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French History and Culture:
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Architectures de Nancy: Les Temps d'une École (1994)
On the occasion of the opening of the new Ecole d'architecture de Nancy designed by Livio Vacchini, the faculty and students of the college discuss their attitudes towards the design and planning of school and college facilities. In French. 52 min. [Format: M-PAL] Video/C 4702

Architectures de Nancy: Les Temps d'une Ville (1994)
Architects and city planners discuss the architectural development of Nancy, France from the Middle Ages to the year 2,000. In French. 26 min. [Format: M-PAL] Video/C 4701

At the Louvre with the Masters
All through the 19th century, painters visited the Louvre. For them the museum was a school, a studio, a salon, a laboratory, a reservoir of techniques, and above all, a source of inspiration. This film invites the viewer to tour the Louvre in the company of three great 19th century painters: Courbet, Degas, and Cezanne, discovering how the museum played an essential role in the formation of their ideas through evidence found in notebooks, paintings and studios of these inventors of modern painting. Along the way, the viewer also meets Ingres, Delacroix, Zola, Manet, and Picasso. Presented in "celebration of the bicentennial of the Louvre Museum & the opening of the Richelieu wing and the Grand Louvre." c1993. 47 min. Video/C 9456

Capitalising Paris, Building a City: History, Buildings & Streets (1995)
Paris has an urban plan and architectural style that has been emulated by other cities since the 17th century. Focusing on the great expansion and development which took place in the 16th and 17th centuries, this film explores how the city changed and grew: its buildings, streets, squares and the history behind the changes. 58 min. Video/C 4271

Cathédrale de Reims (7 Siecles d'Aventures) (1991)
Examines the history and artistry of the Reims Cathedral including stone sculptures dating from the 13th century, royal history connected to the cathedral, Henri Deneux's reconstruction of the roof, film footage from World War I, twelve generations of stained glass window artists, and a view of the cathedral as seen by painters across the centuries. In French. 50 min. [Format: SECAM] Video/C 4094

Centre Georges Pompidou
Using computer graphics and archival photos and footage, this program reveals how Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers designed and constructed the immensely popular Georges Pompidou Center, with its whimsically industrial-looking exoskeleton and exterior escalators. Interior footage illustrates how that immense space is divided up to house, among other things, a museum, a library, a design center, and a music center. 1997. 27 min. DVD 1858

Dans le quartier de San Gervais: Exploring the interactive documentary (1991)
In English and French with English voiceovers. 16 min. Video/C 5471

French Romanesque architecture & sculpture: in 4 Parts (1994)
Detailed examination of Romanesque architecture and sculpture in French cathedrals and abbeys built between 808 and 1130.

Part 1: Germigny-des-Pres (Centre), 806 much restored -- Jumieges (Haute-Normandie), Sainte-Pierre, 10th century -- Jumieges (Haute-Normandie), Notre Dame, 1014-1067 -- Cerisy-la-Foret (Basse-Normandie), Saint-Vigor, 1035-1087 -- Cane, Saint-Etienne (Basse-Normandie), 1067-1087 -- Saint-Martin-de-Boscherville (Haute-Normandie), Saint-Georges, ca.1125 -- Reims (Champagne), Saint-Henri, 1005-1049 -- Saint-Benoit-sur Loire (Centre), Abbey Church, 1004-1108. 47 min. Video/C 4267

Part 2: Tournus (Bourgogne) Saint-Philibert, 1020-1120 -- Paray-le-Monial (Bourgogne) Sacre-Coeur, ca. 1100 -- Autun (Bourgogne) Saint Lazare, 1120-1146 - Saulieu (Bourgogne) Saint Andoche, sculpture ca.1119 -- Vezelay (Bourgogne), La Madeleine, 1120-1145. 49 min. Video/C 4268

Part 3: Conques (Midi-Pyrenees) Ste-Foy, 1041-1080+ -- Issoire (Auvergne) St. Austremoine, ca.1150 -- Saint-Nectaire (Auvergne), 1160 -- Toulouse (Midi-Pyrenees) St.-Sernin, 1080-1096 -- Moissac (Midi-Pyrenees) Saint-Pierre, 1110-1115 Detailed examination of Romanesque architecture and sculpture in French cathedrals and abbeys built between 808 and 1130. 49 min. Video/C 4269

Part 4: Cahors (Midi-Pyrenees) St. Etienne, ca.1100-1119+ -- Angouleme (Poitour Charantes) St. Peirre, 1105-1128+ -- Perigueux (Aquitaine) Saint Front, 1120-1173 - Carennac (Midi-Pyrennes) St. Pierre, tympanum ca.1140 -- Collonges-le-Rouge (Limousin), tympanum ca.1150 -- Aulnay (Poitou Charentes) St. Pierre, 1119-1135 -- Melle (Poitou Charentes) St. Hilaire, ca.1100-1150 -- St. Jouin-de-Marnes (Poitou Charentes), 1095-1130. 49 min. Video/C 4270

Glory and Grandeur. The Machine and the Garden (Nature perfected, the story of the garden) (1995)
Glory and Grandeur tells the story of gardens in France where the royal parks are remarkable examples of order and control. But applying geometry to nature had its price as 10,000 soldiers died trying to divert a river to power the fountains of Versailles. Designed to impress the world, these vast gardens ultimately cut the king off from his people. The Machine and the Garden examines the impact of the technological revolution of the 19th century on gardens. The lawn mower altered the shape of the garden, and plants imported from other countries encouraged new color schemes. The gardening enthusiasm of the new middle class inspired the first gardening books, a proliferation of hothouses and public parks. 60 min. Video/C 4122

Le Corbusier (1986)
Deals with the life and works of the architect Le Corbusier. Explains his revolutionary ideas on architecture and urban renewal and shows their practical application in his most important buildings in Europe and Asia. 46 min. Video/C 1014

Le Corbusier: Villa La Roche (1991)
A descriptive architectural promenade through the Villa La Roche designed as part art gallery, part residence for Raoul La Roche by Le Corbusier in Paris during the 1920's. 25 min. Video/C 5372

Le Corbusier: Villa Savoye (1975)
Presents a detailed study of Villa Savoye, designed by Le Corbusier. Discusses many ideas and themes used by the architect in his work. 25 min. Video/C 5300

Light on the Stones: The Medieval Church of Vezelay (1991)
Overall description of the medieval church of Vezelay in France. Beginning with its history, emphasis is placed on the architecture and sculpture, both Romanesque and Gothic, of the church, with liturgical music appropriate to the time the church was first built. 24 min. Video/C 3182

Louis XV et le Petit Trianon (1979)
Louis XV built le Petit Trianon in 1751--a pleasure house and retreat for the king that reflected the splendors of the Frech capital, truly the center of aristocratic life and baroque art. Louis XVI would later give it and its gardens to Marie Antoinette as her private domain. In French with English subtitles. 26 min. Video/C 1168

Presents paintings, drawings, sculpture, and objets d'art from antiquity through the middle of the 19th century chosen from the 7 departments of the Louvre Museum. Motion sequences with narration illustrate a number of the most important masterpieces. 1. Painting. Drawing -- 2. Sculpture. Objets d'art -- 3. Near and Middle Eastern antiquities. Egyptian antiquities. Greek and Roman antiquities. Narrated in English with alternate sound track in French. 3 videodiscs. c1989. Video/D 13

Louvre: A Museum in Time.
One of the greatest inventions of the modern Western world, the idea of a "museum" appeared in Europe between the 17th and 18th centuries. No other civilization had ever considered gathering a large number of works of art with different origins in one place. This film traces the extraordinary history of the Louvre through two centuries, presenting how the Louvre was established and how the idea of "museum" became a reality. Presented in "celebration of the bicentennial of the Louvre Museum & the opening of the Richelieu wing and the Grand Louvre." c1993. 54 min. Video/C 9454

Louvre: Selected Places
This program takes viewers on a guided tour of the new Grand Louvre in its totality, entering places which have never before been seen by the public, including the immense sculpture courts, the new installation of Taureaux of Khorsabad, the gilded apartments of the Duke de Morny, the ancient offices of the Finance Minister, and the round galley of the Seasons of Poussin. Highlights include the Great Gallery, the Medieval Castle, Egyptian antiquities, the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa. Presented in "celebration of the bicentennial of the Louvre Museum & the opening of the Richelieu wing and the Grand Louvre." c1993. 59 min. Video/C 9455

Mathematics of Architecture Building by Numbers (Seeing through mathematics; Building by numbers) (1997)
This film demonstrates how major architects from Andrea Palladio to Le Corbusier to Bernard Tschumi used math to design their projects. In the 20th century, Le Corbusier used ratios to purify proportional relationships in his Villa La Roche. 25 min. Video/C 5373

Notre-Dame, Cathedral of Amiens: The Power of Change in Gothic (1220-1269) (1995)
Amiens Cathedral, located north of Paris and built in the 50 years after 1220, offers an extraordinary experience of Gothic space and structure, expressing the height of the technical prowess of the Middle Ages. Using the most sophisticated techniques of our own age, advanced computer animation employing Softimage on Silicon Graphics computers at Columbia University, professor Stephen Murray and his team tell the original story of how the great French cathedral is encoded as an image of Heaven, the way it was built, and why it nearly collapsed. 13 min. Video/C 4722

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Paris, Living Space (1983)
Traces the history of the design of Paris, France, as seen through the work of five individuals whose efforts shaped the city into a system of linked thoroughfares, boulevards, and axes which have transcended individual projects and given Paris its unique character. 30 min. Video/C 2591

Paris: A Metropolitan Masterpiece. (Architecture 2000.)
This program investigates the era of modernization in Paris that saw Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers's Pompidou Cultural Center become a popular landmark while Carlos Ott's prestigious Bastille Opera House failed to meet city planners' expectations. Additional structures highlighted include the Grand Arch; "The pyramid" at the Louve, designed by I. M. Pei; the Institute of The Arab World; Jean Nouvel's "Endless tower; the City of Science and Industry; and the skyscrapers of La Defense. c1999. 29 min. Video/C 7076

Paris in the 19th Century: The Making of a Modern City
Thoroughly maps out the transformation of Paris during the 19th century from a stifling, congested city to an aesthetically pleasing model of Industial Age modernity. French experts discuss key construction projects such as the Rue de Rivoli, the Parisian railroad system, the Bois de Boulogne and the Bois de Vincennes, the Paris aqueducts and sewers and the Eiffel Tower, all within the context of French history. 1998. 58 min. Video/C 9087

