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100% Arabica / Cent pour cent arabica

Directed by: Mahmoud Zemmouri.

Cast: Khaled, Cheb Mami, Mouss, Najim Laouriga, Fard Fedjer, Youssef Diawara, Patrice Thibaud, Mohamed Camara.

The rising popularity of a local band threatens orthodox religious groups in a mixed Arab and African housing project outside Paris. Attendance at the mosque falls and drastic measures are taken to keep the balance of power in the hands of the religious leaders. No one can stop the infectious popularity of the music, however, and when all the musicians finally sing together, everyone is united. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Les quatre cents coups /The 400 Blows

Directed by: Franūcois Truffaut.

Cast: Jean-Pierre L‚eaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Remy, Guy Decomble, Georges Flamant, Patrick Auffay.

Fourteen-year-old Antoine Doinet lives in a cramped apartment with his mother and stepfather, neglected by them and unlucky at school. Living an intense imaginative life of his own he gets into trouble and is finally committed to reform school from which he escapes and runs towards the sea, which he has never seen. DVD; widescreen version. In French with optional English subtitles.

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A bout de souffle/Breathless

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard.

Cast: Jean Seberg, Jean-Paul Belmondo.

Videodisc release of the 1960 motion picture. A careless thief and murderer has an affair with an American student.
DVD; digitally restored. In French with English subtitles.

 

 

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Act of Aggression/ L'agression

Directed by: Joseph Green.

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Louis Trintignant.

Varlin is driving on the freeway and is attacked by a motorcyle gang. When he regains consciousness his wife and daughter have been murdered. He then decides to take justice in his own hands and with the help of Sarah, his sister-in-law, he sets a deadly trap for the motorcyclists. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

 

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Tous les matins du monde/All the mornings of the world

Directed by: Jean-Louis Livi

Cast: Jean-Pierre Marielle, Gerard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Caroline Shol, Guillaume Depardieu

The lives of a reclusive 17th century French composer and his two beautiful daughters are forever changed by a flamboyant young student. French with yellow English subtitles. VHS Format

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Amelie from Montmartre/ Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain

Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Cast: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Serge Merlin, Jamel Debbouze, Claire Maurier, Clotilde Mollet.

Amélie is a young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood; misdiagnosed with an unusual heart condition, Amélie didn't attend school with other children, but spent most of her time in her room, where she developed a keen imagination and an active fantasy life. Despite all this, Amélie has grown into a healthy and beautiful young woman who works in a cafe and has a whimsical, romantic nature. She decides to step into the lives of others around her to help them out. In French with optional English and Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned. DVD.

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Antoine and Antoinette/ Antoine et Antoinette

Directed by: C.F. Cavano.

Cast: Roger Pigaut, Claire Maffei, Noèel Roquevert, Annette Poivre.

Romantic comedy of working class life in postwar France. Antoine and his beautiful wife Antoinette lead a passionate but querulous life together. She is a flirt and he is a jealous hot head. To make things worse, Antoine loses a winning lottery ticket that looked like the key to a better life. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format

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L'Argent de poche/Small change

Directed by: Franðcois Truffaut.

Cast: Christian Patey, Caroline Lang, Sylvie Van Den Elsen.

A warm, touching, deceptively simple story of children and the world they live in, starring youngsters who had never before acted in movies. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

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Au revoir les enfants/Goodbye, children

Directed by: Louis Malle.

Cast: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtåo, Franøcois Nâegret, Philippe Morier-Genoud.

Based on the director's life, this film chronicles Malle's experiences during the German occupation of France in World War II. Julien (Malle) is 12 years old, and the smartest boy in his class at boarding school when a new student appears. The two form a friendship even though Julien senses that there is something different about his new friend. In French with English subtitles. VHS format.

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Auberge espagnole/ Spanish apartment

Directed by:Câedric Klapisch.

Cast: Romain Duris, Judith Godráeche, Audrey Tautou, Câecile De France, Kelly Reilly, Cristina Brondo, Federico D'Anna, Barnaby Metschurat, Christian Pagh, Kevin Bishop, Xavier de Guillebon.

Xavier is a straight-laced French college senior who moves to Barcelona as part of a student exchange program, much to the dismay of his beautiful girlfriend. But sharing cramped quarters with students from all over Europe quickly leads to multi-cultural chaos as Xavier gets an eye-opening lesson on how to live, love, laugh and party. In French and Spanish dialogue with optional English and Spanish subtitles. DVD.

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L'Avare/ The miser

Directed by: Henri Van Laun.

In French. VHS.

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The Baker's Wife/ La femme du boulanger

Directed by: Jean Giono.

Cast: Raimu, Ginette Leclerc, Charpin.

A Marcel Pagnol film based on the story Jean le bleu by Jean Giono. Originally released as a motion picture in France in 1938. Story of a baker whose wife runs away with a shepherd and of the townspeople who help to bring her back. VHS format.



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The Ballad of Narayama

Directed by: Shohei Imamura.

Cast: Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Tonpei Hidari, Takejo Aki .

A century ago, inhabitants from a remote mountian village lived in constant fear of starvation. Their lives were cruel, horrible, and at best, hopeless. To survive, a number of ruthless laws were passed. One of the most brutal- taking the elderly to the distant peak of Narayama to die. VHS.

