French Films

 

DVDs in French


Les 400 Coups / The 400 Blows
Director: François Truffaut
1998 (1965)
Antoine Doinel is a 14 year old Parisian. His parents do not show much interest in him. He skips school to go to the movies and play with his friends. He discovers his mother has a lover. Antoine steals a typewriter, which leads to his suspension from school. 96 min.
Call number: DVD 400b

Alphaville / Une Etrange Aventure de Lemmy Caution
Director: Jean Luc Goddard
2005 (1959)
Secret agent Lemmy Caution travels to another galaxy and finds himself in a computer-run society which is dedicated to technology and outlaws emotion. 99 min.
Call number: DVD alph

Amélie from Montmartre / Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain
Director: 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. 2 discs, 122 min
Call number: DVD amel

Anthology of Surreal Cinema
Director: René Clair, Germain Dulac, Fernand Léger, Marcel Duchamp
2005
Includes four early art films from the 1920′s: Entr’acte, La Coquille et le Clergyman, Ballet Mechanique, and Anemic Cinema. 65 min.
Call number: DVD PN 1995.9 .S85 A58 2005

Army of Shadows / L’armée des Ombres
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
2007 (1969)
A civil engineer who is one of the French Resistance’s chiefs is given away by a traitor and interned in a camp. 145 min.
Call number: DVD army

L’Atalante
Director: Jean Vigo
2001 (1934)
When Juliette marries Jean, she comes to live with him aboard the barge L’Atalante, where they travel along the Seine River. The bride, becomes bored and leaves the ship for Paris where she starts flirting with other men.
Call number: DVD lata

The Barbarian Invasions / Les Invasions Barbares
Director: 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 confrom their differences, confess their secrets, and celebrate life.
Call number: DVD barb

The Beat that my Heart Skipped / De Battre mon Couer s’est Arrete
Director: Romain Duris
2005
In this remake of Fingers, Tom, a ne’er-do-well, works with two scheming real estate men who have little or no morals. He decides to return to the piano, practicing Bachs’ Toccata in E Minor for an important audition that could be a life-changing event. 107 min.
Call number: DVD beat

Bob the Gambler / Bob le Flambeur
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
2002 (1955)
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. 102 min.

Les Bonnes
Director: Michel Demoulins
2003 (1985)
Two trecherous maidservants simultaneously love and hate their mistress. When they fail in their attempt to murder her, they manage to achieve the fate they have earned.. 110 min.
Call Number: DVD bonn

Breathless / A Bout de Souffle
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
2001 (1960)
“Tells the story of Michael, a handsome young criminal, who is on the run from the law after stealing a car and killing a policeman.”
Call number: DVD brea

The Bride Wore Black / La Mariée Était en Noir
Director: François Truffaut
2001 (1967)
After a bridegroom is shot on the steps of the church on his wedding day, his widow traces the group of men responsible and eliminates them one by one.
Call number: DVD brid

La Bûche
Director: Danièle Thompson
2002 (1999)
Released as “Season’s Beatings” in Britain. When Yvette’s second husband suddenly dies days before Christmas, she turns to her three daughters from her first marriage to console her during the holidays. Not wanting their father to be alone, one of the girls invites him to Christmas dinner, forcing their parents to speak to each other for the first time in 25 years. As their complicated lives converge, secrets are revealed that will test their love and their loyalties. 104 min.
Call number: DVD buch

Buffet Froid
Director: Bertrand Blier
1997 (1979)
Also called “Cold Cuts.” Farcical thriller starring Gérard Depardieu as Alphonse, an unemployed drifter obsessed with murder and death.
Call number: DVD buff

Caché / Hidden
Director: Michael Haneke
2006 (2005)
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. As the tapes reveal more secrets, the resulting stress and fear leads to conflict, obsession, and deceit for the couple and brings back episodes from the husband’s childhood when he wronged a young Algerian boy.
Call number: DVD cach

Un Chien Andalou / The Andalusian Dog
Director: Luis Buñuel
2004 (1929)
The first film produced purely from within the Surrealist Movement, and a land mark in the history of cinema. 17 min.
Call number: DVD chie

Chocolat
Director: Claire Denis
2001 (1988)
A young woman returns to Cameroon to trace her past. Soon the sights, sounds and smells sweep her back to her childhood and memories of the people who populated her youth. 106 min.
Call number: DVD choc

Children of Paradise / Les Enfants du Paradis
Director: Marcel Carné
2002 (1945)
Drama about the theater and the individuals that made the stage their life. Includes the love story of four men for one woman. 190 min.
Call number: DVD chil