Paris, Roman d'une Ville. (Paris, Story of a City). (Anthony Roland Collection of Films on Art. 1991.)
Film made to mark the centenary of the death of Baron Haussmann. A scrutinization of objects in the city of Paris that are so familiar that they are no longer seen: a wooden shutter, the angle of a street, a carving on a facade, etc. In this film, Haussmann's scheme is considered as a rigorous and coherent means of controlling the growth of Paris, the city that became the yardstick by which all other European cities were judged. 52 min. Video/C 6286

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Camille Claudel (1986)
Director, Bruno Nuytten. 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; VHS 999:1154

[Cézanne, Paul] Cézanne: The Man and the Mountain. (Portrait of an Artist; 6 )
Focuses on the central theme of Cezanne's painting: his fascination with nature and his love-hate relationship with his birthplace, Aix-en-Provence, most specifically the nearby mountain, Sainte Victoire, which he painted repeatedly throughout his life. Recognizes Cezanne as the "father of modern painting." 60 min. c1985. Video/C 1092

[Bonnard, Pierre] Pierre Bonnard: In Search of Pure Colour (1984)
Examines the work of Bonnard through paintings gathered for a major retrospective at the Paris Centre Pompidou. Gives a fascinating glimpse of a seaside outing, the only existing record of the period just before his death. 55 min. Video/C 1106

[David, Jacques Louis] The Passing Show: David (Portrait of an Artist ;25)
Using a replica of David's studio, the "newsreel" technique, and a commentary derived from David's own speeches, this film provides a fascinating insight into the man who became, ironically, the virtual dictator of arts in his day. c1986. 50 min. Video/C 1105

[Degas, Edgar] Degas: The Unquiet Spirit. (Portrait of an Artist; 8)
Explores the life and work of a complex man and an unorthodox artist. Especially controversial was his treatment of women as subjects, shown as realpeople often engaged in unglamorous activities. Shows many of Degas' favorite locations--a ballet class, the racecourse, and the railway. c1980. 65 min. Video/C 1093

[Degas, Edgar] Edgar Degas. (Romantic Versus Classic Art)
Kenneth Clark discusses the classical paintings of French artist Edgar Degas. 1974. 26 min. Video/C 824

[Delacroix, Eugene] Eugene Delacroix. (Romantic Versus Classic Art)
Kenneth Clark discusses the underlying themes in the paintings of French artist Eugene Delacroix. 1974. 26 min. Video/C 822

[Delacroix, Eugene] The Restless Eye: Eugene Delacroix. (Portrait of an Artist;14 )
Uses Delacroix's journal and paintings to tell the story of his life and work. 1980. 65 min. Video/C 1094

A Fresh View Impressionism and Post-Impressionism (1989)
Features experts John House and Griselda Pollack. Part 1: Realism and Impressionism: Contrasts Courbet's treatment of subjects from everyday life with the innovations and techniques used by the impressionists. Part 2: Post-Impressionism: Examines the impressionists characteristic concern with color and changing light and contrasts this with the very individualistic visions of the postimpressionists. 60 min. (30 min. each part) Video/C 1681

[Gogh, Vincent van] In a Brilliant Light: Van Gogh in Arles. (Portrait of an Artist)
A biographical film on Vincent van Gogh and his prolific production of 200 paintings and 100 drawings during the short period of 10 years when he was an artist, focusing on his life in Arles, France. 1984. 57 min. Video/C 1110

[Gogh, Vincent van] Lust for Life (1956)
Directed by Vincente Minelli. Cast: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, James Donald. A film adaptation on the life of the Dutch painter, Vincent Van Gogh. His paintings are shown throughout the film, as are the locations which inspired them in Holland, Belgium and France. 123 min. 999:3422
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[Gogh, Vincent van] Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh
This richly textured study of Vincent Van Gogh is a shattering journey through the life of a tortured genius who, spurned in his own time, became the single most influential artist of modern history. 1987. 99 min. DVD 4445

High Time (1994)
Part of a series exploring the origins and effects of inventions that shaped the modern world. Included is the development of impressionist paintings. 25 min. Video/C 3326

[Ingres, Jean Auguste Dominique] Slaves of Fashion: Ingres. (Portrait of an Artist; 22 )
Enhanced by contemporary musical extracts, this film demonstrates the diversity of Ingres' art and his reaction against the changes going on all around him. c1982. 50 min. Video/C 1096

[Manet, Edouard] Edouard Manet, Painter of Modern Life. (Portrait of an Artist)
Examines major paintings by Edouard Manet that influenced his contemporaries and changed the definition of later art. Explains the works in theartist's own words and in those of his friends, Zola, Baudelaire, Mallarme, and others. 1983. 27 min. Video/C 1109

[Manet, Edouard] The Shock of the Nude: Manet's Olympia (Culture Shock, 4)
Final segment in a four part series exploring why particular works of art became controversial. Part 4: Scandal surrounded the Paris 1865 exhibition of the painting, Olympia. Manet had dared to portray visual art's most universal subject, the nude, as an unidealized woman--a prostitute who stares directly at the viewer. He flouted the accepted ideas of beauty and propriety in art and outraged audiences. Although Olympia is now regarded at a masterpiece, visual artists continue to test society's conventions. c2000. 60 min. Video/C 6911

[Millet, Jean Francois] Jean Francois Millet. (Romantic Versus Classic Art)
Kenneth Clark discusses the paintings of French artist Jean Francois Millet. 1974. 26 min. Video/C 825

[Monet, Claude] Memories of Monet
Blends views of Claude Monet's gardens at Giverny, France, with his paintings, as Claire Bloom evokes the friendship between the French impressionist master and the American painter, Lilla Cabot Perry. Also includes works by James Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot and Camille Pissarro. 1984. 29 min. Video/C 6575

[Monet, Claude] Monet: Legacy of Light(Portrait of an Artist; 40)
Letters, journals, interviews and timeless images profile this Impressionist's lifelong quest to capture on canvas nature's kaleidoscope of light and color. 28 min. Video/C 6586

[Picasso, Pablo] Picasso: The Man and His Work.
c1986. 45 min each installment
Picasso: The Man and His Work. Part 1, 1881-1937. Starting in 1896, when he was only 15, this program traces Picasso's artistic development, exploring his work as a youth, from the Blue period to the Pink period and his first steps into Cubism in 1906. Picasso then moved on to the Chrysteline period where he went from analytical to synthetic Cubism until entering his Neoclassical period in 1918. Culminates with the painting of his masterpiece "Guernica" in 1937. Video/C 9363
Picasso: The Man and His Work. Part 2, 1938-1973. This film chronicles the later years of Pablo Picasso's life starting from 1938 and ending in 1973 with his death. Through the war years, Picasso's work moved on to include ceramics, sculpture, pottery and graphics. The period from 1946-1973 is made up primarily of home movies, showing his relationships with his children and the women in his life, and emphasizing the enormous amount of work he accomplished during the last 20 years of his life. Video/C 9364

[Picasso, Pablo] Le Mystere Picasso (The Mystery of Picasso)
A historical document exploring the mind and motivations of Picasso as he creates over 15 works before the camera. c1986. 77 min. Video/C 1353

[Picasso, Pablo] Picasso, War, Peace, Love
Deals with the works of Pablo Picasso from Guernica onward, showing photographs from several museums, galleries, and private collections. Presents live sequences of the artist in his studio near Cannes. c1986. 51 min. DVD 1011

[Picasso, Pablo] Picasso: A Painter's Diary.
The personal and professional life of Pablo Picasso shown through his work and his own comments and those of his family and friends. c1980. 89 min. Video/C 3388

[Picasso, Pablo] 13 Days in the Life of Picasso.
Picasso said that his work should be seen as a kind of autobiography written for himself. The women in Picasso's life figured extensively as they were his models, as he drew and painted them again and again. This documentary presents 13 days in the life of Picasso exploring the defining moments of the creator of some of the greatest works of the 20th century. Interviews with Picasso's son and daughter contrast a portrait of the man through his paintings, diary extracts and sketches. 1999. 90 min. Video/C 8401

Point Counterpoint: The life and Work of Georges Seurat, 1859-1891 (1979)
Provides a close look at Seurat's pointillist technique and masterful draftsmanship, highlighted by conversations with modern artists Henry Moore and Bridget Riley. 75 min. Video/C 1101

[Rodin, Auguste] Rodin.
At his death, Rodin was the most famous artist in the western world but the critical reception of his works was far from positive. As a sculptor making public works, Rodin was exposed to public criticism for the modernity of his works and the explicit sexuality of his sculptures which were often seen as scandalous. This film examines the response to Rodin's sculptures during his life by both the critics and the public. Narrator: Annie Wagner. 1991. 25 min. Video/C 6457

[Rodin, Auguste] Auguste Rodin. (Romantic Versus Class Art)
Kenneth Clark discusses the works of French sculptor Auguste Rodin. 1974. 26 min. Video/C 820

[Rousseau, Henri] Henri Rousseau: The Toll-keeper's Secret
Traces the life of "Customs Officer Rousseau," as he was mockingly called, separating the facts from the artist's fantasies and self-deceptions. Many of his canvases--primitives that reverberate with a darkly powerful emotion--are examined. Both admired and the butt of jokes, Rousseau pre-figured the Surrealists' ideal of the untaught genius whose eyes could see farther than those of a trained artist. 2001. 27 min. DVD 1972

[Rousseau, Henri] Painting: Rousseau the Lovely Dream
Examines the life and works of Henri Rousseau (1844-1910) with the focus on form and meaning of painting. Exhibits paintings by Rousseau and his turn-of-the-century contemporaries. Hosted by: Maya Angelou. 1978. 29 min. Video/C MM555

[Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri] Brush and Barre: The Life and Work of Toulouse-Lautrec
Documents the development of a multimedia dance theater work, based on the life and work of Toulouse-Lautrec, choreographed by Linda Fowler at UCLA. Intercuts rehearsals of the work, views of Toulouse-Lautrec's paintings and graphics, and old photographs depicting Lautrec's life, visual style and philosophy. Concludes with a performance of the work. 1979. 59 min. Video/C MM803

[Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri] Toulouse-Lautrec (Portrait of an Artist)
This program follows the colorful life and ground breaking work of the French painter Toulouse-Lautrec. A great artist and devotee of Parisian night life, he painted his haunts with a sharp eye that saw beneath the gay surface to the corrupt underneath. In his superb lithographic posters he produced for these clubs, Lautrec pioneered a style that shaped the future of graphic art. c1988. 60 min. Video/C 7434

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Music and Dance

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance of Europe. Volume 1 (1990)
Presents on film examples of music and dance from Europe - Ireland, England, France, Switzerland, West Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece - documented by accompanying text written by regional specialists. Includes: Chanson: "Les feuilles mortes" -- Harlequin's dance - Farandole. Accompanying guide in English, translated from Japanese. Guide 1 is introduction to entire series. Guide 7 applies to Europe. 53 min. Video/C 3533

The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of Europe. Volume 2 (1996)
A collection of folk music and dances from Europe: France -- Spain -- Italy -- Serbia -- Romania. Accompanying guide includes descriptions, lyrics and bibliographical references. 60 min. Video/C 4505

Paris Dances Diaghilev (1992)
Four ballets of the Ballets Russes, recreated in their original sets, costumes and choreography, performed by the Paris Opera Ballet as a tribute to Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev. Includes: Petrouchka: comic ballet in four scenes, by Igor Stravinsky and Alexander Benois, music by Igor Stravinsky, based on the choreography and production of Michel Fokine (34:48); La spectre de la rose, music by Carl Maria von Weber, orchestrated by Hector Berlioz, choreography by Michel Fokine (9:52); L'apres-midi d'un faune, choreographic tableau by Vaslav Nijinsky, music by Claude Debussy (11:22); Noces: Russian wedding in four tableaux, words and music by Igor Stravinsky, original choreography by Bronislava Nijinska (27:09). 85 min. Video/C 4227

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La Comedie Francaise, ou, L'amour Joue (2001)
A Film by Frederick Wiseman. An unnarrated documentary on the 300-year-old Paris comedy company La Comedie Francaise. Wiseman presents every facet of the production, from the construction of the set to the cafeteria, to a birthday party for a retired actress who has reached 100. 223 min. Video/C MM485

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History and Life

L'allee du Roi(1996)
Director, Nina Companez. A historical drama based on the recollections of Francoise 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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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

Banlieue Gay
Emir, Mikael, Brahim and Julia discuss the challenges and vexations experienced by gays and lesbians living in Paris. In French without English subtitles. 2005. 54 min. DVD X2289

Battle of Algiers (La Battaglia di Algieri) (1966)
Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo. Dramatization of the conflict between Algerian nationalists and French colonialists that culminated in Algeria's independence in 1962. 125 min. DVD 3050; vhs 999:111
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The Best of Broadcast Commercials: French Style in Ads (1992)
This series offers the most effective and innovative worldwide TV commercials together with interviews with those responsible for sponsoring, commissioning, evaluating, creating and producing them. Video/C 2525: Vol. 4

Black and White in Color (Noirs et Blancs en Couleur) (1977)
Director, Jean-Jacques Annaud. 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. Video/C 2525: Vol. 4
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Chronique d'un Été (Chronicle of a Summer) (1962)
A documentary film crew asks the people of Paris if they are happy. 90 min. Video/C 3420

Le cinéma de mai 68: une histoire. Volume 1
Features sixteen short documentary films about the student and workers' movements in France which culminated in protests and riots in May 1968. Contents: Disc 1. Le premier mai à Saint-Nazaire / un film de Marcel Trillat et Hubert Knapp (20 min., 1967). -- Berlin 68-Rudi Dutschke / un film de l'ARC, sous la direction de Michel Andrieu et Jacques Kébadian (41 min., 1968). -- La glu / un film de Edouard Hayem (19 min., 1968). -- Cléon / Alain Laguarda (27 min., 1968). -- Nantes Sud Aviation / un film de l'ARC ; Pierre-William Glenn et Michel Andrieu (30 min., 1968) -- Disc 2. Ce n'est qu'un début / un film de l'ARC ; réalisé par Michel Andrieu (10 min., 1968). -- Le joli mois de mai / un film de l'ARC (33 min., 1968). -- CA13, Comité d'action du treizième / un film de l'ARC (40 min., 1968). -- Mikono / un film de l'ARC ; réalisé par Jean-Michel Humeau (11 min, 1968). -- Le Droit à la parole / un film de l'ARC ; sous la direction de Michel Andrieu et Jacques Kébadian (52 min., 1968). -- Avec les cheminots du dépôt SNCF de Paris Sud-Ouest / un film de Fernand Moskowicz (10 min., 1968/2008) -- Disc 3. Oser lutter, oser vaincre / Groupe ligne rouge (Jean-Pierre Thorn, 88 min., 1968). -- Citroön-Nanterre / un film de Guy Devart et Edouard Hayem (63 min., 1968). -- La Reprise du travail aux usines Wonder / Pierre Bonneau et Jacques Willemont (9 min., 1968) -- Disc 4. écoute Joseph nous sommes tous solidaires / un film de Jean Lefaux (56 min., 1968). -- Les Deux marseillaises / un film de André S. Labarthe et Jean-Louis Comolli (120 min., 1968). -- L'atelier de recherche cinématographie en mai 68 / par Sébastien Layerle (article published in "Le cinéma militant reprend le travail" CinémAction no 110, 2004) n French with optional French subtitles. DVD X752

Classic TV Commercials of the 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's (Volume 43) (198-?)
A collection of uncut international TV commercials from the eighties and earlier featuring adds from Great Britain, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Spain and Australia. Video/C 3932:43

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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Portraits of the shopkeepers along the Rue Daguerre, an average street in Paris, provide an informal investigation into French culture and society. After studying the different stores and what they sell, and interviewing the owners about their childhoods and marriages, the film concludes with a series of static "daguerreotypes," in the style of pioneer photographer Louis Daguerre. Written and directed by Agnès Varda. 1975. 80 min. DVD X6357
The Days of Our Years (1951)
A documentary written from the perspective of France that covers major world events of the first 50 years of the 20th century. Highlights include rare footage of 1900's Paris, attempts at air, sea and polar exploration, rare footage of artists including Renoir, Picasso, Shaw, Rodin, Sartre, Matisse and Colette. Includes the Paris Expositions of 1900 and 1937, films of World War I and World War II, the women's suffrage movement, and major figures in the world of art, sports, religion and government. 81 min. Video/C 3563

Death in the Seine (1988)
From April, 1795 to September, 1801, three hundred and six bodies were taken from the River Seine in Paris where they were cared for by two mortuary attendants who methodically noted down the particulars of each corpse. With information later provided by witnesses, it became possible to speculate upon the lives and manner of death of the decedents - a subject all the more intriguing since all of those taken from the Seine had witnessed the French Revolution. Directed by Peter Greenaway. c1994. 44 min. Video/C 7937

Drowning by Bullets.
On the evening of October 17, 1961 about 30,000 Algerians, ostensibly French citizens, descended upon the boulevards of central Paris to protest an 8:30 curfew. The curfew was in response to repeated terrorist attacks by Algerian nationalists in Paris and other French cities. They were met by a police force determined to break up the demonstration. Demonstrators were beaten, shot, even drowned in the Seine. This film exposes the massacre, and the cover-up. 1982. 52 min. Video/C MM922
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Europe: Confronting New Challenges (Power of Place: World Regional Geography Series) (1995)
Supranationalism and devolution: Strasbourg, Europe's new capital A telecourse designed to build understanding of geography by examining eleven regions of the world and their interconnections. Each program contains case studies which characterize an individual region. Supranationalism and Devolution examines the co-existence of French and German cultures in Strasbourg and economic and social adjustments in the recently created Slovakia and Czech Republics. 58 min. Video/C 4313

Through a leisurely tour of the world-famous Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, the final resting place for legendary writers, composers, painters and other artists from around the world, this film provides an unusually poignant, emotionally powerful meditation on relations between the living and the dead, and the immortal power of art. A film by Heddy Honigmann. c2006. 95 min. DVD 8638

Four Families (1965)
Part 1: India and France. Part 2: Japan and Canada. A comparison of child rearing practices in India, France, Japan, and Canada. Anthropologist Margaret Mead discusses how the upbringing of the child contributes to a distinctive national character. 59 min. Video/C 3449

France Under Socialism (1983)
Taped at the University of California, Berkeley on February 17, 1983. French Minister of Budget Laurent Fabius discusses the political and economic problems confronting France during the first two years of the Socialist experiment under President Mitterand. U-Matic Format [3/4"]. 27 min. Video/C 644 [Stored at NRLF: B 3 969 275]

France 1904-1912; What Do These Old Films Mean? (1985)
Examines the appeal of early French cinema to the working class audience and the populist themes that dominated the earliest films. Shows how bourgeois values found their way into popular cinema only with the devastations of the First World War. The films (Silent; French titles with English subtitles): Pour me some brandy (Gaumont, 1907) -- Feting Josephine (Pathe, 1904) -- Child of the Bamcade (Guy, 1907) -- Street-roughs strike (Gaumont, 1909) -- A Factory drama (Gaumont, 1909) -- The Incendiary (Zecca, 1905) -- Madame has her cravings (Gaumont, 1907) -- A Child of Paris (Petter, 1913) -- Les Vampires (Feuillade, 1915) -- Judex (Feuillade, 1917) -- Vendemaire (Feuillade, 1918) -- The Tenth symphony (1918) -- Crainquebille (Feyder, 1922) 26 min. Video/C 1406: Part 4

French Financial Policy Under Socialism (1983)
Interview conducted at the University of California, Berkeley on May 12, 1982. Gerard de Margerie, high-ranking financial planner under Presidents Giscard dEstaing and Francois Mitterand, explains the economic policy of the Mitterand government and the problems which it addresses. Interviewed by Harry Kreisler and U.C. Berkeley professors John Zysman (political science) and John Letiche (economics). U-Matic Format [3/4"] 59 min. Video/C 624 [Stored at NRLF: B 3 969 327]

La Grande Illusion (1992)
The identity crisis faced by Martinique and the French Caribbean is examined - do they belong to the Caribbean or to the economy of Europe? 45 min. Video/C 3194

Grands soirs & petits matins
Grands soirs & petits matins documents the assemblies, debates and brawls of France during May 1968. Film short Contacts describes the photographic work of William Klein. Special features: 2 short films: Entretien avec William Klein / réalisation, Philippe Truffault (1993, 6 min.) -- Contacts / La Sept ARTE ; Riff International production (1988, 13 min.) 2002. 97 min. DVD X728
La Guerre d'Algerie (Histoire par la radio et l'image) (1996)
A historic overview on CD-ROM of the 1954-1962 revolution in Algeria in which more than 2 million French soldiers participated. Taken from the archives of the Institut national de l'audiovisuel (INA) and Radio publique francaise from 1946 through 1962. Includes commentary and analysis by Benjamin Stora and Anne Tristan, plus biographies, bibliographies and chronologies. Format: CD-ROM. COMPUTER DISC 342

Les heures chaudes de Montparnasse.
In 1960-61, before the old district of Montparnasse disappeared, Jean-Marie Droit took a camera to the area to collect interviews with the remaining creative literary and artistic figures who originally began migrating to the Montparnasse in Paris in the 1920s.