 

 

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Barbarian invasions/ Les invasions barbares

Directed by: Denys Arcand.

Cast: Râemy Girard, Stâephane Rousseau, Marie-Josâee Croze, Roy Dupuis.

It's not easy for a narrow-minded professor to reconcile with his equally stubborn son. But soon, father and son find themselves gathering with their wide and colorful circle of family and friends to confront their differences, confess their secrets, and celebrate life. Examines the varying personal politics - economic and sexual - at play among an aging group of friends, lovers, and ex-spouses. Remy and Louise are divorced. Their son Sebastien lives in capitalist splendor in London. Their estranged daughter sails boats throughout the world. But the slightly estranged family is brought together by Remy's losing battle with terminal cancer, and the hedonistic, ex-radical father and straight-laced son have to overcome their differences. In French with some English; optional English subtitles. DVD.

 

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Beauty and the devil/ La Beauté du diable

Directed by: René Clair.

Cast: Michel Simon, Gâerard Philipe, Simone Valáere, Carlo Ninchi, Raymond Cordy, Tullio Carminati, Paolo Stoppa, Gaston Modot, Nicole Besnard.

In French with English subtitles. Videocassette release of the 1950 motion picture.

 

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Belle de nuit/Beauties of the night

Directed by: Rene Clair.

Cast: Gâerard Philipe, Martine Carol, Gina Lollobrigida, Magali Vendeuil.

A young music teacher escapes from his drab life into dreams of romantic adventures in different times and places. Each dream slowly becomes a nightmare, and he is forced to accept reality and discover his true love in his own present time. In French with English subtitles. VHS.

 

 

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La Belle Noiseuse

Directed by: Jacques Rivette.

Cast: Michel Piccoli, Jane Birkin, Emmanuelle Bâeart.

Piccoli stars as a famous artist who has suffered painter's block since abandoning his masterpiece, a painting of his wife Liz, entitled `La Belle Noiseuse'. Disturbing tensions develop when a young artist and his girlfriend, visiting him in his South of France retreat, inspire him to return to the canvas, using the girl as his new model. Also available in the director's re-cut two-hour `Divertimento' version. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

 

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Birds of a feather/La cage aux folles

Directed by: Edouard Molinaro.

Cast: Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Michel Galabru, Claire Maurier, Remi Laurent, Carmen Scarpitta, Benny Luke, Luisa Maneri.

A farce involving a flamboyant homosexual couple's attempt to appear to be conventional parents in front of the prospective in-laws of the son of one of the men. In French with English subtitles. VHS

 

 

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Bon Voyage and Aventure Malgache

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock.

Two short films made by Hitchcock in 1944 at the request of the British government. When viewed by government officials they decided that the films were inflammatory and withheld them from distribution. The first, Bon Voyage, is about an RAF pilot who has escaped from a POW camp and made his way back to London with the help of the French resistance. The second, Aventure Malgache, is set in Vichy-controlled Madagascar where the Resistance leader battles to keep his island free. In French with English subtitles. DVD.

 

 

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Le Bourgeois gentilhomme/ The would-be gentleman

Directed by: Jean Meyer.

Cast: Jean Meyer, Louis Seigner, Jacques Charon, Robert Manuel.

A lively satire on the pretensions of a rich, but silly man to the snobberies of the aristocracy. French dialogue, English subtitles. Based on the play by Molière. Available in the library in VHS format.

 

 

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Breathless / A bout de souffle

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard.

Cast: Jean Seberg, Jean-Paul Belmondo .

Videodisc release of the 1960 motion picture. A careless thief and murderer has an affair with an American student.
DVD; digitally restored. In French with English subtitles.

 

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La cage aux folles / Birds of a feather

Directed by: Edouard Molinaro.

Cast: Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Michel Galabru, Claire Maurier, Remi Laurent, Carmen Scarpitta, Benny Luke, Luisa Maneri.

A farce involving a flamboyant homosexual couple's attempt to appear to be conventional parents in front of the prospective in-laws of the son of one of the men. In French with English subtitles. VHS

 

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Capitaine Conan/Captain Conan

Directed by: Bertrand Tavernier.

Cast: Philippe Torreton, Samuel Le Bihan, Bernard Le Coq, Catherine Rich.

Capitaine Conan, a dashing soldier who does not let World War I interfere with his pursuit of wine, women and song, leads a band of cutthroat commandos on the front lines of the Bulgarian border. Feared by his enemies and respected by his subordinates, Conan's cunning and blood lust serve him well in war. But when a peace treaty is signed and the soldiers are shipped to Bucharest, Hungary to await further orders, the trouble begins. In French with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Cartouche

Directed by: Philippe de Broca.

Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claudia Cardinale, Odile Versois, Philippe Lemaire, Marcel Dalio, Noel Roquevert.

"Colorful, exciting exploits of 18th century Frenchman and friends who take over crime syndicate in Paris, eventually dedication their lives to aventing death of co-leader Venus (Cardinale). Rousing action comedy" -- Leonard Maltin. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Casque d'Or

Directed by: Jacques Becker.

Cast: Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani.

In the Paris slums, an Apache finds passionate love but is executed for murder. VHS Format.