Cléo from 5 to 7 / Cléo de 5 à 7
Director: Agnès Varda
2000 (1962)
A girl waiting for the result of a medical examination wanders around Paris thinking she has cancer; the film focuses on her ever-changing moods, and her search for answers. 90 min.
Call number: DVD cléo

Coco Avant Chanel
Director: Anne Fontaine
2010
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. 110 min.
Call number: DVD coup

Coup de Torchon
Director: Bertrand Tavernier
2001 (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. 128 min.
Call number: DVD coup

Days of Glory / Indigènes
Director: Rachid Bouchareb
2007 (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. 125 min.
Call number: DVD days

The Decline of the American Empire
Director: Denys Arcand
2004 (1986)
Four university teachers gather to prepare a dinner. Remy is a married man, Claude a homosexual, Pierre has a girlfriend and Alain is a bachelor. Amongst them, they discuss sex, the female body and their affairs with them. Their dinner guests Louis, Dominique, Diane and Danielle are waiting at a health gym. They also discuss sex, the female body and, naturally, men. Later in the evening they meet and have dinner where candid conversations are brought out at the dinner table, where more revelations, confrontation – and sex – begin. 102min.
Call number: DVD decl

Diary of a Chambermaid / Journal d’une Femme de Chambre
Director: Luis Buñuel
2001 (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. 98min.
Call number: DVD diar

Dinner Game
Director: Alain Poiré
2003 (1988)
Pierre and his snobbish friends have a standing date for dinner. Every week, they compete to see who can bring the biggest idiot to the party. In French with English and Spanish subtitles. 80 min.
Call number: DVD dinn

Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie / Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie
Director: Luis Buñuel
2000 (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. 101min.
Call number: DVD disc

The Class / Entre les Murs
Director: Laurent Cantet
2009 (2008)
Francois and his fellow teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough neighborhood. Armed with the best intentions, they brace themselves to not let discouragement stop them from trying to give the best education to their students. Cultures and attitudes often clash in the classroom, a microcosm of contemporary France. As amusing and inspiring as the teenaged students can be, their difficult behavior can still jeopardize any teacher’s enthusiasm for the low-paying job. François insists on an atmosphere of respect and diligence. Neither stuffy nor severe, his extravagant frankness often takes the students by surprise. But his classroom ethics are put to the test when his students begin to challenge his methods. 130min.
Call number: DVD clas

The Closet / La Placard
Director: Francis Veber
2000
François Pignon, a very bland sort of man who works as an accountant in a condom factory, is about to be fired. His new neighbour comes up with an idea to prevent such a thing from happening: he creates photos and then spreads the rumor that François is gay so that the factory management might be afraid they’ll be sued for sexual discrimination. Of course, nothing happens as it should, but the changes in François Pignon’s life– and other people’s too – is drastic! 85 min.
Call number: DVD clos

Diva
Director: Jean Jacques Beinex
2000 (1981)
Cynthia Hawkins is the operatic superstar whose refusal to make a recording frustrates her adoring public. A young fan named Jules makes a secret tape and is stalked by thugs who plan to blackmail the diva. Jules also accidentally acquires a tape which tells of a top mobster’s role in an international sex and drug ring. Two hired killers are out to get the tape.
Call number: DVD diva

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly / Le Scaphandre et le Papillon
Director: Julian Schnabel
2008 (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. 112 min.
Call number: DVD divi

L’enfant / The Child
Director: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
2006 (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. 96 min.
Call number: DVD enfa

France, la Visite / the Visit
Director: Mark Daniels
2000
This brief tour of France includes glimpses of Paris, Versailles, Giverny, Normandie battlefields, Bayeux, Mont St. Michel, St. Malo, the Loire River valley, Bourgogne, Provence and Marseilles. In French or English. 62 min.
Call number: DVD DC29.3 .F736 2000

Grand Illusion / La Grande Illusion
Director: Jean Renoir
1999 (1937)
In this classic tale of adventure, duty and honor conflict in a German prisoner-of-war camp when an aristocratic French officer becomes friends with the commandant while cooperating with his comrades in a daring escape. New and improved English subtitle translation. Includes a rare theatrical trailer (ca. 5 min.) in which Jean Renoir discusses this film and his personal war experiences. 114min., b&w.
Call number: DVD gran

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not / À la Folie — Pas du Tout
Director: Laetitia Colombani
2002
Angelique, a young student, is in love with a married doctor. She tries to convince him to leave his pregnant wife. Is the love affair the one-sided obsession of a desperate woman clinging to a hopeless dream, and turning it into a nightmare when she realizes it may not come true?
Call number: DVD helo

