for the daughters of destitute nobility where girls are brought to acquire the language and manners befitting their rank. The school eventually becomes a source of nightmarish anxiety for her, as idle noblemen discover her young charges. In French without substitles. 114 min. DVD 4511

Saint Jacques-- La Mecque(2005)
Directed by Coline Serreau. Cast: Muriel Robin, Artus De Penguern, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Pascal Legitimus, Marie Bunel, Marie Kremer, Flore Vannier-Moreau, Aymen Saidi, Nicolas Cazale. Chronicles the pilgrimage in France from Puyen-Velay to Saint-Jacques de Campostella of three estranged siblings in order to collect their inheritance from their late mother. 198 min. DVD 8454
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La Saison des Hommes (The Season of Men) (Tunisia / France, 2000)
Directed by Moufida Tlatli. Cast: Rabiaa Ben Abdallah, Sabah Bouzouita, Ghalia Ben Ali, Hend Sabri, Ezzedine Guennoun. Drama about a young wife who must bear her husband a son if she ever wishes to escape the island of Djerba and join him in Tunis. Her husband, like his brothers, works in Tunis eleven months of the year and returns to the island for only one. 120 min. DVD 5822
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Martin, Florence. "Silence and scream: Moufida Tlatli's cinematic suite." Studies in French Cinema; 2004, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p175-185, 11p UC users only
Murphy, David. "Moufida Tlatli." In: Postcolonial African cinema : ten directors / David Murphy, Patrick Williams. Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2007. (Main Stack PN1998.2.M87 2007)
Stollery, Martin. "Masculinities, Generations, and Cultural Transformation in Contemporary Tunisian Cinema." Screen, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 49-63, Spring 2001
Taubin, Amy. "Amy Taubin on Moufida Tlatli's study of a family blighted by the oppressive sexual politics of Tunisian society" Film Comment; Mar/Apr2001, Vol. 37 Issue 2, p18, 2p UC users only

Les Salades de l'amour (The Supplements)
The final disc in a 5 disc set of the complete saga of the life of François Truffaut's character Antoine Doinel. This final disc contains the film short "Les Mistons" which depicts a group of pubescent boys whose admiration of a young girl takes on an edge of cruelty, with unforseen results. The second film, "Working with François Truffaut," is a documentary on Truffaut's life and work featuring interviews with co-writers Claude de Givray and Bernard Revon. Contents: Les Mistons (1957, 18 min.), directed by François Truffaut -- Working with François Truffaut: Claude de Givray and Bernard Revon, co-writers (2003, 44 min.). DVD 1727, part 5

Le Salaire de la peur (Wages of Fear) (1952)
Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Cast: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter Van Eyck, William Tubbs, Vera Clouzot, Folco Lulli. A study of courage and cowardice in the face of almost insurmountable odds. After establishing the characters of the protagonists in a long prologue, director Clouzot follows them as they transport a cargo of nitroglycerin over a primitive mountain road to a conclusion of high suspence and final irony. 148 min. DVD 431
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Salut cousin! (France | Algeria | Belgium | Luxembourg, 2000)
Director, Merzak Allouache. Cast: Gad Elmaleh, Mess Hattou, Magaly Berdy, Ann-Gisel Glass. Alilo arrives in Paris, met by his hip cousin Mok. Alilo is to pick up a suitcase of dresses to smuggle back to Algiers for resale. He's lost the dressmaker's address and his boss is gone for five days, so he stays in the Moskova neighborhood of the 18th arrondissement with Mok. Mok makes rap music of Jean de La Fontaine's fables, invents fabrications of his own, is in debt to his bookie, and in love with a punk rocker. Alilo's old-country sweetness, in contrast with Mok's big-city neuroses, gets the attention of Fatoumata, a lovely African neighbor. Once Alilo gets the dresses, he must return to Algiers, but it seems he's only started to live: is there any way he can stay? 98 min. DVD X4758; vhs 999:3096
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Samia (2000)
Director, Philippe Faucon. Cast: Lynda Benahouda, Mohamed Chaouch, Kheira Oualhaci, Nadia El Koutei, Yamina Amri, Lakhdar Smati. Samia, an Algerian teenager, has immigrated with her large family to Marseilles, where she must cope with both racism and her family's own restrictions on her personal freedom. Her brother, Yacine appoints himself the protector of Samia's moral and physical virtue and after their father is hospitalized and it becomes apparent that Samia's sister is having a relationship with a French boy, she responds to the pressures by becoming increasingly rebellious. Based on the novel "Ils disent que je suis une beurette", by Soraya Nini. PAL format. 135 min. vhs 999:3272
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Le Samourai (1967)
Director, Jean-Pierre Melville. Cast: Alain Delon, François Perier, Nathalie Delon, Cathy Rosier, Jacques Leroy, Michel Boisrond. A steely-eyed and enigmatic hitman is hired to do away with the boss of a nightclub, which places him under total surveillance by police. At the same time, he discovers that the man he is working for has marked him for death. Based on the novel, The Ronin, by Joan McLeod. 101 min. DVD 4557; vhs 999:2357
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Sans queue ni tête (Special Treatment)(France | Luxembourg | Belgium, 2010)
Directed by Jeanne Labrune. Cast: Bouli Lanners, Isabelle Huppert, Richard Debuisne, Sabila Moussadek. Alice is a high-class prostitute who serves up sexual fantasies for her clientele, from school girl innocence to S&M. Fed up with the seamy underbelly of French masculinity she crosses paths with Xavier, a neurotic psychoanalyst facing a marriage crisis. The two quickly realize their professions share a thing or two in common as they navigate the overlapping worlds of psychotherapy and sex therapy. 95 min. DVD X7121
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Le Sang d'un poète (Blood of a Poet) (1930)
Directed by Jean Cocteau. A surrealistic allegorical myth about the life of a poet who sacrifices himself to his art. 54 min.DVD 208; vhs 999:117
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Cocteau, Jean. Two screenplays: The blood of a poet [and] The testament of Orpheus. Translated from the French by Carol Martin-Sperry. New York, Orion Press [1968] (New York, Orion Press [1968])

Saute ma ville (Blow Up My Town; in: Akermania. Volume one) (1968)
Shorter works directed by Chantal Akerman. Saute ma ville: A young woman comes home to her apartment in Brussels, where she cooks pasta and seals herself in with duct tape. The story ends with a bang. Akerman's first film made at the age of 18. J'ai faim, j'ai froid (I'm hungry, I'm cold): Two young Belgian girls run away from their home in Brussels. They spend a day and an evening in Paris looking for food and love, with comic and poignant results. Hôtel Monterey: A stark, silent look at a New York pension hotel. 89 min. DVD 8267; vhs 999:980
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Sauve qui peut (la vie) (Slow Motion)(1979)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Dutronc, Nathalie Baye, with the voice of Marguerite Duras. This parody of modern life revolves around three characters who are all at turning points in their lives--the country girl who comes to the city to be a prostitute, the city woman who decides to give up her job and pursue an idyllic life in the country, and a television director who is separated from his wife and daughter. Special features: "Scenario vidéo Sauve qui peut (La vie)": some notes on the direction and production of the film; filmographies & biographies. 84 min. DVD X1261
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Le scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)(France, 2007)
Directed by Julian Schnabel. Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josee Croze, Anne Consigny, Patrick Chesnais, Niels Arestrup, Olatz Lopez Garmendia, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Marina Hands, Max von Sydow, Isaach De Bankole. A drama based on the true story of the French editor of Elle magazine, Jean-Dominique Bauby, who in 1995 at the age of 43, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his interior world, from the psychological torment of being trapped inside his body to his imagined stories from lands he'd only visited in his mind. Based on the novel "Le scaphandre et le papillon" by Jean-Dominique Bauby. 112 min. DVD 9852
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Awards
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Language Film
Cannes Film Festival - Best Director
Golden Globes, USA - Best Director
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Foreign Language Film

La science des rêves (The Science of Sleep) (France / UK / Italy, 2006)
Directed by Michael Gondry. Cast: Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alain Chabat, Miou-Miou, Pierre Vaneck, Emma de Caunes, Aurélia Petit, Sacha Bourdo, Stéphane Metzger, Alain de Moyencourt, Inigo Lezzi, Yvette Petit, Jean-Michel Bernard, Eric Mariotto, Bertrand Delpierre. A playful romantic fantasy set inside the topsy-turvey brain of Stephane, an eccentric young man whose dreams constantly invade his waking life. Unable to find the secret to his neighbor's heart while awake, he searches for the answer in his dreams. Special features: Commentary by writer/director Michel Gondry, Gael Garcia Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Sacha Bourdo; "The making of 'The science of sleep'"; Featurette on Lauri Faggioni, creator of animals and accessories ; Linda Serbu 'Rescue Me' music video. 106 min. DVD X2315
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Alter, Ethan. "The Science of Sleep." Film Journal International, Aug2006, Vol. 109 Issue 8, p36-37, 2p UC users only
Cohen, David S. "The Science of Sleep." Scr(i)pt, 2006, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p36-41, 6p UC users only
Davies, Sam. "Come into My World." Sight & Sound, Aug2006, Vol. 16 Issue 8, p20-23, 4p UC users only
Princenthal, Nancy. "Eyes Wide Shut." Art in America, Apr2008, Vol. 96 Issue 4, p57-63, 5p UC users only

Secret défense (Secret Defense)(1997)
Directed by Jacques Rivette. Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Laure Marsac, Gregoire Colin, Bernadette Giroud, Françoise Fabian. A young scientist discovers from her brother that their father's death wasn't an accident, but that he was killed by his business partner and friend. 166 min. DVD 4585
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Selected Films (1989-1994)
Directed by Matthias Muller. In French and German. Aus der ferne (The memo book) (1989, 27 min.); The flamethrowers, a collective film by Owen O'Toole and the groups Alte Kinder and Schmetzdahin) (1990, 9 min.); Home stories (1990, 6 min.); Sleepy haven (1993, 15 min.); Sternenschauer (Scattering stars) (1994, 2 min.); Alpsee (1994, 14 min.). Muller's experimental image-rich films deal with the intersection of the private and public spheres. His seamless, collages of personal imagery and appropriated materials weave a kinetic spell of motion and vitality, ranging from tender, magical and melancholy love poems to sarcastic comments on gender entrapment in classic-era Hollywood. 63 min. vhs 999:1964

Une semaine de vacances (A Week's Vacation) (1980)
Directed by Catherine Breillat. Cast: Nathalie Baye, Gerard Lanvin, Michel Galabru, Flore Fitzgerald, Jean Daste, Marie-Louise Ebeli. Laurence, a young schoolteacher from Lyons, takes a week's leave. During the break, she reflects on her career and her personal life. 105 min. DVD 8833
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S'en fout la mort (No Fear, No Die) (1990)
Director, Claire Denis. Cast: Isaach de Bankole, Alex Descas, Solveig Dommartin, Christopher Buchholz, Jean-Claude Brialy. Set in France, Dah, an African immigrant, and Jocelyn, a West Indian man, supply and train fighting cocks for a sleazy French saloon owner. Once Dah becomes entangled with the owner's mistress, all four characters are cast into a violent circle of gambling, desire, and agony that spins out of control. 97 min. vhs 999:3247
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Carter, Mia. "Acknowledged absences: Claire Denis' cinema of longing." Studies in European Cinema; 2006, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p67-81, 15p UC users only
McMahon, Laura. "Figuring Intrusion: Nancy and Denis." Contemporary French & Francophone Studies; Oct2008, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p463-470, 8p