Coffret 1: Contents Ils s'en venaient de l'Oural et du Mississippi -- Petite chronique du Montparnasse pendant la guerre 14-18 -- Enquête sur la vie, l'oeuvre et le destin de Modigliani -- La bande à Man Ray -- La fureur de vivre des années 20 -- Pascin, l'oublié -- La voix des poète Interviewees: Louis Aragon , Blaise Cendrars, Jean Cocteau, Robert Desnos, Marcel Duchamp, Foujita, Joseph Kessel, Amedeo Modigliani, Pascin, Man Ray, Tristan Tzara, Ossip Zadkine. Special features: Entretiens inédits avec Brassaï, Jacques Prévert, Georges Hugnet, Miro, Roger Vaillant, Roger Blin, et Jean-Louis Barrault ; interviews et filmographie de Jean-Marie Drot, petites chronologie des évènements à Montparnasse. 6 hours. DVD X4898

Coffret 2:
Contents: Des valses 1900 aux canons de la grande guerre (52 min) -- À la recherche de Guillaume Apollinaire (51 min) -- À la recherche de Chaim Soutine (51 min) -- La rue de la Gaîté (51 min) -- Léon-Paul Fargue -- Le Groupe des six (51 min) -- Giacometti, un homme parmi les hommes. Interviewees: Apollinaire, Brassaï, Pierre Brasseur, Jean Cocteau, Sonia Delaunay, Leon-Paul Fargue, Alberto Giacometti, Jean Helion, Joseph Kessel, Andre Masson, Francis Poulenc, Kees Van Dongen. Special features: DVD 1 : interview, bibliographie et filmographie de Jean-Marie Drot, chronologie de Montparnasse ; DVD 2 : inédits (entretiens avec Pierre Brasseur, Fernand Ledoux, Marcel Duhamel) ; DVD 3 : inédits (entretiens avec Mario Prassinos, Michel Seuphor, André Masson, Patrick Waldberg, Jean Hélion et Victor Brauner). 6 hrs., 35 min. hours. DVD X4899

Images de la Revolution Francaise (1990)
Contains images of the events of the French Revolution from the collections of Bibliotheque Nationale. Includes the revolution as themes in art and culture, archives and documents, commemorations and celebrations, 19th century polemeics, and a discussion of France at the end of the 18th century. Accompanying booklet issued in tete-beche format with separate title page for French and English. Video Disc 27

In the Land of the Deaf (1994)
documentary explores deaf life and culture in France, and the growing controversy involving "curing" deafness. Includes portraits of a charismatic sign language teacher, a woman treated as mentally ill because her hearing problem was misdiagnosed, a young man who remembers the first horrifying experience of hearing with an aid, and a newlywed deaf couple trying to communicate with a real estate agent. In French and French sign language; subtitled in English; closed-captioned for the hearing impaired. 99 min. Video/C 4866

Jeanne la Pucelle - Les Batailles (Joan the Maid - The Battles) (1994)
Directed by Jacques Rivette. Featuring Sandrine Bonnaire, Andre 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. Featuring Sandrine Bonnaire, Andre 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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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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Marker, Cynthia. "Self-censorship and Chris Marker's 'Le Joli Mai.' . French Cultural Studies Feb 2001 v12 i1 p23(19)

The King Dances (Le Roi danse) (2000)
Directed by Gerard Corbiau. Cast: Benoit 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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Léon Blum: For All Mankind
This documentary tells the story of Léon Blum, who began as a literary critic and became active in politics as a result of the Dreyfuss Affair. In 1925, he became the first Socialist Premier of France and the first Jewish leader of the country, presiding over the Popular Front coalition government. In 1940, his socialist views and Jewish heritage placed him in jeopardy, and the Vichy government deported him to Buchenwald. After World War II, Blum was welcomed home by the French people and was re-elected prime minister in 1946. A film by Jean Bodon. 2010. 58 min. DVD X4661

The Mind of the Enlightenment (1992)
Professor Alan Charles Kors examines the consequences of the mind set free in the 18th century, when the Judeo-Christian tradition faced relativist theories of thought never before dreamed, and when the entire notion of the relationship between God, nature and Europe's own sense of the natural order of things was set in turmoil. Lectures include: "The problem of relativism: Montesquieu and Voltaire", "The philosophes: the triumph of the French enlightenment", "Rousseau's dissent: the challenge to the idea of progress." 352 min. [2 tapes] Video/C 3768

Napoleon (2000)
For nearly two decades Napoleon strode the world stage like a colossus -- loved and despised, venerated and feared. From his birth on the rugged island of Corsica to his final exile on the island of St. Helena, this documentary bears witness to a man riddled with contradictions that are the essence of his glory and his undoing. Contents: Pt. 1. To destiny -- pt. 2. Mastering luck -- pt. 3. Summit of greatness -- pt. 4. The end. 240 min. DVD 1127

Noirs: l'identité au coeur de la question noire
Looks at various historical episodes that have bound France to the black community. A film by Arnaud Ngatcha. In French without English subtitles. 2006. 70 min. DVD X4906
Paris 1900 (1980)
A chronicle of Parisian life from 1900 to 1914, using newsreels, early silent film, and other memorabilia. Sports, recreation, and the arts are emphasized. The end of those halcyon days is suggested by newsreels showing the rise of labor unions, socialism, and new technology. 76 min. Video/C 1978

Paris au temps de Zola, 1851-1878
Zola, the greatest of the French naturalist writers, gave us detailed and convincing portraits of Paris and Parisian life in his time. This program uses rare film footage from Zola's lifetime to document the Paris of the Second Empire that Zola knew. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2006. 26 min. DVD 6114

Paris: The Crazy Years
In the period between the first and second world wars, prostitution was legal in Paris and brothels flourished. Petty thieves, drug dealers and street walkers packed the all-night bars of Montmartre where cheap sex and cheap booze drew the tourists. The art students' ball took over the streets in a public orgy of alcohol and sex. Bonus content: In-depth interviews with key historians and writers; Audio commentary track by filmakers Ted Remerowski and Marrin Canell. c2006. 45 min. DVD 5391

Paris 1830: une capitale des arts
Presents the Paris of revolutionary theater, the Romantics, and the neoclassicists. It also deals with the impact of the Restoration and the Paris Commune on the arts -- Racine, Balzac, and Hugo in literature; Jericho and Girodet in art; Chopin and Liszt in music. Includes the construction of the Arc de Triomphe, the Pantheon, and the Place de Concorde. DVD X492

Paris 1900: Une Capitale des Arts. (1995)
Captures Paris at the turn of the century, the end of a major cultural epoch, with archival film by the renowned Lumiere brothers. Shows the World's Fair, Opera Comique, Rodin's Gates of Hell, the work of the Impressionists and Picasso. 14 min. DVD X491; vhs Video/C 7912

Paris Was a Woman.
Through a combination of still photos, archival film footage, and interview commentary this film documents the creative community of French, English and American women, many of whom were lesbians, who gravitated to the Left Bank in Paris during the early part of the 20th century. Originally produced as motion picture in 1995. In Directed by Greta Schiller. 1995. 75 min. DVD X3039; Video/C 6126

Place de la republique
Louis Malle stands on a street corner with his camera to capture an entertaining snapshot of the comings and goings on one street in Paris. Directed by Louis Malle. 1974. 95 min. DVD 7511

La Prise de Pouvoir par Louis XIV (The Taking of Power by Louis XIV) (1965)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Traces the creation of an absolute monarchy by France's "Sun King", Louis XIV. French with English subtitles. 102 min. DVD 4678; vhs 999:343

Que la Fête Commence (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. In French - no subtitles. 119 min. DVD X730; vhs 999:1503

Underground Orchestra.
An extensive look at the lives and music of a diverse group of international refugees who have fled political repression and who now play on the sidewalks and in the Metro of Paris. Among those interviewed are a pianist from Argentina, a violinist from Sarajevo, a harpist from Venezuela, and singers from Mali and Vietnam. 1997. 111 min. Video/C 9797

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U.S.-French Relations (1983)
Taped April 8, 1983 at the University of California, Berkeley. The French Ambassador to the United States discusses important economic and security issues that France and the U.S. confront as they continue to redefine their common interests as Western allies. Interviewed by John Zysman and Stephen Cohen, professors at UC Berkeley. 30 min. Video/C 648 [Stored at NRLF: B 3 969 333]

La Vie Quotidienne à la Cour de Versailles aux XVIIème et XVIIìme Siecles (1981)
The story of France and French culture as reflected in the story of Versailles, from its construction by Louis XIV, its decline under Louis XV and its abandonment by Louis XVI and his queen Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution. Uses period art and actors to bring to life the personalities and ideas of La Bruyere, Madame de Sevigné, le duc de St. Simon and Madame d'Oberkirch. 60 min. Video/C 1158

La Vie Quotidienne des Parisiens au Temps du Roi Soleil (1972)
A multi-angled profile of Parisians and their Paris in the 17th century. Counterpointing the faces and habits of Parisians then and now, the program emphasizes how many things have remained the same through change. Includes views of both the magnificent and ordinary buildings of Louis XIV's long reign which continue in use. 60 min. Video/C 1162

