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Films in French

Note on the organization:

English title (French title). Director. Original Year of Release.

Description of film from Polk Catalog.

Location. Media format. Call Number.

All titles are linked to the catalog page for each item.

 

1. Africa, I'm Going to Fleece You (Afrique, je te plumerai). Jean-Marie Téno. 1993.
A compelling and sardonic essay on the history of colonialism in Cameroon, and by extension, on the African continent. Focuses on historical as well as contemporary European cultural domination, particularly in the publishing and media industry.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number:

 

2. All the Mornings of the World (Tous les Matins du Monde). Alain Corneau. 1991.
The lives of a reclusive 17th century French composer and his two beautiful daughters are forever changed by a flamboyant young student.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .A387 1994

 

3. All’s Well (Tout Va Bien). Jean-Luc Godard & Jean-Pierre Gorin. 1972.
The story of a wildcat strike at a sausage factory, as witnessed by an American reporter and her has-been New Wave film director husband. Culminates in a free-range assault on consumer capitalism and ineffective leftists. A caustic critique of society, marriage, and revolution in post-1968 France.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .T6588 2005

 

4. Alphaville: A Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution (Alphaville: Une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution). Jean-Luc Godard. 1965.
In this exciting blend of crime thriller and sci-fi drama, tough American detective Lemmy Caution must destroy the supercomputer that runs Alphaville, a dictatorial state where love and poetry are banned.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .A426 1996

 

5. Amélie (Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain). Jean-Pierre Jeunet. 2001.
Amélie is a young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood; misdiagnosed with an unusual heart condition, Amélie didn't attend school with other children, but spent most of her time in her room, where she developed a keen imagination and an active fantasy life. Despite all this, Amélie has grown into a healthy and beautiful young woman who works in a cafe and has a whimsical, romantic nature. She decides to step into the lives of others around her to help them out.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .A46 2002

 

6. And God Created Woman (Et Dieu… créa la femme). Roger Vadim. 1956.
Juliette is an 18 year-old orphan whose unbridled appetite for pleasure shakes up all of St. Tropez. Her sweet but naïve husband Michel endures beatings, insults and mambo in his attempts to tame her wild ways.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .A48 2000

 

7. Army of Shadows (L'armée des ombres). Jean-Pierre Melville. 1969.
A civil engineer who is one of the French Resistance's chiefs is given away by a traitor and interned in a camp.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .A7644 2007

 

8. Bad Company (Mauvaises fréquentations). Jean-Pierre Améris. 1999.
Delphine is a sweet innocent young girl. Her new best friend pulls her into a world where she falls in love with a local pretty boy. Working her hardest to make him love her drags her into prostitution.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .B21 2003

 

9. Band of Outsiders (Bande à part). Jean-Luc Godard. 1964.
Two burglars plan a robbery with a young woman they just met.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .B2178 2003

 

10. The Battle of Algiers (La Bataille d'Alger). Gillo Pontecorvo. 1966.

Dramatizes the harrowing events of 1957, a key year in Algeria's struggle for independence from France. Recreates the tumultuous Algerian uprising against the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, the French torture prisoners for information and the Algerians resort to terrorism in their quest for independence. Children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafés. The French win the battle, but ultimately lose the war as the Algerian people demonstrate that they will no longer be suppressed. Note: Film is in three parts and contains both French and Arabic.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .B6 2004

 

11. The Barbarian Invasions (Les Invasions barbares). Denys Arcand. 2003.
It’s not easy for a narrow-minded professor to reconcile with his equally stubborn son. But soon, father and son find themselves gathering with their wide and colorful circle of family and friends to conform their differences, confess their secrets, and celebrate life.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .B343 2004

 

12. Baxter (Baxter). Jérôme Boivin. 1989.
Tale of a dog whose unusual ability to think drives him to human-scale destruction. Told from the dog's point of view.

EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .B38 1992

 

13. Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête). Jean Cocteau. 1946.
Dramatized adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Tells the fable of the kindly beast and the self-sacrificing beauty whose love releases the prince in him. Contains such visual displays as tears that become real diamonds and walls that grow arms to light Beauty's path through the castle of the Beast.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .B383 2003

 

14. Bed and Board (Domicile Conjugal). François Truffaut. 1970.
The fourth installment of the Antoine Doinel series. Antoine is now 26, married and expecting his first child. He is also still struggling to find steady work. Antoine and Christine become the proud parents of a son, but Antoine soon tires of domesticity and when he meets a Japanese woman at his new job he falls in love and has an affair.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .B3833 2003

 

15. Belle de Jour (Belle de jour). Luis Buñuel. 1967.
The porcelain perfection of Catherine Deneuve hides a cracked interior in the actress's most iconic role: Severine, a chilly Paris housewife by night, a bordello prostitute by day.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .B3919 2005

 

16. Betty (Betty). Claude Chabrol. 1992.
When Betty is caught en flagrante, her bourgeois in-laws and husband force a divorce settlement upon her and bar her from seeing her two daughters. She is rescued from an alcoholic stupor by Laure, a middle-aged woman who takes Betty to her hotel lodgings, extends friendship and care, and listens to her story. Laure's lover, Mario, the proprietor of the bar where Betty and Laure met, is first a friend, then Betty's next conquest. Description from IMDB. Based on the book by George Simenon.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .B42 1994

 

17. Betty Blue (37°2 le matin). Jean-Jacques Beineix. 1986.
Betty and Zorg are not your average French lovers. Together, they make life a magical fantasy in which absolutely anything can happen--until their dreams collide with reality.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .B424 2002

 

18. The Big Risk (Classe tous risques). Claude Stutet. 1960.
After hiding out in Milan for nearly a decade, former gang boss Abel Davos sneaks back into Paris, along with his children and appointed guardian, Eric Stark. Beset by backstabbing former friends, Abel begins a journey through the postwar Parisian underworld that is both throat grabbing and soul searching. A character study of a career criminal at the end of his rope.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .C5272 2008

 

19. The Blood of a Poet (Le Sang d'un Poète). Jean Cocteau. 1930.
Part 1 of Jean Cocteau's Orphic trilogy (with "Orpheus" and "Testament of Orpheus").
An artist is driven mad by the sight of his own blood and a drawing of a mouth that seems to come to life. The combination sends him off on a series of bizarre adventures that strive to explain how artists become obsessed with their own works.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .B535 2000

 

