Jean-Jacques Annaud

Jean-Jacques Annaud – L’amant AKA The Lover (1992)

It is French Colonial Vietnam in 1929. A young French girl from a family that is having some monetary difficulties is returning to boarding school. She is alone on public transportation when she catches the eye of a wealthy Chinese businessman. He offers her a ride into town in the back of his chauffeured sedan, and sparks fly. Can the torrid affair that ensues between them overcome the class restrictions and social mores of that time? Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Maugerite Duras. Read More »

Jean-Jacques Annaud – La guerre du feu AKA Quest for Fire (1981)

Quote:
“Fire was a symbol of power and a means of survival. The tribe who possessed fire, possessed life.” – Opening title card

That is the last piece of modern language iterated by the film. The filmmakers transport us 80,000 years into the past, to the Middle Palaeolithic era. The subsequent complex creation of communication was formulated by linguist and author Anthony Burgess (A CLOCKWORK ORANGE), zoologist Desmond Morris, and actors in advance formulating a gesture-based relay of thoughts. Read More »

Jean-Jacques Annaud – La victoire en chantant AKA Noirs et blancs en couleur AKA Black and White in Color [+extras] (1976)

Synopsis:
French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors. Deciding that they must do their proper duty and fight the Germans, they promptly conscript the local native population. Issuing them boots and rifles, the French attempt to make “proper” soldiers out of the Africans. A young, idealistic French geographer seems to be the only rational person in the town, and he takes over control of the “war” after several bungles on the part of the others. (IMDb) Read More »