The Western Tradition: The death of the old regime; The French Revolution (1989)
Program 39: The death of the old regime (28:00). The French government begins to collapse as European compare the American model to their own systems. Program 40: The French Revolution (24:00). Mob power pushes the French Revolution out of control until Napoleon establishes a new dictatorship, hierarchy and empire. 52 min. Video/C 1519

Women in Politics, 2 (1989)
Film profiles three women politicians: Simone Veil, a French politician and survivor of Auschwitz (40 min.); Tatyana Zaslavskaya, A Russian politician in Gorbachov's parliament (40 min.); and Eugenia Charles, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica (40 min.). Each discusses how she attained her current political position, the politics in her country and how she is viewed as a woman head of state. In English or subtitled in English. 120 min. Video/C 3375

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World Wars I and II

Changing Attitudes 1946-1948 (March of time; Cold war, 1946-1951) (194u)
Selected news stories from the March of time, which documents the concerns of U.S. citizens after World War II. Includes films on the political situations in Russia, France, Italy and Greece and a documentary on the development of the atomic bomb. 88 min. Video/C 4795

Collapse (Great War and the shaping of the 20th century; Great War) (1996)
Episode six of the Great War examines the critical year of 1918. After the mutiny within the French Army and revolution in Russia, the Germans were still firmly entrenched on the Western Front. The arrival of the United States forces in Europe would determine the outcome of the war. This program probes the issue of American involvement as the deciding factor in Germany's defeat. 58 min. Video/C 5258

Divide and Conquer (1943)
A documentary film record of the German attack upon and conquest of Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Holland, and France in 1940. 58 min. Video/C 5436

The Eye of Vichy (L'Oeil de 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. 1993. 110 min. DVD 9916; vhs Video/C 6983

France Flls, May-June 1940 (1980)
Describes the German occupation of Paris and the fall of France. Also looks at the British retreat to the Channel coast, as Hitler gets ready for the invasion of Britain. 52 min. Video/C 1604

Friend and Foe. Part 1 (March of time; America at war) (194-?)
Selections from the March of Time newsreels produced during World War II which focus on the allied, Axis and neutral nations of the war. Includes films on the war situations in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Argentina, India, Russia and France ("The fighting French.") 116 min. Video/C 4828

Hostility Grows 1948-1949 (March of time. ; Cold war, 1946-1951) (194-?)
Selected news stories from the March of time, which documents the concerns of U.S. citizens after World War II. Includes films on the political situations in Germany, France ("Answer to Stalin - France and Germany") and India with documentaries on the development of jet airplanes and the uses of nuclear energy. 90 min. Video/C 4796

Post-war Problems Beyond. Part 2 (March of time; Postwar problems and solutions) (1988)
Selected news stories from the March of time, which documents the concerns of U.S. citizens after World War II with the economic and political situations in Guam, Asia, Palestine, the Philippines, Germany, Greece and France ("The new France"). Video/C 4793

The Return (Le Rétour).
A documentary by the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson considered to be the father of modern photojournalism, an early adopter of 35 mm format, and developer of the "street photography" style that has influenced generations of photographers. Le Retour presents the liberation of French prisoners from Nazi concentration camps. Shows the removal of the prisoners to temporary hospitals and pictures joyful reunions with families and friends in Paris. 1946. 21 min DVD 9934; vhs Video/C MM470
The Sorrow and the Pity (Le Chagrin et la Pitie) (1972)
Originally produced as a motion picture in France under the title: Le chagrin et la pitie, by director, Marcel 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. Dubbed into English with some spoken German and French that is English captioned.260 min. DVD 672; Video/C 4280 (2 tapes)

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Audiotapes on French History and Culture

Continuity or conflict in French society, 1814-1848 [Side 1]; and Parliamentary monarchy in France, 1814-1848 [Side 2] (1972)
Side 1: the durability of the administration; the limitations of economic change; the limitations of educational reform; glory or pragmatism in foreign policy? Side 2 : the making and working of the constitution; the causes of the revolutions of 1830 and 1848; economic distress and political upheaval; individuals, accidents and political crises. 56 min. [Audiorecording] Sound /C 25 [Stored at NRLF]

Napoleon Bonaparte and France. Napoleon Bonapart and Europe (1972)
56 min. [Audiorecording] Sound/C 24 [Stored at NRLF]

Napoleon III, The Quiet Years; Napoleon III, The Turbulent Years (1973)
A discussion of the Second Empire from its beginnings to 1859. 56 min. [Audiorecording] Sound /C 45 [Stored at NRLF]

The Origins of the French Revolution [Side 1]; The Development of the French Revolution [Side 2] (1972)
Author: Johnson, Douglas W. J. Side 1: Discussion of the limitations of a social interpretation of the Revolution; the calling of the Estates-General; the impact of economic crisis; the artificial unity of the Revolution. Side 2: Discussion of the failure of revolutionary compromise; the attack on the Church; involvement in war; sans culottes and the Terror. 56 min. [Audiorecording] Sound /C 44 [Stored at NRLF]

Science in the French Revolution (197-?)
Discusses the effect of the French revolution on the development of the sciences in France. [Side 2 of 1 audiocassette.] [Audiorecording] SOUND/C 217

Thomas Jefferson and the French Revolution (1989)
Author: Palmer, R. R. (Robert Roswell). Recorded on November 16, 1989, at the University of California, Berkeley. Robert R. Palmer, of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, talks about Thomas Jefferson's sympathetic attitude towards France and the French Revolution, but claims that he did not quite understand the French Revolution and that his ideas and actions were surprisingly moderate. 56 min. [Audiorecording] Sound /C 1139

Science and Belief in 18th Century France (1977)
Author: Fox, Robert. With: "The music of natural theology". Explores the diversity of thought of the philosophers of the French Enlightenment and brings out the ways in which their beliefs changed, especially in matters of religion. [Audiorecording] Sound/C 220

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French Literature:
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Literary/Film Biography and Criticism

[Beauvoir, Simone de] A Conversation with Simone de Beauvoir
Author Simone de Beauvoir shares observations on her career. Reactions to the filmed interview are by Elizabeth Janeway and Gloria Steinem. 1977. 59 min. DVD X1265 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 37

[Beauvoir, Simone de] A Conversation with Simone de Beauvoir
[Audiorecording] Sound/C 37

[Beauvoir, Simone de] Jean-Paul Sartre et Simone de Beauvoir
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) and Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986), intimately discuss their work, their lives, and the role of public intellectuals in modern society. Asked why they have finally agreed to such an intimate look at their lives, Beauvoir explains that they are doing so, "out of friendship for our readers." Camera, Michel Brault; editing, Les Cineastes Associes; sound, Marcel Carri`ere. Interviewers: Claude Lanzmann, Madeleine Gobeil. 1967. 60 min. DVD 4629

[Beauvoir, Simone de] Simone de Beauvoir: Un Film (1978; in French with subtitles.)
Simone de Beauvoir recalls the events and ideas of her life in conversations with Jean-Paul Sartre and Claude Lanzmann. 110 min. Video/C 1491

[Beauvoir, Simone de] Simone de Beauvoir, une femme actuelle: 1908-1986 / Pourquoi je suis féministe?
A biography of the French existentialist philosopher, public intellectual, and social theorist, Simone de Beauvoir who wrote novels, essays, and monographs on philosophy, politics, and social issues. 2007 52 min. Pourquoi je suis féministe? Presents an in-depth interview with Simone de Beauvoir filmed in 1975. 1975, 50 min Special feature: émission "Premier plan" : une entrevue avec Simone de Beauvoir (1959, 40 min) In French with German subtitles. DVD X4895
[Beauvoir, Simone de] Simone de Beauvoir: Interview with Studs Turkell
[Audiorecording] Sound/C 32

[Butor, Michel ] Michel Butor, à l'écart
A interview with the French writer Michel Butor. Journalists and critics associate his novels with the nouveau roman, but Butor himself has long resisted that association. For decades now, he has chosen to work in other forms, from essays to poetry to artist's books to unclassifiable works. In French without English subtitles. 2009. 30 min. DVD X4215

[Céline, Louis-Ferdinand] Céline vivant!
A collection of interviews with the controversial French author. Includes an audio-only excerpt from Nord, read by Céline. Contents: [Disc 1] Les grands entretiens de Louis-Ferdinand Céline. Lectures pour tous (19 min., 1957) / avec Pierre Dumayet, réalisé par Jean Prat ; Voyons un peu (19 min., 1958) / avec André Parinaud, réalisé par Alexandre Tarta ; En français dans le texte (19 min., 1961) / avec Louis Pauwels, réalisé par Yvan Jouannet ; Céline au travail (11 min., 1960) / relecture et correction d'un extrait de Nord par l'auteur, enregistrement sonore inédit, réalisé par Renée Canavaggia -- [Disc 2] Autour de Louis-Ferdinand Céline. En marge du prix Goncourt 1932 (1 min.) ; Témoignage d'Elizabeth Craig (2 min., 1988) / avec Jean Monnier ; Bibliothèque de poche : D'un Céline l'autre (106 min., 1969) / réalisé par Yannick Bellon et Michel Polac. In French without Englis subtitles. 178 min. DVD X861
[Derrida, Jacques] D'ailleurs, Derrida (Derrida's Elsewhere)
A highly personal exploration of the 20th century philosopher Jacques Derrida, presenting the links between Derrida's life and his work. In discussions, Derrida describes his mother and childhood in the same manner as he does ideas, somewhere between affect and concept, at a boundary where a work becomes biography and biography gives birth to a work. This documentary film takes viewers into Derrida's worlds --that of his work in Paris and that of his familial and spiritual roots in Algeria and the Spain of Lorca and El Greco. 1999. 68 min. Video/C 7799

[Derrida, Jacques] Jacques Derrida
At an Oxford Amnesty Lecture Jacques Derrida and Alan Montefiore discuss deconstruction of the subject and the implications for human rights. Derrida avers that, as deconstruction changes the nature of the subject, so deconstruction of nationalism should lead to a modern nationality incorporating different forms of nationality, such as singularities of tradition and minorities of various sorts. 1996. 39 min. Video/C 5605

