Tuesday, September 18, 2012

50 Great French Films (with video)





Films had to achieve a certain amount of ‘Frenchness’ to be included here. For example, I wanted to list Certified Copy (2010), which is officially a French film, but since it’s set in Italy, is mainly in English, and has an Iranian director, it didn’t seem right to. One or two non-French elements like that might not have disqualified it, but three major non-French elements meant it had to be left out.

To me these are not just '50 great French films' but also the 50 best French films of all time...

The video above shows the posters for all 50 of the films listed here.

  1. Le Crime De Monsieur Lange (Jean Renoir, 1936)
  2. Pepe Le Moko (Julien Duvivier, 1937)
  3. La Bete Humaine (Jean Renoir, 1938)
  4. Le Quai Des Brumes (Marcel Carne, 1938)
  5. La Regle Du Jeu (Jean Renoir, 1939)
  6. Le Jour Se Leve (Marcel Carne, 1939)
  7. Les Visiteurs Du Soir (Marcel Carne, 1942)
  8. La Belle Et La Bete (Jean Cocteau, 1946)
  9. Jeux Interdits (Rene Clement, 1952)
  10. The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953)
  11. Rififi (Jules Dassin, 1955)
  12. Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud (Louis Malle, 1958)
  13. Hiroshima Mon Amour (Alain Resnais, 1959)
  14. Plein Soleil (Rene Clement, 1960)
  15. Vivre Sa Vie (Jean-Luc Godard, 1962)
  16. Le Mepris (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963)
  17. La Peau Douce (Francois Truffaut, 1964)
  18. Belle De Jour (Luis Bunuel, 1967)
  19. Week End (Jean-Luc Godard, 1967)
  20. La Femme Infidele (Claude Chabrol, 1968)
  21. Stolen Kisses (Francois Truffaut, 1968)
  22. Ma Nuit Chez Maud (Eric Rohmer, 1969)
  23. Domicile Conjugal (Francois Truffaut, 1970)
  24. L'Enfant Sauvage (Francois Truffaut, 1970)
  25. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Luis Bunuel, 1972)
  26. La Maman Et La Putain (Jean Eustache, 1973)
  27. La Nuit Americaine (Francois Truffaut, 1973)
  28. Les Valseuses (Bertrand Blier, 1974)
  29. L'Argent De Poche (Francois Truffaut, 1976)
  30. That Obscure Object of Desire (Luis Bunuel, 1977)
  31. Buffet Froid (Bertrand Blier, 1979)
  32. Le Dernier Metro (Francois Truffaut, 1980)
  33. Sans Soleil (Chris Marker, 1983)
  34. La Haine (Matthieu Kassovitz, 1995)
  35. L'Appartement (Gilles Mimouni, 1996)
  36. Ma Vie Sexuelle (Arnaud Desplechin, 1996)
  37. The Dreamlife of Angels (Erick Zonca, 1998)
  38. Amelie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)
  39. The Piano Teacher (Michael Haneke, 2001)
  40. Irreversible (Gasper Noe, 2002)
  41. The Time of the Wolf (Michael Haneke, 2003)
  42. A Very Long Engagement (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2004)
  43. Look at Me (Agnes Jaoui, 2004)
  44. Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005)
  45. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel, 2007)
  46. I’ve Loved You So Long (Philip Claudel, 2008)
  47. The Beaches of Agnes (Agnes Varda, 2008)
  48. The Class (Laurent Cantet, 2008)
  49. Micmacs (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2009)
  50. The Artist (Micel Hazanavicius, 2011)





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