Tag Archives: French

Robert Hossein – Le vampire de Düsseldorf AKA The Vampire of Dusseldorf (1965)

In the 1930s, chaos and misery reign over Düsseldorf as the Nazis begin their campaign of terror. But the city is afflicted by another menace, a serial killer who writes a letter to the police every time he murders a young woman. Who would suspect Peter Kuerten, a man who is so mild and unassuming? His only passion is Anna, a singer in a café, but she ignores him and makes fun of him. One day, Peter meets two young country girls, Paula and Rosa. Not long afterwards, Paula is found dead and Rosa, the prime witness to this murder, is herself killed a few days later. Unaware of Peter’s dark exploits, Anna becomes his lover. But then she finds one of the messages he sends to the police… Read More »

Jean-Daniel Pollet – L’acrobate (1976)

Google translate wrote:
Fifth and last film of the Jean-Daniel Pollet / Claude Melki duo. Léon, a Keatonian bath boy, one day discovers tango. It’s the passion. Léon will either be a dance champion or not. Léon takes his first steps with Smoke, a prostitute with whom he is in love. Together they win prizes. Together, they… At the same time jerky and harmonious, imbued with mood swings and breaks in tone, a fascinating dance film which embraces its subject with airy grace, all this with the wonderful music of Antoine Duhamel Read More »

Gilles Grangier – Le gentleman d’Epsom AKA The Gentleman from Epsom (1962)

Synopsis:
‘Retired military officer Richard Briand-Charmery, known to all as “The Commandant”, gambles every centime he has on horse racing bets. When his luck is down, he supplies his friends with false betting tips, knowing that the friend whose bet comes off will give him a fraction of the winnings. One day, Richard meets up with an old flame, Maud, and passes an evening with her at his expense. To pay the bill for the evening’s extravagance, the Commandant tries his scam on a naive restaurateur, Ripeux…’
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Jean-Paul Civeyrac – Mes Provinciales AKA A Paris Education (2018) (HD)

Quote:
Etienne, a serious and impressionable shaggy-haired young cinephile, leaves behind his steady girlfriend in Lyon to study film in Paris. Settling into a dingy flat with a rotating cast of roommates, he immerses himself in a bohemian world of artists, intellectuals, and fellow film geeks who excitedly share their passion for Bresson, Ford, and obscure Russian directors. Read More »

Brigitte Cornand – Guy Debord, son art et son temps (1995)

Except for a few brief evocations of Debord’s “art” during the first ten minutes or so, most of this “antitelevisual” video consists of television clips illustrating the extreme degradation and delirium of the present society. It’s a powerful denunciation, but not so deft and subtle as Debord’s films, perhaps because it was made during the worsening stages of his final illness. Presumably intended as a parting shot at the society he detested, it was completed shortly before his death in November 1994 and shown January 9, 1995, on a French cable channel along with La Société du Spectacle and Réfutation de tous les jugements (whence the video copies that have since circulated). Read More »

Jean-Luc Godard – Adieu au langage (2014) (DVD)

The idea is simple: A married woman and a single man meet. They love, they argue, fists fly. A dog strays between town and country. The seasons pass. The man and woman meet again. The dog finds itself between them. The other is in one, the one is in the other and they are three. The former husband shatters everything. A second film begins: the same as the first, and yet not. From the human race we pass to metaphor. This ends in barking and a baby’s cries. Read More »

Jean-Daniel Pollet – L’amour c’est gai, l’amour c’est triste aka Love Is Gay, Love Is Sad (1971)

Quote:
Leon is a tailor and he believes men are coming to see his trollop sister Marie to have their palms read. Then Arlette, a young provincial girl saved from suicide by Marie, comes to live in the apartment… Read More »