[Duras, Marquerite] Marguerite Duras: Worn Out with Desire ... to Write.
In this vintage interview of the 20th century French author, Marguerite Duras, she talks openly about the hardship and the romance of her childhood in French Indochina, sharing how this period haunted her life and shaped her work. Excerpts from her films and readings from her books by actress Elizabeth Rider and Duras herself bring to life those formative years in Vietnam. Originally televised by London Weekend Television, ltd. in 1985. 52 min. Video/C 6901

[Duras, Marquerite] Marguerite, A Reflection of Herself
A personal portrait of the great extremely prolific French writer Marguerite Duras. Between 1943 and 1995, Duras directed 19 films and wrote more than 70 novels, plays, movies and adaptations. Presented through home movies, archival footage, film extracts, readings, and television interviews filmed over many years. 2001. 61 min. Video/C 9786

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[Foucault, Michel] Michel Foucault: Culture of the Self
A speech given at the University of California, Berkeley in 1983 by the philosopher, Michel Foucault in which he addresses the changing conception of the self from the Greco-Roman era through the Classical Age to the 20th century. In his view the real issues of political freedom are raised by the history of man's perception of himself which has changed radically during different times in human history. Concludes with extensive discussion/question and answer period. Taped at the University of California, Berkeley on April 14 and May 3, 1983. Available online at

[Gide, André] André Gide: un petit air de famille
The daughter of André Gide and Elisabeth van Rysselberghe talks of her life growing up among the writers and intellectuals who made up the social circle of her famous father. Un film de Jean-Pierre Prévost. In French without English subtitles. 2010. 41 min. DVD X5970

[Lacouture, Jean ] Jean Lacouture: l'engagement d'un journaliste
A interview with the French journalist, historian and author, Jean Lacouture, who is particularly famous for his biographies. In French without English subtitles. 2001. DVD X4216

[Malraux, André] Malraux: les métamorphoses du regard : films 1973
Four films featuring French author and statesman Ande Malraux, a dominant figure in 20th century French politics and culture, in which he expounds upon his literary works, views on art and philosophy. Contents: Film 1 Les dieux de la nuit et du soleil -- film 2 Les maîtres de l'irreel -- film 3 Le monde san dieux -- film 4 La métamorphose du regard (35 min.) Directed by Clovis Prévost. In French without English subtitles. 87 min. DVD X860

The Modern World: Ten Great Writers
Includes: Marcel Proust (Part 9), Joseph Conrad, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, T.S. Eliot, Henrik Ibsen, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Luigi Pirandello, Virginia Woolf. Accompanied by looseleaf binder of booklets for each author: The modern world : ten great writers. 1988. 58 min. (each) Video/C 1253

Masters of Animation. Volume 2, Great Britain, Italy, France (1986)
Program guide inserted in container. Volume two features segments on animated filmmaking from three nations: Great Britain which played a major leading role in establishing animation; Italy, where animation has its origins in the Renaissance; and France, renowned for it wide variety of styles and techniques used in the creation of animated films. 87 min. Video/C 3251

[Nin, Anais] Anais Nin
The author talks about her writing, explains the purpose behind it, and illustrates her talk with several passages from her diary. 51 min. [Audiorecording] Sound/C 56

[Rimbaud, Arthur] Arthur Rimbaud, une biographie, 1854-1891
Arthur Rimbaud was a French poet, born in Charleville, Ardennes, who produced his best known works while still in his late teens--Victor Hugo described him at the time as "an infant Shakespeare"--and gave up creative writing altogether before the age of 21. As part of the decadent movement, Rimbaud influenced modern literature, music and art. He was known to have been a libertine and a restless soul, traveling extensively on three continents before his death from cancer less than a month after his 37th birthday. In French without English subtitles. 1991. 155 min. DVD X4909

[Rouch, Jean] Rouch in Reverse (1995)
French ethnologist/filmmaker, Jean Rouch discusses his work with Manthia Diawara. Includes a cross-section of Rouch's work with clips from his documentary Les Maitres Fous, his cinema verite classic, Chronique d'ete, and his pioneering masterpiece Moi, Un Noir (Treichville). Throughout the interview Diawara places Rouch's films in the context of the on-going struggle of Africans to construct their own vision of modernity. In English and French with English subtitles. 51 min. Video/C 4484

[Saint-Exupery, Antoine] Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Terre des Hommes (1994)
Commentary on the life of French poet and aviator, Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Read by: Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Fresnay [in French]. La ligne. Pt.1. Le noviciat / P. Fresnay. Pt.2. La lecon de Guillaumet / J. Barrault. Pt.3. Le bapteme professionnel / P. Fresnay. -- L'avion et la planete. Pt.4. L'avion / J. Barrault. Pt.5. La planete errante / P. Fresnay. -- Les camarades. Pt.6. Le courage de Guillaumet / A. Saint-Exupery. [Format: CD] Sound Disc 8

[Sartre, Jean-Paul] Jean-Paul Sartre et Simone de Beauvoir
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) and Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986), intimately discuss their work, their lives, and the role of public intellectuals in modern society. Asked why they have finally agreed to such an intimate look at their lives, Beauvoir explains that they are doing so, "out of friendship for our readers." Camera, Michel Brault; editing, Les Cineastes Associes; sound, Marcel Carri`ere. Interviewers: Claude Lanzmann, Madeleine Gobeil. 1967. 60 min. DVD 4629

[Sartre, Jean-Paul] Sartre par Lui-Même ([Jean-Paul] Sartre By Himself)
Documentary filmed in 1972, released in 1976. Soundtrack in French or English, English subtitles. 204 min. (2 VHS tapes) Video/C 1155

[Truffaut, Francois] Francois Truffaut in Conversation with Richard Roud (199-?)
Richard Roud interviews the French film producer, Francois Truffaut on both his film career and his films. Includes clips from some films to illustrate his techniques. In English and in French with English voice overs. 28 min. Video/C 4612

[Varda, Agnes] Susan Sontag, Agnes Varda
Jack Kroll interviews two prominent women from the film industry, Susan Sontag and director Agnes Varda. They discuss their work and modern films in general. 1969. 29 min. Video/C 4609
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Literary and Theatrical Works
Alphabetical by name of author

Golden Treasury of French Verse
Read in the original by Jean Vilar. SOUND/C 817

Java no. 20.
Avec: Philippe Beck, Olivier Cadiot, Jean-Michel Espitallier, Dominique Fourcade, Michelle Grangaud, Bernard Heidsieck, Vannina Maestri, Valere Novarina, Charles Pennequin, Christian Prigent, Nathalie Quintane, Jacques Sivan, Christophe Tarkos.

Contemporary French authors read and comment on their works. 35 min. PAL format Video/C 6996

Anouilh, Jean

(Excerpts) [Audiorecording] Sound/C 910

[Audiorecording] Sound/C 272

Becket (1964; in English)
Director: Peter Glenville. Starring: Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud. As young men, Thomas Becket and King Henry II of 12th century England wench and carouse together. In middle age, Henry appoints Becket Archbishop of Canterbury but a stormy clash develops when Becket, sobered by his office, challenges Henry's royal edicts. 151 min. 999:208

Baudelaire, Charles

Les Fleurs du Mal.
Read in French by Eva Le Gallienne and Louis Jourdan. SOUND/C 837

Beaumarchais, Pierre

Barbier de Seville
A Comédie Française production. [Audiorecording] Sound/C 957

Mariage de Figaro
Starring Jean Piat (Figaro), Paule Noelle (Suzanne), Yves-Marie Maurin (Le Comte Almaviva), Anne-Marie Philipe (La comtesse Almaviva), Georges Caudron (Cherubin). 138 min. [Audiorecording] Sound/C 963

The Marriage of Figaro: A Comic Opera in 4 Acts
(W.A. Mozart) (Sung in Italian, English subtitles.) Opera based on Beaumarchais' sequel to his Barber of Seville. 168 min. (2 VHS tapes) Video/C 1582

Beckett, Samuel
See Literary Adaptations: Beckett

Bulgakov, Mikhail

Molière (1984)
Based on events in the life of the French playwright, the play shows Molière as a man beset by church and state because of his sharp-penned satire of both in Tartuffe. A Royal Shakespeare Company production. 112 min. Video/C 952

Camus, Albert

Albert Camus Reading in French
Contents: La Chute; La Peste; L'Étranger; L'Été: Le Minotaure; L' Été: La Mer au plus près. [Audiorecording] Sound/C 818

Céline, Louis-Ferdinand

Céline vivant: entretiens, biographie
Directed by Emile Brami. A collection of interviews with the controversial French author. Includes an audio-only excerpt from Nord, read by Céline. [Disc 1] Les grands entretiens de Louis-Ferdinand Céline. Lectures pour tous (19 min., 1957) / avec Pierre Dumayet, réalisé par Jean Prat ; Voyons un peu (19 min., 1958) / avec André Parinaud, réalisé par Alexandre Tarta ; En Français dans le texte (19 min., 1961) / avec Louis Pauwels, réalisé par Yvan Jouannet ; Célineau travail (11 min., 1960) / relecture et correction d'un extrait de Nord par l'auteur, enregistrement sonore inédit, réalisé par Renée Canavaggia -- [Disc 2] Autour de Louis-Ferdinand Céline. En marge du prix Goncourt 1932 (1 min.) ; Témoignage d'Elizabeth Craig (2 min., 1988) / avec Jean Monnier ; Bibliothèque de poche : D'un Céline l'autre (106 min., 1969) / réalisé par Yannick Bellon et Michel Polac. 178 min. DVD X861
Cixous, Helene

Tambours sur la digue(Drums on the Dyke) sous forme de piece ancienne pour marionnettes jouee par des acteurs.
This pseudo-ancient quasi-Sino-Japanese stage presentation from the play by Helene Cixous concerns a devastating flood and the question of who shall be saved, the nobility or the peasants. The show is visually stunning as the actors are presented as life-size bunraku puppets, manipulated by black-swathed handlers. 136 min. SECAM format Video/C 9701

Cocteau, Jean

La Belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast) (1946)
Directed by Jean Cocteau. 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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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. 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)

Infernal Machine
[Audiorecording] Sound/C 256

Jean Cocteau Reads His Poetry and Prose (In French.)
Contents: Les voleurs d'enfants; Plain-chant; L'ange heurtebise; Hommage à Manolete; Un ani dort; Le discours du sphinx; De l'innocence criminelle; De la responsibilité; Le paquet rouge. [Audiorecording] Sound/C 855