Hiroshima Mon Amour
Director: Alain Resnais
2003 (1959)
A Japanese architect and a French actress engage in a brief intense affair in Hiroshima in 1959. Both deal with their personal memories of World War II–he by articulating his firsthand experience with nuclear disaster, she by remembering her traumatic affair with a German soldier.
Call number: DVD hiro

Inch’ Allah Dimanche
Director: Yamina Benguigui
2001
Film about the “family reunion,” the French government’s euphemism for a 1974 law allowing Algerian wives to rejoin their husbands working in France. Strong-willed Zouina parts tearfully from her mother in the port of Algiers; once in France, she and her three small children are at the mercy of her mother-in-law and confused by the strange customs of their local grocer and garden-obsessed neighbor. The radio is her only window on life and on the women of this new country. Based on the novel by Yamina Benguigui. 98 min. In French and Arabic, with French subtitles in some sequences.
Call number: DVD inch

I’ve Loved You So Long / Il y a Longtemps que Je T’aime
Director: Philippe Claudel
2009 (2008)
A shell-shocked Juliette is released from prison after serving 15 years for murdering her young son. As life has moved on, she must relearn certain basics. After being banished from her family, she is now reunited with her younger sister, Lea. Hopefully, Juliette will learn to forgive herself in the process. 117 min.
Call number: DVD ivel

Jesus of Montreal
Director: Claude Berri
2004 (1989)
The story of Jean Cadoret, an accountant who inherits a farm from his mother and hopes to become a gentleman farmer. Before he even arrives, though, a powerful neighbor is plotting to steal his land. The result is heartbreak and tragedy for Jean, who is no match for his wily neighbor.
Call number: DVD jesu

The King is Dancing / La Roi Danse
Director: Gérard Corbiau
2003 (2000)
This Historical drama about Louis XIV of France, centering on his passion for dance and music. The shy heir to the throne has his destiny altered when musician Jean-Baptiste Lully and the famed playwright Molière enter his life. Recognizing the young king’s talent for dance, they compose and stage ballets that glorify Louis’ image. The film includes many recreations of dance, drama, and opera of the era. Original French version, with English subtitles.. 114 min.
Call number: DVD king

Kings and Queen / Roi et Reine
Director: Arnaud Desplechin
2004
This exhilarating film from Amaud Desplechin expertly mixes comedy, tragedy, and melodrama to tell the emotionally gripping story of the interesting lives of two former lovers. In French. 150 min.
Call number: DVD king

Kirikou and the Sorceress
Director: Michel Ocelot
1998
Based on West African folklore, this is the story of a remarkable baby boy who is born with the ability to speak, amazing intelligence, and physical abilities. Features a musical score by music icon Youssou N’Dour and South Africa’s finest vocal talents. In French. 70 min.
Call number: DVD kiri

The Last Metro / Le Dernier Metro
Director: François Truffaut
1999 (1980)
In Nazi-occupied Paris, Jewish director Lucas Steiner is forced to hide in the basement of his theatre while his wife stars in its latest production. Romantic tensions mount as she and her leading man begin to fall in love. At the same time, a pro-Nazi theatre critic esconces himself in the theatre causing stress to the entire cast.
Call number: DVD last

Lumumba
Director: Jacques Bidou
2000
Dramatizes the life of Congolese revolutionary, Patrice Lumumba, who lead his country to independence from Belgium in 1960. He served, for less than a year, as the first elected prime minister until he was brutally assassinated.
Call number: DVD lumb

Lorna’s Silence / Silence de Lorna
Director: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
2010 (2008)
Lorna is a young Albanian women who dreams of opening up a snack bar with her boyfriend. Without the money, she finds herself entwined in a vicious plan devised by mobster Fabio. A false marriage between Lorna and Claudy will allow her to get her Belgian citizenship. She is then expected to marry a Russian Mafioso who is anxious to get his hands on the Belgian identity papers, after Fabio kills Claudy to speed up the second marriage. But can Lorna keep quiet? 105 min.
Call number: DVD lorn

M. Hulot’s Holiday / Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot
Director: Jacques Tati
2001 (1953)
Presents a series of humorous impressions and incidents at a seaside Brittany resort involving the accident-prone Mr. Hulot. Principally visual humor. There is no story: simply a series of comic mix-ups and casual caricatures. 87 min.
Call number: DVD mhul

A Man Escaped / Un Condamne a Mort s’est Echappe
Director: Robert Bresson
2004 (1956)
A French Resistance fighter is sent to an infamous prison in Lyon in 1943, where 7,000 of the 12,000 prisoners housed there died either by natural means or by execution. Lt. Fontaine is certain that execution awaits him, and begins planning his escape. For a period of time he goes it alone, but reluctantly takes on a partner. He gets some help from a couple of prisoners allowed to stroll in the exercise yard, but for the most part he is a figure of isolation. 100 min.
Call number: DVD mane

