While my cinematic attentions have been primarily focused on contemporary French cinema, today I have decided to highlight a few films (some of which I have admittedly not seen) that I think make for a great (at home) Classic French Film Festival.
Hopefully I have pulled some titles you may not have heard of.
JEUX INTERDITS (FORBIDDEN GAMES)
Directed by René Clément and is based on the novel of the same name, written by François Boyer. It is the story of two children living on the French countryside during the Second World War.
Among the Awards it received:
- Academy Award – Best Foreign Language Film
- Venice Film Festival Golden Lion – Best Picture
- New York Film Critics Circle – Best Foreign Language Film
- BAFTA Award – Best Film
LE BALLON ROUGE (THE RED BALLOON)
This 1956 short by director Albert Lamorisse holds a special place in heart; I remember first seeing it when I was in elementary school. It captured my imagination and even to this day it resides in that special corner of my mind reserved for the fondest of childhood memories.
Logline: A boy discovers his new balloon has a mind of its own.
LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS CHILDREN OF PARADISE
Logline: In 19th-Century Paris, four men with very different intentions court a sideshow performer.
I saw this film several years ago, but what always remained with me is the story behind the film: it was made during the Nazi occupation of France and released in 1945.
ON MY MUST SEE LIST
Lastly, here is a list of films that are on definitely must see:
- La Régle du jeu (The Rules of the Game)
- Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (Umbrellas of Cherbourg)
- La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast)