Tag Archives: French

Alexandre Volkoff – Kean (141-minute version) (1924)

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This is a biopic of the 19th Century actor, Edmund Kean.

You may remember him for his famous last words: “Dying is easy, comedy is hard.”

Made some 90 years after his death, the film tells of the greatest actor of his time, a man toasted as the greatest actor of all time.

Great though he may have been on the stage, his personal life was a wreck.

He was hounded by creditors, had a problem with alcohol, and to make matters worse, had fallen in love with the wife of an ambassador. Read More »

Jean Cocteau – Le testament d’Orphée, ou ne me demandez pas pourquoi! AKA Testament of Orpheus (1960)

Synopsis
“Criterion” wrote:
In his last film, legendary writer/artist/filmmaker Jean Cocteau portrays an 18th-century poet who travels through time on a quest for divine wisdom. In a mysterious wasteland, he meets several symbolic phantoms that bring about his death and resurrection. With an eclectic cast that includes Pablo Picasso, Jean-Pierre Leáud, Jean Marais and Yul Brynner, Testament of Orpheus (Le Testament de Orphée) brings full circle the journey Cocteau began in The Blood of a Poet, an exploration of the torturous relationship between the artist and his creations. Read More »

Didier Rouget & Agnès Varda – Varda by Agnès (2019)

An unpredictable documentary from a fascinating storyteller, Agnès Varda’s next film sheds light on her experience as a director, bringing a personal insight to what she calls “cine-writing,” traveling from Rue Daguerre in Paris to Los Angeles and Beijing. Read More »

Christian-Jaque – Si tous les gars du monde AKA If All the Guys in the World… (1956)

Synopsis
Si Tous Les Gars du Monde is an entertaining tribute to the ham radio operators of the world. The story begins when a French shipping boat takes on an Arab passenger. While on the high seas, the Arab becomes seriously ill with a communicable disease that threatens the lives of everyone on board. Unable to reach the proper medical authorities, the boat sends out a desperate S.O.S., whereupon several amateur-radio enthusiasts of different nationalities spring into action… Read More »

Louis Malle – Le souffle au coeur AKA Murmur of the Heart (1971)

Synopsis:
Laurent Chevalier, a 14-year-old boy, saw his mother as the closest friend. The two of them went to a mountain resort. Clara Chevalier flirted with one of the hotel guests, her son met girls of the same age. However, on the holiday and Laurent, and his mother were left without companions … Read More »

Jean-Denis Bonan – Tristesse des anthropophages (1966)

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A Christ is sentenced by his peers to return to his mother’s womb. Rejected by the censorship commitee on the grounds of “scenes of extreme eroticism and dialogs of the scatological and obscene variety”. Read More »

Joana Preiss – Sibérie (2011)

A couple equipped with digital cameras travels by the Trans-Siberian Train. She (Joana Preiss) is a known actress and a model. He (Bruno Dumont) is a world-famous and valued director who decides for the first time to stand on the other side of a camera. Instead of the picture of the merry couple, the bitter portrait of the relationship that is falling apart emerges from “Siberie”. Bruno and Joana record theirs confessions, doubts, moments of happiness and moments of weakness. They talk about love, desire and art. Austere and endless space of Russia that is seen behind the windows of the train puts their feeling to the test. Read More »