Man on the Train / L’homme du Train
Director: Patrice Leconte
2002
A mysterious stranger is the lone passenger disembarking from a train in a sleepy French village. His name is Milan, a criminal intent on knocking over the local bank. Upon his arrival, he is befriended by Manesquier, a retired poetry teacher. Through their unexpected friendship, both men come to realize they have been given the opportunity to look back on their lives- complete with dashed hopes and unfulfilled dreams. At the same time, both are given the momentary chance to explore the road not taken.
Call number: DVD mano

Many Faces of Fontainebleau / Un Rendez-vouz de Château
Director: Pierre Champetier
2006 (1996)
The Chat́eau of Fontainebleau epitomizes the grandeur and opulence of the French monarchy, conjuring images of courtly excesses and royal intrigues. A good portion of 17th- and 18th-century French history examined in this program lies hidden within its walls. Cameras move through rooms including the Salon de Jour, Baptistry, and Royal Apartments and examine various works of art and decorative appointments introduced by French monarchs from Francois I and Louis XIV to Napoleon Bonaparte. Expert commentary relates each feature, and the building itself, to specific periods in French history, and to the political intrigues and private dalliances of Fontainebleau’s royal occupants. In French, English, Spanish, Russian, Japanese. 46 min.
Call number: DVD NA 7736 .F7 F668 2006

Mon Oncle
Director: Jacques Tatis
2001 (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. 116 min.
Call number: DVD mono

Mon Oncle D’Amérique
Director: Alain Resnais
2000 (1980)
Jean, Rena, Janine:Two men and a woman from different generations and different backgrounds, whose paths meet at a crisis point in mid-life, faced with disappointment and frustration, all three muse about a legendary “uncle in America”, a guardian angel who gives them their hearts’ desires and tells them exactly what they want to hear. 123 min.
Call number: DVD mono

Monsieur Ibrahim
Director: François Dupeyron
2003
An elderly Turkish Muslim grocer befriends a lonely teenage Jewish boy in a working class section of Paris.
Call number: DVD mons

My Life in Pink / Ma Vie en Rose
Director: Alain Berliner
1997
Ludovic is waiting for a miracle. With six-year-old certainty, he believes he was meant to be a little girl and that the mistake will soon be corrected. But where he expects the miraculous, Ludo finds only rejection, isolation and guilt–as the intense reactions of family, friends, and neighbors strip away every innocent lace and bauble.
Call number: DVD myli

My Night at Maud’s / Ma Nuit chez Maud
Director: Eric Rohmer
1997 (1968)
Jean-Louis Trintignant plays an engineer seeking the perfect mate. Just when he thinks he has found her, he finds himself accidentally spending the night sharing the bed of a seductive divorcee, Maud. 110 min.
Call number: DVD myni

Night and Fog
Director: Alain Resnais
2003 (1955)
Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, this piece documents the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek. One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust, the film contrasts the stillness of the abandoned camps’ quiet, empty buildings with haunting wartime footage. 31 min.
Call number: DVD D 805.G3 N858 2003

OSS 117
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
2008 (2006)
Secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117 who in the tradition of Maxwell Smart and Inspector Clouseau somehow succeeds in spite of his ineptitude. After a fellow agent is murdered, Hubert is ordered to take his place. French dialogue with optional English subtitles. 95 min.
Call number: DVD oss

Paris 36 / Faubourg 36
Director: Christophe Barratier
2009 (2008)
When Pigoil’s adulterous wife leaves with his beloved son, he gambles everything to get him back. As the previous manager of the now closed Chansonia Theatre, he makes a deal with the new owner to give him one month to turn the theater around and make a profit. 120 min.
Call number: DVD pari

Paris, la Visite / the Visit
Director: Bernard Giraudeau
2006 (2002)
A private visit to the city of light. A day to take in twenty centuries of history, to hear about the men and women who built and imagined this city. Includes French, English, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese language tracks. 90 min.
Call number: DVD DC707 .P375 2006

Persepolis
Director: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi
2008 (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 as she 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. 95 min. French or dubbed English dialogue, English or Spanish subtitles.
Call number: DVD pers

Ponette
Director: Jacques Doillon
1998
Sent to live with her relatives, Ponette experiences the hopes, dreams and fears of a child following the loss of a parent. Ultimately, it is her faith, love and strength of character that enables Ponette to triumphantly overcome her tragedy. Also available in VHS.
Call Number: DVD pone

The Promise / La Promesse
Director: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
2001 (1996)
The life of a fifteen-year old, raised by his father as a petty criminal, changes forever when he makes a promise to a dying man that comes into conflict with his loyalty to his father. In French with English and Italian subtitles. 93 min.
Call Number: DVD prom

Red Balloon / Le Ballon Rouge
Director: Albert Lamorisse
2008 (1956)
Pascal is a young French boy who discovers a stray balloon on the streets of Paris that seems to have a mind of its own and begins to follow Pascal everywhere. The two beome inseparable, yet the world’s harsh realities finally interfere. A touching allegory of the magic powers of love and friendship. 34 mins.
Call Number: DVD redb

Rififi / Du Rififi Chez les Hommes
Director: Jules Dassin
2001 (1955)
A story of a successful jewel robbery in which the four thieves betray each other. 118 mins.
Call Number: DVD rifi

The Rules of the Game / La Regle du Jeu
Director: Jean Renoir
2004 (1939)
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. 106 min.
Call number: DVD rule

Russian Dolls / Les Poupées Russes
Director: Cédric Klapisch
2006
In this sequel to L’Auberge espagnole, Xavier, now thirty, reunites again with his old friends from his time in Barcelona when William marries a Russian dancer in Saint Petersburg. Although he is working as a writer, Xavier has been unable to publish his serious novel. Will Xavier overcome his indecisiveness about his career and love life or will he keep moving on, searching for the next, perfect thing? 129 min.
Call number: DVD russ

A Single Girl / La Fille Seule
Director: Benoît Jacquot
1996
Drama showing a day in the life of a young Parisian woman named Valerie who is beginning a new job and who reveals to her boyfriend that she is four weeks pregnant.
Call number: DVD sing

The Son / Le Fils
Director: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
2002
A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets. 100 min.
Call number: DVD son

Taste of Others / Le Goût des Autres
Director: Agnès Jaoui
2000
“The lives and loves of several completely opposite men and women artfully intersect in what becomes a delightfully funny web of romantic entanglements! While negotiating differences in wealth and status, style, and taste, this vivid collection of characters mix and match in outrageously volatile combinations! Internationally acclaimed for its sexy comic sophistication — expect the unexpected from this uncommonly entertaining motion picture!”
Call number: DVD tast

Three Men and a Cradle / Trois Hommes et un Couffin
Director: Coline Serreau
2005 (1985)
Three clueless and hedonistic bachelors are forced to trade dames for diapers when an infant is left on their doorstep. 106 min.
Call number: DVD thre

Time Out / L’emploi du Temps
Director: Laurent Cantet
2002 (2001)
Businessman Vincent is leading a double life. He was fired from his job and constructed an elaborate fantasy of employment that has become his full-time occupation. Vincent must decide which of his lives is more important. 128 min.
Call number: DVD time

Time To Leave / Le Temps Qui Reste
Director: François Ozon
2005
A handsome, successful fashion photographer learns that he has a malignant brain tumor. Hiding his diagnosis, he alienates his family and his young boyfriend, but during a short stay with his grandmother, his vulnerability is met with a big heart and sound advice. A chance encounter with a roadside cafe waitress results in an unusual bargain that provides a happy, playful dimension to the proceedings. 85 min.
Call number: DVD time

Triplets of Belleville / Belleville Rendez-Vous
Director: Sylvain Chomet
2004 (2003)
Chiefly told without dialogue; French or Spanish with English subtitles.
Call number: DVD trip

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg / Les Parapluies de Cherbourg
Director: Jacques Demy
2004 (1964)
A tender, bittersweet love story, sung throughout in French. English subtitles. 92 min
Call number: DVD umbr

A Very Long Engagement / Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles
Director: Jean Pierre Jeunet
2004
“A Very Long Engagement” tells the story of a a young woman, Mathilde’s relentless search for her fiancée, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One. 113 min
Call number: DVD very

Versailles, la Visite / the Visit
Director: Gérard Corbiau
2006 (1999)
A private visit to the most famous chateau in the world. Discover the history of the palace as well as the masterpieces it contains. Includes French, English, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese language tracks. 60 min.
Call number: DVD DC801.V56 V473 2006

La Vie en Rose
Director: Olivier Dahan
2007
Raised in a brothel, then wrested from the only life she knew by her father, so they could join the circus, Edith Piaf spent her teen years on the streets. She is finally “rescued” by a crime figure who gives her career a start and, ultimately, by her international success and final illness. Always frail, sickly, malnourished, and wildly temperamental, she was often on drugs or alcohol and was always in search of true love. Middleweight boxer, Marcel Cerdan, captures her heart and gives her something to live for, besides her music–at least for a while. 141 min
Call number: DVD viee


