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French Challenge; Official, April 2016
Topic Started: Apr 1 2016, 12:20:47 PM (1,355 Views)
clemmetarey
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Watch as many French films as you can. Only films made in France are eligible, if you're wondering about a film, just ask.

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-Any film in the french langage counts
-Feature film (over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
-60 minutes of short films count as one entry.
-The miniseries rule applies.
-Rewatches are allowed.

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Edited by clemmetarey, May 1 2016, 09:25:24 AM.
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I'm in.
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Not Belgium or Quebec? Oh well. I'm in.

I think the Cesar awards belong among the official lists.
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Apr 1 2016, 01:03:05 PM
I think the Cesar awards belong among the official lists.
Indeed, thank you.
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Exculding the Dardennes bothers me, but I guess Belgium goes with the Benelux/Nordic challenge in August, then?

I think it has been a Francophone challenge in the past, but I'm not sufficiently invested in it this year to make a fuss.
Edited by 3eyes, Apr 1 2016, 04:55:01 PM.
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1. La merveilleuse vie de Jeanne d'Arc (1929)
The other film made to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Joan's death. It covers the whole of her life, not just the trial. Well worth watching.
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1. À bout de souffle (1960) [rewatch]
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Une histoire du cinéma français
If it convinces people watching those films not, yet, on IMDb and iCM...
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2. Le pied qui étreint (Fr 1916)

Jacques Feyder's parody of Feuillade serials. Quite funny.

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1. Les Astronautes (1959) * 13 min.
Le Concert de M. et Mme. Kabal (1962) * 7 min.
L'Encyclopedie de Grand-Maman en 13 Volumes (1963) * 7 min.
La Jetée (1962) 28 min.
The Fisherman at the Stream (1897) * 1 min.
Bathing in a Stream (1897) * 1 min.
Serpentine Dance by Mme. Bob Walter (1897) * 2 min.
The Turn-of-the-Century Blind Man (1898) * 1 min.


* First time viewing.
Edited by ororama, Apr 4 2016, 03:47:04 AM.
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I would like to join this, mainly working on the Halliwell list French films
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1. L'armée des ombres (1969)
2. Les ordres (1974)
3. La ronde (1950)

I just checked and the previous french challenges were including films in French regardless of the country. So Any film in the french langage counts

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1.Délits flagrants - Okay documentary. Good "interviews" but I also felt that something was missing or that there was a lack of focus (there were a lot of interviews, moving from person to person).
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1 Nada 1974

Chabrol thriller, decent enough, extreme example of what can go wrong if you take your crazy political ideas to extremes, better to stick to boring sensible democratic approaches even if you don't get anywhere with that,,, :lol: but that would not make a good -thriller.

Yes allison has seen it has she seen everything? :rolleyes:
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Don't worry seen previous post, so a film like L'Invitation 1973, Swiss-French, would count,., :thumbsup:
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Apr 4 2016, 03:05:01 PM
1 Nada 1974

Chabrol thriller, decent enough, extreme example of what can go wrong if you take your crazy political ideas to extremes, better to stick to boring sensible democratic approaches even if you don't get anywhere with that,,, :lol: but that would not make a good -thriller.

Yes allison has seen it has she seen everything? :rolleyes:
Yes, I have seen everything Chabrol has directed, except one feature. Nada wasn't one of my favorites, but it was sure out there. Also, Nada was a tad different than his other films. Like you said, it's about taking crazy political ideas to extremes. Usually he focused on a deranged person's psyche, which I prefer.
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2. Occupe-toi d'Amelie..! Crazy farce where everything is just out of control. Going in, I thought I'd like it a lot more, but it proved to be too much. Still okay, though.
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2. Un Coeur en Hiver (1992) * 104 min.

Well made, but left me cold-as intended, of course.


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* First time viewing.
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Apr 4 2016, 12:07:37 PM
I just checked and the previous french challenges were including films in French regardless of the country. So Any film in the french langage counts


Thanks. Brings in a Swiss short that I've already watched (misidentified as French on the DVD), and permits a few Canadian movies that I should have gotten to long before now-I'm committing myself to watching Le Déclin de l'Empire Américain and La Grande Séduction this month.
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I'm in, I've got a few French documentaries on my watchlist.
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3. La symphonie pastorale - Like Monty said in this film's ICM comments, Michèle Morgan is stunning.
4. Moi, un noir (Jean Rouch) 3 lists Language: French, Country: France (according to IMDB). However, it's a documentary about the Ivory Coast, so let me know if it's ineligible.
5. French Shorts I - I've been working on the Une histoire du cinéma français list. There are some official checks. There are also a bunch of early shorts that I've been trying to work on.
Bout-de-Zan vole un éléphant (1913) - 9 This Feuillade short stands out, as it features a really cute elephant.
L'homme aux gants blancs (1908) - 18
La course des sergents de ville (1907) - 6
Roméo se fait bandit (1909) - 6
Bob's Electric Theater - 5
Histoire d'un crime (1901) - 5
Les débuts d'un patineur (1907) - 5
Les victimes de l'alcoolisme (1902) - 4
Dislocation mystérieuse (1901) - 2
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Sure why not? I'll see what I get in.