20. Bob the Gambler (Bob le flambeur). Jean-Pierre Melville. 1956.
Bob the gambler and his friends learn that the Deauville Casino expects to pull in 800 million francs. On the night of the heist Bob plays the casino tables until the appointed time. Before the dawn breaks, some of the men and women will win, some will lose, and some will die.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .B612 2002

 

21. Boudu Saved from Drowning (Boudu sauvé des eaux). Jean Renoir. 1932.
A well-off bookseller rescues a tramp from a suicidal plunge into the Seine and his family dedicates itself to reforming him. He shows his gratitude by shaking the household to its foundations, challenging the hidebound principles of his hosts.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .B6269 2005

 

22. Breathless (À bout de souffle). Jean-Luc Godard. 1960.
A small-time hood kills a policeman and tries to leave France, but his American girlfriend betrays him to the police and he gets killed trying to escape.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .B679 2001

 

23. Brotherhood of the Wolf (Le Pacte des loups). Christophe Gans. 2001.
When a mysterious beast ravages the countryside, two men are called in to fight the evil and end the reign of terror. The only way they can save the land from the unspeakable fright is to unearth a dark power, reveal a deadly secret and face their greatest fears.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .B73 2002

 

24. By-Chance Balthazar (Au hasard Balthazar). Robert Bresson. 1966.
Robert Bresson's masterpiece follows a much-abused donkey, Balthazar, whose life strangely parallels that of his owner, Marie. A beast of burden suffering the sins of man, Balthazar nevertheless nobly accepts his fate.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .A84 2005

 

25. Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis). Marcel Carné. 1945.
Drama about the theater and the individuals that made the stage their life. Includes the love story of four men for one woman.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .C4623 2002

 

26. The Chorus (Les choristes). Christophe Barratier. 2004.
Unemployed music teacher Clement Mathieu becomes the supervisor at a boarding school for the rehabilitation of minors. Dismayed by the repressive administration, he works to positively transform the students’ lives through music.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .C478 2005

 

27. A Christmas Tale (Un conte de Noël). Arnaud Desplechin. 2008.
Junon is the matriarch of the troubled Vuillard family, who come together at Christmas when they learn she needs a bone marrow transplant from a blood relative. The Vuillard's shared history of physical and mental illness, estrangement, self-harm, and loss doesn't lead itself to the idea of a cheerful holiday season. Hopefully the Christmastime reunion, a scheme concocted by three of the youngest family members, will finally bring peace to their family.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .C482 2009

 

28. The City of Lost Children (La Cité des enfants perdus). Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro. 1995.
This fantastically-twisted fairy tale is chock-full of curious characters and special effects. A sad and heartbroken madman, Krank, is aging prematurely because he can't dream. He kidnaps little children, hoping that eventually he will find a way to steal their sleeping thoughts. The story takes the form of a quest, as a sentimental harpooner-turned-fairground strongman, One, sets out to find his young brother on a dilapidated oil rig. He soon falls in love with the gutsy nine-year old girl (who is head of the orphan gang), and together they run a gauntlet of fantastical dangers as they join hearts and hands to save a small boy's dreams from the madman's master plan.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .C5244 2007

 

29. The Class (Entre les murs). Laurent Cantet. 2008.
Francois Marin and his fellow teachers gear up for another school year at a racially mixed high school in Paris. With the best of intentions, each teacher will try his or her own way to inspire their students. Through the ups and downs, successes and failures, Marin himself sometimes comes to his own breaking point, and when all is said and done next year will bring another group of students. Includes commentaries, and featurette.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .C5271 2009

 

30. Cléo from 5 to 7 (Cléo de 5 à 7). Agnès Varda. 1962.
A girl waiting for the result of a medical examination wanders around Paris thinking she has cancer.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .C528 2000

 

31. Coco Before Chanel (Coco avant Chanel). Anne Fontaine. 2009.
Years after being abandoned at an orphanage by her father, Gabrielle Chanel finds a job in a tailor shop where she meets, and soon begins an affair with French millionaire Etienne Balsan. Through Baron Balsan she is introduced into French society and given the opportunity to design her own style of hats. Though her career takes off, her personal life becomes more complicated when she falls in love with Balsan's former best friend Arthur Capel.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .C611 2010

 

32. Code Unknown (Code inconnu). Michael Haneke. 2000.
On a bustling Paris street corner, four separate lives intersect, interweaving the stories of a promising actress, her photojournalist boyfriend, a teacher of African descent, and a Romanian illegal immigrant. A portrait of life in a fractured, lonely world.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .C614 2002

 

33. Come Undone (Presque rien). Sébastien Lifshitz. 2000.
Come Undone tells the story of two young French boys who begin a passionate relationship that boils over and threatens to destroy both their lives. Mathieu is a quiet 18-year-old boy spending the holidays with his depressed mother. He gets involved with the more experienced Cďric. Their relationship sets off an emotional firestorm in Mathieu as he moves towards adulthood and independence.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .C638 2001

 

34. The Complete Jean Vigo. 2011.
The Criterion Collection’s set of Vigo’s films. Even among cinema's greatest legends, Jean Vigo stands alone. The son of a notorious anarchist, Vigo had a brief but brilliant career making poetic, lightly surrealist films before his life was cut tragically short by tuberculosis at age twenty-nine. Like the daring early works of his contemporaries Jean Cocteau and Luis Buųel, Vigo's films refused to play by the rules. This set includes all of Vigo's titles.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .C6432 2011

 

35. Contempt (Le Mépris). Jean-Luc Godard. 1963.
Asked to write a screenplay for an American producer, a young French dramatist and his wife visit the producer's villa in Capri. There the wife and producer engage in an affair, and she decides to leave her husband. However, something quite unexpected happens.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .C645 2002

 

36. Coup de torchon (Coup de torchon). Bertrand Tavernier. 1981.
After Lucien Cordier, the only police officer in a small African village is ridiculed by the local pimp, cheated on by his wife, and suffers his mistresses being beaten, he begins to get rid of the evil ones in his life.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .C6758 2001

 

37. Les Cousins (Les Cousins). Claude Chabrol. 1959.
Claude Chabrol crafts a sly moral fable about a provincial boy who comes to live with his sophisticated bohemian cousin in Paris. Through these seeming opposites, Chabrol conjures a piercing, darkly comic character study that questions notions of good and evil, love and jealousy, and success in the modern world. A mirror image of Le Beau Serge, Les Cousins recasts that film's stars, Jean-Claude Brialy and Gřard Blain, in startlingly reversed roles.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .C682 2011

