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John M. Kelly Library

Movies: French Cinema

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À bout de souffle = Breathless

PN1997 .A2 2001 DVD
PN1997 .B7398 2007 DVD
90 minutes; released 1959.
A young French criminal hides from the police in the apartment of an American student.
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
In French with optional English subtitles.

À ma soeur! = Fat Girl

PN1997.2 .T74 2004 DVD
86 minutes; released 2001.
With her family on holiday by the sea, Anaïs yearns for the experience of first love. However, she experiences it by proxy when her beautiful older sister gets involved with an older boy; her naive hopes of romance will be shattered setting a chain of events in motion that will shatter her family forever.
In French with optional English subtitles.

À nos amours = To Our Loves

PN1997 .A23 2006 DVD
102 minutes; released 1983.
Frustrated with her home life, a confused fifteen-year-old Parisian girl flings herself at various men.
Directed by Maurice Pialat.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Alphaville

PN1997 .A45 1998 DVD
99 minutes; released 1965.
In some futuristic age, a haggard private eye is sent to an ultramodern city run by a master computer, where his mission is to locate and rescue a scientist trapped there.
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
In French with optional English subtitles.

L'Amant = The Lover

PN1997 .L68 2001 DVD
115 minutes; released 1992.
A young French girl has an affair with a Chinese man in 1920s Saigon.
In French or English, with optional French, English, or Spanish subtitles.

L'amour en fuite = Love on the Run

PN1997 .A4746 2003 DVD
95 minutes; released 1979.
A man divorces his wife and then re-encounters his teenage love. The final chapter in François Truffaut's saga about Antoine Doinel.
In French with optional English subtitles.

L'Amour, l'après-midi = Love in the Afternoon

PQ2678 .O3455 S57225 2006 DVD
98 minutes; released 1972.
A happily-married partner in a small Paris office daydreams about other women, but has no intention of taking any action until the former mistress of an old friend decides to seduce him.
Directed by Éric Rohmer.
In French with English subtitles.

L'Anné dernière à Marienbad = Last Year at Marienbad

PN1997 .A475 1999 DVD
94 minutes; released 1961.
A man confronts a woman with whom he claims to have had an affair.
In French and Italian with optional English subtitles.

L'Argent

PG3365 .F3522 2005 DVD
81 minutes; released 1983.
A man is arrested for passing a counterfeit note.
Directed by Robert Bresson.
In French with English subtitles.

Ascenseur pour l'chafaud = Elevator to the Gallows

PQ2605 .A317 A8322 2006 DVD
92 minutes; released 1958.
A Parisian woman and her ex-paratrooper lover want to murder her husband by faking a suicide, but a crucial mistake jeopardizes their plan.
Starring Jeanne Moreau.
Directed by Louis Malle.
In French with optional English subtitles.

L'Atalante

PN1997 .A835 2003 DVD
87 minutes; released 1934.
A village girl marries the young captain of a barge and befriends the ship's colourful sailor, but soon grows bored of married life and escapes to Paris.
Directed by Jean Vigo, featuring a wonderful score by Maurice Jaubert and an unforgettable performance by Michel Simon.
In French with English subtitles.

L'Auberge espagnole = The Spanish Apartment

PN1997.2 .A934 2003
122 minutes; released 2002.
A straight-laced French student has his eyes opened when he participates in an exchange program to Barcelona.
In French and Spanish with optional English and Spanish subtitles.

Au hasard Balthazar

PN1997 .A843 2005
95 minutes; released 1966.
Robert Bresson's masterpiece follows a much-abused donkey, Balthazar, whose life strangely parallels that of his owner. A beast of burden suffering the sins of man, Balthazar nevertheless nobly accepts his fate.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Au revoir les enfants = Goodbye Children

PN1997.A974 2006 DVD
103 minutes; released 1987.
A Jewish boy is hidden from the Nazis in a French Catholic boarding school.
In French with English subtitles.

Baie des anges = Bay of Angels

PN1997 .B245 2003 DVD
79 minutes; released 1963.
An older woman draws a young bank clerk into the world of casinos and gambling.
Directed by Jacques Demy.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Baisers volés = Stolen Kisses

PN1997 .D636 2003 DVD
91 minutes; released 1968.
A man leaves the army and re-unites with an old girlfriend. The third chapter in François Truffaut's saga about Antoine Doinel.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Bande à part = Band of Outsiders

PS3515 .I955 B363 2003 DVD
95 minutes; released 1964.
Two young men enlist the aid of a woman to rob her aunt of a fortune.
In French with English subtitles.

Les bas-fonds = The Lower Depths

PG3462 .N232 2004 DVD
89 minutes; released 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 a frustrated romance, the thwarted dreams of an actor, and the oppressive cruelties of a landlord.
In French with optional English subtitles.

La bataille d'Alger = The Battle of Algiers

DT 295 .B347 2004 DVD
121 minutes; released 1965.
A film commissioned by the Algerian government that shows the Algerian revolution from both sides. The French foreign legion, fresh from their defeat in Vietnam, clash with Algerians seeking independence. The torture used by the French is contrasted with the Algerian's use of bombs in soda shops.

La bête humaine = The Human Beast

PQ 2498 .A3 2006 DVD
96 minutes; released 1938.
An adaptation of Zola's novel about a man who witnesses a married couple commit murder, but does not report the crime because he is in love with the woman.
In French with English subtitles.