VHS Tapes in French


Africa, I will Pluck You / Afrique, Je Te Plumerai
Director: Jean-Marie Teno
1992
Examines how Cameroon’s French colonizers have been replaced by a dictatorial indigenous regime which still plunders the land and silences the authentic expression of its people. A case study of the devastation of traditional African societies by imposed colonial cultures. in French with English subtitles. 88 mins.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .A37 1992

Babette’s Feast
Director: Gabriel Axel
1987
On the desolate coast of Denmark, two elderly, religious women take in a young woman to be their housekeeper and cook, not knowing she is a superb French chef. When the chef, (who is never called upon to cook anything more complicated or mouth-watering than boiled codfish or soup), wins a large sum of money, she decides to spend it all creating a magnificent meal. In French and Danish, based on the story by Isak Dinesen.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .B215

Battle of Algiers
Director: Gillo Pontecorvo
1993 (1966)
Dramatization of the conflict between Algerian nationalists and French colonialists that culminated in Algeria’s independence in 1962.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .B28 P65 1993

Beauty and the Beast / La Belle et La Bête
1991
Animated Disney feature.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .B44

Camille Claudel
Director: Bruno Nuytten
1989
A historically accurate depiction of one of the most important collaborations in the history of art, that of legendary sculptor Rodin, and the creative prodigy Camille Claudel. 2 VHS.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .C26

Carmen
Director: Francesco Rosi
1987
A film version of the famous Bizet’s opera, where a soldier (Don Jose) falls in love with a beautiful factory’s worker (Carmen), but she does not correspond him. Based on the novella by Prosper Merimee.
Call number: VHS M 1500 .B625 C38 1987

Danton
Director: Andrzej Wajda
1989 (1982)
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”.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .D28

Delicatessen
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
1992
This crazy-quilt story takes place in a rickety apartment building. There, a sweet-natured clown takes a room and becomes a catalyst in the lives of a cleaver-wielding butcher, his myopic daughter, a woman with a flair for suicide, toymakers who create little boxes that go “moo”, and other unusual tenants.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .D455

The Dinner Game / Le Dîner des Cons
Director: F. Veber
2000
Pierre and his snobbish friends have a standing date for dinner. Every week, they compete to see who can bring the biggest idiot to the party.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .D32

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie / Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie
Director: Luis Bunuel
2000 (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.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .D57 2000

Four Seasons Series:

A Tale of Winter / Conte d’hiver
Director: Eric Rohmer
1991
“A delightful romantic comedy about the triumph of love over the longest odds, A Tale of Winter begins with Félicié and Charles sharing a whirlwind love affair at the beach one summer. As they part, Félicié gives him her address, but due to a crucial, inexplicably stupid mistake, she makes it impossible for him to find her. Five years later, Félicié is still in love with Charles, though she has seemingly lost him forever. Along with her five-year-old daughter (by Charles), she maintains her hope that someday she will again find her Prince Charming.”
Call number: PN 1995.9 .L6 C66

A Summer’s Tale / Conte d’été
Director: Eric Rohmer
1996
Gaspard is a young man who claims nothing ever happens in life. While waiting in a seaside resort for Lena, the classmate with whom he believes he is in love, he meets and is attracted to Margot, then Solène. When Lena shows up, Gaspard finds himself confused and faced with a difficult choice.
Call number: PN 1997 .C668

Autumn Tale / Conte d’automne
Director: Eric Rohmer
1999
In the fourth tale of “Tales of the four seasons” by director Eric Rohmer, Magali is a 45-year old winegrower whose children have just left home and whose friends are trying to find her a man.
Call number: PN 1997 .C668

A Tale of Springtime / Conte de printemps
Director: Eric Rohmer
1998
This romantic comedy focuses on Jeanne, an attractive philosophy teacher and her relationships. All characters experience a moving journey to self awareness.
Call number: PN 1997 .T353

Germinal
Director: Claude Berri
1993
The story of a miner’s strike that destroys one family, yet plants the seeds of change for future generations. 2 VHS, 166 min. Based on the novel by Émile Zola.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .G47

Gervaise
Director: René Clément
1995 (1957)
Based on Emile Zola’s L’Assommoir. A story of mid-19th-century Parisian slums in which a young girl’s dreams of a happy home and a successful laundry are cruelly destroyed by a drunken husband.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .G4782 1995

Le Golem: the Legend of Prague
Director: Julien Duvivier
1990 (1935)
This film illustrates the legend that originated in the ghetto of medieval Prague. In 1560, Rabbi Loew created a being in human form to which he imparted life.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .G58 1990

Goodbye, Children / Au Revoir Les Enfants
Director: Louis Malle
1987
Chronicles a child’s experience in German occupied France during World War II.
Call number: PN 1997 .A85