 

38. The Crime of Monsieur Lange (Le Crime de Monsieur Lange). Jean Renoir. 1936.
A group of workers take over a publishing house when its crooked owner, Batala, absconds. Batala returns to resume control, but one of the workers, Lange, kills him to save the collective.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .C78 2001

 

39. Cross My Heart (La fracture du myocarde). Jacques Fansten. 1990.
Antoine and Jerome follow their friend Martin home one day and discover that his mother has died and he's been keeping her death a secret. Together the friends conspire to keep Martin's secret and to keep him in his home.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .C85 1992

 

40. Cyrano de Bergerac (Cyrano de Bergerac). Jean-Paul Rappeneau. 1990.
Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy. Description from IMDB.2 Based on the play by Edmond Rostand.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .C97 2004

 

41. Danton (Danton). Andrzej Wajda. 1983.
Danton, the popular revolutionary leader, returns to Paris at a time when the new French republic is in disarray. He is pitched into conflict against the dictator Robespierre and his infamous "Reign of Terror".
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .D35 1999

 

42. Days of Glory (Indigènes). Rachid Bouchareb. 2006.
The tale of a 1943 WWII French Algerian Unit facing discrimination by its European counterparts due to prejudice and ignorance. The French armed forces are preparing to land troops in Europe to win back their homeland from the Axis Powers, but they cannot accomplish their task without recruiting men from their African colonies. The Africans themselves start their long journey full of hope and anticipation, but as they get closer to their goal they realize that their enemy is not necessarily the Germans.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .D388 2007

 

43. Death In the Garden (La mort en ce jardin). Luis Buñuel. 1956.
Amid a revolution in a South American mining outpost, a band of fugitives are forced to flee for their lives into the jungle. Starving, exhausted, and stripped of their old identities, they wander desperately, lured by one deceptive promise of salvation after another.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .D396 2009

 

44. Delicatessen (Delicatessen). Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet. 1991.
In a futuristic society where meat is a rare commodity, a delicatessen serves up its customers as a nutritious replacement!
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .D44 2006

 

45. Derrida (Derrida). Kirby Dick & Amy Ziering Kofman. 2002.
Documentary about French philosopher Jacques Derrida. Combines excerpts of his speaking to groups, interviews, and biographical materials.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: B2430.D484 D4765 2003

 

46. The Devils (Les Diaboliques). Henri-Georges Clouzot. 1955.
Suspense classic that influenced the 1960 movie, Psycho, by Alfred Hitchcock. Tells the story of a sadistic headmaster of a Parisian boarding school who is murdered by his wife and mistress, whom he has mistreated. The women dump his body in a swimming pool. When the pool is drained, the body has disappeared. Then come reports of sightings, terrifying his killers.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 D486 1998

 

47. Diary of a Chambermaid (Le journal d'une femme de chambre) .Luis Buñuel. 1964.
A chambermaid with Paris flair gets a job at a country estate. The family she works for and the other staff members are a strange sort and she must learn the ways of country living and neighbor revialry. After a child is murdered near the estate, she begins to have her suspicions as to whom may be responsible.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .D488 2001

 

48. Diary of a Country Priest (Journal d'un curé de campagne). Robert Bresson. 1951.
A new priest arrives in the French country village of Ambricourt to attend to his first parish. The rural congregation rejects him immediately. Through his country diary entries, the suffering young man relays a crisis of faith that threatens to drive him away from the village and God.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .D489 2004

 

49. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie). Luis Buñuel. 1972.
An upper-class sextet sits down to dinner but never eats, their attempts continually thwarted by a vaudevillian mixture of events both actual and imagined.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .D499 2000

 

50. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le scaphandre et le papillon). Julian Schnabel. 2007.
The French editor of Elle magazine, Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, in 1995 at the age of 43, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his interior world, from the psychological torment of being trapped inside his body to his imagined stories from lands he'd only visited in his mind.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .D54 2008

 

51. Elena and Her Men (Elena et les Hommes). Jean Renoir. 1956.
Set amid the military maneuvers and Quatorze de Juillet carnivals of turn-of-the-century France, Jean Renoir's romantic comedy stars Ingrid Bergman as a Polish princess who drives men of all stations to fits of desperate love.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .E51 2004

 

52. Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l'échafaud). Louis Malle. 1958.
Florence Carala and her lover Julien Tavernier, an ex-paratrooper, want to murder her husband by faking a suicide.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .E524 2006

 

53. Eyes Without a Face (Les yeux sans visage). Georges Franju. 1960.
A distinguished surgeon kidnaps young women intending to graft their features onto his daughter's disfigured face.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .E953 2000

 

54. Fat Girl (À ma sœur!). Catherine Breillat. 2001.
A daring and provocative exploration of the complexities of sexual awakening involving 12-year old Anaïs. With her family on holiday by the sea, she yearns for the experience of first love. However, she experiences it by proxy when her beautiful older sister, Elena, gets involved with an older boy. Soon Elena's naive hopes of romance will be shattered setting a chain of events in motion that will shatter her family forever.EMC-Audiovisual.
Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .F35 2004

 

55. The Fire Within (Le feu follet). Louis Malle. 1963.
Alain Leroy is a self-destructive writer who is enduring a treatment in a private hospital because of his alcoholism. The doctor only sees the surface problem and declares it time for Alain to leave the hospital. Alain resolves to commit suicide, but first he goes to Paris and tries to reconnect with some old friends.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .F534 2008

 

56. For Ever Mozart (36 personnages en quête d'histoire). Jean-Luc Godard. 1996.
A film director attempts to stage a Musset play in war-torn Sarajevo. Director Godard makes many references to his earlier films, notably Weekend, Les carabiniers, and Contempt.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .F599 1999

 

57. Freedom for Us (A nous la liberté). René Clair. 1931.
A satire on factory life centering on the activities of a couple of ex-prisoners, one of whom, an ambitious crook, becomes the boss of a large factory while the other, a sentimental old tramp, becomes a worker there. Eventually both discover that happiness and peace of mind cannot be bought with money and revert to their former life as vagabonds. This film inspired Charlie Chaplin's Modern times.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .N69 2002

 

58. French Cancan (French Cancan). Jean Renoir. 1954.
Nineteenth-century Paris comes alive in Jean Renoir's tale of the opening of the Moulin Rouge. Jean Gabin plays Danglard, who makes the cancan all the rage while juggling the love of two beautiful women: an Egyptian belly-dancer and a naive working girl-turned-cancan star. Includes a cameo by Edith Piaf.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .F696 2004

 

59. Germinal (Germinal). Claude Berri. 1993.
The story of a miner's strike that destroys one family, yet plants the seeds of change for future generations.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .G47 1994

 

60. Golden Helmet (Casque d'or). Jacques Becker. 1952.

In an open-air dance hall, the members of Leca's gang are relaxing with their ladies. One of the ladies, Marie, meets Manda, who is a carpenter by trade. Marie's man Roland is a jealous sort and does not like the idea of Marie and Manda becoming friendly, and Leca himself has his eye on Marie. What follows is a story of love, death, friendship and jealousy during the Belle Epoque.

EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .C3524 2005

 

61. Goodbye, Children (Au revoir les enfants). Louis Malle. 1987.
Based on the director's life, this film chronicles Malle's experiences during the German occupation of France in World War II.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .A847 2006

 

62. Grand Illusion (La Grande Illusion). Jean Renoir. 1937.
Tells the story of a group of French officers held prisoner by the Germans in World War I. Makes a powerful statement about the futility of war.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .G6745 1994

 

63. The Hairdresser's Husband (Le Mari de la coiffeuse). Patrice Leconte. 1990.
Ever since he was a boy, Antoine has wanted to be the hairdresser's husband, and when he marries a beautiful coiffeuse, the salon becomes their idyllic paradise. But how long can a perfect love last?
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .H32 1993

 

64. Hands Off the Loot (Touchez pas au grisb). Jacques Becker. 1954.
Having pulled off the heist of a lifetime, Max looks forward to spending his remaining days relaxing with his beautiful young girlfriend. But when Riton, Max's hapless partner and best friend, lets word of the loot slip to loose-lipped, two-timing Josy, Max is reluctantly drawn back into the underworld. Riton gets kidnapped by a mob boss in the hopes that there will be an exchange for the money, but nothing turns out as anyone has it planned.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .T65825 2005

 

65. Happiness (Le bonheur). Agnès Varda. 1965.
A young carpenter is happy with his wife and family, happier still when he finds a mistress, whom he marries when his wife is found drowned.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .B624 2007

 

66. The Hole (Le trou). Jacques Becker. 1960.
In a Paris prison cell, five inmates use every ounce of their tenacity and ingenuity in an elaborate attempt to tunnel to freedom. Four of the inmates have been together for awhile in their cell, when Gaspard, the fifth inmate, is added to the cell. The original four inmates must decide if they want to take him into their confidence or not and whether to continue tunneling or not.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .T775 2001

 

67. The Human Beast (La Bête Humaine). Jean Renoir. 1938.
Train engineer Jacques lusts after the wife of his co-worker Robaud. Robaud kills his boss and Jacques witnesses the murder. In order to keep Jacques quiet, Robaud allows Jacques to have an affair with his wife, creating a tragic love triangle.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .B418 2006

 

68. I Stand Alone (Seul contre tous). Gaspar Noé. 1998.
Psychological drama about the futility and hopelessness faced by a French butcher who was the central character in Noé's 1991 film Carne. After being released from prison he leaves his mute daughter in a Paris institution and moves to Lille with his new mistress. Things do not work out, and he is forced to face the humiliation of job hunting in Paris.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .I4442 2001

 

69. Indochine (Indochine). Régis Wargnier. 1992.
Eliane, a rubber plantation owner in French Indochina, hides her torrid love affairs with upper-class society. But when her adopted Indochinese daughter innocently falls in love with Eliane's secret lover, the scandal may destroy their family.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .I496 1993

 

70. In Praise of Love (Éloge de l'amour). Jean-Luc Godard. 2001.
In part one there is talk of a project on the subject of love, with the example of three couples, one young, one mature and the other elderly. At this point the author comes into contact with a young woman he had already met three years earlier. Just as the project is about to become reality, all problems of an artistic or financial nature having been resolved, the author learns that the young woman has died. Part two concerns the events of three years earlier. While interviewing an historian, the future author meets for the first time the young woman, who is training as a lawyer. She has been asked by her own grandparents, formerly of the French resistance, to examine a contract offered to them by Americans who want to make a film about their activities during the Nazi occupation of France. Description from IMDB.3
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .I49124 2003

 

71. Incendies (Incendies). Denis Villenevue. 2010.
After the death of their mother, a set of twins make a life-altering discovery. The pair travels to the Middle East on a mission to uncover the truth about the father they thought was dead, and the brother they never knew existed. Along the way they will piece together the story of the woman who brought them into the world, discovering a tragic fate as well as the courage of an exceptional woman.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD & Blu-Ray. Call Number: PN1997 .I4929 2011

 

72. Irma Vep (Irma Vep). Olivier Assayas. 1996.
Aging director Henri Vidal has decided to film a remake of the legendary silent serial, Les vampires, in hopes of making a comeback. Vidal chooses Cheung to play Irma Vep, the leader of a band of jewel thieves. Arriving in Paris unable to speak a word of French, Cheung finds herself stuck in the middle of a stressful situation when the production begins to fall apart and Vidal suffers a nervous breakdown.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .I69 1998

 

73. Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles. Chantal Akerman. 1975.
Evokes a sense of impending doom, the daily domestic routine of a middle-aged widow. Her chores include making the beds, cooking dinner for her grown son, and turning the occasional trick. Her life is beginning to break down.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .J43 2009

 

74. Jesus of Montreal (Jésus de Montréal). Denys Arcand. 1989.
A troupe of underemployed actors joins a charismatic young man to help a church update its annual Passion play, which attracts a city full of hope, praise, temptation and condemnation.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .J45 1991

 

75. Jules and Jim (Jules et Jim). François Truffaut. 1962.
The friendship of Jules, who is German, and Jim, who is French, and their twenty year love for the same woman.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .J823 1999

 

76. Kiss Me (Baise-moi). Virginie Despentes & Coralie Trinh Thi. 2000.
Manu is violently raped by a group of savage young thugs. Nadine, a tough-skinned prostitute, sells her body but refuses to give up her soul. Chance unites them and together they decide to alter their destinies. Angry at the world, the embark on a twisted, rage-filled road trip.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .B2137 2000

 