Orphée (Orpheus) (1949)
Directed by Jean Cocteau. Cocteau's modern version of the Orpheus legend, based on his own play. 86 min. 999:211
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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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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; VHS 999:109
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La Voix Humaine, Pièce en un Acte
Sound/C 915


Gigi (1958)
Director: Vincente Minnelli. The musical story of a French girl groomed to be a courtesan, but who blossoms into a lady. 117 min. DVD 618; VHS 999:746

Colette Reading Gigi, a Section; Cheri, a Section [and] Flore et Pomone, a Section from Gigi.
Sound/C 741

Ma M`ere et les Betes: lue par Colette; La Maison de Claudine, extraits: lue par Anny Duperey
Sound/C 470

Maison de Claudine (Selections)
(In French.) [Audiorecording] Sound/C 470

Corneille, Pierre

Cinna (In French.)
Performers: Jean Deschamps (Augustus), Christine Fersen [Amelia], André Oumansky [Cinna], François Maistre [Maximus]. [Audiorecording] Sound/C 966

Le Cid (In French.)
A Comédie-Française production. [Audiorecording] Sound/C 956

Horace (In French.)
A Comédie-Française production. [Audiorecording] Sound/C 960

Diderot, Denis

Dames du Bois de Boulogne (Ladies of the Bois de Boulogne) (1944; in French with English subtitles.)
Based on the story by Diderot titled: Jacques le Fataliste. Screenplay and direction by Robert Bresson; dialog by Jean Cocteau. Helene, 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; also vhs999:1342

Neveu de Rameau (1987; in French with English subtitles.)
Originally produced for French television. Video/C 1166

The Nun (La Religieuse) (1966)
Directed by Jacques Rivette. 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. 155 min. DVD 3656; also vhs 999:1651
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Duras, Marguerite

India Song (1974)
Directed by Marguerite Duras. 114 min. Video/C 999:1087

Les Petits Chevaux de Tarquinia (extraits, lue par Catherine Deneuve)
(1935; in French with English subtitles.) Sound/C 471

Flaubert, Gustave
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. 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. 999:1966
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France, Anatole

Crainquebille (1922)
Director, Jacques Feyder; featuring Maurice de Feraudy, Francoise 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. 45 min. DVD 6474; vhs 999:2670 (portions also in What Do Those Old Films Mean Video/C 1406:4)

Genet, Jean

The Balcony
157 min. [Audiorecording] Sound/C 251

The Balcony (1963)
Director: Joseph Strick. Starring: Shelley Winters, Peter Falk, Leonard Nimoy and Lee Grant. Madame Irma runs a brothel of illusion where ordinary people play out their dreams, while outside a revolution is in progress. The police chief sees the brothel as a rallying point against the revolution, while at the same time the leader of the revolution seeks refuge in the brothel, posing as the police chief. (In English.) 87 min. 999:378

Un Chant d'Amour (1950)
Writer/producer: Jean Genet. 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 5797; DVD 5413; vhs 999:1070

The Maids (American Film Theatre, 1974)
Director: Christopher Miles. Cast: Glenda Jackson, Susannah York, Vivien Merchant. Two Parisian sisters, Solange and Claire, serve as maids to a cruel socialite, but whenever she leaves, the two act out a bizarre, complex role-playing psychodrama of domination and control that feeds their powerful lust for revenge upon the mistress they serve. 94 min. DVD 1588

Poison (1990)
Director: Todd Haynes. Starring Edith Meeks, Larry Maxwell, Susan Gayle Norman, Scott Renderer, James Lyons. Inspired by the novels of Jean Genet. Part horror film, part drama, part expose, with an offbeat morality Poison examines the motives behind a seven-year-old boy's murder of his father, relates the story of a scientist who isolates the sex drive in liquid form, and graphically explores the sexually obsessive relationship between two prison inmates. 85 min. 999:1603

Querelle (1982)
Director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cast: Brad Davis, Franco Nero, Jeanne Moreau, Laurent Malet, Hanno Poschi, Burkhard Driest. Based upon the novel by Jean Genet "Querelle de Brest." Fassbinder's final film; a stylized, delirious interpretation of Jean Genet's story, "Querelle de Brest," of a proud and tough loner, the sailor Querelle who becomes involved in drug-smuggling, homosexuality and murder. 109 min. DVD 2235
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Hugo, Victor

Hunchback of Notre Dame(1939)
William Dieterle; starring Charles Laughton 999:391

Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
Director: Wallace Worsley. Starring Lon Chaney. DVD 6193; vhs 999:818

Hunchback of Notre Dame (1982)
Directed by Michael Tuchner; starring Anthony Hopkins, Derek Jacobi, David Suchet, Gerry Sundquist, Tim Pigott-Smith, John Gielgud, Robert Powell, Lesley-Anne Down. 102 min. 999:1506

Les Miserables
An animated version. 60 min. 999:1555

Les Miserables(1935)
Directed by Richard Boleslawski. Starring Fredric March, Charles Laughton, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Rochelle Hudson, Frances Drake, John Beal. 104 min. 999:1556

Les Miserables (1957)
Directed by Jean-Paul Le Chanois. Starring Jean Gabin, Bernard Blier, Bourvil, Giani Esposito, Serge Reggiani, Daniele Delorme, Beatrice Altariba, Silvia Monfort. 217 min. 999:1537

Les Miserables (Miserabili) (1952; Italian dubbed into English.)
Directed by Carlo Ponti. Starring Gino Cervi, Valentina Cortesa, John Hinrich, Aldo Nicodeme, Luigi Pavese, Jone Romano. 119 min. 999:1541

Les Miserables (1978)
TV version, directed by Glenn Jordan; starring Richard Jordan, Anthony Perkins, Cyril Cusack, Claude Dauphin, John Gielgud, Ian Holm, Celia Johnson, Joyce Redman, Flora Robson. 999:1546

Les Miserables (1998)
Directed by Bille August. Starring Cast: Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, Claire Danes, Hans Matheson, Peter Vaughan. DVD 2771

Ionesco, Eugene

The Bald Soprano
Cast: Blaine Hendsbee, Patricia Dell, Elem Eley, Lynn Matthews, Keith Howard, Deborah Massell. Video/C 8600

The Chairs
With Siobhan McKenna and Cyril Cusack, and Eugene Ionesco as The Orator. 36 min. [Audiorecording] Sound/C 270

Cast: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Karen Black. DVD 1586

With Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Karen Black. [Audiorecording] Sound/C 262

Jarry, Alfred

Ubu Roi (1978)
Condensed version; starring Donald Pleasence, Brenda Bruce, Neil Cunningham, John Evitts, Jacqueline Delhaye; host, Jose Ferrer. An early example of modern, expressionistic drama - explained in a documentary section of the program - this anarchic political parody employs many non-realistic theatrical conventions to depict man in a distorted and exaggerated fashion in order to make fun of ambition, nobility, idealism and government. This condendensed video version captures the outrageous tone of the play which was a major influence on the theatre of the absurd. 60 min. Video/C 4048

Laclos, Choderlos de

Dangerous Liaisons (1989)
Director: Stephen Frears. A rich, scheming widow, a predatory rake and a beautiful, virtuous woman take the field in the age-old battle of the sexes in the eighteenth century. 120 min. 999:385

Dangerous Liasons (Liaisons Dangéreuses) (1959; in French with English subtitles)
Director: Roger Vadim. Based on the 18th century novel that scandalized Parisian society and updated by Vadim. Valmont (Philipe) and Juliette (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. 999:453

Dangerous Liaisons (Liaisons Dangéreuses)(2003)
Directed by Josee Dayan. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Rupert Everett, Nastassja Kinski, Danielle Darrieux, Leelee Sobieski, Andrzej Zulawski, Cyrille Thouvenin, Francoise Brion, Tedi Papavrami. A television mini-series adapted from the 18th century work by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, but set in the world of 1960s Paris. The beautiful Madame de Merteuil seeks vengeance when her ex-lover tells her that he is now engaged to her young goddaughter, Cecile. She turns to her partner-in-crime, Valmont but he gets sidetracked when visiting his aunt where he falls for Madame Tourvel, a virtuous, married woman who knows of his womanizing ways. Together, Madame de Merteuil and Valmont make a dangerous team and they will stop at nothing when it comes to matters of the heart. In French with optional English subtitles. 270 min. DVD 2341
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Valmont (1989)
Director: Milos Forman. Adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. 137 min. 999:457

Marivaux, Pierre

La Double Inconstance (1981; French with English subtitles)
Director: Jean-Luc Botte. Starring Dominique Constanza, Patrice Kerbrat, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Francoise Seigner, Tania Torrens. [2 tapes] Video/C 1167

Le Jeu de l'Amour et du Hasard (In French, 1975)
Directed by Marcel Bluwal. Cast: Daniele Lebrun, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Francoise Giret, Claude Brasseur, Andre Huguet, Henri-Jacques Huet. A comic romance based on the 1730 play by Marivaux. In French. 93 min. Video/C 9307

La Fausse Suivante (False Servant) (2000)
Directed by Benoit Jacquot. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Kiberlain, Pierre Arditi, Mathieu Amalric, Alexandre 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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Maupassant, Guy de

Le plaisir(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. DVD 6372

Une Partie de campagne (A Day in the Country) (1936)
Director: Jean Renoir. 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 convivial mother on the outing. Based on "Une Partie de campagne" by Guy de Maupassant. In French with English subtitles. 40 min.DVD 4834; vhs 999:122


Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (1958)
In French with English subtitles. 97 min. Video/C 1954

Dom Juan (1975)
In French. 60 min. Video/C 1251

Dom Juan (1975)
In French. With Jacques Toja, Francis Huster, Catherine Ferran. SOUND/C 971

L'Ecole des Femmes (1998)
With La Comedie-Francaise. In French. [2 tapes] 139 min. Video/C 8213

L'Ecole des Femmes (1985)
In French. [2 tapes] Video/C 1252

Les Femmes Savantes (1998)
With La Comedie-Francaise. In French. [2 tapes] 135 min. Video/C 8209

Les Femmes Savantes
[Audiorecording] Sound/C 1020

Les Fourberies de Scapin (1987)
Filmed in the Théâtre de l'Athenée in Paris. In French with English subtitles. 95 min. Video/C 1163