Séraphine (France | Belgium | Germany, 2008)
Directed by Martin Provost. Cast: Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Anne Bennent. The true story of Séraphine Louis, a simple, devout housekeeper who in 1905, at the age of 41, began painting brilliantly colorful canvases. In 1912, a German art critic discovered her paintings while she was working as his maid. Tells the story of the relationship between the avant-garde dealer and the visionary cleaning lady, forging a testament to the mysteries of creativity and the resilience of one woman's spirit. 125 min. DVD X3776
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Awards
César Awards - Best Film

Sex Is Comedy (2002)
Directed by Catherine Breillat. Cast: Anne Parillaud, Gregoire Colin, Roxane Mesquida, Ashley Wanninger, Dominique Colladant, Bart Binnema, Yves Osmu, Francis Seleck, Elisabete Piecho. For director Jeanne, sex is no laughing matter. She doesn't find it funny that her two leading actors can't stand each other when she's about to shoot the most important moment in her film ... the sex scene. The actress objects to nudity, the actor won't take off his socks, and the only thing heating up between them is their tempers. At her wits' end, Jeanne tries everything in her power to seduce, intimidate and sweet-talk her reluctant young lovers into performing the film's sexy final scene. 95 min. DVD 3840
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Le silence de la mer (1949)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Cast: Howard Vernon, Nicole Stephane, Jean-Marie Robain, Ami Aaroe, Georges Patrix, Denis Sadier. Tells the story of a German officer who is billeted in the house of an elderly man and his niece in occupied France. Vowing never to speak to the invader, the couple listen in silence as the officer pours out his ideas and feelings about music, war and his love of France. 84 min. DVD 8455
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Le silence de Lorna (Lorna's Silence) (Belgium | France | Italy | Germany, 2008)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. Cast: Arta Dobroshi, J@eacute;r@eacute;mie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione, Alban Ukaj, Morgan Marinne. Lorna is a young Albanian women who dreams of opening up a snack bar with her boyfriend. Without the money, she finds herself entwined in a vicious plan devised by mobster Fabio. A false marriage between Lorna and Claudy will allow her to get her Belgian citizenship. She is then expected to marry a Russian Mafioso who is anxious to get his hands on the Belgian identity papers, after Fabio kills Claudy to speed up the second marriage. But can Lorna keep quiet? 105 min. DVD X4016
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Les silences du palais (Saimt el qusur; The Silences of the Palace) (Tunisia / France, 1994)
Director, Moufida Tlatli. As Alia, the daughter of a beautiful servant, Khedija, grows up in the king's palace at the end of the French colonial rule in Tunisia, she realizes the sexual favours required of her mother and other servants, as she, herself, is misused by those in power around her. Women had to live in silence, a silence so profound, they may come to doubt their own past -- even their own existence -- yet they survived these political realities with courage, comradeship, and the resources of their bodies. 127 min. vhs 999:3204
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Alion, Yves. "Rencontre avec Moufida Tlatli." Avant Scène Cinéma, vol. 536, pp. 3-7, Nov 2004
Martin, Florence. "Silence and scream: Moufida Tlatli's cinematic suite." Studies in French Cinema; 2004, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p175-185, 11p UC users only
Murphy, David. "Moufida Tlatli." In: Postcolonial African cinema : ten directors / David Murphy, Patrick Williams. Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2007. (Main Stack PN1998.2.M87 2007)
Peysson-Zeiss, Agnès. "Chants et vies de femmes dans Les Silences du palais de Moufida Tlatli." International Journal of Francophone Studies, 2006, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p223-238, 16p UC users only
Rice, Laura. "Refracting an Orientalist Lens." Women & Performance; 2007, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p37-57, 21p UC users only
Salhi, Kamal "Imaging Silence-Representing Women: Moufida Tlatli's Silence of the Palace and North African Feminist Cinema." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 253-77, Aug 2007 UC users only
Sherzer, Dina. "Remembrance of Things Past: Les Silences du palais by Moufida Tlatli." South Central Review, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 50-59, Fall 2000 UC users only DD>Zayzafoon, Lamia Ben Youssef. "Memory as allegory: the spectre of incest and the (re)naming of the father in Moufida Tlatli's The Silences of the Palace (1994)." Critical Arts: A South-North Journal of Cultural & Media Studies, 2007, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p47-67, 21p; UC users only

La Sirène du Mississippi (Mississippi Mermaid) (1969)
Directed by François Truffaut. Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Catherine Deneuve, Nelly Borgeaud, Martine Ferriere, Marcel Berbery, Yves Drouhet, Michel Bouquet. She is a dream-come true for successful yet lonely Louis Durand a tobacco grower on Reunion Island. But his mail-order bride is a mystery. Her appearance doesn't match the photo she sent, her likes and dislikes aren't those described in her letters. By the time the lonely businessman husband discovers who she is, it is too late, and he will even kill to keep her. Based on the novel Waltz into darkness by William Irish. 111 min. DVD X3115; vhs 999:2434
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La Sirène des tropiques (Siren of the Tropics) (France, 1927)
Directed by Henri Etievant, Mario Nalpas. Cast: Josephine Baker, Pierre Batcheff, Georges Melchior, Regina Dalthy. Papitou is a free-spirited, animal-loving native girl who falls in love with Andre, a sophisticated young man who has been sent to the Parisian Antilles as a prospector. She is unaware that he is betrothed to another, or that his work assignment is actually a perilous ruse concocted by his scheming boss. As the truth becomes known, Papitou finds herself pursuing Andre back to Paris. 87 min. DVD 4050

Francis, Terri. "Embodied Fictions, Melancholy Migrations: Josephine Baker's Cinematic Celebrity." Modern Fiction Studies; Winter2005, Vol. 51 Issue 4, p824-845, 22p UC users only
Henderson, Mae G. "Josephine Baker and La Revue Negre: From Ethnography to Performance." Text & Performance Quarterly; Apr2003, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p107-133, 27p, UC users only
Jules-Rosette, Bennetta. "Celluloid Projections." In: Josephine Baker in art and life : the icon and the image Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (MAIN: GV1785.B3 J85 2007; MOFF: GV1785.B3 J85 2007)
Powrie, Phil; Rebillard, Éric. "Josephine Baker and Pierre Batcheff in "La Sirène des tropiques". Studies in French Cinema, 2008, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p245-264, 20p, UC users only
Rebillard, Éric; Powrie, Phil. "Josephine Baker and Pierre Batcheff in "La Sirène des tropiques"." Studies in French Cinema, 2008, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p245-264, 20p UC users only
Scheper, Jeanne. "Of la Baker, I Am a Disciple": The Diva Politics of Reception." Camera Obscura, May2007, Vol. 22 Issue 65, p72-101, 30p UC users only

6 Fois 2: Emissions Television Cinema.
In this radically unconventional television series Godard and Mieville analyze the politics of personal and media communications in relation to society, family, and the individual. Each program is composed of two complementary parts: a visual essay on the production and consumption of images are paired with related interviews.

Part 1A and 1B
Part 1A shows an employer interviewing prospective employees. In Part 1B a French dairy farmer gives his views on agriculture and food production in the world. 1976? 100 min. Video/C 6534

Part 2A and 2B
Part 2A studies the production and reception of cultural representations. Part 2B is an interview with Godard concerning his social analyses of media and other issues. 1976? 100 min. Video/C 6535

6 Fois 2: Emissions Television Cinema. Part 3A and 3B
Part 3A is a deconstructive critique of the manipulatory power of photojournalism, news and advertising images. Part 3B is an interview with Marcel, an amateur filmmaker. Shows him filming and editing his work interspersed with his commentary. 1976? 100 min. Video/C 6536

Part 4A and 4B
Part 4A is an interview with a screenwriter about the conceptualization and writing of a story. Part 4B is a series of interviews with French women of all ages, concerning their personal experiences and relationships. 1976? 100 min. Video/C 6537

Part 5A and 5B
Part 5A is a collage in constant motion of the faces of a man and woman as they write a letter to eachother about their relationship. Part 5B is an interview with the mathematician René Thom. 1976? 100 min. Video/C 6538

Part 6A and 6B
Part 6A is a commentary on the making of this television series and the challenges faced in its production as the traditional television conventions were rejected by Godord and Mieville as they strove to "do television differently." Part 6B is an interview with a French man and woman about their personal perceptions and experiences. 1976? 100 min. Video/C 6539

Soigne ton gauche(France, 1936)
Directed by by René Clément starring Jacques Tati. "A boxer is out in the country with his entourage, training for his next fight. Meanwhile, on the farm nearby, Roger is neglecting his chores. As he watches the boxer and his sparring partners at work, Roger starts to fantasize about being a boxer himself. Then, when none of the boxer's sparring partners can continue, he is asked to fill in, although he doesn't know anything about how to box." [IMDB] 20 min. Included on DVD 894
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La Souriante Madame Beudet (The Smiling Madame Beudet) (1922)
Directed by Germaine Dulac. "One of the first feminist movies, The Smiling Madame Beudet is the story of an intelligent woman trapped in a loveless marriage. Her husband is used to playing a stupid practical joke in which he puts an empty revolver to his head and threatens to shoot himself. One day, while the husband is away, she puts bullets in the revolver. However, she is stricken with remorse and tries to retrieve the bullets the next morning. Her husband gets to the revolver first only this time he points the revolver at her." [Internet Movie Database]. Based on the play by Denys Amiel. Silent with music and French intertitles. 26 min. DVD X5062; vhs 999:838
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Soigne ta droite (Keep Your Right Up!) (1982)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Jean-Luc Godard, Jane Birkin, Fred Chichin, Michel Galabru, Pauline Lafont, Rita Mitsouko. "The Idiot" (also known as "The Prince") has been guaranteed financing for a film, but only if he can deliver it within 24 hours. He encounters all sorts of hilarious problems as he attempts to do so. Meanwhile, a pop group works on a new album. 82 min. DVD 3313
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Sous le sable (Under the Sand)(2000)
Directed by François Ozon. Cast: Charlotte Rampling, Bruno Cremer, Jacques Nolot, Alexandra Stewart, Pierre Vernier, Andrée Tainsy. For years, Marie and Jean have spent their vacations at their country home. One day at the beach, Marie falls asleep while Jean goes for a swim. When she awakens, he is gone. Marie notifies the authorities and even after an extensive search, no body is found. Did he drown or did he just run off? 95 min. DVD X2216
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Le Souffle au coeur (Murmur of the Heart) (1971)
Directed by Louis Malle. Featuring Lea Massari, Benoît Ferreux, Daniel Gelin, Michel Lonsdale, Ave Ninchi, Gila von Weitershausen. This Oedipal comedy, set in France in 1954, is a poignant and provocative portrait of a young man's sexual initiation and his complex, controversial relationship with his vivacious mother. 118 min. DVD 5380; vhs 999:3456
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Sous le soleil de Satan (Under Satan's Sun) (1987)
Directed by Maurice Pialat. Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Sandrine Bonnaire, Maurice Pialat, Alain Artur, Yann Dedet, Brigitte Legendre, Jean-Claude Bourlat, Jean-Christophe Bouvet, Pierre d'Hoffelize, Corinne Bourdon. Dossignan is a very zealous rural priest. The dean Menou-Segrais tries to keep him reasonable but Dossignan will be tempted by Satan as he tries to save the soul of Mouchette, a young girl who killed one of her lovers. A film about God's grace and mysticism. Non-US format DVD. In French without subtitles. 103 min. DVD 3410
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival: Palme d'Or