 

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Le chat/The cat

Directed by: Pierre Granier-Deferre.

Cast: Jean Gabin, Simone Signoret, Annie Cordy.

Based on the novel by Georges Simenon. Depicts the last stages of despair of a married couple no longer able to communicate with one another, or to leave for a different life. In French with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Le chagrin et la pitie /The sorrow and the pity

Directed by: Marcel Ophuls.

A co-production of Television rencontre, Norddeutscher Rundfunk and Television Suisse Romande.
Through interviews with participants and newsreel footage, examines the occupation of France by the Germans during World War II as it occured in the French city of Clermont-Ferrand. Concentrates on the themes of collaboration and resistance. In English, French and German with some English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Children of Paradise/Les Enfants du paradis

Directed by: Marcel Carnâe.

Cast: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir, Maria Casaráes.

Story of theatrical society in 19th century Paris and the love between the mime Debureau and the beautiful courtesan Garance who is also loved by an aristocrat, a criminal, and an actor. French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Chloe in the afternoon/ L'Amour, l'apres-midi

Directed by: Eric Rohmer.

Cast: Bernard Verley, Zouzou, Francoise Verley, Daniel Ceccaldi.

A successful young executive living in the suburbs with his new pregnant wife, finds himself more attracted to the other woman he meets in the city. French with English subtitles. VHS Format

 

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Chocolat

Directed by: Clair Denis.

Cast: Guilia Boschi, Isaach De Bankole, Franðcois Cluzet, Cecile Ducasse, Mireille Perrier.

Set in Cameroun during the waning days of French colonialism, the story revolves around the relationship between the young daughter of a French official and a black house servant. French dialogue, English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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The chorus/Les choristes

Directed by: Jean Dreville.

Cast: Gâerard Jugnot, Franðcois Berlâeand, Kad Merad, Jean-Paul Bonnaire, Marie Bunel, Paul Chariâeras.

Unemployed music teacher Clement Mathieu becomes the supervisor at a boarding school for the rehabilitation of minors. Dismayed by the repressive administration, he works to positively transform the students' lives through music. In French dialogues ; optional subtitles in English or Spanish. DVD Format..

 

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Claire's knee/Le Genou de Claire

Directed by: Eric Rohmer.

Cast: Jean-Claude Brialy, Aurora Cornu, Bâeatrice Romand, Laurence de Monaghan, Micháele Montel, Gâerard Falconetti, Fabrice Luchini.

Rohmer's brilliant, luscious comedy of lust and desire satirizes a diplomat's sexual temptations. On vacation without his fiancée, he flirts with a brash, charming nymphet, while harboring a secret, peculiar obsession for the knee of her stunning teenage sister. Dialogue in French, English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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The Closet/ Le placard

Directed by: Francis Veber.

Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Gâerard Depardieu, Thierry Lhermitte, Micháele Laroque, Michel Aumont, Jean Rochefort, Alexandra Vandernoot.

François Pignon, a very bland sort of man who works as an accountant in a condom factory, is about to be fired. His new neighbour comes up with an idea to prevent such a thing from happening: he creates photos and then spreads the rumor that François is gay so that the factory management might be afraid they'll be sued for sexual discrimination. Of course, nothing happens as it should, but the changes in François Pignon's life-- and other people's too - is drastic! Closed-captioned. In French with yellow English subtitles. DVD.

 

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Les Compères

Directed by: Francis Veber.

Cast: Pierre Richard, Gâerard Depardieu, Anny Duperey, Michel Aumont.

When her teenage son runs away and her husband refuses to hunt for him, a frantic mother calls on two old lovers to help. This odd couple makes an hilarious search on the Riviera, bickering and competing as they defeat gangsters and motorcycle toughs to rescue the boy. In French, subtitled in English. VHS.

 

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Un condamné à mort s'est échappé

Directed by: Robert Bresson.

Cast: Franøcois Leterrier (Fontaine), Charles Le Clainche (Jost), Maurice Beerblock (Blanchet), Roland Monod (Le Pasteur), Jacques Ertaud (Orsini).

In 1943, Lt. Fontaine is captured by the Gestapo and is imprisoned in Fort Montluc. He carefully plans his escape but puts it off until sentenced to death. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Conte d'hiver/A Tale of Winter

Directed by: Eric Rohmer.

Cast: Charlotte Vâery, Frederic Van Den Driessche, Michael Voletti, Herve Furic.

"A delightful romantic comedy about the triumph of love over the longest odds, A Tale of Winter begins with Félicié and Charles sharing a whirlwind love affair at the beach one summer. As they part, Félicié gives him her address, but due to a crucial, inexplicably stupid mistake, she makes it impossible for him to find her. Five years later, Félicié is still in love with Charles, though she has seemingly lost him forever. Along with her five- year-old daughter (by Charles), she maintains her hope that someday she will again find her Prince Charming."--Container. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Crime and punishment/Prestuplenie i nakazanie Crime et chatiment

Directed by: Pierre Cheval.

Cast: Pierre Blanchar, Harry Baur, Madeleine Ozeray, Aime Clariond, Marcelle Geniat.

An adaptation of Fyodor Dostoievsky's novel. Pierre Blanchar is the tormented student murderer Raskolnikov. He empasizes the tortured isolation and the near madness of the student. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

 

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The Crucible

Directed by: Raymond Rouleau

Cast: Simone Signoret, Yves Montand, Mylene Demongeot.