Blaise Pascal

PN1997 .B553 2009 DVD
129 minutes; released 1972.
A feature film exploring life in seventeenth-century Europe from the perspective of the polymath Blaise Pascal.
Directed by Roberto Rossellini.

Bob le flambeur = Bob the Gambler

PN1997 .B6855 2002 DVD
102 minutes; released 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.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Boudu sauvé des eaux = Boudu Saved From Drowning

PN1997 .B686 2005 DVD
84 minutes; released 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.
In French with optional English subtitles.

La boulangère de Monceau = The Bakery Girl of Monceau

PQ2678 .O3455 S57221 2006 DVD
23 minutes; released 1962.
In this first of Éric Rohmer's six morality tales, a young man approaches a girl in the street, but soon after flirts with a girl at the local bakery. Eventually, he has to choose between them.
Directed by Eric Rohmer.
In French with English subtitles.

Caché = Versteckt

PN1997.2 .C334 2006 DVD
118 minutes; released 1989.
A talk show host and his wife and son seem to be living an ideal life until clandestinely-filmed videotapes of their private lives start to show up on their front porch. The resulting stress and fear lead to conflict, obsession, and deceit--and bring up bad memories.
Starring Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteuil.
Directed by Michael Haneke.

Camille Claudel

NB553 .C44 P32 2001 DVD
189 minutes; released 1989.
A dramatization of the relationship between sculptor Auguste Rodin and his prodigy Camille Claudel.
Starring Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Les carabiniers = The Riflemen

PN1997 .C27 2001 DVD
80 minutes; released 1963.
Two peasants join the army.
Directed by Jean-Luc Goddard.
In French with English subtitles.

La carrière de Suzanne = Suzanne's Career

PQ2678 .O3455 S57222 2006 DVD
55 minutes; released 1963.
In this second of Rohmer's six morality tales, a story rife with complex feelings and misconceptions, two friends befriend a girl who at first appears easily exploited.
Directed by Eric Rohmer.
In French with English subtitles.

Le carrosse d'or = The Golden Coach

PN1997 .S734 2004 DVD v.1
103 minutes; released 1953.
In this comedy, set in Central America during the 18th Century, the star of a touring theatre company tries to decide between three men: a viceroy, who gives her a golden coach; a matador, who offers her fame; and a young Spanish officer.
Directed by Jean Renoir.

Casque d'or = Golden Marie

PN1997 .C377 2005 DVD
98 minutes; released 1952.
At a dance hall, the members of Leca's gang are relaxing with their ladies. A story of love, death, friendship and jealousy during the Belle Epoque.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Le cercle rouge = The Red Circle

PN1997 .C473 2003 DVD
140 minutes; released 1970.
After getting released from prison, an expert thief tries his luck at crime again, plotting a jewel heist with a notorious killer and an alcoholic ex-cop.
Starring Alain Delon, André Bourvil, Yves Montand and Gian Maria Volont.
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville.

C'est arrivé près de chez vous = Man Bites Dog

PN1997 .C478 2002 DVD
96 minutes; released 1992.
A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a good idea.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Cet obscur objet du désir = That Obscure Object of Desire

PQ2623 .O8 F42 2001 DVD
104 minutes; released 1977.
In this satire of sexual obsession, a man lusts after a much younger woman. Based on the novel by Pierre Lous.
Directed by Luis Buuel.
In French or English with optional English subtitles.

Charlemagne

DC73 .C56 1994 VHS
5 (60 minute) episodes; released 1994.
A dramatization of the life of the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne.

Chocolat

PN1997 .C4565 2001
106 minutes; released 1988.
A young French woman returns to West Africa to revisit her childhood in a colonial outpost in Cameroon.
Starring Isaach De Bankol and Giulia Boschi.
Directed by Claire Denis.

Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie= The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

PN1997 .C444 2000 DVD
101 minutes; released 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. Mixes biting social satire with bold surrealistic invention.
Directed by Luis Buñuel.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Cléo de 5 à 7 = Cléo from 5 to 7

PN1997 .C446 2000 DVD
90 minutes; released 1962.
A girl waiting for the result of a medical examination wanders around Paris thinking she has cancer.
In French with optional English subtitles.

La collectionneuse

PQ2678 .O3455 S57224 2006 DVD
87 minutes; released 1967.
A womanizing art dealer and his painter friend share a Riviera villa with a young bohemian woman whom they accuse of seducing men.
Directed by Eric Rohmer.
In French with English subtitles.

Le colonel Chabert = Colonel Chabert

PQ2163 .C72 1995z VHS
110 minutes; released 1994.
A man claims to be a long-lost war hero. Based on the novel by Honore de Balzac.
In French with English subtitles.

La commune

PN1997 .C655 2001 DVD
345 minutes; released 2000.
This film explores the brief, tragic period when poor working-class Parisians rose up against the bourgeois French national government in March 1871.
Directed by Peter Watkins.
In French with English subtitles.

