Tag Archives: Jacques Dutronc

Jean-Pierre Mocky – Y a-t-il un Français dans la salle? AKA Is There a Frenchman in the House? (1982)

Plot: Based on a novel by Frederic Dard who also co-scripted with director Jean-Pierre Mocky, this satire on French politics is centered around an official whose earlier rise to power had some sordid aspects that are about to be uncovered by the death of his uncle. While he is trying to contain any potential scandal, the man becomes enamored of the daughter of his uncle’s maid. This new romance inspires him to forget worries about a public image and focus on a new life — not any easy objective when unsavory friends and foes have their own agendas in mind. Read More »

Andrzej Zulawski – L’Important c’est d’aimer AKA That Most Important Thing: Love (1975)

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Andrzej Zulawski’s L’important c’est d’aimer is a film of dishevelled lyricism, bursting with noise and anger; an insane storm-tainted flamboyant opera; a visual symphony with apocalyptic emphasis featuring sleaze-bags, clowns, drop-outs, wimps, bastards, and “puppet shows depicting lives of complete scoundrels and ruined careers.” Where some people will see nothing but a graphic canvas of pain, horror and a bloody parade of violence, others who analyze the darkness will see a call for compassion. This is the story of a fragile woman, Nadine Chevalier, who supports her failure-obsessed companion to the bitter end, and who meets a photographer weighed down by remorse. Read More »

Barbet Schroeder – Tricheurs AKA Cheaters (1984) (HD)

Swaying between pleasure and despair, Elric throws himself into his pathological passion for the casino. Meeting Suzie could have saved him, but the young woman also sinks into gambling hell. The couple then start getting involved in the fearsome world of professional cheaters… Read More »

Maurice Pialat – Van Gogh [+Extras] (1991)

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VAN GOGH deals with the last three months of the painter’s life. It was shot in Auvers-sur-Oise, a small village 30 kilometres outside Paris where Van Gogh actually spent the last three months of his life (May-July 1890). He had just spent a year at the asylum in Saint Remy and although still suffering from depression he was in better health. His three months in Auvers-sur-Oise was a time of great creative activity. He painted a canvas every day spent in Auvers and some of his greatest masterpieces. Read More »

Maurice Pialat – Van Gogh (1991) (HD)

A memorable depiction by one of the great French film-makers of the last 67 days of Vincent Van Gogh’s life. Deliberately steering away from sensationalism, the film covers the period after Van Gogh (Jacques Dutronc in a César-winning performance) comes to stay in Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris and not far from his supportive brother Théo, to be treated by the physician Dr Paul Gachet. Beset by self-doubt, financial worries, and increasing signs of depression, Van Gogh feels himself attracted to the world of brothels and cabarets even as he pursues an intense, fluctuating relationship with Gachet’s much younger daughter Marguerite. He paints furiously as the depression takes hold and those around him must reassess their feelings for him…. Read More »

Jean-Luc Godard – Sauve qui peut (la vie) AKA Every Man For Himself (1980)

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During the 1970’s Jean Luc Godard abandoned the notion of making normal commercial films for cinematic distribution in favour of his Marxist-Leninist ‘Dziga Vertov’ propaganda films. The director returned to regular filmmaking in 1980 with Sauve Qui Peut (La Vie), his first theatrical release since his furious outburst against modern bourgeois society in 1967 with Weekend. Delivering another hate-filled attack on almost every aspect of modern society, it’s like he had never been away. Read More »

Maurice Pialat – Van Gogh (1991)

“allmovie” wrote:
Running nearly three hours, Maurice Pialat’s VAN GOGH is a leisurely paced look at the famous painter’s final year. Pialat’s portrait differs from many other films in that he shows Van Gogh (Jacques Dutronc) as being reasonably sane and he focuses on the everyday events of the painter’s life and art. Read More »