John Proctor is a middle aged, married farmer whose infidelity leads to tragedy. When he ends the brief affair, his young mistress launches a vendetta, charging that Proctor's wife practices witchcraft. The accusation ignites a wave of hysteria among the villagers, culminating in a trial of both Proctor and his wife. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

 

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Cyrano de Bergerac

Directed by: Jean-Paul Rappeneau.

Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Jacques Weber, Anne Brochet, Vincent Perez, Roland Bertin.

In 17th-century Paris, a long-nosed poet and swordsman helps his handsome friend win the girl he himself loves. In French with yellow English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

 

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Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne/The ladies of the Bois de Bologne

Directed by: Robert Bresson.

Cast: Maria Casares, Paul Bernard and Elina Labourdette.

French dialogue with English subtitles. VHS Foramt.




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Day for night/ La nuit américaine

Directed by: Francois Truffaut.

Cast: Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Valentina Cortese, Jean Champion, Dani, Jea-Pierre Leaud, Alexndra Stewart, Francois Truffaut.

Francois Truffaut's 1973 film, an "homage to moviemaking," details the loves and lunacy of the closely-knit family of strangers that comprises an on-location film, cast and crew in Nice. In French with optional English language track, and English, French or Spanish subtitles. DVD, Dolby digital.

 

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Delacroix: portraits de peintres

Directed by: Colin Nears.

Cast: John Carlson, Janet Burrell, Paul Beech.

A look at the life, times, and art of Eugène Delacroix, 1798-1863. In French. VHS Format.

 

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Le Dernier métro/The Last metro

Directed by: Franðcois Truffaut.

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Gâerard Depardieu, Jean Poiret.

In Nazi-occupied Paris the jewish director of the Montmartre theatre is in hiding. In his absence, the theatre is run by his wife who is determined to protect her husband. French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Detective

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard.

Cast: Nathalie Baye, Claude Brasseur, Johnny Hallyday, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Alain Cuny.

An unhappily married couple attempts to collect a debt from a boxing manager with ties to the mob. A hotel detective tries to solve a two-year old murder case with his tense nephew. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Diabolo menthe/Peppermint soda

Directed by: Diane Kurys.

Cast: Eleonore Klarwein, Odile Michel, Anouk Ferjac, Tsila Chelton.

The spirited and entertaining tale of two teen-aged sisters living in Paris in the turbulent year of 1963. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Diary of a country priest/Journal d'un curé de campagne

Directed by: Robert Bresson.

Cast: Claude Laydu, Antoine Balpãetrâe, Gaston Sâeverin, Lâeon Arvel, Jean Danet, Andrâe Guibert, Nicole Ladmiral, Jean Riveyre, Jeanne âEtiâevant, Bernard Hubrenne, Marie-Monique Arkell.

A new priest arrives in the French country village of Ambricourt to attend to his first parish. The rural congregation rejects him immediately. Through his country diary entries, the suffering young man relays a crisis of faith that threatens to drive him away from the village and God. French dialogue with optional English subtitles. DVD.

 

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Dreamlife of angels/La vie re^vée des anges

Directed by: Erick Zonca.

Cast: Elodie Bouchez, Natacha Râegnier, Grâegoire Colin, Patrick Mercado, Jo Prestia.

Optimistic hobo Isa, with her life in her backpack, has a gritty existence on the road, going from one town to another through northern France, working factory jobs and selling cards. After she loses a garment-factory job, her coworker Marie lets Isa share space in her Lille living quarters, an apartment belonging to a hospitalized mother and daughter. Isa goes through two tempestous relationships, while becoming fascinated with the girl who lived in the apartment but now lies in a coma at the hospital. In French with optional yellow subtitles in English, French, or Spanish. Closed-captioned. DVD format.

 

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Les Enfants du paradis / Children of Paradise

Directed by: Marcel Carnâe.

Cast: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir, Maria Casaráes.

Story of theatrical society in 19th century Paris and the love between the mime Debureau and the beautiful courtesan Garance who is also loved by an aristocrat, a criminal, and an actor. French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Est/Ouest / East/West

Directed by: Râegis Wargnier.

Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire, Oleg Menchikov, Sergueèi Bodrov, Jr., Catherine Deneuve.

Follows the story of an expatriate Russian and his French wife as they return to the Soviet Union in 1946 and learn to live in the post-war Soviet Union. The story eventually revolves around the struggle of Marie to decide if she should stay or leave Russia. Soundtrack in French and Russian; optional subtitles in English and French. Closed-captioned in English. DVD.

 

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L'Eternel Retour

Directed by: Jean Delannoy.

Cast: Madeleine Sologne, Jean Marais, Jean Murat, Pierre Piâeral, Junie Astor, Roland Toutain.

In this ... modernization of the Tristan and Isolde legend, a carefree youth learns the anguish of unfulfilled desire when he falls in love with his uncle's young wife"--Slipcase. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain / Amelie from Montmartre

Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Cast: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Serge Merlin, Jamel Debbouze, Claire Maurier, Clotilde Mollet.