Un condamné à mort s'est échappé = A Man Escaped

D805 .F8 D42 2004 DVD
100 minutes; released 1956.
A French resistance activist is imprisoned by the Nazis and devotes all of his time to planning an elaborate escape.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Le corbeau = The Raven

PN1997 .C673 2004 DVD
91 minutes; released 1943.
A mysterious writer of poison pen letters, known as Le Corbeau, plagues a French provincial town, unwittingly exposing the collective suspicion and fear seething beneath the community's calm surface.
Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Coup de torchon = Clean Slate

PS3539 .H6733P62 2001 DVD
128 minutes; released 1981.
After 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.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Les croix de bois = Wooden Crosses

PQ607 .O64 C72 2007 DVD
113 minutes; released 1932.
A French regiment in World War I trudges from patriotism to disillusionment. Based on the novel by Roland Dorgelès.
Directed by Raymond Bernard.
In French, with optional English subtitles.

Les dames du Bois de Boulogne = Ladies of the Park

PQ1979 .A652 2003 DVD
85 minutes; released 1945.
To get revenge on her upper-class lover who is rapidly losing interest in her, a society lady concocts a scandalous affair between him and a prostitute. Based on the novelette by Denis Diderot.
Starring Maria Casars.
Directed by Robert Bresson.

Le dernier tango à Paris = Last Tango in Paris

PN1997 .L378 2005 DVD
129 minutes; released 1972.
Nominated for 2 Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Actor, Last Tango in Paris depicts an erotic affair between a 45-year-old American living in Paris and a 20-year-old Parisian.
Starring Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider.
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.

2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle = 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

PN1997 .D46 2009 DVD
87 minutes; released 1967.
Juliette, a bourgeois housewife, is a loving wife and mother whose domestic moments alternate with her days and nights as a call girl.
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Diabolo menthe = Peppermint Soda

PN1997 .D499 1993 VHS
97 minutes; released 1977.
A lighthearted comedy about the misadventures of two teenaged sisters living in Paris in 1963.
In French with English subtitles.

Diabolique

PQ2603 .O27 C42 1999 DVD
116 minutes; released 1955.
When a sadistic headmaster repeatedly brutalizes his fragile wife and headstrong mistress, they murder him and dump his body in a pool. But then the body mysteriously disappears. Based on the novel by by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac.
Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot.

Diva

PQ2675 .D5 D522 2000 DVD
118 minutes; released 1981.
A young man makes an illegal recording of a beautiful opera singer.
In French or English, with optional English subtitles.

Domicile conjugale = Bed and Board

PN1997 .D636 2003 DVD
97 minutes; released 1970.
A married man with a child on-the-way has an affair and leaves his wife. The fourth chapter in François Truffaut's saga about Antoine Doinel.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Du rififi chez les hommes = Rififi

PN1997 .D636 2003 DVD
118 minutes; released 1955.
Four crooks meticulously plan and carry out a perfect jewelry heist. But then things start to go wrong.
Directed by Jules Dassin.
In French or English with optional English subtitles.

Elena et les hommes = Elena and her Men

PN1997 .S734 2004 DVD v.3
95 minutes; released 1956.
A Polish countess falls in love with a French politician in pre-World War I Paris while exciting similar feelings in men around her. Then she finds herself at the centre of a web of political and romantic scheming.
Starring Ingrid Bergman.
Directed by Jean Renoir.

L'Enfant = The Child

PN1997.2 .E543 2006 DVD
96 minutes; released 2005.
When a small-time crook and his young girlfriend have a child, he decides to sell the baby for money. When his girlfriend finds out, she goes into shock. While she recovers in the hospital, he tries to get their son back and redeem himself.
In French with optional English subtitles.

L'Enfant sauvage = The Wild Child

GN290 .I832 2001 DVD
85 minutes; released 1970.
A young boy is found living alone in the woods of France in 1798. He cannot walk, talk, read or write.
In French, with optional English, French, and Spanish subtitles.

Les enfants du paradis = Children of Paradise

PN1997 .E563 2002 DVD
190 minutes; released 1945.
A woman is loved by four different men in late-nineteenth century Paris.
Directed by Marcel Carné.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Entre les murs = The Class

PQ2702 .E34 E582 2009 DVD
130 minutes; released 2008.
In a tough inner-city high school in Paris, a teacher takes on a class of racially-diverse pupils in an effort to give them an education. Sometimes he succeeds; sometimes he fails.
Directed by Laurent Cantet.
In French, dubbed English or dubbed Spanish with optional English and Spanish subtitles.

L'Esquive = Games of Love and Chance

PN1997.2 .E878 2005 DVD
120 minutes; released 2004.
A beautiful girl passes through the housing projects on the outskirts of Paris, reciting dialogue from Marivaux for a school play. Her classmate then falls for her and joins the cast. This film won the 2005 Special Prize at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema.
Directed by Abdel Kechiche.

Et Dieu créa la femme = And God Created Woman

PN1997 .E734 2000 DVD
92 minutes; released 1956.
Juliette is an 18 year-old orphan whose unbridled appetite for pleasure shakes up all of St. Tropez even though her sweet naive husband tries to tame her wild ways.
Starring Brigitte Bardot.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain = Amélie

PN1997.2 .F332 2002 DVD
120 minutes; released 2001.
Amelie, an innocent young waitress in Paris, muses on fate, helps those around her, and falls in love with a man who collects thrown-away photo-booth pics.
Starring Audrey Tautou.
Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Le fantôme de la liberté = The Phantom of Liberty

PN1997 .P436 2005 DVD
104 minutes; released 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.
Directed by Luis Buñuel.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Une femme est une femme = A Woman is a Woman

PN1997 .F466 2004 DVD
84 minutes; released 1961.
Tells the story of an exotic dancer who wants to have a child with her unwilling lover. In the process, she finds herself torn between him and his best friend.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Le fils = The Son

PN1997.2 .F557 2004 DVD
100 minutes; released 2002.
A man working as a carpentry instructor in a French suburb develops an obsession with a new student and offers him friendship and advice with a frightening lack of affection. His connection to the boy is slowly and painfully revealed.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Le fleuve = The River

PR6013 .O2 R52 2005 DVD
99 minutes, released 1951.
The growing pains of three young Englishwomen progresses in contrast with the immutability of the holy Bengal River in India, around which their daily lives unfold. In English and Bengali. Based on the novel by Rumer Godden.
Directed by Jean Renoir.