Fevret, Christian; Kaganski, Serge. "Interview with Maurice Pialat." Film Comment. May/Jun 2004. Vol. 40, Iss. 3; p. 33 (8 pages) UC users only
Jones, Kent. "Under the Sun of Satan." Film Comment, May/Jun2004, Vol. 40 Issue 3, p48-48, 1p, UC users only

Sous les toits de Paris (Under the Roofs of Paris) (1930)
Directed by René Clair. Cast: Albert Prejean, Pola Illery, Edmond Greville, Gaston Modot. A sentimental story of the Paris underworld, with boulevard songs integrated into the action. A Parisian street singer falls in love with a girl, fights her lover and proves himself innocent of theft. In spite of the director Clair's misgivings, his first venture into sound is considered a total success. 93 min. DVD 1368; vhs 999:3490
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O'Brien, Charles. "Sous les toits de Paris and transnational film style: An analysis of film editing statistics." Studies in French Cinema, 2009, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p111-125, 15p UC users only

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Stardom (Canada | France, 2000)
Directed by Denys Arcand. Cast: Jessica Paré, Dan Aykroyd, Charles Berling, Robert Lepage, Camilla Rutherford, Thomas Gibson, Frank Langella. "A sports photographer in rural Canada sends a picture of a high school athlete, Tina Menzhal, to a Montréal fashion agency. This starts Tina on a career taking her from Canada to Paris to Montréal again, to Manhattan, to the world, and then home, through two boyfriends, two husbands, and innumerable TV interviews, either with nasty smiling scandalmongers or with gushing witless twits. In nearly every case, Tina never gets to finish a sentence. She has a suave agent, paparazzi are everywhere ("What the celebs forget, there's always a camera," says one), and a documentary filmmaker is on hand as well. What is it that Tina thinks, feels, and wants: will we ever find out?" [IMDB] 103 min. DVD X3763
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Stavisky (1974)
Directed by Alain Resnais. Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anny Duperey, Charles Boyer, Francois Perier, Gérard Deaprdieu. An exquisite recounting of the climatic days in 1933 in the career of Stavisky, the con man turned international financier whose ruin resulted in political scandal and his own mysterious death. 117 min. DVD X4807; vhs 999:1547
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Sur un air de Charleston (Charleston Parade) (1926)
Directed by Jean Renoir. Cast: Catherine Hessling, Johnny Huggins, (and playing the role of angels) Pierre Braunberger, Andre Cerf, Pierre Lestringuez, Jean Renoir. Shows the journey of a man in blackface to a post-Apocalyptic Paris, where he meets a girl who teachers him the Charleston, and they leave together in his spaceship. 20 min. DVD 7586; also on vhs Video/C vhs 999:649;
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Swimming Pool (France | UK, 2003)
Directed by François Ozon. Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier, Charles Dance, Marc Fayolle, Jean-Marie Lamour. Sarah is a famous British murder mystery author. Tired of London and seeking inspiration for her new novel, she accepts an offer from her publisher to stay at his home in the south of France. Sarah finds that the beautiful country locale and unhurried pace is just the tonic for her - until late one night, when John's sexy and provocative daughter, Julie, unexpectedly arrives. Sarah's English reserve is jarred by Julie's lifestyle. An increasingly unsettling series of events occur that blend a creative process with a possible real-life murder. Special features: interviews with Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier; outtakes; poster and picture galleries. 103 min. DVD 6930
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Hain, Mark. "Explicit Ambiguity: Sexual Identity, Hitchcockian Criticism, and the Films of François Ozon." Quarterly Review of Film & Video, Jul2007, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p277-288, 12p UC users only
Ryan, Gilbey. "An Interview with François Ozon." In: Projections 12 : film-makers on film schools / edited by John Boorman, Fraser MacDonald and Walter Donohue ; associate editor, Oren Moverman. London ; New York : Faber and Faber, c2002. (Pacific Film Archive PN1995.9.P7 P76 2002)

Symphonie diagonale (Avant garde. #2) (Silent with French titles and music scores, 1924)
Directed by Viking Eggeling. Three experimental films produced in the 1920s: Symphonie diagonale, by Viking Eggeling (1924); L'Étoile de mer, by Man Ray (1928); Entr'acte, by René Clair (1924). 42 min. DVD 4191; vhs 999:289
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Tapage nocturne (Nocturnal Uproar) (1979)
Directed by Catherine Breillat. Cast: Dominique Laffin, Marie-H@eacute;lène Breillat, Bertrand Bonvoisin, Joe Dallesandro. Solange is the female version of a womanizing film director who is confident about her conquests and her ability to figure out men. Along comes Bruno, a man she can't stand. Solange's faith is put to a test. In spite of her better judgment, she is undeniably attracted to Bruno and sleeps with him over and over again. 91 min. DVD X6727
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Tatie Danielle (Auntie Danielle) (1990)
Directed by Karin Albou. Cast: Tsilla Chelton, Catherine Jacob, Isabelle Nanty, Neige Dolsky, Eric Prat, Laurence Février, Gary Ledoux. A cantankerous, demanding, manipulative malcontent who must be waited on hand and foot methodically torments everyone around her in this biting comedy about not aging gracefully. When she moves in with her great nephew, it doesn't take long for the entire household to realize that taking in Auntie Danielle was a big mistake. PAL, region 4. 108 min. DVD X3923
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Taris, champion de natation (Taris, roi de l'eau) (1931)
"The second of Vigo's four films is about 10 minutes long. The subject, allegedly, is a French national swimming champion, Jean Taris. First we see him swimming normally. Then we see a hint that this isn't a documentary short: Taris dives into the water, Vigo runs the film backwards, and Taris is spit back out. This happens 3 times. Thus the crux of the film: inventive (for the time) technique, while overuse of it occurs. Fun stuff, though: interesting shots of Taris doing the backstroke. Finally, we see him goofing around underwater; by this point, the movie achieves a genuine state of grace. Can be found on No. 10 of the New York Film Annex's video series of experimental and abstract films." [Internet Movie Database] DVD X6356; DVD 3482 (non-US format DVD)

Le Temps du loup (Time of the Wolf) (France | Austria | Germany, 2003)
Directed by Michael Haneke. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Maurice Benichou, Anais Demoustier, Lucas Biscombe, Hakim Taleb, Beatrice Dalle, Patrice Chereau. Immediately after a global catyclysm, Anna and her family arrive at their holiday home in the countryside only to find it is occupied by a group of strangers. When a shot rings out, a life is taken, and the only hope for a band of desperate refugees lies in a nearby train station and a locomotive that may never actually arrive. "Haneke never tells us what happened, but instead puts the viewer directly into the terrifying aftermath, with all of its confusion, uncertainty, and danger." 109 min. DVD 3369
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Le temps qui reste (Time to Leave) (France, 2005)
Directed by François Ozon. Cast: Melvil Poupaud, Jeanne Moreau, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Daniel Duval, Marie Rivière, Christian Sengewald, Louise-Anne Hippeau. A handsome, successful fashion photographer learns that he has a malignant brain tumor. Hiding his diagnosis, he alienates his family and his young boyfriend, but during a short stay with his grandmother, his vulnerability is met with a big heart and sound advice. A chance encounter with a roadside cafe waitress results in an unusual bargain that provides a happy, playful dimension to the proceedings. 85 min. DVD X4018
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Hain, Mark. "Explicit Ambiguity: Sexual Identity, Hitchcockian Criticism, and the Films of François Ozon." Quarterly Review of Film & Video, Jul2007, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p277-288, 12p UC users only
Handyside, Fiona. "Alternative Inheritances: Re-thinking What, Adaptation Might Mean in François Ozon's "Le Temps qui reste"." Literature Film Quarterly, 2008, Vol. 36 Issue 4, p281-289, 9p UC users only
Wilson, Emma. "Le temps qui reste." Film Quarterly, Winter2006/2007, Vol. 60 Issue 2, p18-24, 7p UC users only

Le Temps retrouvé (Time Regained) (1999)
Directed by Raoul Ruiz. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Beart, Vincent Perez, John Malkovich, Marcello Mazzarella. Set in 1922, this film opens with the French author, Marcel Proust, on his deathbed remembering his life. Gradually his own experiences give way to the characters in his novels -- fiction eclipses reality as the author's creations combine with his own experiences. The result is a montage of moving snapshots and feverish dreams that make the film the ultimate in Proustian cinema. 158 min. DVD 632
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La Terre (The Earth) (1921, silent)
Directed by André Antoine. Cast: Armand Bour, Rene AlexAndré , Jean Harve, Germanine Rouer. An adaptation of Emile Zola's novel of family greed, brutality and deceit in rural France. When Patriarch Pere Fouan divides his land between his two useless and scheming sons, his generosity is rewarded with treachery. When neighbor Françoise discovers the sons' plot against their father, she falls victim to their vicious revenge. 98 min. DVD 6301 DVD 6052
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Le Testament d'Orphée, ou ne me demandez pas (Testament of Orpheus, or Do Not Ask Me Why) (1960)
Directed by Jean Cocteau. Cast: Jean Marais, Maria Caseres, François Perier, Maria Dea, Edouard Dermithe. A modern account of the Orpheus myth. The poet as an 18th century man, dies, enters space time, is revived and seeks his identity. This was Cocteau's last film and includes images and scenes from his earlier films as well as serving as a gathering of personal friends and admirers. 79 min. DVD 210
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Cocteau, Jean. Two screenplays: The blood of a poet [and] The testament of Orpheus. Translated from the French by Carol Martin-Sperry. New York, Orion Press [1968] (New York, Orion Press [1968])

Le Testament du Docteur Cordelier (The Doctor's Horrible Experiment (TV, 1959)
Directed by Jean Renoir. Cast:Jean-Louis Barrault, Teddy Billis, Jean Topart, Michel Vitold. This French television version of the celebrated tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde is set contemporaneously and shot like a documentary program. It's also the only one in which the two characters are believably distinct: one would never guess that the fussy, ascetic Jekyll and the careless, garish Hyde could be the same man. 97 min. DVD 7586
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Le Thé au harem d'Archimède (Tea in the Harem) (1985)
Directed by Mehdi Charef. Story of a North African living in Paris, Madjid, and his encounters with friends, authorities, and life. 110 min. vhs 999:1646
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Tarr, Carrie. "Beurz in the Hood: Le Thé au harem and Hexagone." In: Studies in French cinema: UK perspectives, 1985-2010 Bristol, UK ; Chicago : Intellect, 2011.
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Tarr, Carrie. "Questions of identity in Beur cinema: from Tea in the Harem to Cheb." Screen 1993 34: 321-342 UC users only