Amélie is a young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood; misdiagnosed with an unusual heart condition, Amélie didn't attend school with other children, but spent most of her time in her room, where she developed a keen imagination and an active fantasy life. Despite all this, Amélie has grown into a healthy and beautiful young woman who works in a cafe and has a whimsical, romantic nature. She decides to step into the lives of others around her to help them out. In French with optional English and Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned. DVD.

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The family

Directed by: Ettore Scola.

Cast: Vittorio Gassman, Stefania Sandrelli, Fanny Ardant, Philippe Noiret.

On his 80th birthday, an old Italian man reflects upon his past, reliving personal triumphs, family comedies, volatile politics, a war-torn world, and most importantly, the people and the passions that have changed his life. Dubbed into English.

 

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La femme du boulanger/The Baker's Wife

Directed by: Jean Giono.

Cast: Raimu, Ginette Leclerc, Charpin.

A Marcel Pagnol film based on the story Jean le bleu by Jean Giono. Originally released as a motion picture in France in 1938. Story of a baker whose wife runs away with a shepherd and of the townspeople who help to bring her back. VHS format.

 

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Full moon in Paris/Les Nuits de la pleine lune

Directed by: Eric Rohmer.

Cast: Pascale Ogier, Tcheky Karyo, Fabrice Luchini, Virginie Thevenet, Christian Vadim, Laszlo Szabo.

A young woman in Paris moves out on her lover in order to experience freedom and finds it brings only misery. French dialogue, English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Le Genou de Claire / Claire's knee

Directed by: Eric Rohmer.

Cast: Jean-Claude Brialy, Aurora Cornu, Bâeatrice Romand, Laurence de Monaghan, Micháele Montel, Gâerard Falconetti, Fabrice Luchini.

Rohmer's brilliant, luscious comedy of lust and desire satirizes a diplomat's sexual temptations. On vacation without his fiancée, he flirts with a brash, charming nymphet, while harboring a secret, peculiar obsession for the knee of her stunning teenage sister. Dialogue in French, English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Goodbye, children / Au revoir les enfants

Directed by: Louis Malle.

Cast: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtåo, Franøcois Nâegret, Philippe Morier-Genoud.

Based on the director's life, this film chronicles Malle's experiences during the German occupation of France in World War II. Julien (Malle) is 12 years old, and the smartest boy in his class at boarding school when a new student appears. The two form a friendship even though Julien senses that there is something different about his new friend. In French with English subtitles. VHS format.

 

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Les goût des autres/The taste of others

Directed by: Agnes Jaoui.

Cast: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Alain Chabat, Agnes Jaoui, Gerard Lanvin, Christiane Millet, Wladimir Yordanoff.

The lives and loves of several completely opposite men and women artfully intersect in what becomes a delightfully funny web of romantic entanglements! While negotiating differences in wealth and status, style, and taste, this vivid collection of characters mix and match in outrageously volatile combinations! Internationally acclaimed for its sexy comic sophistication-- expect the unexpected from this uncommonly entertaining motion picture! In French with English subtitles. DVD

 

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Le grand voyage

Directed by: Ismaël Ferroukhi.

Cast: Nicholas Cazale, Mohamed Maud.

"A few weeks before his college entrance exams, Réda, a young man who lives in the south of France, finds himself obligated to drive his father to Mecca. The wide cultural and generational gap between the two is worsened by their lack of communication. Réda finds it hard to accommodate his father, who demands respect for himself and his pilgrimage. From France, through Italy, Serbia, Turkey, Syria, Jordan to Saudi Arabia, the two embark on a road trip that will change their lives"--Container. Soundtrack in French and Arabic with subtitles in English. DVD.

 

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La Grande bouffe

Directed by: Marco Ferreri.

Cast: Michel Piccoli, Marcello Mastroianni, Philippe Noiret, Ugo Tognazzi.

French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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La Guerre Est Finie

Directed by: Alain Queffelean.

Cast: Yves Montand, Ingrid Thulin, Geneviáeve Bujold, Jean Dastâe.

A Spanish revolutionary finds his idealism destroyed when he returns from exile to visit his mistress.In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Hail Mary/Je vous salue Marie

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard.

Cast: Bruno Cremer, Aurore Clâement, Rebecca Hampton.

A teenage virgin innocent becomes pregnant. The girl, her fiancé, family and friends struggle to cope. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Les invasions barbares / Barbarian invasions

Directed by: Denys Arcand.

Cast: Râemy Girard, Stâephane Rousseau, Marie-Josâee Croze, Roy Dupuis.

It's not easy for a narrow-minded professor to reconcile with his equally stubborn son. But soon, father and son find themselves gathering with their wide and colorful circle of family and friends to confront their differences, confess their secrets, and celebrate life. Examines the varying personal politics - economic and sexual - at play among an aging group of friends, lovers, and ex-spouses. Remy and Louise are divorced. Their son Sebastien lives in capitalist splendor in London. Their estranged daughter sails boats throughout the world. But the slightly estranged family is brought together by Remy's losing battle with terminal cancer, and the hedonistic, ex-radical father and straight-laced son have to overcome their differences. In French with some English; optional English subtitles. DVD.

 

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Invitation au voyage

Directed by: Peter del Monte.

Cast: Laurent Malet, Audore Clement, Mario Adorf, Nina Scott.