77. The Jetty (La jetée). Chris Marker. 1962.
An unnamed man experiments with time travel, in hopes of finding a solutions to the problems of his post-apocalyptic home era. Narrated almost entirely using black-and-white still photographs. Note: This film is  on a disc combined with Sans Soleil.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .J455 2007

 

78.Lacombe, Lucien (Lacombe Lucien). Louis Malle. 1974.
Traces a young peasant's journey from potential Resistance member to Gestapo recruit. At once the story of a nation and one troubled boy's horrific coming of age, the disquieting portrait of lost innocence and guilt.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .L326 2006

 

79. The Ladies of the Bois de Boulogne (Les dames du Bois de Boulogne). Robert Bresson. 1945.
Realizing that her lover Jean is losing interest in her, a society lady Helene gets revenge by tricking him into marrying a former prostitute Agnes. After the wedding Helene tells a stunned Jean about his wife's secret past.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .D324 2003

 

80. Lancelot of the Lake (Lancelot du lac). Robert Bresson. 1974.
Set in the last days of the doomed quest by Lancelot and the rest of King Arthur's knights for the Holy Grail, this is a tale of the end of the age of chivalry and the death of a dream.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .L334 1995

 

81. Last Year at Marienbad (L'Année dernière à Marienbad). Alain Resnais. 1961.
X attempts to convince A that they met last year in this same hotel (or maybe it was in a different one). They loved each other, emotionally and physically. She agrees to elope with him and get away from M, her husband (or lover). At the last moment, she refuses (for whatever reason) and asked for a one year postponement. Now, the year has passed and X has come to their agreed rendezvous to take her away. A claims she does not recognize X and does not remember any agreement between them. At first, X is surprised, and he recounts conversations the two of them had, supporting details, relating scenes convincingly. A persists in not remembering, even though X produces a photograph of her as a proof of his claim.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .L3785 2009

 

82. L'Atalante (L'Atalante). Jean Vigo. 1934.
A barge captain and his bride begin married life on the river barge, L'Atalante. The bride becomes bored and craves the excitement of Paris, but an eccentric barge hand, Père Jules, brings the couple back together.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .A794 1992

 

83. Léon Morin, Priest (Léon Morin, prêtre). Jean-Pierre Melville. 1961.
Léon Morin is a devoted man of the cloth who is also the crush object of all the women of a small village in Nazi-occupied France. He finds himself most drawn to a sexually frustrated widow, a borderline heretic whose relationship with her confessor is a confrontation with both God and her own repressed desire. A triumph of mood, setting, and innuendo, Léon Morin, Priest is an irreverent pleasure from one of French cinema's towering virtuosos.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .L44 2011

 

84. Love on the Run (L'amour en fuite). François Truffaut. 1979.
The conclusion of the Antoine Doinel series. Antoine is now in his thirties, in the process of divorcing Christine, enjoying moderate success as a novelist, and clinging to his romantic fantasies. The newly single Doinel finds a new object of his affections in Sabine, a record store salesgirl whom he pursues with the belief that without love, one is nothing. Along the way he renews his acquaintance with previous loves and confronts his past.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .L653 2003

 

85. Love Without Pity (Un monde sans pitie). Eric Rochant . 1989.
Hippo is a modern bohemian with no job, no ambition, no hopes and no cares. He shares an apartment with a younger brother who supports them by dealing drugs. Hippo thinks he has everything he wants or needs, until he meets Nathalie, a successful graduate student. Their relationship forces them to decide whether they are willing to sacrifice for love.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .L656 1991

 

86. The Lovers (Les Amants). Louis Malle. 1958.
A restless bourgeois wife finds her eye wandering from both her husband and her lover to an attractive passing stranger.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .L67356 2008

 

87. The Lower Depths (Les Bas-fonds). Jean Renoir. 1936.
A Baron, forced by circumstances, gives up his life of luxury and to takes up residence in the slums of Paris. The Baron observes the frustrated romance between Wasska Pepel and Natacha, the thwarted dreams of an actor, and the oppressive cruelties of landlord Kostileff. Based on the play by Maxim Gorky. Note: This film is paired with a Japanese film, Donzoko.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 L7 2004

 

88. Madame Bovary (Madame Bovary). Claude Chabrol. 1991.
Emma Bovary is a woman possessed by a burning hunger for life and love--and a passion that can never be fulfilled. Feeling trapped in a loveless marriage, Emma indulges herself in a lifestyle of reckless overspending and a series of shocking affairs which threaten to destroy her and everyone around her.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .M25 1992

 

89. Made in U.S.A. (Made in U.S.A.). Jean-Luc Godard. 1966.
Paula, a leftist writer, goes from Paris to the French town of Atlantic-Citâe when she learns of the death of a former colleague and lover, Richard P.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .M2526 2009

 

90. The Man on the Train (L'homme du train). Patrice Leconte. 2002.
Two strangers, a criminal named Milan and a retired poetry teacher, Manesquier, meet in a sleepy French village and gradually become unlikely friends. As their friendship grows, each develops a desire to trade his life with that of the other.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .M29 2003

 

91. Masculine Feminine (Masculin, feminin). Jean-Luc Godard. 1966.
Paris in the 1960's, sexuality, and the go-go generation are explored as a young pseudo-revolutionary and a pretty pop singer have an affair.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .M352 1991

 

92. Ménage (Tenue de soirée). Bertrand Blier. 1986.
The story unfolds as a classic struggle of identity in this shocking, disturbing and often hilarious film. The roguish burglar, Bob (Depardieu), befriends and easily manipulates Monique (Miou-Miou) and Antoine (Blanc) with promises of great wealth and a new life. Ultimately, the shackles of conventional behavior are broken as the couple slowly responds to Bob's designs.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .M45 1992

 

93. The Milky Way (La Voie lactée). Luis Buñuel. 1969.
Two French beggars on their way to Spain's holy city of Santiago de Compostela meet stigmatic children, crucified nuns, and others on their pilgrimage.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .M5451 2007

 

94. The Million (Le Million). René Clair. 1931.
A musical comedy about a pair of young lovers who lose a lottery ticket worth a million francs and chase it frantically across Paris. Considered one of the very first musical films.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .M5453 2000

 

95. The Model Couple (Le couple témoin). William Klein. 1977.
The French Ministry of the Future chooses two “normal”, white, middle-class citizens for a national experiment. They will be monitored and displayed on television in a model apartment outfitted with state-of-the-art products and non-stop surveillance--the template for “a new city for the new man.”
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .M63 2008

