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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…
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…
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…
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…
Vivre sa vie
This turning point for Jean-Luc Godard remains one of his most dynamic films, combining brilliant visual design with a tragic character study. The lovely Anna Karina, Godard's greatest muse, plays Nana, a young Parisian who aspires to be an actress…
Rider on the Rain - Le passager de la pluie
Melancolie Mau is the wife of an Air France pilot. One evening, while her husband is away, an unknown intruder breaks into their villa and rapes her. She kills him and then has a difficult time disposing of the body.…
Un Flic - A Cop
Beginning with a remarkable bank robbery on a deserted beach front and also featuring a helicopter heist shot in real time, UN FLIC is perhaps Jean-Pierre Melville's most perfect synthesis of style and suspense. A wonderfully fatalistic study of loss…
Jules and Jim
Hailed as one of the finest films ever made, JULES ET JIM charts, over twenty-five years, the relationship between two friends and the object of their mutual obsession. The legendary Francois Truffaut directs, and Jeanne Moreau stars as the alluring…
Last Year at Marienbad - L'année dernière à Marienbad
This French New-Wave classic features stunning imagery, while deliberately avoiding conventional plot and character development. In a vast and opulent hotel, an unnamed man attempts to persuade a similarly unnamed married woman that they have not only met before, but…
The Wages of Fear
Set In a squalid South American oil town, where four desperate men sign on for a suicide mission to drive trucks loaded with nitroglycerin over a treacherous mountain route. As they ferry their explosive cargo to a faraway oil fire,…
Is Paris Burning?
The courage-filled story of the Allied Resistance and the Paris Liberation of 1944. As the Nazi jackboot marches through Europe, the freedom fighters of Paris mount a brave resistance. Nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction at the Academy…
Maigret Sets a Trap - Maigret tend un piège
Inspector Maigret tries to trap a killer and discovers why a happily married, wealthy, and talented man should want to murder women at night. Jean Gabin is fantastic as Georges Simenon's secure and steady sleuth, and old-hand Jean Delannoy expertly…
Monsieur Hulot's Holiday - Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot
Monsieur Hulot, Jacques Tati's endearing clown, takes a holiday at a seaside resort, where his presence provokes one catastrophe after another. Tati's masterpiece of gentle slapstick is a series of effortlessly well-choreographed sight gags involving dogs, boats, and firecrackers; it…
Beauty and the Beast
Jean Cocteau's sublime adaptation of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont's fairy-tale masterpiece--in which the pure love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast--is a landmark of motion picture fantasy, with unforgettably romantic performances by Jean…
Touchez Pas Au Grisbi - Hands Off the Loot
Max and Riton pull off a job together, a burglary of fifty million gold bars at Orly. The milieu, unaware of who committed the crime, finally discovers the truth from Riton's mistress... Winner of the Best Actor Award at the…
Le Doulos - The Finger Man
Just out of prison, Maurice (Serge Reggiani) murders a man and steals the loot of a break-in. Preparing another heist, he asks his friend Silien (Jean-Paul Belmondo) for help. But Silien is an informer and warns the police; Maurice is…
Bob the Gambler - Bob le Flambeur
Bob has decided to give up his business in order to enjoy his hobby: gambling. However, he cannot refuse one last job proposed by a friend: to take part in an amazing raid on the Deauville casino. But that day,…