L'Impromptu de Versailles (1998)
With La Comedie-Francaise. In French. 56 min. Video/C 8212

La Malade Imaginaire (1984)
An evening at Theatre Marigny. In French. Video/C 1164

Le Mariage Force (1998)
With La Comedie-Francaise. In French. 71 min. Video/C 8214

La Medecin malgre lui
In French with English subtitles. 60 min. Video/C 1160

Le Misanthrope (1998)
With La Comedie-Francaise. In French. [2 tapes] 135 min. Video/C 8210

Le Misanthrope
In French with English subtitles. 140 min. Video/C 1161

The Comedy of Manners: Molière, The Misanthrope
Presents an abridged performance of Molière's comedy, "The Misanthrope." Introduction explains the comedy of manners as an art form. 48 min. Video/C 782 [Stored at NRLF]

Le Misanthrope
In English. 54 min. [Audiorecording] Sound/C 268

Le Misanthrope
La Comedie-Francaise joue "Le misanthrope" en francais. [Audiorecording] Sound/C 744

The Miser
In English. 88 min. [Audiorecording] Sound/C 205

Les Precieuses Ridicules (1998)
With La Comedie-Francaise. In French. 63 min. Video/C 8211

Les Precieuses Ridicules (1982)
In French. [Audiorecording] Sound/C 964

School for Wives
"A new English verse translation by Richard Wilbur." [Audiorecording] Sound/C 305

Sganarelle: The Imaginary Cuckold
(UC Berkeley) Video/C 2090 [Stored at NRLF]

Tartuffe (ca. 1984)
Royal Shakespeare Company production, BBC version. In English. 110 min. Video/C 951

Tartuffe (1997)
With La Comedie-Francaise. In French. [2 tapes] 135 min. Video/C 8215

Tartuffe (ca. 1986)
La Société des comédiens français. In French with English subtitles. 119 min. Video/C 1159

Tartuffe: pièce en cinq actes (1984)
Un film de Gérard Depardieu. 140 min. 999:656

Tartuffe. (1978)
Directors, Stephen Porter, Kirk Browning. Cast: Geraldine Fitzgerald, Tammy Grimes, Donald Moffat. Performed at Circle in the Square Theater in New York City. 120 min. Video/C 6888

Tartuffe. (silent, 1925)
Adapted from Moliere's famous play by Carl Mayer; directed by F. W. Murnau. 63 min. DVD 2458

In English; translated by Richard Wilbur. 107 min. [Audiorecording] Sound/C 206 - Part 1 of 3 tapes IS MISSING

Molière (ca. 1984)
Royal Shakespeare Company. Based on events in the life of the French playwright, the play shows Moliere as a man beset by church and state because of his sharp-penned satire of both in "Tartuffe." Dusty Hughes' version of Mikhail Bulgakov's comedy "Kabala Sviatosh" is based on a literal translation of the original by Helen Rappaport entitled "Moliere, or The Union of Hypocrites." In English. 112 min. Video/C 952

Molnar, Franz (Ferenc)

Liliom (1934)
Directed by Fritz Lang. Starring Charles Boyer, Madeleine Ozeray, Alcover, Florelle. A carnival barker is killed in a knife fight but is allowed to return to earth for one day to see how his wife and daughter are managing. In French with English subtitles. 116 min. DVD 2457; vhs 999:700

Pagnol, Marcel

César (1936; Fanny trilogy: 3)
Directed by Marcel Pagnol. Starring Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, Charpin, Orane Demazis. In French with English subtitles. 133 min. DVD 2751; vhs 999:773

Fanny (1932; Fanny trilogy: 2)
Directed by Marc Allegret. Starring Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, Orane Demazis, Charpin. In French with English subtitles. 120 min. DVD 2751; vhs 999:772

Marius (1931; Fanny trilogy: 1)
Directed by Alexander Korda. Starring Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, Fernand Charpin, Orane Demazis. In French with English subtitles. 121 min. DVD 2751; vhs 999:771

Jean de Florette (1987)
Directed by Claude Berri. Performers: Yves Montand, Gerard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil. In French with English subtitles. 122 min. DVD 514; vhs 999:383

Manon of the Spring (1987)
Directed by Claude Berri. Performers: Yves Montand, Daniel Auteuil, Emmanuelle Beart. In French with English subtitles. 113 min. DVD 516; vhs 999:384

My Father's Glory (1991)
Directed by Yves Robert. Performers: Phillippe Caubere, Nathalie Roussel, Therese Liotard, Didier Pain. In French with English subtitles. 110 min. DVD 2933; vhs 999:959

My Mother's Castle (1991)
Directed by Yves Robert. Performers: Phillippe Caubere, Nathalie Roussel, Therese Liotard, Didier Pain. In French with English subtitles. 98 min. DVD 2922; vhs 999:960

Racine, Jean

In French. [Audiorecording] Sound/C 965

Phèdre (1968)
Director Claude Lemay. In French. Originally released as a motion picture in 1968 in France, by Ancinex Films du Valois and Galba Films. 110 min. DVD 4862; also vhs Video/C 6136

Phèdre (1981)
In French with English subtitles. 93 min. Video/C 1128

Comédie Française abridgement. [Audiorecording] Sound/C 768

Robbe-Grillet, Alain
L'Année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad) (1961)
Directed by Alain Resnais. 93 min. DVD 115; DVD 4210 (PAL format); VHS 999:154
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Rostand, Edmond

Cyrano de Bergerac (ca. 1984)
Starring Derek Jacobi; Royal Shakespeare Co. In English. 176 min. Video/C 953

Cyrano de Bergerac (1991)
Director: Jean-Claude Petit. Starring Gérard Depardieu. In French with English subtitles. 138 min. 999:505
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Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)
Directed by Michael Gordon. Starring Jose Ferrer. In English. 112 min. 999:1524

Cyrano de Bergerac
Read by Ralph Richardson. In English. 176 min. [Audiorecording] Sound/C 253

Roxanne (1987)
Director: Fred Schepisi. Modern adaptation of Cyrano. Starring Steve Martin. In English. 107 min. 999:1531

Sartre, Jean Paul

Hui Clos(1954)
Directed by Jacqueline Audry. Cast: Arletty, Frank Villard, Gaby Sylvia, Yves Deniaud, Nicole Courcel, Jean Debucourt, Paul Frankeur, Giani Esposito Adapted from the play by Jean-Paul Sartre, a philosophical melodrama of three people tearing each other to pieces. Considered the author's most famous drama with its immortal sentence "L'enfer, c'est les autres" (Hell is other people). 95 min. Video/C 999:3807
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No Exit
Adpated from the French into English by Paul Bowles. With Donald Pleasence, Anna Massey, and Glenda Jackson. 49 min. [Audiorecording] Sound/C 265

Verne, Jules

Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
Directed by Michael Anderson. Traveling across two oceans, over five seas and through 16 countries, an Englishman in the 1870s tries to circumnavigate the world in eighty days to win a wager. 179 min. 999:834:1&2
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Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
Directed by Frank Coraci. Cast: Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Cecile de France, Jim Broadbent, Ewen Bremner, Ian McNeice, Arnold Schwarzenegger. In a lively discussion with Lord Kelvin, inventor Phileas Fogg states his belief that it's possible for someone to travel around the globe in a mere 80 days. Kelvin challenges him to prove it, and adds a wager: if Fogg can't circumnavigate the globe in 80 days, he'll have to give up inventing forever. Fogg and his crew of two take the challenge. They travel by train, boat, balloon, horseback, or any other means at their disposal. 120 min. DVD 3164
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Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
Directed by Henry Levin. Cast: Pat Boone, James Mason, Arlene Dahl, Diane Baker.Based on the Jules Verne science fiction novel, a daring scientiest leads an expedition into the interior of the Earth, where fierce dinosaurs and an intelligent reptilian race battle a primitive human civilization. 129 min. DVD 4632
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Mysterious Island (1961)
Directed by Cy Endfield. Cast: Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan, Gary Merrill, Beth Rogan, Herbert Lom. In this sequel to "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea", escapees from a Confederate prison camp seize a balloon which is wrecked on a Pacific island, where Captain Nemo of the submarine Nautilus attempts to rescue them from the dangers of the island. Based on the story by Jules Verne. 100 min. DVD 3295
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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
Directed by Richard Fleischer. Cast: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre, Robert J. Wilke, Ted de Corsia, J.M. Kerrigan. A trouble-shooting 19th century seaman is trying to discover why so many whaling ships have been disappearing of late. Teaming with a scientist and a diver, they set sail to investigate and are promptly captured by the megalomaniac Captain Nemo, who skippers a lavish, scientifically advanced submarine. 127 min. DVD 1698
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Maertens, James W. "Between Jules Verne and Walt Disney: Brains, Brawn, and Masculine Desire in 20,000 Leagues under the Sea." Science-Fiction Studies. 22(2):209-25. 1995


Candide (ca. 1988)
Director Serge Ganzl. In French. 135 min. Video/C 6181

Candide (ca. 1976)
BBC version. In English. 104 min. Video/C 784

Emile Zola

La Bete Humaine (Human Beast)
Directed by Jean Renoir, 1938. Featuring Jean Gabin (Jacques Lantier), Simone Simon (Severine Roubaud), Fernand Ledoux (Roubaud), Julien Carette. Based on a novel by Emile Zola. 10 min. DVD 5920; DVD 3494 (PAL); vhs 999:1917
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Directed by Claude Berri, 1993. 166 min. 999:3286
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Human Desire
Directed by Fritz Lang, 1954. Featuring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford, Edgar Buchanan. 81 min. 999:680
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Directed by Jean Renoir, 1926. Cast: Catherine Hessling, Werner Krauss, Jean Angelo, Pierre Philippe, Valeska Gert. Non-US (PAL) format 140 min. DVD 6052 DVD 6052
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La Terre (The Earth)
Directed by Andre Antoine, 1921 (silent film). Cast: Armand Bour, Rene Alexandre, Jean Harve, Germanine Rouer. 98 min. DVD 6301
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Therese Raquin,
Directed by Marcel Carne, 1953. Cast: Simone Signoret, Raf Vallone, Sylvis, Jacques Duby, Maria-Pia Casilio, Marcel Andre, Martial Rebe, Paul Frankeur. Based on the novel by Emile Zola. 102 min. DVD 4919
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