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French Challenge; Official; May 2015
Topic Started: Apr 30 2015, 09:39:05 PM (2,246 Views)
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Welcome to the French Challenge

Rules:
- Rewatches allowed for rediscovery.
- A feature film that is in the French language (Anything 40 minutes or over) counts as one entry
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry
- For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes, the 60 minute rule applies.

Challenge runs from May 1st through May 31st or
until you've quenched your thirst, or
til the moon is cursed! or
till you're franco-cinematically versed or
til the cash has been pursed or
till Robert Durst and Patty Hearst call you up and in a burst say 'funky, you're the worst!' D;

iCM Lists:
Times' 100 Best French Films
César Award - Best Film
Explore French Cinema
All Time France Box Office
French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Top French Films
Histoires de Films Francais: 91 French Films
Louis Delluc Prize
Cesar Nominees for Best Film
Rate Your Music Top 100 French Films

Some other lists:
ICM Board's Favorite French Movies
KMairowitz's Great French Films
Ally the Manic Listmak​er's 105 Top French Films by 52 Directors
Other, other lists. they french lists. they everywhere.

Participants:
3eyes 21
allisoncm 74
ArthurYanthar 2
cinephage 18
connordenney 5
Fergenaprido 9
funkybeeee
Gershwin
HVM 32
jgwr
Lilarcor 3
Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi 1
Lonewolf2003 20
Knaldskalle 1
mathiasa 3
Melvelet 7
Nopros 21
ororama 2
ryebass 3
sebby 3
SeVKiTT 3
Toasterstrudles 15


sorry for starting this almost late!
challenge thread text lifted from allisoncm's thread last year. thanks~
Edited by funkybusiness, Jun 2 2015, 09:30:22 PM.
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Preparing to be immersed.
Films may be interspersed
with others, but I'm diving in headfirst.
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Oooh, it's May, finally. So in!
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well, it lasted a whole post. I appreciate 3eyes playing along.
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Funky don't burst, go read some Proust!
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May 1 2015, 08:08:16 AM
Funky don't burst, go read some Proust!
that's an interesting way to pronounce Proust. Maybe my phonetics need a boost.
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I'm in.
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Oh yeah, I'm in, in my typical way of forgetting about the entire challenge when we're halfway through the month of course.
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Oh, and Conchita Wurst.
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Sorry, no haiku,
I'm a sorry cuckoo...

01 - Lady Paname, by Henri Jeanson (1950) 7/10

Drenched in memories of the 1920's Paris and the culture of the faubourgs... Quite cute and well written (but well, it's Jeanson).
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funkybusiness
May 1 2015, 08:19:54 AM
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May 1 2015, 08:08:16 AM
Funky don't burst, go read some Proust!
that's an interesting way to pronounce Proust. Maybe my phonetics need a boost.
Proust makes you aroused or what? :shrug:
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It's metathesis, silly!

Russian rabota /German Arbeid

English pursed/ French Proust
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May 1 2015, 12:02:36 PM
It's metathesis, silly!

Russian rabota /German Arbeid

English pursed/ French Proust
I'll keep pondering over it. /OT
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Isn't there an ICM list for all French movies that are official checks? Can't seem to find it.
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I'm in. I thought April was National Poetry Month, so I'm not going to attempt a rhyme. ;)
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May 1 2015, 02:00:12 PM
I'm in. I thought April was National Poetry Month, so I'm not going to attempt a rhyme. ;)
It's only May 1, so I'm still in that mode.
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I like movies from Normandie, la Provence and Bourgonge
So this challenge I will join
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01. Thérèse Raquin (1953) 7/10

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I'm in.
welcome to the forums
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1. Le trou / The night watch (Fr 60)
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1. Docteur Jekyll et les femmes [Dr. Jekyll and His Women] (1981) 7/10

An incredible restoration. This felt like a nice twist of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story since it has more to do with a personality change as opposed to looking like a monster (although there is some physical change). The atmosphere and cinematography is incredible. This is an artsploitation film though. Surprisingly it wasn't really violent but the few scenes with Mr. Hyde can just take it to a ridiculous ending. Marina Pierro seems like the type of woman that most straight men would fall for.

Maybe I'll use this challenge to FINALLY finish all the Jean Rollin films that I wanted to see.
Edited by XxXApathy420XxX, May 2 2015, 02:50:20 AM.
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02. Le voyage en ballon (1960) 6/10

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02 - Aux deux colombes, by Sacha Guitry (1949) 5,5/10

One of Guitry's lesser efforts... But he's so talented it's not really bad.

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03 - Nos femmes, by Richard Berry (2015) 7/10

I enjoyed the dialogues by Eric Assous...



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May 2 2015, 10:28:30 AM
03 - Nos femmes, by Richard Berry (2015) 7/10

I enjoyed the dialogues by Eric Assous...



