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Hitchcock/Truffaut

Film Reviews: Hitchcock/Truffaut

Film director François Truffaut had been the ultimate cinéphile growing up, running a film club in his late teens and later joining Cahiers du Cinema as a critic. When he was 30 he embarked on a series of interviews with Alfred...
"The Measure of a Man" film

French Film Reviews: The Measure of a Man

Director Brizé sticks with his preferred leading man (he and Vincent Lindon previously combined in Mademoiselle Chambon and A Few Hours of Spring) for this Loach-esque humanist portrayal of a factory worker struggling to maintain both his dignity and household in the face...

French Cinema: Profile of Award-Winning Actress Isabelle Huppert

At Cannes Film Festival this year, TV cameras were present to film one of those jokey, sun-kissed rooftop cast photoshoots for Paul Verhoeven’s controversial new black comedy Elle. When the jazzily edited, bulbs-a-popping piece came on the evening...

“Save Short Film If You Can”: The 29th International Short Film Festival

There’s no red carpet. The nicest hotel in town is the new Mercure, a chain going for €133 a night at the peak of the event. Film screenings are crowded and sometimes uncomfortable; many...
Opening night of French Truly Salon

French Truly Salon: New Series by the Seattle International Film Festival

On Bastille Day, Seattle’s International Film Festival (SIFF) crew debuted its French Truly Salon, in collaboration with Virginie Paradis, a native of Vienne and founder of French Truly, a  "très cool" French language, event...
Vincent Cassel in "Partisan"

French Cinema: Profile of Actor Vincent Cassel

Three things make Vincent Cassel stand out from his French cinematic contemporaries. First, there’s his remarkable versatility – the effortless ease with which he can switch between portraying unnervingly menacing (borderline) lunatics (see La Haine, Black Swan and...

Jean-Pierre Jeunet: Master of Magical Stories

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s unique style has made him one of the most successful French film directors of the last quarter-century. Both a critical and box office success, Jeunet is a storyteller with a comic-book twist. One...

French Film Reviews: Débarquement Immédiat!

Débarquement Immédiat ! (Last Call For Nowhere) is France’s summer movie comedy. It’s a particular sort of comedy at a very particular time. Directed by Philippe de Chauveron, the movie touches on the expulsion...
Audrey Tatou as Amélie

Lucky 13: French Films with the Most César Award Nominations

NEZ, NEZ AND THRICE NEZ Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), Cyrano de Bergerac Filmed versions of Cyrano de Bergerc, Edmond Rostand’s 1897 crowd-pleasing play about a big-beaked poet and swordsman ashamed of his looks who sends love messages by proxy to woo his beautiful cousin Roxane, had good...
Nice, France

A Flâneur in Old Nice

Whether I turn left or right in Vieux Nice I get lost. No matter that I’ve walked throughout its labyrinthine lanes, browsing the shops and dining at most of the restaurants in this ‘village’ within a city. Its...