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‘Last Tango in Paris’ (1972): Passion Isn’t Love

Directed by: Berardo Bertolucci || Produced by: Alberto Grimaldi Screenplay by: Bernardo Bertolucci, Franco Arcalli, Agnes Varda || Starring: Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Massimo Girotti, Veronica Lazar, Maria Michi, Catherine Allegret, Darling Legitimus, Gitt Magrini, Luce Marquand Music by: Gato Barbieri || Cinematography: Vittorio Storaro || Edited by: Franco Arcalli, Roberto Perpignani || … Continue reading

‘Brotherhood of the Wolf’ (2001): An Eccentric Action-Horror Gem

Directed by: Christophe Gans || Produced by: Richard Grandpierre, Samuel Hadida Screenplay by: Christophe Gans, Stephane Cabel || Starring: Samuel Le Bihan, Vincent Cassel, Emilie Dequenne, Monica Bellucci, Jeremie Renier, Mark Dacascos, Jean Yanne, Jean-Francois Stevenin Music by: Joseph LoDuca || Cinematography: Dan Laustsen || Edited by: David Wu, Sebastien Prangere, Xavier Loutreuil || Country: … Continue reading

Cache (2005): Hidden Messages

Directed by: Michael Haneke || Produced by: Veit Heiduschka Screenplay by: Michael Haneke || Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Benichou, Lester Makedonsky, Walid Afkir, Annie Girardot, Daniel Duval, Bernard Le Coq Cinematography: Christian Berger || Edited by: Michael Hudecek, Nadine Muse || Country: France || Language: French Running Time: 118 minutes If you’re new … Continue reading

‘Pierrot le Fou’ (1965): Crazy Enough

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard || Produced by: Georges de Beauregard Screenplay by: Jean-Luc Godard || Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, Graziella Galvani, Dirk Sanders, Jimmy Karoubi Music by: Antoine Duhamel || Cinematography: Raoul Coutard || Editing by: Francoise Collin || Country: France || Language: French Running Time: 110 minutes In 1965, Godard released another feature that … Continue reading

‘Breathless’ (1960): The Jump-Cut Machine

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard || Produced by: Georges de Beauregard Screenplay by: Jean Luc Godard || Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger, Henri-Jacques Huet Music by: Martial Solal || Cinematography: Raoul Coutard || Editing by: Cecile Decugis, Lila Herman || Country: France || Language: French Running Time: 87 minutes Even if you’re an introductory student … Continue reading

‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ (2013): Three Hours of Close-Ups

Directed by: Abdellatif Kechiche || Produced by: Abdellatif Kechiche, Brahim Chioua, Vincent Maraval Screenplay by: Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix || Starring: Adele Exarchopoulos, Lea Seydoux, Jeremie Laheurte, Catherine Salee, Aurelien Recoing, Sandor Funtek Cinematography: Sofian El Fani || Editing by: Albertine Lastera, Camille Toubkis || Country: France || Language: French Running Time: 179 minutes The 2013 … Continue reading

‘Amour’ (2012): The Stereotypical Oscar-Bait

Directed by: Michael Haneke || Produced by: Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz Written by: Michael Haneke || Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert Cinematography by: Darius Khondji || Editing by: Monika Willi || Country: Austria, France, Germany || Language: French Running Time: 127 minutes 2012’s token French Best Picture-nominee, Amour, is vintage … Continue reading

‘Mesrine’ (2008): Vincent Cassel’s Greatest Alter Ego

Directed by: Jean-Francois Richet || Produced by: Thomas Langmann, Andre Rouleau Screenplay by: Abdel Raouf Dafri, Jean-Francois Richet || Starring: Vincent Cassel, Ludivine Sagnier, Michel Duchaussoy, Cecile De France Music by: Eloi Painchaud, Marco Beltrami, Marcus Trumpp || Cinematography: Robert Gantz || Editing by: Eloi Painchaud, Bill Pankow, Herve Schneid || Country: France, Canada || Language: … Continue reading

‘A Prophet’ (2009): Gangster Movies are Better with French Bread

Directed by: Jacques Audiard || Produced by: Martine Cassinelli, Antonin Dedet Screenplay by: Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Abdel Raouf Dafri, Nicolas Peufaillit || Starring: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb, Hichem Yacoubi, Jean-Philippe Ricci, Gilles Cohen Music by: Alexandre Desplat || Cinematography: Stephane Fontaine || Editing by: Juliette Welfling || Country: France, Italy || … Continue reading

‘The Artist’ (2011): The Most Quickly Forgotten Oscar-Favorite of All Time?

Directed by: Michel Hazanavicius || Produced by: Thomas Langmann Written by: Michel Hazanavicius || Starring: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Missi Pyle Music by: Ludovic Bource || Cinematography by: Guillaume Schiffman || Editing by: Anne-Sophie Bion, Michel Hazanavicius || Country: France || Language: Silent (English intertitles) Running Time: 100 minutes The Artist, … Continue reading