Tag Archives: french
Elle a passé tant d’heures sous les sunlights… / She Spent So Many Hours Under the Sun Lamps (1985) Philippe Garrel, Mireille Perrier, Jacques Bonnaffé, Anne Wiazemsky, Drama, Fantasy
A young film director is turning a movie with his friend Christa (reminds us of the real-life relationship between Garrel and Nico). In the film-within-the-film there are two couples, one real, one imagined , and the film – told through five dreams – is as much the story of a film on-production, as the birth of a child.
Allemagne 90 neuf zéro / Germany Year 90 Nine Zero (1991) Jean-Luc Godard, Eddie Constantine, Hanns Zischler, Claudia Michelsen, Drama
Characterized by deconstructivism and philosophical references and by briefly exposing the good, bad, and ugly periods of the country’s history, this post-modern film portrays the abstract need for guidance of Germany following the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Week-end à Zuydcoote / Weekend at Dunkirk (1964) Henri Verneuil, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Catherine Spaak, Georges Géret, Drama, War
Set during World War II, and stuck on the beaches near Dunkirk, Julien Maillat tries to join England by boat with the English Army, but cannot succeed. He , then, tries to organize the life for him and his soldiers friends between German raids and shells.
The Pied Piper (1972) Jacques Demy, Keith Buckley, Patsy Puttnam, Arthur Hewlett, Drama, Fantasy, Musical
Greed, corruption, ignorance, and disease. Midsummer, 1349: the Black Death reaches northern Germany. Minstrels go to Hamelin for the Mayor’s daughter’s wedding to the Baron’s son. He wants her dowry to pay his army while his father taxes the people to build a cathedral he thinks will save his soul. A local apothecary who’s a Jew seeks a treatment for the plague; the priests charge him with witchcraft. One of the minstrels, who has soothed the Mayor’s daughter with his music, promises to rid the town of rats for the fee. The Mayor agrees, then reneges. In the morning, the plague, the Jew’s trial, and the Piper’s revenge come at once.
Mourir à Madrid / To Die in Madrid (1963) Frédéric Rossif, Irene Worth, John Gielgud, Suzanne Flon, Documentary
Morir en Madrid brings together several papers on the Spanish Civil War and integrates capturing different points of view, intended to represent the continuity of the suffering of the Spanish during the Franco regime. The death of Federico Garcia Lorca, Guernica, the defense of Madrid, the International Brigades, are some of the items comprised in this document.
Un homme qui me plaît / Love Is a Funny Thing (1969) Claude Lelouch, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Annie Girardot, Maria Pia Conte, Comedy, Drama
Vendredi soir / Friday Night (2002) Claire Denis, Valérie Lemercier, Vincent Lindon, Hélène de Saint-Père, Drama, Romance
Having packed up her possessions to move in with her lover, Laure is more unsettled than she appears. Needing to get out and have a change of scenery, she jumps in her car to go to have dinner with friends–only to become stuck in a terrible traffic jam. Laure completely forgot about the mass transit strike that has thrown the city into chaos. But Laure feels good in her car, the only place she has for herself right now. As she takes in the sights and sounds around her–the blare of horns and arguments, the shimmer of lights and camaraderie–Laure notices a calm and self-assured stranger, Jean, approach her car. Soon thereafter, she opens her car door door to the man who–that night–will change her life.
Un homme et une femme, 20 ans déjà / A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later (1986) Claude Lelouch, Anouk Aimée, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Richard Berry, Drama, Romance
Jean-Louis and Anne have had their fling and separated. Now 20 years have passed. He is still dating various women. She is now a big time director whose most recent film was a very expensive bomb. She comes up with the idea of making a romance based upon her fling with Jean-Louis. She contacts him to gain his permission. Jean-Louis is still in racing and goes away for a desert rally while she begins filming. She finds the mood of their romance difficult to recapture in her film.
There Is No Sexual Rapport / Il n’y a pas de rapport sexuel (2011) Raphaël Siboni, Hervé P. Gustave, Cindy Dollar, Michael Cerrito
An amusing and poignant examination of one man’s career as a director-performer of pornography. This cinematic penetration into the adult film industry and France’s most prominent skin auteur Hervé P. Gustave, who goes by the moniker HPG, reveals the trials and tribulations with the creation of the ever expanding and increasingly demanding adult industry. In this tragic story of human debris, we watch helplessly as adult film performers capture money shots, dance around anatomy for soft porn gigs, and coax reluctant amateurs to perform as the clock is ticking. Culled from 10 years of drenched, hellish footage, renowned visual artist (and first time filmmaker) Raphael Siboni shapes an intriguing portrait, one that never glorifies or condemns its subject or his chosen profession.