French dialogue, with English subtitles. VHS

 

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Je vous salue Marie/Hail Mary

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard.

Cast: Bruno Cremer, Aurore Clâement, Rebecca Hampton.

A teenage virgin innocent becomes pregnant. The girl, her fiancé, family and friends struggle to cope. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Jesus of Montreal

Directed by: Denys Arcand.

Cast: Lothaire Bluteau, Catherine Wilkening, Johanne-Marie Tremblay, Robert LePage, Gilles Pelletier, Râemy Girard.

A troupe of underemployed actors joins a charismatic young man to help a church update its annual Passion play, which attracts a city full of hope, praise, temptation and condemnation. In French with yellow English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Le Jour se lève

Directed by: Marcel Carnâe.

Cast: Jean Gabin, Jules Berry, Arletty, Jacqueline Laurent.

Besieged by police, a murderer waits in his apartment recalling his past before killing himself at daybreak. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Journal d'un curé de campagne/Diary of a country priest

Directed by: Robert Bresson.

Cast: Claude Laydu, Antoine Balpãetrâe, Gaston Sâeverin, Lâeon Arvel, Jean Danet, Andrâe Guibert, Nicole Ladmiral, Jean Riveyre, Jeanne âEtiâevant, Bernard Hubrenne, Marie-Monique Arkell.

A new priest arrives in the French country village of Ambricourt to attend to his first parish. The rural congregation rejects him immediately. Through his country diary entries, the suffering young man relays a crisis of faith that threatens to drive him away from the village and God. French dialogue with optional English subtitles. DVD.

 

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Jules et Jim/Jules and Jim

Directed by: Franðcois Truffaut.

Cast: Oskar Werner, Henri Serre, Marie Dubois, Jeanne Moreau, Sabine Haudepin.

A lighthearted story about two close friends (Jules and Jim) involved with the same woman (Catherine). She marries Jules but eventually begins an affair with Jim. The three remain close until Catherine commits an irrevocable act to finally disrupt the triangle of love and friendship. In French with Enlish subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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July rendezvous/Rendez-vous de juillet

Directed by: Jacques Becker.

Cast: Daniel G‚elin, Brigitte Auber, Nicole Courcel, Pierre Trabaud, Maurice Ronet, Bernard Lajarrige, Louis Seigner.

Portrait of a group of young people who spurn placid bourgeoisie comforts to find true love and maturity through jazz, art, theater, and camaraderie in postwar Paris. Lucien is trying to raise money to make films in Africa. He dreams of hiring his friends to work as his production team. The group's esprit de corps is tested as love affairs complicate loyalties and others find it difficult to join Lucien against their parents wishes. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

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La Femme Nikita

Directed by: Luc Besson.

Cast: Anne Parillaud, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Tcheky Karyo, Jeanne Moreau, Jean Bouise, Jean Reno, Philippe Leroy-Beaulieu, Roland Blanche, Jacques Boudet.

Thriller about a street junkie who is picked up and recruited against her will for training as a killer. She is transformed into a beautiful and sophisticated woman, and soon falls in love with a soft-spoken romantic. When she receives a call and is ordered to kill someone she has to fight against the trap of her double life. Dubbed from French into English. VHS Format.

 

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The ladies of the Bois de Bologne / Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne

Directed by: Robert Bresson.

Cast: Maria Casares, Paul Bernard and Elina Labourdette.

French dialogue with English subtitles. VHS Foramt..

 

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Lancelot du lac / Lancelot of the lake

Directed by: Robert Bresson.

Cast: Luc Simon, Laura Duke Condominas, Humbert Balsan, Vladimire Antolek-Oresek.

Set in the last days of the doomed quest by Lancelot and the rest of King Arthur's knights for the Holy Grail, this is a tale of the end of the age of chivalry and the death of a dream. In French with enhanced English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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The Last metro/Le Dernier métro

Directed by: Franðcois Truffaut.

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Gâerard Depardieu, Jean Poiret.

In Nazi-occupied Paris the jewish director of the Montmartre theatre is in hiding. In his absence, the theatre is run by his wife who is determined to protect her husband. French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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L'Amour, l'apres-midi / Chloe in the afternoon

Directed by: Eric Rohmer.

Cast: Bernard Verley, Zouzou, Francoise Verley, Daniel Ceccaldi.

A successful young executive living in the suburbs with his new pregnant wife, finds himself more attracted to the other woman he meets in the city. French with English subtitles. VHS Format

 

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La Lectrice / The reader

Directed by: Michel Deville.

Cast: Miou-Miou.

Constance reads aloud to her boyfriend. While in bed one night, she reads "La Lectrice," a story of Marie, a charming young woman who decides to advertise her services as a professional reader. When Constance finishes her novel about Marie, she decides to place her own ad, inspired by the joy and satisfaction Marie has found as a reader to the world. In French with yellow English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Les choristes / The chorus

Directed by: Jean Dreville.

Cast: Gâerard Jugnot, Franðcois Berlâeand, Kad Merad, Jean-Paul Bonnaire, Marie Bunel, Paul Chariâeras.

Unemployed music teacher Clement Mathieu becomes the supervisor at a boarding school for the rehabilitation of minors. Dismayed by the repressive administration, he works to positively transform the students' lives through music. In French dialogues ; optional subtitles in English or Spanish. DVD Format..