The Horse of Pride / Le Cheval D’Orgueil
Director: Claude Chabrol
2000 (1980)
A lyrical tale of Brittany from 1908 to 1918. The film shows the hardships and joys of French peasant life focusing on the story of a young couple who meet, marry, and soon have a son. Too poor to own a horse, they are content to ride the horse of pride. Based on the novel by Pierre-Jakez Hélias.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .H67

I Sent a Letter to My Love / Chère inconnue
Director: Moshe Mizrahi
1981
The lives of Louise, her crippled brother and their friend, a gentle spinster, move toward a beautiful resolution when Louise puts an ad in the personal column and her brother answers it. 102 min.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .I15

ID / Pieces D’Identites
Director: Mweze Ngangura
1998
A Congolese king searches for his daughter in Brussels where for a time he loses his royal fetishes, his identity, but finds a friend, a local cabdriver with a secret identity. With his help and a chain of odd coincidences, Mani Kongo is reunited with his daughter and his regalia and returns to Africa with a circle of friends. In French with English subtitles. 93 mins.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .P54 1998

Jean de Florette
Director: Claude Berri
1987
The story of Jean Cadoret, an accountant who inherits a farm from his mother and hopes to become a gentleman farmer. Before he even arrives, though, a powerful neighbor is plotting to steal his land. The result is heartbreak and tragedy for Jean, who is no match for his wily neighbor.
Call number: VHS PQ 2631 .A26 J42 1987

Jesus de Montreal
Director: Denys Arcand
1991 (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.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .J47 1991

Le Jour se Leve
Director: Michael Carne
1994 (1939)
A worker who has killed a man waits in his apartment recalling a meeting with a young girl and an affair with another woman. The police have waited until dawn to lay seige, but the worker kills himself at daybreak.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .J686 1994

The Joy of Learning / Le Gai Savoir
Director: Jean Luc Godard
1990 (1968)
Emile and Patricia stumble across each other in an abandoned TV studio. They meet for 7 nights to plan for a new cinema.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .G34

Last Year at Marienbad / L’annee Derniere a Marienbad
Director: Pierre Courau
1990 (1961)
Among an assembly of guests in a vast baroque mansion, the narrator/hero tries to persuade a woman that they have met before, and that she has agreed to go away with him, leaving the man who had accompanied her to the mansion.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .L37

Madame Bovary
Director: Claude Chabrol
1991
Dramatization of Flaubert’s novel about Emma Bovary, a woman who rebels at the provincial life forced upon her and engages in a series of illicit affairs.
Call number: PN 1997 .A85

Manon des Sources
Director: Claude Berri
1988
A woman seeks revenge against her father’s killers.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .M366

Maria Chapdelaine
Director: Gilles Carle
1988
A young woman, living with her parents and siblings on a remote farm in harsh, picturesque northern Québec, has three suitors: a steady and unimaginative farmer, Eutrope, the Americanized and wealthy Lorenzo, who has sought his fortune in Boston, and François Paradis, a rough and virile logger who captures her heart despite the warnings of her parents and the village priest (IMDb.com)
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .M37

Mondo
Director: Tony Gatliff
1998
A homeless gypsy boy of about 10 appears on the streets of Nice, France and makes many friends, bringing beauty to all he meets, until one day he disappears again.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .M653 G28

My Father’s Glory / La Gloire de Mon Père
Director: Yves Robert
1998
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.
Call number: VHS PQ 2631 .A26 G561998

My Mother’s Castle / Le Château de Ma Mere
Director: Yves Robert
1991
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.
Call number: VHS PQ 2631 .A26 M85

Orpheus / Orphée
Director: J. Cocteau
1949
The myth of Orpheus set in contemporary France.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .O76

Phedre
Director: Pierre Jourdan
1983 (1968)
Racine’s adaptation of the legend of Thesus, king of Athens, his wife, Phedre, and his son, Hippolyte, written in 1677.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .P52 1983

Ponette
Director: Jacques Doillon
1996
Sent to live with her relatives, Ponette experiences the hopes, dreams and fears of a child following the loss of a parent. Ultimately, it is her faith, love and strength of character that enables Ponette to triumphantly overcome her tragedy. Also available in DVD.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .P664

Quatorze Juillet
Director: Rene Clair
199? (1932)
Love story between a young girl and a crook. Originally released as a motion picture in 1932.
Call number: VHS PC 2112.7 .Q37

The Return of Martin Guerre / Le Retour de Martin Guerre
Director: Paul Maigret
1996 (1982)
The plot revolves around the unraveling of the identity of a 16th century peasant who disappeared as a young husband, and the man who returns to resume his marriage nine years later.
Call number: VHS DC 112 .R7 1996