 

96. Monsieur Ibrahim (Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran). François Dupeyron. 2003
An elderly Turkish Muslim grocer befriends a lonely teenage Jewish boy in a working class section of Paris.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .M663 2004

 

97. Mouchette (Mouchette). Robert Bresson. 1967.
Based on the novel Nouvelle histoire de Mouchette by Georges Bernanos. A 14-year-old friendless schoolgirl, Mouchette lives with her alcoholic bootlegger father and bed-ridden dying mother.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .M6987 2006

 

98. Muriel (Muriel ou le Temps d'un retour). Alain Resnais. 1963.
A lonely woman is trying to sort out her memories and present desires for the resumption of a long past love.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .M786 1993

 

99. Murmur of the Heart (Le souffle au cœur). Louis Malle. 1971.
A candid portrait of one boy's journey from childhood to adulthood. A precocious fifteen-year-old boy's sexual maturation and unorthodox relationship with his free-spirited mother is both shocking and deeply poignant.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .M79 2006


100. My Father's Glory (La Gloire de mon père). Yves Robert. 1990.
The enchanting story of Marcel Pagnol's childhood in the south of France, and a very special summer when he was 11 years old. In the countryside of Provence he fell under the spell of the rugged hills, made new friends and strengthened the unique bond with his father.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .M896 1992

101. My Life to Live: A Film in Twelve Scenes (Vivre sa vie : film en douze tableaux). Jean-Luc Godard. 1962.
Follows Nana, a young Parisian who aspires to be an actress, but a downward spiral forces her into prostitution.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .V68 2010

 

102. My Mother's Castle (Le château de ma mère). Yves Robert. 1990.
The story of Marcel Pagnol's childhood holidays in Provence continues in My Mother's Castle. During a Christmas in the region Marcel's affection for the area deepens and he also learns to love and appreciate his Mother's true nature.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .M8964 1992

 

103. My Uncle (Mon oncle). Jacques Tati. 1958.
A comedy in which the vague and clumsy M. Hulot, in contrast to his more wealthy sister and brother-in-law, is constantly at odds with the modern world.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .M655 2001

 

104. Night and Day (Nuit et jour). Chantal Akerman. 1991.
Story of a summer in Paris and three young people. Jack drives a taxi at night, and his days are spent with Julie. When he introduces her to a friend, a young man who drives a taxi during the day, complications arise.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .N46 1993

 

105. Night and Fog (Nuit et brouillard). Alain Resnais. 1955.
Combines film footage and photography shot inside Nazi concentration camps with scenes of the death camps taken 10 years after the war. Narration describes the horrors that took place there.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: D805.G3 N8 1997

 

106. Nikita (La Femme Nikita). Luc Besson. 1990.
Thriller about a street junkie who is picked up and recruited against her will for training as a killer. She is transformed into a beautiful and sophisticated woman, and soon falls in love with a soft-spoken romantic. When she receives a call and is ordered to kill someone she has to fight against the trap of her double life.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .F43 1991


107. Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux). Xavier Beauvois. 2010.
Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers in a monastery in the mountains of North Africa in the 1990's. When a crew of foreign workers are massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps though the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choice but to stay, come what may.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD & Blu-Ray. Call Number: PN1997 .O27 2011

 

108. Orpheus (Orphée). Jean Cocteau. 1950.
Part 2 of Jean Cocteau's Orphic trilogy (with "The Blood of the Poet" and "Testament of Orpheus").
Jean Cocteau turns the Orpheus legend into a story of a poet and his encounter with death and the middle world.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number : PN1997 .O73 2000

 

109. Passion (Passion). Jean-Luc Godard. 1982.
A Godard-like director is trying to film a movie in the style of the great painters--Rembrandt, Goya, El Greco. The film is plagued by difficulties as the money for the film begins to run out, he can't seem to find the right lighting and the film has no story. In the middle of this intense situation, he starts a simultaneous affair with two women. Hanna, the owner of the hotel, and Isabelle, a factory worker who is trying to stir up a revolt.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number : PN1997 .P3543 1998

 

110. The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc). Carl Theodor Dreyer. 1928.
Dramatization of the life of Joan of Arc centering on her trial and execution.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number : PN1997 .P3544 1999

 

111. Pépé le Moko (Pépé le Moko). Julien Duvivier. 1937.
The notorious Pépé le Moko is a wanted man--women long for him, rivals hope to destroy him and the law is breathing down his neck at every turn. On the lam in the Casbah of Algiers, Pépé is safe from the police until a Parisian playgirl compels him to risk his life and leave its confines once and for all.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD & Blu-Ray. Call Number: PN1997 .P447 2003

 

112. Peppermint Soda (Diabolo Menthe). Diane Kurys. 1977.
The spirited and entertaining tale of two teen-aged sisters living in Paris in the turbulent year of 1963.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .P448 1993

 

113. Persepolis (Persepolis). Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud. 2007.
In 1970s Iran, Marjane ‘Marji’ Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family. Their long dream is realized when the hated Shah is defeated in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, Marji grows up to witness first hand how the new Iran has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study. This change proves an equally difficult trial for Marji and finds herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and her homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .P4557 2008



114. Pete the Mad (Pierrot le Fou). Jean-Luc Godard. 1965.
Leaving wife and child behind, Ferdinand takes off on a wild adventure with the babysitter Marianne. As they become entangled with murder and gangsters, mysterious events destroy their happiness and lead to an explosive finale.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .P52 1998

 

115. The Phantom of Liberty (Le Fantôme de la liberté). Luis Buñuel. 1974.
A perverse, playfully absurd comedy that compiles many of the illogical themes that preoccupied Bunuel through his career - from the hypocrisy of conventional morality to the arbitrariness of social arrangements.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .P483 2005

 

116. The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste). Michael Haneke. 2001.
The story of Erika, a middle-aged classical piano instructor who is trapped between her rigid passion for music and her suffocating home life. She escapes her life with nightly voyeuristic wanderings and self-inflicted masochistic experiments.

EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .P4955 2002

 

117. Pickpocket. Robert Bresson. 1959.
Michel, an insignificant man who drifts into crime, is arrested and imprisoned. Upon release, he abandons an attempt at reform when a master pickpocket teaches him his art.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .P4982 2005

 

 

118. Play Time (Playtime). Jacques Tati. 1967.
Modern Paris, a city of glass, steel and the encroaching age of technology. Admist the babble of tourists, the endearingly clumsy Monsieur Hulot tries to reconcile the old-fashioned ways with the confusing new ways.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .P593 2006

 

119. La Pointe Courte (La Pointe Courte). Agnès Varda. 1955.
A film about a fishing town and a couple who are evaluating their changing relationship. Varda juxtaposes the two tales to create a unique perspective on life.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .P64 2007

 

120. Port of Shadows (Le Quai des brumes). Marcel Carné. 1938.
Cloaked in a comedy of manners, this scathing critique of corrupt French society is about a weekend hunting party at which amorous escapades abound among the aristocratic guests, which are also mirrored by the activities of the servants downstairs.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .R8 2004

 

121. The Promise (La promesse). Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne. 1996.
The life of a fifteen-year old changes forever when he makes a promise to a dying man.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .P76 2001

 

122. A Prophet (Un prophète). Jacques Audiard. 2009.
Malik el Djebena, who is condemned to six years in prison, cannot read or write, but soon figures out the politics of the prison. Though Malik is only 19-years-old, the leader of the Corsican gang who rules the prison corners him and gives him certain 'missions' to carry out. He quickly gains the confidence of the gang leader, as these assignments begin to toughen him up. But Malik soon develops some plans of his own.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .P769 2010

 

123. Purple Noon (Plein soleil). René Clément.1960.
A handsome, wealthy bachelor has a sexy girlfriend, the finest things money can buy, and an envious friend who schemes to murder him and assume his identity.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .P96 2002

 

124. Quai des orfèvres (Quai des orfèvres). Henri-Georges Clouzot. 1947.
Set within the vibrant dancehalls and historic crime corridors of 1940s Paris, a singer with "stars in her eyes" ignores the protest of her covetous husband and pursues a meeting with a lecherous movie financier. When her husband attempts to crash the rendevous, murder ensues. Enter the detective, whose seasoned instincts lead him down a circuitous path of alibis.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .M29 2003

 

125. Queen Margot (La Reine Margot). Patrice Chéreau. 1994.
Thrown into a political marriage of convenience by her ruthlessly power-hungry family, the beautiful Margot soon finds herself hopelessly drawn into their murderous affairs. It's then she realizes her only hope of escape lies somewhere between the heroic soldier who loves her and the enemy husband who could save her.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .Q38 1995

 

126. The Raven (Le Corbeau). Henri-Georges Clouzot. 1943.
A mysterious writer of poison pen letters, known only as Le Corbeau, plagues a French provincial town, unwittingly exposing the collective suspicion and rancor seething beneath the community's calm surface. Brilliantly captures the spirit of paranoid pettiness and self-loathing turning an ccupied French town into a twentieth-century Salem style witch-hunt.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .C6595 2004

 

127. The Red Balloon (Le Ballon rouge). Albert Lamorisse. 1956.
A French boy named Pascal discovers a stray red balloon in the streets of Paris. Pascal and the balloon become fast friends and share many adventures. White Mane: A young fisherman living near the Rhone River in the vast plains of the Camargue in France wins the confidence of a wild stallion named White Mane.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .R4 2008

 

128. The Red Circle (Le Cercle rouge). Jean-Pierre Melville. 1970.
A master thief is fresh out of prison. But instead of toeing the line, he finds his steps leading back to the shadowy world of crime. He, a notorious escapee, and an alcoholic ex-cop plan a jewel heist, while being persued by a police superintendent.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .C42 2003

 

129. Red Kiss (Rouge Baiser). Véra Belmont. 1985.
Caught up in the romantic idealism of Paris in the 1950's, fifteen-year-old Nadia discovers the conflicts between the powers of love and political conviction.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .R42 1991

 

130. Rififi (Du rififi chez les hommes). Jules Dassin. 1955.
A story of a successful jewel robbery in which the four thieves betray each other.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .R52 2001

 

131. The Samurai (Le Samouraï). Jean-Pierre Melville. 1967.
A steely-eyed and enigmatic hitman is hired to do away with the boss of a nightclub, which places him under total surveillance by police. At the same time, he discovers that the man he is working for has marked him for death.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .S16 1997

 

132. Sans Soleil (Sans Soleil). Chris Marker. 1983.
Actress Alexandra Stewart reads and comments on the letters she receives from (fictional) Sandor Krasna, a world-traveling freelance cameraman. Explores the immense diversity of the human species and its differing societies. Note: This film is  on a disc combined with La jetée.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .J455 2007

 

133. Secret Things (Choses secrètes). Jean-Claude Brisseau. 2002.
Two young women discover the power of sex to get what they want in the male-dominated business world.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .S363 2004

 

134. Shoot the Piano Player (Tirez sur le pianiste). François Truffaut. 1960.
Charlie is a timid café pianist who has given up his former life as a concert pianist, a career which had destroyed his marriage. However, events which he seems powerless to control force his involvement with a gang of crooks who once again cause him to be responsible for the destruction of his life.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .S527 2005

 

135. Six Moral Tales (Contes moraux). Éric Rohmer. 1963.
A collection of six films from Rohmer, released between 1963 and 1972.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .S5438 2006

 

136. The Sorrow and the Pity (Le chagrin et la pitié). Marcel Ophüls. 1969.
Through interviews with participants and newsreel footage, examines the occupation of France by the Germans during World War II as it occurred in the French city of Clermont-Ferrand. Concentrates on the themes of collaboration and resistance.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: D802.F82 C623 2001

 

137. Stolen Kisses (Baisers volés). François Truffaut. 1968.
The third installment of the Antoine Doinel series. It's now 1968 and the mischevious and perpetually love struck Doinel has been dishonorably discharged from the army and has returned to Paris, where he embarks on a series of ill-fated jobs, finally settling on an amusing stint as a private dectective. In his ever-turbulent love life, he finds himself torn between an attractive, serious-minded young violinist and a glamorous, older married woman.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .S76 2003

 

138. Sugar Cane Alley (La Rue Cases-Nègres). Euzhan Palcy. 1983.
A poor, hard-working sugar-cane-plantation worker makes many sacrifices to improve her 11-year-old orphaned grandson's chances in life by giving him a good education.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .S7915 1995

 