 

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Letters from my windmill

Directed by: Marcel Pagnol.

An adaptation of three short stories by Alphonse Daudet which provide insights into rural life in the Provence region of France. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format

 

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Life and nothing but / La vie et rien d'autre

Directed by: Bertrand Tavernier.

Cast: Philippe Noiret, Sabine Azema, Pascale Vignal, Maurice Barrier.

Two women search for the men they love in the aftermath of World War I in France. They encounter an imperious army officer, Major Dellaplane, a man obsessed with accounting for France's war casualties. The army wants to forget the mass of missing men and has ordered Dellaplane to find one certifiably French unknown soldier to honor with burial under the Arc de Triomphe. In the course of his mission, Dellaplane learns the fate of the women's loved ones and a shocking secret that may determine the fate of the women themselves. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Life of Jesus/ La Vie de Jésus

Directed by: Bruno Dumont.

Cast: David Douche, Marjorie Cottreel, Kader Chaatouf.

Life of Jesus follows the life of 20-year-old Freddy. When he's not at the hospital getting treatment for his epilepsy, Freddy spends his free time--and he has plenty of it--hanging out with his pals. The boys have had little schooling and are chronically unemployed. For entertainment, they race around town and through the French countryside on their motorbikes. Life changes for Freddy when Kader, the teenage son of an Arab family, enters the picture. Freddy and his friends are already threatened by Kader for being gainfully employed when none of them can find a job. When the fearless Kader stubbornly and aggressiveley pursues Marie, Freddy's girlfriend, Freddy and his pals take out their latent jealousy and anger in an astonsihing way, which dramatically alters all of their lives. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Lumumba

Directed by: Raoul Peck.

Cast: Eriq Ebouaney, Alex Descas, Maka Kotto, Thâeophile Moussa Sowie, Andrâe Debaar.

Special features: excerpts from director Raoul Peck's 1991 documentary Lumumba: death of a prophet ; historical timeline and background on the Congo ; bio-filmographies of the filmmakers and stars ; story and production notes ; original theatrical trailer. Dramatizes the life of Congolese revolutionary, Patrice Lumumba, who lead his country to independence from Belgium in 1960. He served for less than a year as the first elected prime minister, until he was brutally assassinated. In French with English subtitles. DVD.

 

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Ma vie en rose/ My life in pink

Directed by: Alain Berliner.

Cast : Micháele Laroque, Jean-Philippe Ecoffey, Hâeláene Vincent, Georges Du Fresne, Daniel Hanssens, Laurence Bibot, Jean-Franðcois Gallotte, Caroline Baehr, Julien Riviere, Marie Bunel.

Ludovic is waiting for a miracle. With six-year-old certainty, he believes he was meant to be a little girl and that the mistake will soon be corrected. But where he expects the miraculous, Ludo finds only rejection, isolation and guilt--as the intense reactions of family, friends, and neighbors strip away every innocent lace and bauble. In French with English, Spanish, or French subtitles. DVD; 2-channel Dolby surround.

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Madame Rosa

Directed by: Moshe Mizrahi.

Cast: Simone Signoret, Claude Dauphin, Samy ben Youb.

A retired prostitute runs a makeshift boarding house for the offspring of her friends and former associates. Winner of the 1977 Academy Award for best foreign film. In French, with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Maria Chapdelaine

Directed by: Julien Duvivier.

Cast: Jean Gabin, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Andrâe Bacquet, Alexandre Rignaut, Madeleine Renaud.

A story extolling life in a French Canadian Community in Quebec during the 1930's. French dialog, English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Marius

Directed by: Alexander Korda.

Cast: Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, Charpin, Orane Demazis.

This is the first film of Pagnol's trilogy. Marius, son of Cesar, the owner of a cafe, is drawn to the sea, filled with dreams of faraway lands. He loves Fanny, but even this love is not as strong as his wanderlust. Fanny turns him loose to follow his dream and marries Panisse, a rich widower. In French dialogue with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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May fools

Directed by: Louis Malle.

Cast: Michel Piccoli, Miou-Miou.

Set in 1968, this is a colorful and comic portrait of an upper-class family in revolt, a clan that gathers to bury their matriarch and ends up almost killing each other. In French with yellow English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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The miser /L'Avare

Directed by: Henri Van Laun.

In French. VHS.

 

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Mon Oncle d'Amerique

Directed by: Jean Gruault.

Cast: Gâerard Depardieu, Nicole Garcia, Roger Pierre, Henri Laborit.

Roger Corman presents Alain Resnais' Mon oncle d'Amerique: a case study of three characters focusing on their pursuit of careers. This is intercut with segments of a lecture from Prof. Henri Laborit, a behavioral scientist speaking in pure documentary fashion, contributing his theories on memory. Also intercuts footage from other movies. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran

Directed by: Franðcois Dupeyron.

Cast: Omar Sharif, Pierre Boulanger, Gilbert Melki, Isabelle Renauld, Lola Naymark, Anne Suarez.

An elderly Turkish Muslim grocer befriends a lonely teenage Jewish boy in a working class section of Paris. In French with optional subtitles in English, Portuguese, or Spanish. DVD.