La tête contre les murs (Head against the wall) (1959)
Directed by Georges Franju. Cast: Pierre Brasseur, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Mocky, Anouk Aimée, Charles Aznavour. François, a seemingly sane young man is committed to a mental hospital simply on the say-so of his father, irritated because the boy has rifled his desk and destroyed some important legal documents. He soon makes friends with Heurtevent, a sweet epileptic, and both decide to escape from the place. Their attempt is a failure and Heurtevent, unable to get over what he considers a return to hell, commits suicide. But rebellious François tries again and this time he is successful. Based on the novel by Hervé Bazin. Special features: New video interview with Jean-Pierre Mocky, filmed in 2008; new video interview with Charles Aznavour, also filmed in 2008. 93 min. DVD X2773
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Thérèse (1986)
Directed by Alain Cavalier. Cast: Catherine Mouchet, Hélène Alexandridis, Aurore Prieto, Sylvie Habault, Clemence Massart, Ghislaine Mona Heftre. A dramatization of the real-life story of St. Thérèse de Lisieux, a young woman who found personal joy and spiritual liberation within the restrictive traditions of an austere religious order. 90 min. DVD 3428
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César Awards - Best Film; Best Director

Thérèse Raquin (1953)
Directed by Marcel Carné. Cast: Simone Signoret, Raf Vallone, Sylvis, Jacques Duby, Maria-Pia Casilio, Marcel André , Martial Rebe, Paul Frankeur. Thérèse and Laurent think they have gotten away with murder after Thérèse's husband "falls" from a speeding train. But a blackmailer's demands along with accusations from Thérèse's mother-in-law could trip the couple up. 102 min. DVD 4919
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Griffiths, Kate. "Memories in/of Thérèse Raquin: Émile Zola and Marcel Carné." French Studies; Apr2011, Vol. 65 Issue 2, p188-199, 12p UC users only
Hayward, Susan. "Literary adaptations of the 1950s Thérèse Raquin (1953) and Les Diaboliques (1955)." Studies in French Cinema; 2003, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p5-14, 10p UC users only
Helman, Alicja. "Thérèse Raquin in a fog covered corner." In: Zola and film : essays in the art of adaptation / edited by Anna Gural-Migdal and Robert Singer ; with a foreword by Brigitte Emile-Zola. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PQ2538 .Z64 2005)
Mayer-Robin, Carmen "Framed! Fact, Fiction, and Frame Tale in Adaptations of Zola's Thérèse Raquin" Romance Studies, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 158-168, 2010 July UC users only

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Tirez sur le pianiste (Shoot the Piano Player) (1960)
Directed by François Truffaut. Cast: Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Nicole Berger, Michele Mercier, Albert Remy, Claude Mansard. Charlie is a timid cafe pianist who has given up his former life as a concert pianist, a career which had destroyed his marriage. However, events which he seems powerless to control force his involvement with a gang of crooks who once again cause him to be responsible for the destruction of his life. 92 min. DVD 69; vhs 999:455
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Tous les matins du monde (All the Mornings of the World) (1991)
Directed by Alain Corneau. Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Anne Brochet, Guillaume Depardieu, Carole Richert, Michel Bouquet. In this seductive tale of music and passion set in 17th century France, the lives of a reclusive composer and his two beautiful daughters are forever changed by a flamboyant young student. 110 min. DVD X2872; DVD X2141
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Awards
César Awards - Best Film; Best Director

Toni (France, 1935)
Directed by Jean Renoir. Cast: Edouard Delmont, Andrex. An Italian immigrant in Provence becomes entangled in relationships with his landlady and a hot-blooded Spanish woman, with tragic results. Based on a true story and filmed on location as an early example of neo-realism. Special features: Audio commentaries by critics Kent Jones and Phillip Lopate, video about the film by Geoff Andrew, new and imporoved English subtitles, 28-page booklet by Tom Milne, Jean Renoir. 80 min. DVD X240
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Toto le héros (Toto the Hero)(Belgium | France | Germany, 1991)
Directed by Jaco Van Dormael. Cast: Michel Bouquet, Mireille Perrier, Sandrine Blancke, Thomas Godet, Jo De Backer. Since childhood, Thomas Van Hasebroeck has been consumed by a nagging belief: that he was switched at birth with the rich neighbor's boy who enjoyed the life Thomas should have led. Now, after sixty years, Thomas wants revenge. 87 min. DVD X6252
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Touche pas à la femme blanche (Don't Touch the White Woman!)(France / Italy, 1974)
Directed by Marco Ferreri. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret, Ugo Tagnazzi, Alein Cuny, Serge Reggiani. Marco Ferreri transplants the Battle of Little Big Horn to the site of a demolished Parisian mall and presents his take on the classic American Western, sympathizing with the Indians instead of the cowboys. As the cavalry fights the Indians, coward General Custer is trying to fight off the advances of both Sitting Bull and Marie-Hélène while modern day Parisian life goes on around them. Special features: Excerpt from the documentary 'Marco Ferreri: The Director Who Came From the Future. 109 min. DVD X1730
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Touchez pas au grisbi (Hands Off the Loot) (France, 1954)
Directed by Jacques Becker. Cast: Jean Gabin, René Dary, Dora Doll, Lino Ventura, Paul Frankeur, Jeanne Moreau. An aging gangster is unwillingly brought out of retirement after one of his associates unwittingly betrays him to a rival. Based on the novel of the same title by Albert Simonin. Special features: Video interviews with actor Lino Ventura (originally aired as part of an episode of the television program "Pour le cinema" on 5/01/1972, 9 min.), composer Jean Wiener (originally aired as part of the television special "Hommage à Jean Gabin" in Feb. 1978, 2 min.) & actor Daniel Cauchy (conducted by Lenny Borger in Jan. 2002, 7 min.); excerpt from an episode of the French television series "Cinéastes de notre temps" dedicated to Becker (featuring Griffe, Simonin, Ventura & filmmaker François Truffaut, 1967, 6 min.); original theatrical trailer. 96 min. DVD X1813
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Guicharnaud, Jacques; Goldman, Cynthia. "Of Grisbi, Chnouf and Rififi." Yale French Studies, No. 17, Art of the Cinema (1956), pp. 6-13 UC users only
Hayward, Susan. "Signoret's star persona and redressing the costume cinema: Jacques Becker's Casque d'Or (1952)." Studies in French Cinema, 2004, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p15-28, 14p UC users only
Hewitt, Nicholas. "Gabin, Grisbi and 1950s France." Studies in French Cinema, 2004, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p65-75, 11p UC users only
Vincendeau, Ginette. "Anatomy of a Myth: Jean Gabin." Nottingham French Studies, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 19-31, 1993 Spring
Vincendeau, Ginette. "From proletarian hero to godfather: Jean Gabin and 'paradigmatic' French masculinity." In: Me Jane : masculinity, movies, and women / edited by Pat Kirkham and Janet Thumin. New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995. Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.M46 M35 1995)

À tout de suite (2004)
Directed by Benoît Jacquot. Cast: Isild Le Besco, Ouassini Embarek, Nicolas Duvachelle, Laurence Cordier, Forini Kodoukaki. Lili is an impulsive, free-spirited art student living a staid existence with her father in 1970s Paris. When she meets a mysterious young Moroccan man at a nightclub, she falls instantly in love. Soon she learns he was involved in a botched bank robbery -- where a man was killed -- and without hesitation she allows him and his accomplice to hide out in her apartment. The two embark on a wild spree throughout France, Spain, Morocco, and Greece, in a contemporary joy ride. 95 min. DVD 6758
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Brunette, Peter; Peary, Gerald. "A Child of the New Wave: An Interview with Benoît Jacquot." Cineaste vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 23-27, 2000 UC users only
Frodon, Jean-Michel. "'Rester malades du cinéma': Conversation entre André Téchiné et Benôt Jacquot." Cahiers du Cinéma, vol. 596, pp. 18-20, December 2004
Hansen-Lve, Mia. "Partir et sans réplique: A tout de suite de Benôt Jacquot." Cahiers du Cinéma, vol. 596, pp. 22-23, December 2004
Lardoux, Xavier. Le cinéma de Benoît Jacquot Paris : Editions PC, 2006. (MAIN: PN1998.3.J28 L27 2006)

Toute une nuit (A whole night)(France / Belgium, 1982)
Directed by Chantal Akerman. Cast: Véronique Alain, Natalia Akerman, Paul Allio, Jacques Bauduin, Nicole Colchat. Following over two dozen different people in the almost wordless atmosphere of a dark night in a Brussels town, Akerman examines acception and rejection in the realm of romance as characters meet and embrace, dance and split up, yank each other into cabs, or simply watch everyone else in the throes of passion. 90 min. Video/C vhs 999:3870
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Tout va bien (1966)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Yves Montand, Jane Fonda, Vittorio Caprioli,Elizabeth Chauvin, Castel Casti, Eric Chartier, Louis Bugette, Yves Gabrieli, Pierre Duory. The story of a wildcat strike at a sausage factory in France, as witnessed by an American reporter and her has-been New Wave film director husband. Culminates in a free-range assault on consumer capitalism and ineffective leftists. A caustic critique of society, marriage, and revolution in post-1968 France. Special features: "Letter to Jane (1972)", Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin's postscript film to 'Tout va bien'; 1972 video interview excerpt with Jean-Luc Godard; new video interview with Jean-Pierre Gorin; includes a booklet including essays by film critics J. Hoberman and Kent Jones and Godard biographer Colin MacCabe and an excerpted interview with Gorin and Godard from 1972. 96 min. DVD 3549
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Toute une vie (And Now My Love) (1974)
Directed by Claude Lelouch. Cast: Marthe Keller, André Dussollier, Charles Denner, Carla Gravina, Charles Gérard, Gilbert Becaud. An intricately constructed film spanning three generations, with Marthe Keller as the mother, daughter, and granddaughter in intertwining stories covering the history of the twentieth century, and the history of cinema and its place in the life of the century. Filmed entirely with hand-held camera, it includes an opening sequence of silent film (with musical accompaniment) and ends with a "film within a film." 142 min. DVD 4217
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Trafic (1971)
Directed by Jacques Tati. Cast: Jacques Tati, Maria Kimberly, Tony Knepper, Marcel Franval, Honore Bostel, Franco Ressel, Mario Zanuelli. The bumbling Monsieur Hulot, an auto company's director of design, takes his new vehicle (a camper tricked out with absurd gadgetry) to an auto show in Amsterdam. Special features: Interview from 1971 with the cast of Trafic, from the French television program Le journal du cinema ; The comedy of Jacques Tati, a 1973 episode of the French television program Morceaux de bravoure ; theatrical trailer ; new essay by film critic Jonathan Romney. 97 min. DVD 9902
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3 hommes et un couffin (Three Men and a Cradle) (1985)
Directed by Coline Serreau. Cast: Roland Giraud, Michel Boujenah, André Dussollier, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Dominique Lavanant. Three clueless and hedonistic bachelors are forced to trade dames for diapers when an infant is left on their doorstep. Special features: interview with director Coline Serreau ; Au Clair de la Lune: video lullaby ; Toy Giraffe: a brief homage ; theatrical trailer. 106 min. DVD X3762
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Awards
César Awards - Best Film