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I added the movie to my watchlist less than a couple weeks ago and it seems like the rating has already plunged down to 3.6. I guess I'm still interested in seeing it eventually, though.
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1. Et Dieu... créa la femme (1956): 3.5 - I was really liking this until the ending. The plot maybe a little thin, but the energy of the movie made up for that. I thought I was watching a movie celebrating a woman's attempt for liberation from and autonomy in a restricting patriarchal society. I thought the title of the movie was suppose to refer to women as something holy, something to be adored.
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and it became clear to me Vadim was never on the side of his female protagonist, but instead agrees with all her detractors that she is an obscene woman who needs a real man to tame her. What I thought was a feminist movie showed its real horrible reactionary sexist colors. It became clear to me the title should be interpreted completely different and refers to the first woman eating the forbidden fruit and casting men out of Paradise; the basis of misogyny. Maybe in hindsight that should have been clearer to me all along, because the movie even opens with a man joking about being the snake bringing an apple.
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1. Moi, un noir aka I, a Negro (Rouch, 1958) 7/10
2. Mauvais sang aa The Night Is Young (Carax, 1986) 6/10
3. Les maîtres du temps aka Time Masters (Laloux, 1982) 6/10
4. Mommy (Dolan, 2014) 7/10
5. L'enfant sauvage (Truffaut, 1970) 6.5/10
6. Gandahar (Laloux, 1988) 5/10
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1. Shorts I

Panorama des rives du Nil (1897) [1 min] 5/10
Rêve et réalité (Ferdinand Zecca, 1901) [1 min] 7/10
Visite sous-marine du Maine (Georges Melies, 1898) [1 min] 5/10
Cendrillon (Georges Melies, 1899) [6 min] 5/10

L'affaire Dreyfus (Georges Melies, 1899) [11 min] 6/10
Interesting early political set of shorts. I particularly liked the visuals of "Disembarking at Quiberon".

À la conquête du pôle (Georges Melies, 1912) [33 min] 5/10
Very sexist and dated in many other aspects for its time.

Les victimes de l'alcoolisme (Ferdinand Zecca, 1902) [4 min] 2/10
Le coq dressé de Cook et Rilly (Alice Guy, 1905) [2 min] 3/10
Le vrai jiu-jitsu (Alice Guy, 1905) [2 min] 3/10
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1) Les quatre cents coups - nice movie about a boy with ADHD 8/10.
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May 2 2015, 02:03:26 PM
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03 - Nos femmes, by Richard Berry (2015) 7/10

I enjoyed the dialogues by Eric Assous...



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I added the movie to my watchlist less than a couple weeks ago and it seems like the rating has already plunged down to 3.6. I guess I'm still interested in seeing it eventually, though.
Well, film buffs usually reject popular movies, as they are obviously commercial, but I enjoyed it, and won't pretend I didn't (it's a play that both Auteuil and Berry have played onstage for some time before deciding to make a movie out of it)... I find it well written and appreciate these actors.
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04 - Mr Klein, by Joseph Losey (1976) 7,5/10

Very strange and eerie, but I find this approach quite fascinating. Delon is really great in it. I may increase my rating later on...


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May 2 2015, 09:32:49 PM
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May 2 2015, 02:03:26 PM
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May 2 2015, 10:28:30 AM
03 - Nos femmes, by Richard Berry (2015) 7/10

I enjoyed the dialogues by Eric Assous...



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I added the movie to my watchlist less than a couple weeks ago and it seems like the rating has already plunged down to 3.6. I guess I'm still interested in seeing it eventually, though.
Well, film buffs usually reject popular movies, as they are obviously commercial, but I enjoyed it, and won't pretend I didn't (it's a play that both Auteuil and Berry have played onstage for some time before deciding to make a movie out of it)... I find it well written and appreciate these actors.
I especially like Auteuil, so I will probably check it out at some point.
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1. Le coup du parapluie (1980) 6/10 Not as funny as the other Oury movie I saw, but still okay.
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1. Le grand bleu (Luc Besson, 1988) 7/10
2. La grande illusion (Jean Renoir, 1937) 8/10
3. Les quatre cents coups (Francois Truffaut,1959) 8/10
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2. Les amants du Pont Neuf /The lovers on the bridge (Fr 91)

First time I tried this I couldn't get into it, but now I found it delightful.
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2. La vampire nue [The Naked Vampire] (1970) 7/10

AESTHETICS!!! The story was a complete mess, but as a genre film it worked in a laughable yet entertaining way. However what really marred it was the acting. Even by Jean Rollin standards it was bad. There's this one suicide scene that was absolutely hilarious because of its terrible acting. This obviously looks like Jean Rollin's fantasy put on screen too. A busty and quiet vampire(ish) wearing very transparent clothing that instantly falls in love with you? Yep, definitely just his fantasy. But still, entertaining + aesthetics. If only all of it was as dope as the opening scene. If it kept going like that it would have been a masterpiece.
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03. Une aussi longue absence (1961) 5/10

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