French Cancan

PN1997 .S734 2004 DVD v.2
105 minutes; released 1954.
A theatre producer, eager to make his new bar a success in 19th Century Paris, finds a naive working girl and turns her into a star. A beautiful Egyptian belly-dancer, however, does not share his enthusiasm for the girl.
Starring Jean Gabin.
Directed by Jean Renoir.

Gazon maudit = French Twist

PN1997 .F746 2003z DVD
100 minutes; released 1994.
Loli, a suburban housewife, learns that her husband has been cheating on her for years. When a rough yet kindhearted woman named Marijo enters her life, Loli comes up with the perfect revenge.
In French with English subtitles.

Le genou de Claire = Claire's Knee

PQ2678 .O3455 S57225 2006 DVD
106 minutes; released 1970.
A middle-aged man on holiday meets an Italian writer and old friend who urges him to flirt with his landlady's teenage daughter; instead, he falls for the girl's half-sister.
Directed by Eric Rohmer.
In French with English subtitles.

Le Grand bleu = The Big Blue

PN1997 .B543 2000 DVD
168 minutes; released 1988.
Jacques and Enzo, friends from childhood, have grown up to become friendly rivals in the sport of free-diving. Jacques's passion comes from his profound love of the sea, whereas Enzo is attracted by the sport's inherent danger.

La grande illusion = Grand Illusion

PN1997 .G66 1999 DVD
114 minutes; released 1937.
Two French soldiers escape from a World War I German prison camp.
In French with optional English subtitles.

La haine = Hate

PN1997 .H356 2007 DVD
97 minutes; released 1995.
Mathieu Kassovitz's feature debut follows the lives of three multi-ethnic teenagers living on the outskirts of Paris and how their despondence turns to rage when their friend is killed by a police officer.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Un héros très discret = A Self Made Man

PQ2664 .E5824 H472 1998 VHS
105 minutes; released 1997.
A young Frenchman flees to Paris at the end of World War II and invents a past as a hero of the resistance.
In French with English subtitles.

Hiroshima, mon amour = Hiroshima, My Love

PN1997 .H53 2003 DVD
PN1997 .H53 1997 VHS
86 minutes; released 1959.
During the filming of an anti-war film in Japan, a French actress falls in love with a Japanese architect. They share their memories of a war experienced at opposite sides of the world.
In French with English subtitles.

L'histoire d'Adèle H = The Story of Adele H.

PN1997 .A45 1998 DVD
98 minutes; released 1975.
A talented young French writer, desperately in love with her womanizing lover, travels to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to pursue him.
Starring Isabelle Adjani and Bruce Robinson.
Directed by Franois Truffaut.

L'homme qui voulait savoir = The Vanishing = Spoorloos

PT5881.21 .R26 G682 2001 DVD
106 minutes; released 1988.
When a young married couple stops at a busy gas station and the husband gets out, he returns to find his wife has disappeared. Based on the novel by by Tim Krabb.
Directed by George Sluizer.
In Dutch and French with optional English subtitles.

Le hussard sur le toit = The Horseman on the Roof

PQ 2613 .I57 H82 2003 DVD
120 minutes; released 1995.
A renegade and a beautiful countess undertake a perilous cross-country journey where they discover danger, excitement and passion!
Directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau.
In French with English subtitles.

Inch'Allah Dimanche

PN1997.2 .I634 2006 DVD
98 minutes; released 2001.
A mother of three leaves North Africa to join her husband in France, where she struggles to adapt to the strange cultural climate.
In French and Arabic with English subtitles.

Indigènes = Days of Glory

PN1997.2 .I635 2007 DVD
125 minutes; released 2006.
A unit of Algerian soldiers fights prejudice in the Free French army in the middle of World War II.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Les innocents = The Dreamers

PN1997.2 .D743 2004 DVD
115 minutes ; released 2003.
Three young students in Paris, two French and one American, are brought together by their passion for movies - and each other.
Starring Michael Pitt, Eva Green and Louis Garrel.
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.
In English, Spanish or French with optional English or Spanish subtitles.

Jésus de Montréal = Jesus of Montreal

PN1997.J438 2004 DVD(French or English)
PN1997.J438 2002z DV(French)
120 minutes; released 1989.
When some Montreal actors put on an unorthodox Passion Play, they incite the opposition of the Catholic Church. Meanwhile, their lives begin to mirror the Passion itself.
Starring Lothaire Bluteau.
Directed by Denys Arcand.

La jetée

PN1997 .J4438 2007 DVD
130 minutes; released 1963.
Chris Marker's contribution to the science-fiction genre. A film about time travel told in still images.
In French or English with optional English subtitles.