Les Trois couronnes du matelot (The Three Crowns of the Sailor) (1982 )
Directed by Raull Ruiz. Cast: In this classically surreal fantasy, a sailor, known for telling tales, sees a student kill his teacher and decides to spin a few yarns for him. He tells the boy of his many adventures in exotic South American ports where he visited opium dens and stayed in cathouses. 117 min. DVD 8278
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Trop belle pour toi (Too Beautiful for You) (1989)
Directed by Bertrand Blier. Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Josiane Balasko, Carole Bouquet, Roland Blanche, Francois Cluzet. A man who has the perfect wife falls in love with a coarse, unattractive woman. Despite her own commitments she feels the same and the two soon embark on an affair. Though it would seem it has happened before, his stunningly beautiful wife finds this particular entanglement very difficult to accept. 92 min. DVD 5824
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Awards

Cannes Film Festival: Special Jury Prize
César Awards - Best Film; Best Director

Trouble Every Day (France | Germany | Japan, 2001)
Director, Claire Denis. Cast: Vincent Gallo, Tricia Vessey, B@eacute;atrice Dalle, Alex Descas. Shane and his new wife June are in Paris for their honeymoon. Meanwhile, a French doctor is experimenting with the human libido and causes ordinary people, including his own wife, to have an uncontrollable urge to have sex with someone and then kill them and eat their flesh. Shane is suffering from the same desires, and seeks out the doctor to find a cure. 97 min. DVD X5838
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Harris, Sue. Bertrand Blier Manchester University Press, 2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1998.3.B65 H37 2001)
Klawans, Stuart. "Too Beautiful for You." Nation, Apr 2 1990, Vol. 250, p466-468, 3p UC users only

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L'Une chante, l'autre pas (One Sings, The Other Doesn't) (1977)
Directed by Agnes Varda. Cast: Valerie Mairesse, Thérèse Liotard, Robert Dadies, Ali Raffi. A warm and joyous film celebrating the friendship between two women with sharply different personalities. The film follows their lives and friendship over a period of 14 years as each seeks to control her destiny and find contentment. 106 min. vhs 999:3270
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Va savoir (2001)
Director, Jacques Rivette. Cast: Jeanne Balibar, Sergio Castellitto, Marianne Basler, Jacques Bonnaffe, Hélène de Fougerolles, Bruno Todschini, Catherine Rouvel, Claude Berri. An elegant and charming comedy that follows the romantic misadventures of three men and three woman as they become tangled in each other's lives during the brief run of a play in Paris. 154 min. DVD 1324
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McKibbin, Tony. "Amplification over procrastination: searching out the possible in Va savoir." Studies in French Cinema, 2006, Vol. 6 Issue 3, p195-205, 11p UC users only

Les Vacances de M. Hulot (Mr. Hulot's Holiday) (1953)
Directed by Jacques Tati. Presents a series of humorous impressions and incidents at a seaside Brittany resort where Jacques Tati's famous character Mr. Hulot has gone on vacation. Principally visual humor; soundtrack is mostly ambient sound. 86 min. DVD 894; vhs 999:1
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Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi) (1985)
Mona, an aimless drifter in the French countryside, deeply touches the lives of the people she meets and confronts them with her own ideas of freedom. Special DVD 9027 features: Remembrances (2003), a documentary on the making of the film; The story of an old lady (2003), a short piece in which Varda visits actress Marthe Jarnias, who plays the old aunt in the film; Music and dolly shots (2003), a conversation; 1986 radio interview with Varda and writer Nathalie Sarraute, who inspired the film; theatrical trailer; production notes. 105 min. DVD 9072 (Criterion); vhs DVD 276; vhs 999:882
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Awards

César Awards, France - Best Actress (Sandrine Bonnaire)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Film; Best Actress (Sandrine Bonnaire)
Venice Film Festival - Golden Lion Award

La Vallée (The Valley) (1972)
Directed by Barbet Schroeder. Cast: Bulle Ogier, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Michael Gothard, Jerome Beauvarlet, Monique Giraudy, Valerie Lagrange. Set in the rainforest of New Guinea, a restless diplomat's wife goes in search of a rare bird's priceless feathers. In the process she meets up with a group of hippies seeking spiritual and sexual enlightenment. Together they are transformed when they meet the indigenous Mapuga tribesmen and the secret "valley of the gods." 105 min. DVD 1708
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Les Vampires (1916)
Directed by Louis Feuillade. Cast: Musidora, Edouard Mathe, Marcel Levesque, Jean Ayme, Fernand Herrmann, Stacia Napierkowska. 1. The severed head -- 2. The ring that kills -- 3. The red code book -- 4. The spectre -- 5. Dead man's escape -- 6. Hypnotic eyes -- 7. Satanas -- 8. The thunder master -- 9. The poisoner -- 10. The terrible wedding. A legendary 7 hour silent crime serial in 10 episodes describing the achievements of Les Vampires, a secret society of criminals led by Irma Vep. The gang uses kidnapping, poisonous gas, heavy artillery, sexual domination and murder to gain power over the elite of Paris. Special features: Inserted essay: The public is my master, Louis Feuillade and Les Vampires by Fabrice Zagury; For the children: a comedy sketch by the cast and crew of Les Vampires to raise funds for the French war orphans. Directed by Louis Feuillade (1916, 3 min.); Bout-de-Zan and the shirker: a comedy that features the child actor, Bout-De-Zan, from episode 8 of Les Vampires. Directed by Louis Feuillade (1916, 8 min.) 399 min. DVD 285
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Van Gogh (1991)
Directed by Maurice Pialat. Cast: Jacques Dutronc, Bernard Lecoq, Alexandra London, Gérard Sety, Corrine Bourdon, Elsa Zylberstein, Leslie Azoulai. A portrait of artist Vincent Van Gogh's final days, revealing his mad genius and dark sensuality. The film was shot in the village of Auvers, where Van Gogh actually lived from May to June, 1890. Non-US format DVD. In French without subtitles. 158 min. DVD 3411
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Varda tous courts
A collection of short features and documentaries as well as photographs by Agnès Varda, most include commentary by Varda relating the origin of each short film and a few anecdotes. DVD 1. Les Courts . O saisons, o châteaux (1957) (21 min. ; col.) ; Plaisir d'amour en Iran (1976) (6 min. ; col.) ; Du côte de la côteote (1958) (26 min. ; col.). Cinevardaphoto. Ydessa, les ours et etc. (2004) (44 min. ; col.) ; Ulysse (1982) (22 min. ; b&w and col.) ; Salut les Cubains (1963) (30 min. ; b&w). L'essai. 7 P., cuis., s. de b. (à saisir) -- DVD 2. Les Courts . Oncle Yanco (1967) (22 min. ; col.) ; Black Panthers (1968) (30 min. ; col.) ; Réponse des femmes (1975) (8 min ; col.). Les Courts . Les dites cariatides (1984) (13 min. ; col.) ; L'Opéra-Mouffe (1958) (17 min. ; b&w) ; Elsa la rose (1965) (20 min. ; b&w) ; Le Lion volatil (2003) (12 min. ; col.) ; T'as de beaux escaliers, tu sais (1986) (3 min. ; col. and b&w) ; Les Fiancés du Pont Mac Donald (1961) (3 min., b&w). BONUS 1. Une minute pour une image (1983) (14 photographs ; b&w). BONUS 2. Du Coq à l'Áne (Des mains et des objets) (20 min. ; col.).

Vatel (2000)
Directed by Roland Joffe. Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Timothy Spall, Julian Glover, Julian Sands. The Duc de Conde's employee, François Vatel, is in charge of cooking and preparing shows for the French King Louis XIV when he visits the castle of Chantilly, owned by de Conde. If Vatel can impress the King, de Conde will gain his favors, and the destiny of France will change. While the King is visiting and three days of banquets ensue, Vatel falls in love with the King's mistress. 103 min. DVD 1174
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Vendredi soir (Friday Night) (1999)
Directed by Claire Denis. Cast: Valérie Lamercier, Vincent Lindon, Gregoire Colin, Helene Fillieres. It's Friday night in Paris. Laure has just finished packing her apartment, she is moving in tomorrow with her boyfriend. She leaves to go to dinner with friends and gets stuck in the middle of a mass transit strike which has thrown the city into chaos. As Laure takes in the sights and sounds of the city, a stranger approaches the car. She opens the door to the man, who in a single night, will change her life forever. Adapted from the novel by Emmanuele Bernheim. 85 min. DVD X4487
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Vénus Beauté Institut (1999)
Directed by Tonie Marshall. Cast: Nathalie Baye, Bulle Ogier, Mathilde Seigner, Audrey Tautou. Angele, a 40 something beautician who prefers sex to love, works alongside Marie, the object of an older man's seduction, in a pastel coloured beauty parlour, a veritable Eden where woman repel the ugliness of the world and the onset of old age with the quest for eternal beauty. 106 min. DVD X4487
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Veuve Couderc(Italy | France, 1971)
Director, Pierre Granier-Deferre. Cast: Alain Delon, Simone Signoret, Ottavia Piccolo, Jean-Pierre Castaldi, Pierre Collet, François Valore, Andre Rouyer. While hiding from the police, Jean meets the Widow Couderc, a farmer's widow, and becomes her servant and lover. At the end the police discover his hide-out, encircle the farm and start moving in on him. 89 min. DVD X4672
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La Vie et rien d'autre (Life and Nothing But) (1989)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Cast: Philippe Noiret, Sabine Azema, Pascale Vignal, Maurice Barrier. Two women search for the men they love in the aftermath of World War I in France. They encounter an imperious army officer, Major Dellaplane, a man obsessed with accounting for France's war casualities. The army wants to forget the mass of missing men and has ordered Dellaplane to find one certifiably French unknown soldier to honor with burial under the Arc de Triomphe. In the course of his mission, Dellaplane learns the fate of the women's loved ones and a shocking secret that may determine the fate of the women themselves. 137 min. DVD 6624; vhs 999:2507
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Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
César Awards, France - Best Actor (Philippe Noiret)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Film