139. Testament of Orpheus (Le testament d'Orphée). Jean Cocteau. 1960.
Part 3 of Jean Cocteau's Orphic trilogy (with "The Blood of the Poet" and "Orpheus").
In his last film Cocteau portrays an 18th century poet who travels through time on a quest for divine wisdom. In a mysterious wasteland, he meets several symbolic phantoms that bring about his death and resurrection. The film finished the circle of the journey begun in Blood of a Poet, exploring the torturous relationship between the artist and his creations.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .T4 2000

 

140. That Obscure Object of Desire (Cet obscur objet du désir). Luis Buñuel. 1977.
Middle-aged man falls in love with a much younger woman in this satire of sexual obsession.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .T45 2001

 

141. 36 Fillette (36 fillette). Catherine Breillat. 1988.
A bold fourteen-year-old girl gets involved with a middle-aged man.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .T4765 1991

 

142. hree colors (Trois couleurs). Krzysztof Kieślowski. 1993.
Three films in a trilogy about how women deal with relationships.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .T76 2009

 

143. Time Regained (Le Temps retrouvé). Raúl Ruiz. 1999.
Set in 1922, this film opens with Proust on his deathbed remembering his life. Gradually his own experiences give way to the characters in his novel.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .T512 2001

 

144. To Our Love (À nos amours). Maurice Pialat. 1983.
A sixteen-year-old Parisian girl embarks on a sexual rampage in an effort to separate herself from her overbearing, beloved father, ineffectual mother, and brutish brother.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .N674 2006

 

145. Toto the Hero (Toto le Héros). Jaco Van Dormael. 1991.
Since childhood, Thomas Van Hasebroeck (Michel Bouquet) has been consumed by a nagging belief: that he was switched at birth with the rich neighbor's boy who enjoyed the life Thomas should have led. Now, after sixty years, Thomas wants revenge.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .T655 1993

 

146. Tout va bien (Tout va bien). Jean-Luc Godard & Jean-Pierre Gorin. 1972.
The story of a wildcat strike at a sausage factory, as witnessed by an American reporter and her has-been New Wave film director husband. Culminates in a free-range assault on consumer capitalism and ineffective leftists. A caustic critique of society, marriage, and revolution in post-1968 France.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .T6588 2005

 

147. Traffic (Trafic). Jacques Tati. 1971.
The bumbling Monsieur Hulot, outfitted with tan raincoat, beaten brown hat, and umbrella, takes to Paris's highways and byways.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .T659 2008

 

148. The Triplets of Belleville (Les Triplettes de Belleville). Sylvain Chomet. 2003.
A bicyclist is kidnapped from the Tour de France by mysterious gangsters; his grandmother travels to the city of Belleville (which has a sardonic version of the Statue of Liberty in its harbor), where she tracks him down with the help of a musical trio gone to seed, the Belleville Triplets.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .T755 2004

 

149. Two or Three Things I Know About Her (2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle). Jean-Luc Godard. 1967.
Juliette, a bourgeois housewife, is a loving wife and mother whose domestic moments alternate with her days and nights as a call girl.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .T947 2009

 

150. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg). Jacques Demy. 1964.
An umbrella shop girl is separated from her mechanic boyfriend when he is called for military service. Alone, she faces a life altering decision. Description from IMDB.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .U495 1998

 

151. Under the Roofs of Paris (Sous les toits de Paris). René Clair. 1930.
A slight and sentimental story of the Paris underworld, with boulevard songs integrated into the action. An exploration of love and human foibles, a street singer and a gangster vie for the love of a beautiful young woman.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .U523 2002

 

152. Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi). Agnès Varda. 1985.
Mona, an aimless drifter in the French countryside, deeply touches the lives of the people she meets and confronts them with her own ideas of freedom.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .V3 2007

 

153. A Very Long Engagement (Un long dimanche de fiançailles). Jean-Pierre Jeunet. 2004.
Mathilde is waiting desperately for her fiance to return from the war. When bad news arrives she refuses to believe he is dead. Instead, she begins her own investigation into his infantry, hiring a private detective and piecing together his war stories.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .V448 2005

 

154. La Vie en rose (La Môme). Olivier Dahan. 2007.
A dramatic retelling of the life of Edith Piaf, considered one of the great performers of France. Raised in a brothel, taken to work in a circus by her father, and eventually abandoned by her parents, she spent her teen years on the streets. Eventually "rescued" by a crime figure who gives her career a start, she makes her way to international success, despite recurring frailty, illness, wild moods, drug and alcohol problems.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .V54 2007

 

155. The Wages of Fear (Le Salaire de la peur). Henri-Georges Clouzot. 1953.
A study of courage and cowardice in the face of almost insurmountable odds. After establishing the characters of the protagonists in a long prologue, director Clouzot follows them as they transport a cargo of nitroglycerin over a primitive mountain road to a conclusion of high suspence and final irony.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .W3 1994

 

156. White Material (White Material). Clair Denis. 2009.
Maria is an entitled white woman living in Africa, desperately unwilling to give up her family's crumbling coffee plantation despite the civil war closing in on her. A gripping evocation of the death throes of European colonialism and a fascinating look at a woman lost in her own mind.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .W4834 2011

 

157. Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? (Qui êtes vous, Polly Maggoo?). William Klein. 1966.
Satire of Parisian haute couture and modeling world.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .W48392 2008

 

158. A Woman Is a Woman (Une Femme est une femme). Jean-Luc Godard. 1961.
Offbeat homage to Hollywood musicals finds a stripper rousing her lover's jealousy by seducing his best friend.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .W632 2004

 

159. The Woman with Red Boots (La femme aux bottes rouges). Juan Luis Buñuel. 1974.
After a chance meeting with avant-garde writer Francoise, an elderly millionaire starts to manipulate her life, drawing in unsuspecting and happily married Mark. Francoise is able to recall visions of the past and conjure up apparations at will so when the old man invites her and Mark to his mansion he finds things turning out unexpectedly.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .W636 2003

 

160. Z (Z). Costa Gavras. 1969.
A Greek pacifist leader is murdered at a rally. Despite the official police report of accidental death, a journalist's persistent questioning leads to a full-scale investigation, revealing corruption in high places.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: DVD. Call Number: PN1997 .Z2 2002

 

161. Zero for Conduct (Zéro de conduite). Jean Vigo. 1933.
A study of life in a French boarding school for boys, this is a series of vignettes lampooning the faculty and is climaxed by a surrealistic, dream-like rebellion of the entire student body.
EMC-Audiovisual. Format: VHS. Call Number: PN1997 .Z45 2001

 

 

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