1.) Au Revoir Les Enfants (Rewatch)
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Let's get a capital letter lesson for French titles, les copains.

1. With articles Le, les, l', la, there's a capital letter to the first noun (plus the article):

L'Armée des ombres. Les Ordres. La Ronde. La Symphonie pastorale. L'Homme aux gants blancs. L'Empire américain (adjectives in French never use a capital letter, title or not). La Course des sergents de ville. Les Débuts d'un patineur. Les Victimes de l'alcoolisme. Dislocation mystérieuse.

2. No article? let's only put a capital to the first noun:
Délits flagrants. Histoire d'un crime

3. With sentences, only the first world has a capital letter:
Bout-de-Zan vole un éléphant. Roméo se fait bandit. Au revoir les enfants. Que la fête commence. Une femme est une femme.

4. When the first word after the article is an adjective, the adjective has a capital letter and then the noun:
La Grande Séduction. La Grande Illusion. La Double Vie de Véronique. Les Bonnes Femmes. Les Deux Anglaises et le continent. Le Beau Mariage. Le Dernier Métro

5. Except with article ("défini") "L" only the first word have a capital letter (after articles like "Un" "Des" "Mes", "Nos", "Ces", etc. no capital):
Un chant d'amour. Un monde sans pitié. Un dimanche à la campagne. Mes petites amoureuses. Ces messieurs de la santé. Ma nuit chez Maud. À bout de souffle. Pour une nuit d'amour. À cause, à cause d'une femme.

6. With two opposite nouns, the two have a capital letter:
La Belle et la Bête. Le Rouge et le Noir. Le Chagrin et la Pitié

7. With "ou" or ":" (second title):
Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut. (Two titles which are two sentences).
Trois Couleurs : Bleu.

8. No change with English (or Spanish, or Martian) titles:
I Want to Go Home. Boy Meets Girl. Girls Go Home With Lim.

Bonus. Demonyms and races use a capital letter:
Moi, un Noir.


That's a very fun game!




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3. Monsieur Hire (Fr 1989)

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1. L'Inde fantôme - Ep. 1 (1969, Louis Malle)
2. L'Inde fantôme - Ep. 2 (1969, Louis Malle)
3. L'Inde fantôme - Ep. 3 (1969, Louis Malle)
4. L'Inde fantôme - Ep. 4 (1969, Louis Malle)
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3. Bonne Espérance (2013) * 19 min.
À Propos de Nice (1930) 23 min.
Holy Smoke! (1963) * 10 min.
Renaissance (1964) * 9 min.



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5. L'Inde fantôme - Ep. 5 (1969, Louis Malle)
6. L'Inde fantôme - Ep. 6 (1969, Louis Malle)
7. L'Inde fantôme - Ep. 7 (1969, Louis Malle)

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I'll join for bronze on the César Award list (6 to go).

1. Tous les matins du monde (1991) 7/10
2. La guerre du feu (1981) 7/10
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1. Fantomas I - A l'ombre de la guillotine (Louis Feuillade, 1913)
2. Fantomas II - Juve contre Fantomas (Louis Feuillade, 1913)
3. Fantomas III - Le Mort qui tue (Louis Feuillade, 1913)
4. Fantomas IV - Fantomas contre Fantomas (Louis Feuillade, 1914)
5. Fantomas V - Le faux magistrat (Louis Feuillade, 1914)
6. La ceremonie (Claude Chabrol, 1995)
7. Disorder (Alice Winocour, 2015)
8. La femme infidele (Claude Chabrol, 1969)
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1. Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965)

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2 Mes petites amoureuses 1974

with this need 2 to complete TSPDT once again


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4. La tête en friche / My afternoons with Margueritte (Fr 2010)

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4. Juve Against Fantomas (1913) * 61 min.


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5. Jeanne la Pucelle I - Les batailles (Fr 94)

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I'll hop in ! ;)

01. The End, by Guillaume Nicloux (2016) 5/10

Quite strange and unusual, also boring as hell, but interesting in a way.
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5. The Games of Angels (1965) * 12 min.
The Piano Tuner (2010) * 14 min.
Driving Lesson (2012) * 14 min.
Le Ballon de Rouge (2014) * 20 min.


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2. Cache
3. Pepe le Moko
4. Comedy of Innocence
Strange tale of a kid who, on his 9th birthday, declares that he's actually another boy who died a couple years prior. He talks his mother into taking him to see the dead boy's mom, and things just get stranger. Quite interesting.
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6. À Double Tour (1959) * 94 min.



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