French Cinema

L’ image et le mot…

“Orphée” by Jean Cocteau – 1950

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Orphée [Jean Cocteau], film français en noir et blanc de Jean Cocteau, réalisé en 1950.Un Classique du Cinéma Français avec Jean Marais (top qualité !)       


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“Jean Cocteau’s Orpheus Jean Cocteau’s film Orpheus was released in France in 1949. The actors include: Jean Marais (as Orpheus), Maria Casarès (as the Princess of Death), Marie Déa (as Eurydice), and François Périer (as Heurtibise). The film was written and directed by Jean Cocteau. The cinematography was by Nicolas Hayer, music by Georges Auric, and the film was produced by Emil Darbon.The film is based on the legend of Orpheus. Cocteau narrates an introduction to the film, in which he tells us that, according to legend, Orpheus was a remarkable singer. Orpheus was distracted by his own songs when his wife Eurydice died, and he then descended into Hades where he was reunited with her. They were allowed to leave Hades, on the condition that he not look back at her as they were leaving. But he looked back at her, and she was lost to him forever… Continue reading


January 17, 2008 Posted by | Fantastique, Les Années '50 | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Trailer: Le Dernier métro (François Truffaut, 1980)



“In “The Last Metro”, François Truffaut studies artists struggling against the odds – the artists being a Parisian theatre company and the odds, the Nazis, two years into their occupation of Northern France.

Truffaut sets the scene by telling us that under the occupation, food and fuel are scarce, and people book to go to the theatre, months in advance, often just to keep warm.

When Lucas Steiner (Heinz Bennent), the Jewish owner of the Montparnasse Theatre, is forced into hiding from the Nazis, his gentile wife and lead actress Marion (Catherine Deneuve) takes over. She hires the womanising actor Bernard Granger (Gerard Depardieu) for the lead in their next production, the aptly titled play “Disappearance”, which is to be directed from Lucas’ own notes.

As the film examines the rehearsals and production of the play, against a backdrop of fear and anti-Semitic persecution, Marion’s frustration at the increasing emptiness of her marriage and the tenderness of her acting with Bernard draws her towards him…

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January 17, 2008 Posted by | L'Occupation au Cinéma, Les Années '80 | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nuit et Brouillard, 1956

“Called the “greatest film of all time” by director Francois Truffaut, the documentary Night and Fog by Alain Resnais shows the holocaust tragedy in all its horror. Though only thirty minutes in length, the film is devastating in its impact, so approach with caution. Night and Fog refers to the arrival of prisoners in Auschwitz under the cover of darkness and also the ultimate failure of the Nazis at Nuremberg to take responsibility for it. Written by Jean Cayrol, a holocaust survivor, and poetically narrated by Michel Bouquet, its gruesome images seem like a surreal nightmare…

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January 17, 2008 Posted by | Documentaire Historique, L'Occupation au Cinéma, Les Années '50 | , , , , | Leave a comment