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C'etait de Gaulle, 1958-1969 C'etait de Gaulle, 1958-1969

Looks at the life and political career of French President Charles de Gaulle from 1958-1969. Contents: Le temps des epreuves / de Rene-Jean Bouyer -- Le temps des defis / de Rene-Jean Bouyer. In French without English subtitles. 2008. 107 min.

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.

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. Directed and produced by Philip Brooks and Alan Hayling 1982. 52 min. ;

Fireflies (Lucioles)

Children of immigrants fight for an independent outlook that acknowledges their complex origins and multifaceted identities. Presents the stories of four women who immigrated to France (some as children) and their struggles with personal identity. A film by Kila Dekacee. 2004. 33 min.

France Under Socialism

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. 1983. 27 min. [Stored at NRLF: B 3 969 275]

French Financial Policy Under Socialism

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. [Stored at NRLF: B 3 969 327]

I am France: The Myth of Charles de Gaulle

At the outbreak of WWI, the Ottoman Empire allied itself with Germany and Austria, a decision that would lead to the final destruction of the Empire and the creation of the modern Middle East, a catastrophy in the sense of re-drawn boundaries which fuel conflicts to this day. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 30 min.

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.

La Commune (Paris 1871) (198-?)

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.

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.

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