In Honor of La Fête Nationale (Bastile Day)

In honor of La fête nationale, I wanted to share my appreciation French films by sharing a few clips from from French-language film:

Le Ballon rouge (My first French film)

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (A rather recent addition thanks to my TCMParty pals)

La règle du jeu

Entre Les Murs

Madame de …
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In my researching (yes even for a post so economical, some research goes into it) I realized that I have seen a LOT of French films over the years – so many that I could not include all of them in this post. Otherwise, I could be here until midnight extolling their respective virtues. I will spare you that pleasure and offer this simple bit of advice: go to Netflix (or any other streaming service) and randomly pick a few French-language films. Trust me, I continue to follow my advice and remain constantly amazed.

Here are some recent recommendations; hopefully in the coming weeks/months I will post my reviews and recaps:
  • Sous les toits de Paris (Rene Clair, 1930) – not the most narratively-sound film, but there are some lovely shots in this one
  • Prête-moi ta main (Eric Lartigau 2006)
  • La Belle et la Bête (Jean Cocteau, 1946)
under the roofs of parisSous les toits de Paris
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In closing, here are a few posts from the ILC archives in which I discuss some of the French films I have seen over the years:

On Location at the Palace of Versailles

8 Femmes

La Delicatasse

The Scarlet Pimpernel – yes while not actually French, it does deal with the French Revolution whose source is one of my favorite books growing up)

Les adieux à la reine

 Ne les dis à personne

La Vie d’Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2

Les yeux sans visage

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