La Vie en Rose (La Môme) (France / UK / Czech Republic, 2007)
Directed by Olivier Dahan. Cast: Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Emmanuelle Seigner, Jean-Paul Rouve, Gerard Depardieu, Clotilde Courau, Jean-Pierre Martins, Catherine Allegret, Marc Barbe. Raised in a brothel, then wrested from the only life she knew by her father, so they could join the circus, Edith Piaf spent her teen years on the streets. She is finally "rescued" by a crime figure who gives her career a start and, ultimately, by her international success and final illness. Always frail, sickly, malnourished, and wildly temperamental, she was often on drugs or alcohol and was always in search of true love. Middleweight boxer, Marcel Cerdan, captures her heart and gives her something to live for, besides her music--at least for a while. Special features: "Stepping into character:" an exclusive behind the scenes look at Marion Cotillard's transformation into Edith Piaf's character, including an interview with the director and award-winning Marion Cotillard; Edith Piaf documentary. 141 min. DVD 8800
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La Vie est un Roman (Life is a Bed of Roses) (1983)
Directed by Alain Resnais. Cast: Vittorio Gassman, Ruggero Raimondi, Geraldine Chaplin, Fanny Ardant, Pierre Arditi. Divided into three narratives. On the eve of the First World War, Count Forbek starts to build a fantastic castle in the Ardennes forest. After the war he uses it to start a utopian society by brainwashing his friends, including his former fiancee, Livia, and her husband. In the present day, the castle is being used as an alternative school and, in the summer holidays, for an educational conference. At the conference, the American Nora Winkle bets Claudine that the ernest public school teacher Elisabeth Rousseau will be enticed into the bed of Robert Dufresne, even though the principal speaker, Walter Guarini, is obviously interested in Elisabeth. Meanwhile, the children staying at the castle over the holidays invent their own medieval tale about freeing prisoners from the dungeons. Special features: Original theatrical trailer; 1983 "making of" documentary: "Resnais et un roman" (Resnais is a bed of roses). 110 min. DVD 9398
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La Vie rêvée des anges(The Dreamlife of Angels) (1998)
Directed by Erick Zonca. Cast: Elodie Bouchez, Natacha Regnier, Gregoire Colin. Optimistic hobo Isa, with her life in her backpack, has a gritty existence on the road, going from one town to another through northern France, working factory jobs and selling cards. After she loses a garment-factory job, her coworker Marie lets Isa share space in her Lille living quarters, an apartment belonging to a hospitalized mother and daughter. Isa goes through two tempestous relationships, while becoming fascinated with the girl who lived in the apartment but now lies in a coma at the hospital. 113 min. DVD 180
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Best Actress (Élodie Bouchez and Natacha Régnier)
César Awards, France - Best Film; Best Actress (Élodie Bouchez; Most Promising Actress (Natacha Régnier)

Hardwick, Joe. "Fallen angels and flawed saviours: marginality and exclusion in La Vie de Jésus and La Vie rêvée des anges." Studies in French Cinema; 2007, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p219-230, 12p UC users only
Harris, Sue. "Dispossession and Exclusion in La Vie rêvée des anges." In: Possessions : essays in French literature, cinema, and theory / Julia Horn & Lynsey Russell-Watts (eds.). Oxford ; New York : P. Lang, 2003. (Main Stack PQ31.C36 2001)
Orr, Christopher. ""A Working Class Hero(ine) Is Something to Be": Affliction, The Dreamlife of Angels, and the Naturalist Tradition." Film Criticism. Fall 2002. Vol. 27, Iss. 1; p. 36 (15 pages) UC users only
Smith, Gavin. "The Dreamlife of Angels." Sight and Sound. Nov 1998. Vol. 8, Iss. 11; p. 64 (2 pages)
Turek, Sheila. "Representations of Women in Subtitled Films: LíAuberge espagnole and La Vie rêvée des anges" French Cultural Studies, May2011, Vol. 22 Issue 2, p95-109, 15p UC users only

Une vie sans joie (A Life Without Joy) (1924)
Directors, Albert Diendonne, Jean Renoir . Cast: MCatherine Hessling, Albert Diendonne, Jean Renoir. Jean Renoir wrote, financed and had a minor role in this, his first involvement in cinema. His wife Catherine Hessling played the leading role in a story of the fortunes of a young servant girl. Originally shot in 1924, 'Une vie sans joie' was recut and released for the first time in 1927 under the title 'Catherine'. 84 min. DVD X2061
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Le vieil homme et l'enfant (The Two of Us) (1967)
Directed by Claude Berri. Cast: Michel Simon, Roger Carel, Paul Preboist, Luce Fabiole, Alain Cohen, Charles Denner, Jacqueline Rouillard, Marco Perrin, Aline Bertrand, Sylvine Delannoy, Zorica Lozic, Elisabeth Rey, Didier Perret, and featuring the children of Biviers and St.-Vincent-de-Mercuze. A Jewish boy living in Nazi-occupied Paris is sent by his parents to the countryside to live with an elderly Catholic couple until France's liberation. Forced to hide his identity, eight-year-old Claude bonds with the irascible, staunchly anti-Semitic Grampa, who improbably becomes his friend and confidant. Special features: "Le poulet" (1962), director Claude Berri's Oscar-winning short film; new video interviews with Berri and actor Alain Cohen; interviews from 1967 with Berri and Michel Simon; excerpt from "The Jewish children of occupied France," a 1975 French talk-show segment featuring Berri and the woman who helped secure his family's safety during World War II; original theatrical trailer; plus a booklet featuring a new essay by critic David Sterritt, an appreciation of the film by Francois Truffaut, and excerpts from Berri's memoir. 87 min. DVD 8264
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Le vieux fusil (The Old Gun) (France | West Germany, 1975)
Directed by Robert Enrico. Cast: Romy Schneider, Philippe Noiret, Jean Bouise. In Montauban in 1944, during the German occupation of France, Julien Dandieu is an aging, embittered surgeon in the local hospital. Frightened by the German army entering Montauban, Dandieu asks his friend Francois to drive his wife and his daughter to the remote village where he owns a castle. One week later, Dandieu decides to meet them for the weekend, but the Germans have now occupied the village. Dandieu loses his wife and daughter to Nazi bullets. He vows to kill every one of the Germans responsible (along with a few who were not) in order to assuage his grief. PAL, region 2. 98 min. DVD X3932
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Villa Des Roses (Belgium / Luxembourg / UK / Netherlands, 2002)
Directed by Frank Van Passel. Cast: Julie Delpy, Shaun Dingwall, Harriet Walter, Shirley Henderson, Timothy West, Frank Vercruyssen, Toni Barry, Gary Whelan, Alfredo Pea. It's Paris in 1913 and in the months leading up to the World War, beautiful young widow Louise Creteur arrives at the Villa Des Roses to work as a chambermaid. But the 'Villa' turns out to be a dilapidated old mansion run by an eccentric British couple. Inhabiting the crumbling manor is a colorful assortment of odd balls, opportunists and lost souls. All are presided over by Ella, the gossipy cook, who secretly spies on everyone in the house. Louise takes it all in stride until her passionate romance with one of the tenants, a handsome German artist, spirals her dangerously out of control. 114 min. DVD 7509
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La ville est tranquille (The Town is Quiet) (2000)
Directed by Robert Guédiguian. Cast: Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Gerard Meylan, Jacques Boudet, Christine Brucher, Jacques Pieiller, Pascale Roberts. Michele works at a fish market to help support her long-time unemployed husband, heroin-addicted daughter and her infant grandchild. For help she turns to an ex-boyfriend with connections to the criminal world. This portrays an intense contemporary urban reality that builds to an emotionally potent conclusion. 127 min. DVD 9304
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Vintage Erotica: Anno 1920
After the horrors of WWI, a sultry madness took hold of the French society that no authority could stop. Taking popular poetic figures of French culture and turning them into pretexts for orgies, these nineteen short films produced between 1920 and 1930, have an unexpected subversive and humorous dimension. Everything turns into group sex-- we even get a look at how fun it was to be incarcerated during the French Revolution. Contents: Zut! Zut! Ma légitime! -- Satyre Casimir -- Après-midi à la fumerie -- Au clair de la lune -- Mésaventures de Monsieur Gross' Bitt -- Deux columbines -- Séduction (le Duc de Sommerange) -- Coquette aus bas blancs -- Retour de l'explorateur -- Pierrette allait a la Riviere -- Amour chez Minouche -- Leçon de piano -- Pedicure enflammé -- Bas-fonds napolitains -- Untitled -- Télégraphiste -- Mariage ultra-moderne -- Gisele et le groom -- Après la confession. Bonus feature: Le Verrou (from Vintage erotica, anno 1930) with new score by Marcel Fragonard et Le Epopée de Culté Sinfonietta. 90 min. DVD X1943

Vintage Erotica: Anno 1930
Presents 23 films of French erotica from the 1920's and 30's, featuring all aspects of soft-core, hard-core, straight, bi, gay and fetish imagery. Made in France, these films feature lush backdrops and exotic costumes with settings ranging from the Orient to the era of the Musketeers. Filmed by professionals as well as amateurs (like the mysterious Mr. X) these films prove that erotic cinema is as old as cinema itself. Contents: Deux petites bonnes. -- Vie Parisienne. -- Sauvageonne. -- Aventures de Ben Ali. -- Scènes d'intérieur de Mr. X. -- Scènes d'extérieur de Mr. X. -- Etape en forêt. -- Flagellation en bord de Mame. -- Jeunes filles sans uniforme. -- Dressage au fouet. -- Sous les caresses du martinet. -- Nudist bar. -- En vacances. -- Nouvelle secrétaire. -- Trois gouttes de rosée. -- Grandê bagarre. -- Tournée des grands ducs. -- Verrou. -- Mousquetaire au restaurant. -- Amour et ballerine. -- Mektoud, fantaise Arabe. -- Songe de butterfly. -- Surpris par le gard-champêtre. 116 min. DVD X1944

Vintage Erotica: Anno 1940
Features fifteen remastered short films from 1940 to 1950. The 1940s sure were frisky, according to this collection of French shorts, many produced during World War II. Lesbians, XXX-rated parodies of Santa Claus, as well as erotic body painting, nudist camps films, spanking films and other themes are covered in this risque roundelay. Contents: 2 roses -- Catch cache -- [2 without titles] -- A la française -- Partie de cartes -- Esprit de famille -- Madame et sa bonne -- Vase brisé -- Monsieur a sonné -- Petit conte de noel -- Clinique en folie -- Representante -- Ersats seule -- Puce. Includes collection of still photos, 1900-1940. DVD X1945

Vintage Erotica: Anno 1950
Twenty years before the rise of 1970's hardcore films in the U.S., the commercial pornography produced by the French unleashed a new era of erotic cinema. Suddenly, unlike the common "stag" films of the time, scripts, multiple camera angles, and title credits were introduced into erotic productions. This collection features fifteen remastered French short films produced from 1950 to 1960. Contents: Femme seules (Women on their own) -- Rasage en douceu (Smooth shaving) -- Attachement (Attachment) -- Femme au portrait (Women with the portrait) -- Danseuse aux seins nus (Topless dancer) -- Plaisirs champêtres (Pastoral pleasures) -- Sans titre (Untitled) -- Service après-vente (After-sales service) -- Sans titre (Untitled) -- Peeping Tom -- San titre (Untitled) -- Rendez-vous -- Voleur entôlé = Thief in jail -- Sans titre (Untitled) -- Femmes infidèles (Unfaithful women). 110 min. DVD X1946

Vintage Erotica: Anno 1960
Shortly before the rise of mainstream pornography in the USA, the French and other Europeans produced a series of erotic loops for the theatres with a feeling of private and sleazy allure. The 1960s was a new period in music, fashion and film, which transcends to these erotic timepieces. Shows a variety of amateur footage of sexual interaction between couples, groups, lesbians, hipsters and mods. 105 min. DVD X1947