Ridicule
Director: Patrice Leconte
1997
In a desperate quest to save his hometown, a young man quickly learns that a sharp wit is the key to open any door in the Versailles court of Louis XVI.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .R53 1997

The Rise of Louis XIV / La Prise de Pouvoir par Louis XIV
Director: Roberto Rossellini
1990 (1966)
Presents, in a more realistic rather than grandiose fashion, a dramatization of the rise to power of King Louis XIV of France along with its attendant pomp and etiquette, and the intrigues and internal power struggles that complicated his rise to power.
Call number: VHS DC 125 .P75 1990

Rocking Porcupine / Ça Twiste à Poponguine
Director: Moussa Sene Absa
1993
A coming of age story set in a remote Senegalese beachside village during the week before Christmas, 1964, where the local teenage boys are divided into rival cultural camps. The “Ins” (“Inseparables”) style themselves after French pop stars, attend school, have all the girls–but no record player. Their rivals, the “Kings,” style themselves after African-American blues legends, they work as fishermen, don’t have any girls–but they do have a record player. In French with English subtitles. 90 mins.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .C13 1993

Sango Malo
Director: Bassek ba Kobhio
1991
A new high school teacher brings turmoil to a rural Cameroonian village when he introduces sex education and vocational training into the curriculum. He also starts agricultural and marketing cooperatives for villagers that the students work on as part of their education. The local authorities however, including the store owner and school’s headmaster, are alarmed by the teacher’s radical actions and have him imprisoned. In French with English subtitles. 94 mins.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .S27 1991

The Silence of the Sea / Le Silence de la Mer
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
1997 (1947)
Set in occupied France during World War II, an old man and his beutiful niece are forced to endure the presence of a Nazi officer. Vowing never to speak to the invader, the couple listen in silence as the officer pours out his ideas and feelings about music, war and his love of France.
Call number: VHS PQ 2603 .R924 S59 1997

Small Change / L’argent de Poche
Director: François Truffaut
1991 (1976)
Life from early childhood to adolescence is illustrated in episodes involving 10 children.
Call number: VHS PQ 2680 .R8 A7

The Story of Adele H / L’histoire d’Adele
Director: Francois Truffaut
1991
In 1863, the beautiful younger daughter of world-famous author Victor Hugo crosses the Atlantic in desperate pursuit of the man she believed to be her fiance, her lover, her destiny, the mirror of her soul.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .S85 T78

Sugar Cane Alley / Rue Cases-Nègres
Director: Euzhan Palcy
1995 (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. Based on the play La Rue Cases-Nègres by Joseph Zobel.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .R84 1995

A Sunday in the Country / Un Dimanche à la Campagne
Director: Bertrand Tavernier
1987
Monsieur Ladmiral, an aging impressionist painter, spends his usual Sunday afternoon visit with his family ruminating over life’s small pleasures and inevitable disappointments until his daughter Irene arrives. Irene, a whirlwind of activity for whom life itself is an art, has a magical reviving effect on her father and the world suddenly takes on the beautiful hues and feelings of an Impressionist masterpiece. Based on the novel: Monsieur Ladmiral Va Bientot Mourir by Pierre Bost. 94 min.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .D55

Time Regained / Le temps retrouvé
Director: Raoul Ruiz
2001 (1999)
Set in 1922, this film opens with Marcel Proust on his deathbed, looking through old photos and remembering his past. His own experiences gradually give way to the characters in his novel.
Call number: VHS PN1997 .T46 2001

Time Regained / Le temps retrouvé
Director: Raoul Ruiz
2001 (1999)
Set in 1922, this film opens with Marcel Proust on his deathbed, looking through old photos and remembering his past. His own experiences gradually give way to the characters in his novel.
Call number: VHS PN1997 .T46 2001

Vagabond / Sans Toit Ni Loi
Director: Agnes Varda
1987 (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.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .V25 V27

The Would-be Gentleman / Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Director: Jean Meyer
1982 (1958)
A screen adaptation of Moliere’s comedy, this is a lively satire on the pretensions of a rich but silly man to the snobberies of the aristocracy.
Call number: VHS PQ 1829 .A37 1982

Zero in Conduct / Zero de Conduite
Director: Jean Vigo
1994 (1933)
Two boys return from their holidays to a repressive school environment. They lead a student revolt against the school authorities. A wonderful study of adolescence and the strength of human spirit.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .Z47

 

DVDs in English with French Cultural Content


Chocolat
Director: Lasse Hallström
2000
When a single mother and her young daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop – with Sunday hours – across the street from the local church, they are met with some resistance from the rigidly moral community. But as soon as the townspeople discover their delicious products, their attitudes begin to change. In English.
Call number: DVD choc