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The Brand New Testament - Le tout nouveau testament
This Golden Globe nominated comedy begins with one simple conceit: God exists, and He's a jerk. He lives in a high-rise apartment in Brussels and never gets out of His pajamas. He takes sadistic delight in dreaming up new "laws"…
Beautiful Troublemaker - La Belle Noiseuse
Legendary French New Wave director Jacques Rivette's intimately epic exploration of the convergence between artistry and eroticism. Edouard Frenhofer is a reclusive painter living in the French countryside with his wife. Their lives are radically upended with the arrival of…
Double Lover - L'amant double
Crafting a deliriously cinematic web of suspense, shock, eroticism, and power dynamics, writer/director Francois Ozon returns to master the thriller genre with DOUBLE LOVER. Chloe, who works as a guard at a museum in Paris, seeks to shore up her…
Un Coeur en Hiver (A Heart in Winter)
Stephane and Maxime are partners in an upscale violin restoration business, but their relationship becomes complicated when Maxime's girlfriend, a concert violinist, realizes she loves Stephane. Haunting sonatas by the composer Ravel heighten the emotionality in this elegant French film…
Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud
Nelly has just left her husband. Through a mutual friend, she meets Monsieur Arnaud, 40 years her senior. He offers her a job, money and emotional comfort. Their relationship evolves into a touching and ambiguous journey through friendship, love and…
Breathless
There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless. Jean-Luc Godard burst onto the film scene in 1960 with this jazzy, free-form, and sexy homage to the American film genres that inspired him as a writer for Cahiers du cinema.…
Cleo From 5 to 7
Agnes Varda eloquently captures Paris in the sixties with this real-time portrait of a singer (Corinne Marchand) set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy. A chronicle of the minutes of one woman's life, CLEO…
The 400 Blows - Les quatre cents coups
Francois Truffaut's first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut's cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud), THE 400 BLOWS sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut's own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty…
To Catch a Thief
In this suspenseful and glamorous classic from Alfred Hitchcock, the always debonair Cary Grant plays John Robie, a reformed jewel thief. Robie is suspected of a new rash of gem thefts in the luxury hotels of the French Riviera, and…
The Battle of Algiers
One of the most influential political films in history, THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS, by Gillo Pontecorvo, vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both…
Le Samouraï
In a career-defining performance, Alain Delon plays a contract killer with samurai instincts. A razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s American gangster cinema and 1960s French pop culture--with a liberal dose of Japanese lone-warrior mythology--maverick director Jean-Pierre Melville's masterpiece LE SAMOURAI defines…
The Lobster
A24
A darkly comic fable from Yorgos Lanthimos ( Killing of a Sacred Deer, The Favourite ), this acclaimed film centers on recently-divorced David (Colin Farrell) as he searches for a new love within 45 days--at which point, if he's still…
Playtime
Jacques Tati's gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless comedies about confusion in an age of high technology reached their apotheosis with PLAYTIME. For this monumental achievement, a nearly three-year-long, bank-breaking production, Tati again thrust the lovably old-fashioned Monsieur Hulot, along with a…
Purple Noon
Alain Delon was at his most impossibly beautiful when PURPLE NOON was released and made him an instant star. This ripe, colorful adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's vicious novel The Talented Mr. Ripley, directed by the versatile Rene Clement, stars Delon…
Female Agents - Les femmes de l'ombre
In this captivating historical drama, four French servicewomen are enlisted into the British Special Operations Executive. Their misson is to first rescue a British army geologist caught reconnoitering the beaches at Normandy, and then to kill a German SS colonel…
Odette Toulemonde
A French romantic comedy concerning an unlikely relationship between two Parisians, Variety called ODETTE TOULEMONDE "A Charmer! An adorable slice of magical realism that thumbs its cinematic nose at the intelligentsia." The title character (Catherine Frot) is a forty-year-old saleswoman,…
Umbrellas of Cherbourg
An angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched to stardom by this dazzling musical heart-tugger from Jacques Demy. She plays an umbrella-shop owner's delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a handsome garage mechanic, played by Nino Castelnuovo. When the boy…
Funny Face
Paris, the City of Light, shines even brighter when Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire team up, bringing their luminous starpower to this exquisite Oscar -nominated musical featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Featuring iconic performances from two legends of…
Hitchcock/Truffaut - The Timeless Legacy of Alfred Hitchcock
In 1962, Francois Truffaut persuaded Alfred Hitchcock to sit with him for a week long interview in which the great British auteur would share with his young admirer the secrets of his cinema. Based on the original recordings of this…
Promise at Dawn - La promesse de l'aube
From his childhood in Poland to his adolescence in Nice to his years as a student in Paris and his tough training as a pilot during World War II, this epic drama tells the romantic story of Romain Gary, one…