Violette Nozière (France / Canada, 1978)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Stephane Audran, Jean Carmet, Jean-François Garreaud, Guy Hoffman. The daughter of a respectable middle-class couple, Violette Nozière leads a disreputable double life. Far from being the innocent young girl her parents mistake her for, she spends her nights with dissolute young men in the Latin Quarter of Paris. To acquire money for her latest lover, Violette resolves to commit an unthinkable crime. 123 min. DVD 8255
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Visages d'enfants (Faces of the Children) (1925)
Directed by Jacques Feyder. Cast: Jean Forest, Victor Vina, Arlette Peyran, Pierrette Houyez, Rachel Devirys. Soon after his wife's death, the mayor of an alpine village remarries a widow with a young daughter in order to provide better care for his own son and daughter. The children in the combined family do not get along with near tragic consequences. 117 min. DVD 6474
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Les Visiteurs du soir (The Devil's Envoys) (1942)
Directed by Marcel Carné. Cast: Arletty, Jules Berry, Marie Dea, Fernand Ledoux, Alain Cuny, Marcel Herrand, Gabriel Gabrio. In the Middle Ages, the Devil sends two envoys, Giles and Dominique, who were selfish lovers on earth, to a chateau to intervene in the betrothal between the count and Lady Anne. Since the count and Lady Anne were not truly in love their betrothal is destroyed, but Giles finds true love in his seduction of Anne. The Devil himself arrives and sets everyone at odds. 120 min. vhs 999:3380
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Bolduc, Michelle. "Levinas and 'Medieval' Film: Memory and Time in Marcel Carn@eacute;'s Les Visiteurs du soir." French Review: Journal of the American Association of Teachers of French, vol. 83, no. 5, pp. 1022-1037, 2010 May

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Viva Laldjerie (Viva Algeria) (France/Algeria, 2004)
Director, Nadir Moknèche. Cast: Lubna Azabal, Biyouna, Nadia Kaci, Jalil Naciri, Abbes Zahmani, Florence Giorgetti, Loun`es Tazairt, Akim Isker. Three Algerian women: a mother, her daughter, and a prostitute have been living in a hotel in the center of town amid creeping fundamentalism. Goucem, the daughter, has chosen a modern, emancipated life, spending steamy weekends in nightclubs. Fifi, her faithful friend, prostitutes herself under the thumb of a local protector. Papicha, the mother, eats pizzas in front of the television, torn between fear and nostalgia. 113 min. DVD 5350
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Vivement dimanche (Confidentially Yours) (1983)
Directed by François Truffaut. Featuring Fanny Ardant, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Philippe Laudenbach, Caroline Sihol, Philippe Morier-Genoud. When businessman Julien Vercel is accused of murdering his wife and her lover, he hides in his office to avoid capture. It is up to his secretary Barbara, who is secretly in love with him, to prove his innocence. 110 min. DVVD 342; vhs 999:2327
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Vivre au paradis (Living in Paradise) (France/Algeria, 1998)
Director, Bourlem Guerdjou. Set in France in 1961-1962 during the Algerian War, this drama presents a vivid account of the exploitation and political repression of an Algerian immigrant worker living in Paris in the squalid and miserable conditions of the shantytowns. He longs to see his family and brings them from Algeria to live with him in his makeshift hut -- with disastrous results. 105 min. vhs 999:3527
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Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux (My Life to Live) (1962)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Contemplates the soul of a girl who leaves her husband and child to become a prostitute, then tries to quit because she falls in love. Based on the book "Où en est la postitution", by Marcel Sacotte. Special features: Audio commentary featuring film scholar Adrian Martin; Video interview with film scholar Jean Narboni, conducted by historian NoŽl Simsolo; Television interview from 1962 with actress Anna Karina; Excerpts from a 1961 French television exposť on prostitution; Illustrated essay on La prostitution, the book that served as inspiration for the film; Stills gallery; director Jean-Luc Godard's original theatrical trailer. Booklet. Godard's original scenario from 1962; "The lost girl" essay by critic Michael Atkinson; "Godard on Vivre sa vie", interviews with Godard; "An audacious experiment: the soundtrack of Vivre sa vie" by Jean Collet. 85 min. DVD X7253; DVD 121; vhs 999:559
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Awards
Venice Film Festival - Special Jury Prize

La vocation suspendue (The Suspended Vocation) (1977)
Directed by Raul Ruiz. Cast: Didier Flamand, Gabriel Gascon, Pascal Bonitzer, Maurice Benichou, Françoise Vercruyssen, Frederique Meininger, Edith Scob, Sylvie Herbert. In this examination of the Jesuits and the partisans of the cult of the Virgin Mary, an abbot is suspected of being a double agent for different factions in a Catholic religious community. 96 min. DVD 6572
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La Voie lactée (Milky Way) (France / West Germany / Italy, 1969)
Directed by Luis Buñuel. Cast: Paul Frankeur, Laurent Terzieff, Edith Scob, Bernard Verley. A surreal comedy on the history of human folly. Two scraggly hippie pilgrims set out on a modern odyssey that sends them travelling through time to meet Jesus, the Virgin Mary, the Devil, the Marquis de Sade and a multitude of fools and knaves who wielded power in the name of holiness. 105 min. DVD 8288; vhs vhs 999:1062
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Le voyage imaginaire (The Imaginary Voyage) (France, 1926)
Directed by René Clair. Cast: Jean Borlin, Dolly Davys, Mn. Schutz, Albert Préjean, Jim Gerlads, Paul Ollivier. Considered one of the rarest of the Clair films. A group of bank employees including three men who are in love with the bank's secretary fall asleep and experience a series of surrealistic adventures in a communal dream full of magic and danger which ultimately affects events of waking life. Special feature: Short subject film, "Out of the Inkwell" by Max Fleischer, directed by Dave Fleischer, featuring Koko the clown. 66 min. DVD X5748
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Une vraie jeune fille (A Real Young Girl) (1976)
Directed by Catherine Breillat. Cast: Charlotte Alexandra, Hiram Keller, Rita Maiden, Bruno Balp, Georges Gueret, Shirley Stoler. Alice has returned home from school for summer vacation and is stifled and bored by country life. She becomes infatuated with a young worker at her father's sawmill and when not lusting after him, she spends her days writing in her diary and dreaming up sexual fantasies. Based on the novel 'The air duct' by Catherine Breillat. 93 min.DVD 7169
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Week-end (Weekend) (1967)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Cast: Mirielle Darc, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Jean Yanne. A middle class couple on a weekend trip get caught up in an armed liberation struggle. A sarcastic portrait of France in 1967. 105 min. DVD 4770; vhs 999:158
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Godard, Jean Luc Weekend: A Film / by Jean-Luc Godard. Rev. ed. London: Lorrimer, 1984. Series title: Classic film scripts. (UCB Main PN1997 .P56813 1984)

Welcome (France, 2009)
Directed by Philippe Lioret. Cast: Vincent Lindon, Firat Ayverdi, Audrey Dana. A 17-year-old Kurdish refugee has struggled his way in Europe in an attempt to unite with his girlfriend, who has emigrated to England. When he is stopped in France, he decides to swim the English Channel to complete his journey. 134 min. DVD X4551
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Western (France, 1997)
Directed by Manuel Poirier. Cast: Sergi Lopez, Sacha Bourdo, Elisabeth Vitali, Marie Matheron. Paco is a Spanish shoe salesman - husky, handsome, and irresistible to women. Nino is a Russian drifter - slight, sensitive, and unlucky in love. When the two men's paths collide on a French roadway, it causes a chain of hilarious events that strips Paco of his car and his job and sends Nino into the hospital. With no money and no direction, the odd couple hitchhikes across the countryside. But after several misadventures, including a madcap escapade involving a chainsaw, a wheelbarrow, and one very angry farmer, the two outsiders begin to forge a lasting friendship. 109 min. DVD X645
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Jury Prize

White Material (France | Cameroon, 2004)
Directed by Claire Denis. Cast: KIsabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert, Nicolas Duvauchelle, William Nadylam, Michel Subor. Maria is an entitled white woman living in Africa, desperately unwilling to give up her family's crumbling coffee plantation despite the civil war closing in on her. A gripping evocation of the death throes of European colonialism and a fascinating look at a woman lost in her own mind. 105 min. DVD X5828
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Les Yeux sans visage (Eyes Without A Face) (1959)
Directed by Georges Franju. Cast: Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Edith Scob. A plastic surgeon, holed up in a Paris mansion, is obsessively slicing off the faces of kidnapped women and grafting the flayed skin onto the rotting countenance of his beloved young daughter, disfigured in an automobile accident. 88 min. DVD 3065

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Zazie dans le métro (1960)
Directed by Louis Malle. Cast: Catherine Demongeot, Philippe Noiret, Annie Fratellini, Vittorio Caprioli, Hubert Deschamps. Demongeot is an 11-year-old nuisance who must spend a few days with her uncle Noriet in Paris after her mother goes off with a new lover. She wants nothing more than to ride the subway but a strike by the Paris Metro workers prevents this. 92 min. DVD 9353 (PAL); vhs 999:3465
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Zou Zou (France, 1934)
Director: Marc Allegret. Cast: Josephine Baker, Jean Gabin, Yvette Lebon. When the star of a musical plays walks out on her sugardaddy producer for true love, a talented Cinderella (Baker) takes her place, saves the show, and is hailed as a new sensation on opening night. Includes five big musical numbers. 92 min. DVD 4106; vhs 999:415
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Balcerzak, Scott. "Nationalizing and Segregating Performance: Josephine Baker and Stardom in "Zouzou" (1934)." Post Script 26:1 (Fall 2006) UC users only
Ezra, Elizabeth. "A Colonial Princess: Josephine Baker's French Films." In: The colonial unconscious : race and culture in interwar France thaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2000. (Main Stack JV1835.E97 2000)
Francis, Terri. "Embodied Fictions, Melancholy Migrations: Josephine Baker's Cinematic Celebrity." Modern Fiction Studies; Winter2005, Vol. 51 Issue 4, p824-845, 22p UC users only
Henderson, Mae G. "Josephine Baker and La Revue Negre: From Ethnography to Performance." Text & Performance Quarterly; Apr2003, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p107-133, 27p, UC users only
Jules-Rosette, Bennetta. "Celluloid Projections." In: Josephine Baker in art and life : the icon and the image Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2007. (MAIN: GV1785.B3 J85 2007; MOFF: GV1785.B3 J85 2007)
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Zéro de conduite (Zero in Conduct) (1933)
Directed by Jean Vigo. Satirizes the oppressive life in a French boarding school from the viewpoint of the students, climaxing in their revolt. 48 min. DVD X6356; DVD 3482 (non-US format DVD); also vhs 999:20
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Film and French WWII Occupation

Langlois, Suzanne. "Images That Matter: The French Resistance in Film, 1944-1946." French History, 1997; 11: 461 - 485. UC users only
Hewitt, Leah Dianne. Remembering the occupation in French film : national identity in postwar Europe New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. (MAIN: D743.23 .H48 2008)
Keith Reader "Reconstructing the past through cinema : the occupation of France." In: Reconstructing the past : representations of the Fascist era in post-war European culture / edited by Graham Bartram, Maurice Slawinski and David Steel. Keele : Keele University Press, 1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks D1055 .R425 1996)