Jeux interdits = Forbidden Games

PQ2603 .O878 J432 2005 DVD
85 minutes; released 1952.
Orphaned by an air raid in 1940s France, a young girl befriends a peasant boy in the family that takes her in. Based on the novel by François Boyer.
Directed by Rene Clément.
In French or English (dubbed) with optional English subtitles.

Je vous salue, Marie = Hail Mary

PN1997 .H355 2006 DVD
107 minutes; released 1985.
In this retelling of the Virgin Mary story, an innocent teenage virgin who plays basketball and works at her father's gas station becomes pregnant. Then the girl, her fianc Joseph, her family, and her friends struggle to cope.
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
In French with English subtitles.

Le journal d'un curé de campagne = The Diary of a Country Priest

PQ2603 .E587 J72 2004 DVD
115 minutes; released 1951.
When a young man stricken with cancer becomes the new priest in a French village, the locals refuse to accept him in spite of his attempts to help them and his efforts to cope with his own illness. Based on the novel by Georges Bernanos.
Directed by Robert Bresson.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Le journal d'une femme de chambre = The Diary of a Chambermaid

PQ 2364 .M7 J862 DVD
98 minutes; released 1964.
A Parisian domestic goes to work on a provincial estate in the 1930s. Based on the novel by Octave Mirbeau.
Starring Jeanne Moreau.
Directed by Luis Buñuel.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Jules et Jim = Jules and Jim

PQ2635 .O1958 J82 2005 DVD
105 minutes; released 1962.
Set in France and Germany just before and after World War I, this film tells the story of two friends, Jules and Jim, and their love for the same woman. Based on the novel by Henri-Pierre Roch.
Starring Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner and Henri Serre.
Directed by Franois Truffaut.

Lacombe, Lucien

PN1997 .L336 2006 DVD
138 minutes; released 1974.
Having failed to join the French resistance during the Nazi occupation of France in the 1940s, a young man decides instead to work for the German police. Then he meets a young Jewish woman.
Directed by Louis Malle.
In French with English subtitles.

Les liaisons dangereuses = Dangerous Liaisons

PQ 1993 L22 L52 2002 DVD
102 minutes; released 1959.
An updating of the Laclos novel. Two spouses find sport in each other's extramarital conquests. But while staying at a ski resort, their games of passion come to a tragic end when one of them falls in love.
Directed by Roger Vadim.
In French with English subtitles.

Les liaisons dangereuses = Dangerous Liaisons

PR6058 .A555 D32 1997 DVD
120 minutes; released 1988.
A French nobleman bets that he can seduce a virtuous woman. Based on a 1782 novel by Choderlos de Laclos.
In English or French, with optional English, French, or Spanish subtitles.

Life of Emile Zola

PQ2528 .L544 2005 DVD
116 minutes; released 1937.
Based on the book by Matthew Josephson, this film explores the career of Zola, who championed the cause of France's oppressed and waged a vigorous campaign to free the wrongly convicted Captain Alfred Dreyfus.

Un long dimanche de fiançailles = A Very Long Engagement

PQ2678 .O72 L662 2005 DVD
133 minutes; released 2004.
A young woman at the end of the First World War, convinced her lover is still alive, follows clue after clue in her search for him.
Starring Audrey Tautou.
Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Ma nuit chez Maud = My Night at Maud's

PQ2678 .O3455 S57223 1997 DVD
PQ2678 .O3455 S57223 2006 DVD
110 minutes; released 1969.
A devout Catholic man in love with one woman accidentally spends the night with another.
In French with English subtitles.

Ma vie en rose = My Life in Pink

PN1997 .M385 1999 DVD
88 minutes; released 1997.
When a young boy's desire to be a girl is met with hostility from friends and neighbours, he turns to his family for love and support.
Winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Masculin feminin

PN1997 .M37 2005 DVD
105 minutes; released 1966.
An idealistic would-be intellectual attempts to form a relationship with the pop star Madeleine. Director Jean-Luc Godard uses their affair to show a candid and funny examination of youth culture in 1960's Paris.

Le mépris = Contempt

PN1997 .M432 2002DVD
104 minutes; released 1963.
A screen-writer works on a movie about Homer's Ulysses, while his marriage falters.
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
In French or English, with optional English subtitles.

Le million = The Million

PQ2603 .E7 M5 2000 DVD
81 minutes ; released 1931.
In this early musical comedy a pair of young lovers lose a winning lottery ticket and then chase it frantically across Paris. Based on the play by Georges Berr and Marcel Guillemaud.
Directed by Rene Clair.
In French, with optional English subtitles.

Les misérables

PQ2286 .M7 2007 DVD
201 minutes; released 1934.
Raymond Bernard's epic production of Victor Hugo's novel.
Starring Harry Baur.
In French, with optional English subtitles.

Les misérables

PQ2287 .M5 M5 1998 DVD
134 minutes; released 1998.
A thief in Revolutionary France is transformed by an act of mercy. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo.
Directed by Bille August.
Starring Liam Neeson.
In English or French, with optional English or French subtitles.

