Tag Archives: French

Jacques Baratier – La poupée AKA The Doll (1962)

While there is an element of science fiction to this political satire about Latin American dictatorships, that element is primarily used to promote the storyline and the message, and not as a value in itself. In a make-believe Spanish-speaking country of the Americas, a dictator (Zbigniew Cybulski) rules with the usual degree of corruption but as it turns out, his wife is the one who gives most of the orders. Two story strands are then woven together: a scientist has invented a way to replicate objects and, lo and behold, he discovers he can make a robotic duplicate of the dictator’s wife. Meanwhile, an ardent, left-leaning revolutionary who happens to be a dead ringer for the dictator ends up taking over the tyrant’s role when he is assassinated. So one has a robotic wife and a fake dictator now running a country which is none the wiser… Read More »

Jean-Claude Brisseau – Des jeunes femmes disparaissent (1972 – 2014)

The three versions and a film about by JCB.
— Des jeunes femmes disparaissent (1974, 20 minutes, 8 mm, NB) IMDb
— Des jeunes femmes disparaissent (1976, 20 minutes, S8 mm, couleur) IMDb
— Des jeunes femmes disparaissent (2014, 30 minutes, HD, couleur) IMDb
— Des jeunes femmes disparaissent – Origine et fabrication (2018, 30 minutes)

Je savais depuis un moment que je devais faire quelque chose que je voulais totalement différent. Récemment, je me suis mis à regarder une série de films en relief. J’ai alors eu envie de faire le remake d’un film, Des jeunes femmes disparaissent, que j’ai tourné il y a 40 ans, d’abord en 8 mm puis en Super 8. C’était un film à suspense, en noir et blanc, qui avait foutu la trouille à Eric Rohmer et Maurice Pialat. Read More »

Alain Cavalier – Le combat dans l’île AKA Fire and Ice (1962)

‘The son of a French industrialist, Clément is a right wing extremist who belongs to a secret militant right wing organization that uses whatever means necessary, including violence, to achieve its goals. His wife Anne, a former German actress who gave up her career to be the doting wife, knows somewhat of his extremist views, and suspects he would indeed kill if need be as witnessed by what she finds hidden in their house. He often treats her poorly, especially out in public as she maintains the façade of her former celebrity, which he believes is her acting like a whore. Regardless, she is compelled to stay in the marriage. After he and a right wing colleague assassinate a Communist figure, that assassination which goes slightly awry, Clément and Anne hide out in the country home of Clément’s childhood friend, Paul, who knows nothing about Cléments extremist views. Paul is a democrat and pacifist. Clément is forced to leave to pursue a mission, leaving Anne behind.’
– Huggo Read More »

Jean-Daniel Simon – Ils AKA Them (1970)

An artist grows hateful of commercial demands on his questionable talents when his friend and artist commits suicide. He puts the blame for his friend’s death on an art critic and a shady art dealer. He is able to take out his frustrations on the pretentious critic at a party. When an elderly man moves into the boarding house, he brings a machine he invented that can make people realize their subconscious dreams… Read More »

Christian Vincent – La séparation AKA The Separation (1994)

“Separation” is a tale of two… separations. First, that of Pierre and Anne. The first sign appears at the theater one evening, when she refuses to take his hand – but it’s only the first. Other signs follow, leading up to the confession : she loves another man. They talk it through and try to set things straight, to save a love which has shredded away over the years. They go through wobbly reconciliations, scenes and crises before they finally see that their affair is dead and now it’s time to turn to face the second separation – that of parents and child : Louis, aged 2. There is more wrenching, pain and resignation ahead, but the play is over and the curtain falls on a stage where nothing is left but the shadows of former happiness. Read More »

Louis Malle – L’Inde fantôme aka Phantom India (1969)

Malle later said that the film was his most personal work and the one he was most proud of, it is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of his career. It was initially inspired by a two-month trip to India in late 1967 that Malle made on behalf of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to present a selection of “new French cinema” throughout the country. Filming took place between January 5, 1968 and May 1, 1968 with a crew of two, a cameraman and a sound recordist. Malle arrived in India with no particular plans and financed the trip himself. The resulting 30 hours of footage was then edited down to the 363 minutes of Phantom India. The 105-minute long Calcutta used the footage he had recorded over his three-week stay in that city. Phantom India was shown on French television and the BBC in the UK in 1969.[2][3] Many British Indians and the Indian Government felt that Malle had shown a one-sided portrait of India, focussing on the impoverished, rather than the developing, parts of the country. A diplomatic incident occurred when the Indian government asked the BBC to stop broadcasting the programme. The BBC refused and were briefly asked to leave their New Delhi bureau. Read More »

Claude Sautet – L’arme à gauche aka The Dictator’s Guns (1965) (HD)

Excellent adventure yarn, great locations, moody music. The last “action-picture” from the late great french director Claude Sautet – from this he went on and did Les choses de la vie, Cesar et Rosalie, Vincent, Francois, Paul et les autres, plus the two masterpieces Un coeur en hiver and Nelly et M.Arnaud, his final movie, from 1994. By the way, he also wrote Borsalino (for Jacques Deray) and Les yeux sans visage (for Georges Franju). L’arme a gauche is not, by all means, a great movie – but compared to the contemporary crap we’re fed every day it’s outstanding. Read More »