Une Affaire de femmes (Story of women) (1988)
Director, Claude Chabrol. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Francois Cluzet, Marie Trintignant, Nils Tavernier. To survive Nazi-occupied 1940's France, Marie turns to illegally aborting pregnancies for a hefty fee. As her income increases, Marie moves her family to a posh apartment. Completely seduced by her lifestyle, Marie ignores her shell-shocked husband Paul. Things take a disastrous turn after one of Marie's "customers" dies and her husband turns her over to the authorities. Inspired by the real-life of Marie-Louise Girard, who was executed in 1943 by the Vichy Government, who'd declared abortion as a Crime Against the State because it diminished the number of potential soldiers. 108 min. DVD 7256
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Archives de guerre (1940-1945: ce que les Francais on vu dans les salles de cinema
Five hours of French newsreels and propaganda films drawn from the archives of the Institut national de l'audiovisuel trace the history of World War II month-by-month and document life in France during the German occupation. 402 min. DVD 9247

L'armée des ombres (Army of Shadows) (France / Italy, 1969)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Cast: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret, Paul Crauchet, Claude Mann, Christian Barbier, Serge Reggiani. A civil engineer who is one of the French Resistance's chiefs is given away by a traitor and interned in a camp. He manages to escape, and joins his network at Marseilles, where he makes the traitor be executed... Follows the everyday life of the French Resistants : their solitude, their fears, their relationships, the arrests, the forwarding of orders and their carrying out. Special features: Audio commentary by film historian Ginette Vincendeau; new interviews with Lhomme and editor Francoise Bonnot; archival video excerpts, including on-set footage and interviews with Mellville, cast members, writer Joseph Kessel, and real-life Resistance fighters; "Jean-Pierre Melville et 'L'armee des ombres'" (2005), a short program on the director and his film; "Le journal de las Resistance" (1944), a rare short documentary shot on the front lines of the final days of German-occupied France; and a film restoration demonstration by Lhomme. 145 min. DVD 7536
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Au Revoir les Enfants (Goodbye, Children) (1987)
Directed by Louis Malle. Based on the director's life, this film chronicles Malle's experiences during the German occupation of France in World War II. Julien (Malle) is 12 years old, and the smartest boy in his class at a Catholic boarding school when a new student appears. The two form a friendship and Julien soon discovers that his new friend is a Jew who must be hidden in their school from German soldiers. 103 min. DVD 5379; vhs 999:1434
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La Bataille du Rail (The Battle of the Rails) (1946)
Directed by René Clément. Cast: Marcel Barnault, Jean Clarieux, Jean Daurand, Tony Laurent, Lucien Desagneaux, François Joux, Pierre Latour. During the occupation of France by Nazi Germany, French railway workers bravely battled the Nazis on many fronts, from transporting forbidden mail to committing acts of sabotage. They became an invaluable part of the French resistance. 85 min. DVD 5097
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Bowles, Brett. "Documentary Realism and Collective Memory in Post-War France, 1945-1955." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, Jun2007, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p251-258, 8p UC users only
Torchin, Leshu. "La Bataille du Rail/Forbidden Games." Cineaste, Winter2006, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p66-68, 3pUC users only

Le chagrin et la pitié (The Sorrow and the Pity) (1969)
A film by Max Ophuls. A documentary examining the occupation of France by the Germans during World War II using reminiscences and interviews of individuals and officials involved in the events at the time. Concentrates on the themes of collaboration and resistance and shows antisemitism through stark, moving newsreel footage. 260 min. DVD 672; vhs Video/C 4280
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Le Corbeau (The Raven) (1943)
Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Cast: Pierre Fresnay, Ginette Leclerc, Micheline Francey, Helena Manson, Jeanne Frusier-Gir, Sylvie, Liliane Maigne, Pierre Larquey, Noel Roquevert. A mysterious writer of poison pen letters, known only as Le Corbeau, plagues a French provincial town, unwittingly exposing the collective suspicion and rancor seething beneath the community's calm surface. Brilliantly captures the spirit of paranoid pettiness and self-loathing turning an occupied French town into a twentieth-century Salem style witch-hunt. Made during the Nazi occupation of France, the film was attacked from all sides and banned after the Liberation. 91 min. DVD 3276; vhs 999:1650
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Le Dernier métro (Last Metro) (1980)
Directed by François Truffaut. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Jean Poiret, Heinz Bennent. In Nazi-occupied Paris the jewish director of the Montmartre theatre is in hiding. In his absence, the theatre is run by his wife who is determined to protect her husband. 131 min. DVD 1216; vhs 999:1095
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Un héros très discret (A Self Made Hero) (1997)
Director, Jacques Audiard. Cast: Mathieu Kassovitz, Anouk Grinberg, Sandrine Kiberlain, Jean-Louis Trintignant. Restricted from service during World War II a young Frenchman can only watch as the war ends without him. He decides to flee to Paris where his inspired gift of deception leads to a tenaciously drawn plan to reinvent himself with a new heroic identity as a leader of the French Resistance. 105 min. DVD 9832; vhs 999:3451
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Lacombe Lucien (1974)
Directed by Louis Malle. Cast: Pierre Blaise, Aurore Clément, Holger Lowenadler, Thérèse Giehse. Louis Malle's film brilliantly relates the story of a young opportunist French peasant who joins the Gestapo during the Nazi occupation. Despite being a collaborator he falls in love with the daughter of a Jewish tailor, with profound effects on her family. A subtle, complex tale of guilt, innocence and the amorality of power. 132 min. DVD 5381; vhs 999:3071
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Laissez-passer (Safe Conduct) (2002)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Cast: Jacques Gamblin, Denis Podalydes, Charlotte Kady, Marie Desgranges, Ged Marlon, Philippe Morier-Genoud, Laurent Schilling, Maria Pitarresi, Marie Gillain. During the Nazi occupation of France during World War II, the nation's movie studios continued to operate. Jean Devaivre is an assistant director for Continental Pictures, a studio which has recently been taken over by the Germans and is headed by Dr. Greven. With a wife and son to support, Devaivre feels he has little choice but to continue with his work. Screenwriter Jean Aurenche, a man who lives for wine, women and song, refuses to work for Greven, and struggles to find a way to make a living with his words. 163 min. DVD 2684
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Kauffmann, Stanley. "Grace under pressure." The New Republic. Nov 4, 2002. Vol. 227, Iss. 19; pg. 22UC users only
Lovejoy, Alice. "Safe Conduct." Film Comment, Nov/Dec2002, Vol. 38 Issue 6, p76, 1pUC users only
Marcelle Clements. "When Moviemaking Was a Form of Resistance." New York Times. (Late Edition (East Coast)). Oct 13, 2002. pg. 2.11UC users only
Porton, Richard; Flitterman-Lewis, Sandy. "The spirit of resistance: An interview with Bertrand Tavernier." Cineaste. Spring 2003. Vol. 28, Iss. 2; p. 4 UC users only
Reader, Keith. "French Cinema During the Occupation Years." French Studies 2004 58(3): 385-389 5p

L'Oeil de Vichy (The Eye of Vichy)
A compilation of long forgotten film footage and newsreels, produced by the Nazis and French collaborators during World War II. From the small town of Vichy in Central France, Field Marshall Petain's puppet government worked with their Nazi overlords in creating pro-Nazi propaganda. They skillfully produced a strange alternative history of the war years in order to turn public emotion against the Allies and the Jews. A film by Claude Chabrol. 110 min. DVD 9916; vhs Video/C 6983

Quart, Leonard. "The Eye of Vichy." Cineaste, Sep96, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p47 UC users only
Roth, Michael S. "L'oeil de Vichy." The American Historical Review. Oct 1994. Vol. 99, Iss. 4; p. 1242 (3 pages)

Lucie Aubrac (1997)
Directed by Claude Berri. Cast: Carole Bouquet, Daniel Auteuil. Based on a true story, this is the dramatic tale of a husband and wife along with their associates in the French Resistance during several months of 1943. Activist Raymond Samuel is betrayed by a comrade and arrested by the Gestapo. His only hope is his beautiful wife, Lucie, who conceives a bold plan for her husband's escape -- flirting with the enemy and risking her life to free him. 116 min. vhs 999:2926
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Allison, Maggie. "From the Violence of War to the War against Intolerance: Representing the Resistant Woman, Lucie Aubrac." South Central Review, 2002, Vol. 19(4)-20 Issue 1, p119-134, 16p UC users only
Hayes, Graeme. " Resistancialism revisited: masculinity and national identity in Claude Berri's Lucie Aubrac (1997)." Studies in French Cinema, 2001, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p108, 10p UC users only
Hewitt, Leah D. "Identity Wars in "L'affaire (Lucie) Aubrac": History, Fiction, Film." Contemporary French Civilization, 1998, Vol. 22 Issue 2, p264-284, 21p
Reid, Donald "The Grandchildren of Godard and the Aubracs: Betrayal, Resistance, and the People without the Memory." French Cultural Studies, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 76-92, Feb 2004 UC users only

Aubrac, Lucie. Outwitting the Gestapo / Lucie Aubrac ; translated by Konrad Bieber with the assistance of Betsy Wing ; with an introduction by Margaret Collins Weitz. (Main (Gardner) Stacks D802.F8 A7913 1993)

Le silence de la mer (1949)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Cast: Howard Vernon, Nicole Stephane, Jean-Marie Robain, Ami Aaroe, Georges Patrix, Denis Sadier. Tells the story of a German officer who is billeted in the house of an elderly man and his niece in occupied France. Vowing never to speak to the invader, the couple listen in silence as the officer pours out his ideas and feelings about music, war and his love of France. 84 min. DVD 8455
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The Sorrow and the Pity.
A film by Max Ophuls. A documentary examining the occupation of France by the Germans during World War II using reminiscences and interviews of individuals and officials involved in the events at the time. Concentrates on the themes of collaboration and resistance and shows antisemitism through stark, moving newsreel footage. 260 min. DVD 672; vhs Video/C 4280

Le vieil homme et l'enfant (The Two of Us) (1967)
Directed by Claude Berri. Cast: Michel Simon, Roger Carel, Paul Preboist, Luce Fabiole, Alain Cohen, Charles Denner, Jacqueline Rouillard, Marco Perrin, Aline Bertrand, Sylvine Delannoy, Zorica Lozic, Elisabeth Rey, Didier Perret, and featuring the children of Biviers and St.-Vincent-de-Mercuze. A Jewish boy living in Nazi-occupied Paris is sent by his parents to the countryside to live with an elderly Catholic couple until France's liberation. Forced to hide his identity, eight-year-old Claude bonds with the irascible, staunchly anti-Semitic Grampa, who improbably becomes his friend and confidant. Special features: "Le poulet" (1962), director Claude Berri's Oscar-winning short film; new video interviews with Berri and actor Alain Cohen; interviews from 1967 with Berri and Michel Simon; excerpt from "The Jewish children of occupied France," a 1975 French talk-show segment featuring Berri and the woman who helped secure his family's safety during World War II; original theatrical trailer; plus a booklet featuring a new essay by critic David Sterritt, an appreciation of the film by Francois Truffaut, and excerpts from Berri's memoir. 87 min. DVD 8264
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