Mon oncle

PN1997 .M666 2001 DVD
116 minutes; released 1958.
Hulot's brother-in-law is the manager of a factory where plastics are manufactured. His nephew grows up in a house where everything is fully automated and the boy is raised in a similar fashion. To take away the influence of the uncle on his son, his brother-in-law gets Hulot a job in his factory.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Monsieur Vincent

BX4700 .V6 M657 2008 DVD
112 minutes; released 1947.
A dramatization of the life of St. Vincent de Paul, the seventeenth century priest who devoted himself to the poor, sick and abandoned.
Included on the Vatican's list of Some Important Films.

Monsignor Renard

D743.23 .M667 2006 DVD
232 minutes.
The faith of a priest is tested as he is drawn towards the French Resistance during World War II.
Starring John Thaw.

Mouchette

PQ2603 .E5875 N622 2006 DVD
81 minutes; released 1967.
Faced with a dying mother, an alcoholic father, a baby brother, money trouble and pubescent angst, a teenage girl finds respite from all her suffering in nature and her daily routine.
Directed by Robert Bresson.
In French with English subtitles.

Muriel

PN1997.2 .M87545 2007 DVD
112 minutes; released 1963.
A widow's life becomes more complicated when she is reunited with a former lover, while her stepson struggles to come to terms witht the atrocities he witnessed as a soldier during the Algerian War.
In French with optional English subtitles.

My Dinner with Andre

PN1997 .M89 2002 DVD
110 minutes; released 1981.
Two old friends, one a playwright/actor, the other a theatre director, sit down to dinner together and discuss their fascinating life experiences.
Starring Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory.
Directed by Louis Malle.

Le nom de la rose = The Name of the Rose

PQ4685 .C6 N62 2004 DVD
131 minutes; released 1986.
When a series of deaths strikes a 14th-century monastery, Brother William of Baskerville resolves to solve the crimes using fact and reason. Based on the book by Umberto Eco.
Starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater.
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud.
In English with English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Nuit et brouillard = Night and Fog

D805 .G3 N84 2003 DVD
31 minutes; released 1955.
Produced ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, this piece documents the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek.
In French with English subtitles.

Olivier Olivier

PN1997 .O43 1994 VHS
109 minutes; released 1993.
A young boy disappears, and then is found six years later.
In French, with English subtitles.

Orphée = Orpheus

PN1997 .O76 2000 DVD
95 minutes; released 1949.
A retelling of the legend of Orpheus set in mid-twentieth century Paris.
Directed by Jean Cocteau.
In French with optional English subtitles.

La passion de Jeanne d'Arc = The Passion of Joan of Arc

PN1997 .P3854 1999 DVD
82 minutes; released 1928.
Carl Theodore Dreyer's 1928 black and white silent film about the trial and execution of St. Joan of Arc.
French intertitles and optional English subtitles.

The Passion of Bernadette

BX4700 .S65 P377 1991 DVD
106 minutes; released 1991.
The story of Saint Bernadette Soubirous (the visionary of Lourdes) after she entered the Sisters of Charity convent at Nevers.
Starring Sydney Penny.
In English or French.

Le petit soldat = The Little Soldier

PN1997 .P466 2001 DVD
88 minutes; released 1963.
Set during the Algerian War, a young deserter from the French army murders an Algerian sympathizer.
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
In French, with English subtitles.

La pianiste = The Piano Teacher

PT2670 .E46 P5322 2003 DVD
117 minutes; released 2001.
A lonely and repressed piano teacher is rebuffed when she decides to share her sexual obsessions with a handsome young pianist.
Directed by Michael Haneke.
In French with English subtitles.

Pierrot le Fou = Pierrot Goes Wild

PN1997 .P493 1998 DVD
PS3573 .H4738 O272 2007 DVD
110 minutes; released 1965.
A man on the run encounters a captivating woman who is herself being chased by mobsters.
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
In French with optional English subtitles.

La promesse

PN1997 .P766 2001 DVD
96 minutes; released 1996.
The life of a fifteen-year old changes forever when he makes a promise to a dying man.
In English with optional French subtitles.

Le quai des brumes = Port of Shadows

PQ2625 .A16 Q4322 2004 DVD
90 minutes; released 1938.
An army deserter looking for a new life travels to the port city of Le Havre, bwhere he encounters trouble, love and a small dog. Based on the novel by Pierre Mac Orlan.
Directed by Marcel Carné.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Quai des orfèvres

PQ2637 .T34 L372 2003 DVD
106 minutes; released 1947.
Set in 1940s Paris, a singer ignores her covetous husband and pursues a lecherous movie financier. When someone ends up murdered, an experienced detective must sort through alibis for the truth.
Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Les quatre cents coups = The 400 Blows

PN1997 .D636 2003 DVD
99 minutes; released 1959.
A teenage boy grows up amid aloof parents, oppressive teachers,and petty crime. The first chapter in François Truffaut's saga about Antoine Doinel. Also includes Antoine et Colette, the second chapter of the saga.
In French with optional English subtitles.

La règle du jeu = The Rules of the Game

PN1997 .R424 2004 DVD
106 minutes; released 1939.
A wealthy landowner invites guests to a weekend at his estate in pre-World War II France.
Directed by Jean Renoir.
In French with optional subtitles in English.

Le retour de Martin Guerre = The Return of Martin Guerre

DC112 .G78 R4 1997 DVD
123 minutes; released 1982.
A 16th century peasant disappears shortly after his marriage, but then returns nine years later.
Starring Gérard Depardieu.
In French, with English subtitles.

