Jean-Luc Godard – Grandeur et décadence d’un petit commerce de cinéma (1986)

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The director Gaspard Bazin is preparing a new feature film. For now, he is still in the casting and financing stages. He’s asking the help of Jean Almereyda, a producer once fashionable but now at low ebb, who has more and more difficulties to raise cash for his company. His wife, Eurydice, dreams of being a movie star. Between the two men, a perverse game is starting, Almereyda wishing to please his wife, but the unrepentant seducer reputation of Bazin holds him to require a part for Eurydice… Continue reading Jean-Luc Godard – Grandeur et décadence d’un petit commerce de cinéma (1986)

Robin Campillo – 120 battements par minute AKA 120 Beats Per Minute (2017)

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Early 1990s. With AIDS having already claimed countless lives for nearly ten years, Act up-Paris activists multiply actions to fight general indifference. Nathan, a newcomer to the group, has his world shaken up by Sean, a radical militant, who throws his last bits of strength into the struggle. Continue reading Robin Campillo – 120 battements par minute AKA 120 Beats Per Minute (2017)

Jacques Rozier – Adieu Philippine (1962)

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Jonathan Rosenbaum wrote:
Jacques Rozier is perhaps the least known of the most talented French New Wave directors, if only because his output is so limited—about one feature per decade. His subject is teenagers, and his method owes a lot to cinema verite. This first feature, made toward the beginning of the 1960s, is also probably his best; it concerns a young TV worker who is dating two 18-year-old girlfriends and can’t choose between them. Rozier’s graceful style is a mixture of sweetness and light, devoid of pretension and open to youthful energies. Recommended. Continue reading Jacques Rozier – Adieu Philippine (1962)

Jean-Pierre Melville – Quand tu liras cette lettre AKA When You Read This Letter (1953)

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After their parents die in a road accident, a strongly moral young woman named Thérèse Voise leaves a convent shortly before taking her vows in order to care for her younger sister Denise and run the family stationery shop with her. Thérèse is very protective of Denise and becomes concerned when her sister strikes up an acquaintance with Max a young amateur boxer and garage mechanic. Max is a self-centered drifter who is conducting numerous different relationships with girls at nightclubs. He is also pursuing a wealthy married woman, managing to get employment as her chauffeur and become her lover. Continue reading Jean-Pierre Melville – Quand tu liras cette lettre AKA When You Read This Letter (1953)

Jean-Luc Godard – Bande à part aka Band of Outsiders (1964)

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Jonathan Rosenbaum wrote:
To gauge the historical significance of Jean-Luc Godard’s Band of Outsiders (1964) — getting a week’s run in a lovely new print at the Music Box — it helps to know that it was made four years after François Truffaut’s Shoot the Piano Player and three years before Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde. Both Band of Outsiders and Shoot the Piano Player are low-budget black-and-white French thrillers adapted from American crime novels translated into French for the celebrated Serie Noire collection, and they were abject box-office flops on both sides of the Atlantic — though today they embody the glories of the French New Wave in a good many people’s minds. By contrast, Bonnie and Clyde, a Hollywood movie in color that was profoundly influenced by these two films, was a huge success, and its lyrical depictions of violence changed the direction of American cinema. Continue reading Jean-Luc Godard – Bande à part aka Band of Outsiders (1964)