Ridicule

PN1997 R535 2004 DVD
103 minutes, released 1996.
Set at the court of Louis XVI, a young man tries to save his hometown while negotiating the attentions of a sophisticated older woman and an innocent young beauty.
Directed by Patrice Leconte.
In French with English subtitles.

Le salaire de la peur = The Wages of Fear

PQ2613 .I64 S32 2005 DVD
147 minutes; released 1953.
In a squalid South American oil town, four men desperate for money sign on for a suicide mission to drive trucks loaded with nitroglycerin over a treacherous mountain route. Based on the novel by Georges Arnaud.
Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Le Samouraï

PN1997 .S268 2005 DVD
105 minutes; released 1967.
When a contract killer with samurai instincts assassinates a nighclub owner, he finds himslef confronted by a series of witnesses who drop his perfect world into the hands of a persistent police investigato.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Le sang d'un poète = The Blood of a Poet

PN1997 .S264 2000 DVD
50 minutes; released 1930.
A handsome young poet navigates a universe filled with moving statues, mirrors of water, and opium smoke.
Directed by Jean Cocteau.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Sans soleil

PN1997 .J4438 2007 DVD
130 minutes; released 1983.
A film-essay on contemporary Japanese society by Chris Marker.
In French or English with optional English subtitles.

Sans toit ni loi = Vagabond

PN1997 .S267 2000 DVD
105 minutes; released 1985.
An aimless drifter wandering through the wintry French countryside encounters violence, hunger, fear and cold, yet touches the lives of the people she meets with her own ideas of freedom.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Le scaphandre et le papillon = The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

RC388.5 .B422 2008 DVD
112 minutes; released 2007.
Tells the real-life story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, the French editor of Elle magazine who suffers a stroke which leaves him completely paralyzed except for his left eye. Yet he manages to blink out his innermost thoughts with great eloquence, the contents of which served as the basis for this movie.
Winner of two Golden Globe Awards in 2008: Best Foreign Language Picture and Best Director.

The Seventh Chamber of Edith Stein

p >PN1997 .S374 1996 VHS
110 minutes; released 1996.
A dramatization of the life of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, the Carmelite nun who was killed at Auschwitz.
In French with English subtitles.

The Small Miracle

PN1997 .S573 1997 VHS
74 minutes; released 1973.
A young boy in Assisi wants to take his dying donkey to be cured at the tomb of St. Francis, but is refused. So he travels to Rome to ask for the Pope's permission.
Starring Vittorio De Sica and Marco Della Carva.
Directed by Jeannot Szwarc.
In English.

Le souffle au coeur = Murmur of the Heart

PN1997 .S684 2006 DVD
118 minutes; released 1971.
This potentially shocking yet cheery coming-of-age story chronicles the busy life of a fifteen-year-old boy: he smokes, gets drunk, has sex, picks up rheumatoid fever, experiences incest, wards off a leering priest, and endures his father's indifference while growing up in Dijon, France.
Directed by Louis Malle.
In French with English subtitles.

Sous les toits de Paris = Under the Roofs of Paris

PN1997 .S687 2002 DVD
92 minutes; released 1930.
A 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.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Le testament d'Orphée = Testament of Orpheus

PN1997 .T437 2000 DVD
80 minutes; released 1959.
An eighteenth-century poet travels through time on a quest for divine wisdom.
Directed by Jean Cocteau.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Thérèse

PN1997 .T447 2002 DVD
90 minutes; released 1986.
Dramatization of the life of the Carmelite nun, St. Therese of Lisieux.
Directed by Alain Cavalier.

In French or English with optional English subtitles.

Tirez sur le pianiste = Shoot the Piano Player

PS3513 .O499D692 2005
81 minutes; released 1960.
A café pianist innocently becomes involved with gangsters. His second chance at love and his plans to make a comeback as a concert pianist are ended when his girlfriend is killed by a stray bullet during a gunfight.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Touchez pas au Grisbi = Hands off the Loot

PQ2637 .I57 T6822 2005 DVD
96 minutes; released 1954.
An old gangster, having just pulled off the heist of his dreams, looks forward to relaxing for the rest of his life with his young girlfriend. But then a rival crime boss gets wind of his loot.
Directed by Jacques Becker.

Tout va bien

PN1997 .T647 2005 DVD
96 minutes; released 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. A caustic critique of society, marriage, and revolution in post-1968 France.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Trafic

PN1997 .T7345 2008 DVD
97 minutes; released 1971.
The bumbling Monsieur Hulot, in his last outing, takes a camper on a road-trip from Paris to Amsterdam.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Les triplettes de Belleville = The Triplets of Belleville

PN1997.2 .T74 2004 DVD
77 minutes; released 2003.
A melancholy little boy is adopted by his grandmother, who, noticing his passion for cycling, coaches him through grueling training. The years pass; he has become a cycling prince and is just about to win the prestigious Tour de France.
Animated.
In French or English with optional English and French subtitles.

Trois couleurs - Blanc = White

PN1997 .T66 2003 v.2 DVD
92 minutes; released 1994.
A Polish man marries a French woman and moves to Paris. The marriage breaks down and the man is left a beggar. He eventually moves back to Poland. The second part of Krzysztof Kieslowski's trilogy, Trois Couleurs.
In French and Polish with English subtitles.
Starring Julie Delpy.
See also Rouge and Blanc.

Trois couleurs - Bleu = Blue

PN1997 .T66 2003 v.1 2003 DVD
98 minutes; released 1993.
A young woman loses her husband and her young daughter in a car accident. She decides to withdraw from the world and live in complete solitude in Paris. But other people intrude into her life with their own needs. The first part of Krzysztof Kieslowski's trilogy, Trois Couleurs.
In French with English subtitles.
See also Rouge and Blanc.

Trois couleurs - Rouge = Red

PN1997 .T66 2003 v.3 DVD
99 minutes; released 1994.
The story of the relationships between a young model, a retired judge, and other people in their lives. The third part of Krzysztof Kieslowski's trilogy, Trois Couleurs.
In French with English subtitles.
Starring Irne Jacob.
See also Bleu and Blanc.

Le trou = The Night Watch

PQ2613 .I6 T72 2001 DVD
131 minutes; released 1960.
Four inmates in a Paris prison cell devise an elaborate plan to tunnel to freedom. When a fifth inmate joins their cell, they must decide whether to risk taking him into their confidence. Based on the novel by Jos Giovanni.
Directed by Jacques Becker.

Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot = M. Hulot's Holiday

PN1997 .M485 2001 DVD
87 minutes; released 1953.
Presents a series of humorous impressions and incidents at a seaside Brittany resort involving the accident-prone Mr. Hulot.
In French with optional English subtitles.

La Vengeance de Monte-Cristo = The Count of Monte Cristo

PQ2226 .A322 2002 DVD
131 minutes; released 2002.
A wrongly imprisoned man escapes and is consumed by thoughts of vengeance. Based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas.
Starring Jim Caviezel.

Vivre sa vie = My Life to Live

PN1997 .V589 1999 DVD
85 minutes; released 1962.
Tells the story of Nana, a young mother who leaves her family behind to pursue an acting career, but instead slips into a life of prostitution on the streets of Paris.
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
In French with English subtitles.

La voie lactée = The Milky Way

PN1997 .V65 2007 DVD
101 minutes; released 1968.
Two tramps on pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela encounter a series of characters including Jesus Christ, the Devil and the Marquis de Sade.
Directed by Luis Buñuel.
In French with English subtitles.

Les yeux sans visage = Eyes Without a Face

PN1997 .Y489 2004
90 minutes; released 1959.
A plastic surgeon, holed up in a Paris mansion, is obsessively slicing off the faces of kidnapped women and grafting the flayed skin onto the rotting countenance of his beloved young daughter, disfigured in an automobile accident.
In French with English subtitles.

Also of Interest

Antigone

PA4415.7 .A58 2001 DVD
91 minutes; released 1972.
Jean Anouilh's adaptation of Sophocles' tragedy about a defiant woman.
In English.

Babette's Feast

PN1997 .B193 2001 DVD
113 minutes; released 1989.
The daughters of a devout Danish clergyman struggle between piety and passion when their father dies and a French gourmet cook comes to town.
In English, French, Danish, or Spanish.

Etre et avoir = To Be and To Have

LB2832.4 .F8 E87 2004 DVD
104 minutes; released 2002.
In this documentary of life inside a one-room schoolhouse in a rural French village, the centre of the story is Georges Lopez--a remarkably devoted teacher responsible for nurturing a dozen children ages 3-11 in all their school subjects and life lessons.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Les glaneurs et la glaneuse = The Gleaners and I

HD1549 .G54 2002 DVD
60 minutes; released 2002.
Starting with a painting of women gathering wheat left over from a harvest, film-maker Agnes Varda explores the lives of modern-day gleaners--people who insist on finding a use for things that others throw away. The journey takes her from the French countryside to the streets of Paris.
In French with optional English subtitles.

Joan of Arc

PN1997 .J63 1999 DVD
180 minutes; released 1999.
A feature-length movie adaptation of the life of St. Joan of Arc.
Starring Leelee Sobieski.

Marat / Sade

PT2685 .E5 V43213 2001 DVD
120 minutes; released 1967.
The inmates of an asylum stage a play about the murder of the French Revolution's Jean-Paul Marat.
In English or Spanish, with optional French and Spanish subtitles.

Saint Joan

PN1997 .S25 1994 VHS
110 minutes; released 1957.
Otto Preminger's feature-length movie adaptation of the play by George Bernard Shaw about the life of St. Joan of Arc.
Starring Jean Seberg.

Song of Bernadette

PT2647 .E77 L5 2003 DVD
156 minutes; released 1943.
A dramatization of Franz Werfel's novel about the young French girl who sees a vision of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes.

Vatel

PN1997 .V384 2001 DVD
103 minutes; released 2000.
A servant becomes attracted to the mistress of King Louis XIV.
Starring Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Julian Sands and Gerard DePardieu.
Directed by Roland Joffe.

La vie en rose

ML420 .P52 V54 2007 DVD
103 minutes; released 2000.
A feature film on the remarkable life of Edith Piaf, who in spite of her difficult childhood and life-long battle with substance abuse would go on to become one of France's most beloved singers.
In French with optional English subtitles.

La vie rêvée des anges = The Dreamlife of Angels

PN1997 .D743 1999 DVD
113 minutes; released 1998.
Tragedy strikes when a handsome young man comes between two friends.
In French with optional English subtitles.