 

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Mr. Klein

Directed by: Joseph Losey.

Cast: Alain Delon, Jeanne Moreau.

The intriguing story of one man in search of another who shares his name - a man who has stolen his identity. Eventually Klein's search for the imposter becomes a trap into which he falls. In French with English subtitles.
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My father's glory

Directed by: Yves Robert.

Cast: Phillippe Caubere, Nathalie Roussel.

The enchanting story of Marcel Pagnol's childhood in the south of France, and a very special summer when he was 11 years old. In the countryside of Provence he fell under the spell of the rugged hills, made new friends and strengthened the unique bond with his father. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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My mothers castle

Directed by: Yves Robert.

Cast: Phillippe Caubere, Nathalie Roussel.

The story of Marcel Pagnol's childhood holidays in Provence continues in My Mother's Castle. During a Christmas in the region Marcel's affection for the area deepens and he also learns to love and appreciate his Mother's true nature. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Nenette et Boni /Nenette and Boni

Directed by: Claire Denis.

Cast: Gregoire Colin, Alice Houri, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Vincent Gallo, Jacques Nolot.

Coming-of-age story involving an uncommon intimacy between a brother and sister. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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No fear, no die/S'en fout la mort

Directed by: Claire Denis.

Cast: Isaach de Bankolâe, Alex Descas, Solveig Dommartin, Christopher Buchholz, Jean-Claude Brialy.

Set in France, Dah, an African immigrant, and Jocelyn, a West Indian man, supply and train fighting cocks for a sleazy French saloon owner. Once Dah becomes entangled with the owner's mistress, all four characters are cast into a violent circle of gambling, desire, and agony that spins out of control. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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La nuit américaine/Day for night

Directed by: Francois Truffaut.

Cast: Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Valentina Cortese, Jean Champion, Dani, Jea-Pierre Leaud, Alexndra Stewart, Francois Truffaut.

Francois Truffaut's 1973 film, an "homage to moviemaking," details the loves and lunacy of the closely-knit family of strangers that comprises an on-location film, cast and crew in Nice. In French with optional English language track, and English, French or Spanish subtitles. DVD, Dolby digital.

 

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Les Nuits de la pleine lune/Full moon in Paris

Directed by: Eric Rohmer.

Cast: Pascale Ogier, Tcheky Karyo, Fabrice Luchini, Virginie Thevenet, Christian Vadim, Laszlo Szabo.

A young woman in Paris moves out on her lover in order to experience freedom and finds it brings only misery. French dialogue, English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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La Nuit de Varennes

Directed by: Ettore Scola.

Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Harvey Keitel, Jean-Louis Barrault, Hanna Schygulla.

King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette don disguises and flee revolutionary Paris. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Panic/Panique

Directed by: Julien Duvivier.

Cast: Michele Simon, Vivian Romance.

A murder in a small French town sets the stage for this story of intrigue and trenchery. French dialogue with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Passion

Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard.

Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Hanna Schygulla, Michel Piccoli, Jerzy Radziwilowicz.

A Godard-like director is trying to film a movie in the style of the great painters--Rembrandt, Goya, El Greco. The film is plagued by difficulties as the money for the film begins to run out, he can't seem to find the right lighting and the film has no story. In the middle of this intense situation, he starts a simultanious affair with two women. Hanna, the owner of the hotel, and Isabelle, a factory worker who is trying to stir up a revolt. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Peppermint soda/Diabolo menthe

Directed by: Diane Kurys.

Cast: Eleonore Klarwein, Odile Michel, Anouk Ferjac, Tsila Chelton.

The spirited and entertaining tale of two teen-aged sisters living in Paris in the turbulent year of 1963. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

 

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Le placard / The Closet

Directed by: Francis Veber.

Cast: Daniel Auteuil, G‚erard Depardieu, Thierry Lhermitte, MichŠele Laroque, Michel Aumont, Jean Rochefort, Alexandra Vandernoot.

FranÁois Pignon, a very bland sort of man who works as an accountant in a condom factory, is about to be fired. His new neighbour comes up with an idea to prevent such a thing from happening: he creates photos and then spreads the rumor that FranÁois is gay so that the factory management might be afraid they'll be sued for sexual discrimination. Of course, nothing happens as it should, but the changes in FranÁois Pignon's life-- and other people's too - is drastic! Closed-captioned. In French with yellow English subtitles. DVD.

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Le Plaisir

Directed by: Max Oph‚uls.

From three short stories by Guy de Maupassant. In French with English subtitles and narration. VHS Format.

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Ponette

Directed by: Jacques Doillon.

Cast: Victoire Thivisol, Delphine Schiltz, Matiaz Bureau Caton, Claire Nebout, Xavier Beauvois, Aurelie Verillon, Leopoldine Serre, Carla Ibled, Luckie Royer, Antoine Du Merle, Marie Trintignant.

Sent to live with her relatives, Ponette experiences the hopes, dreams and fears of a child following the loss of a parent. Ultimately, it is her faith, love and strength of character that enables Ponette to triumphantly overcome her tragedy. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

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Port of shadows/ Le quai des brumes

Directed by: Marcel Carne.

Cast: Jean Gabin, Michele Morgan, Michel Simon, Pierre Brasseur.

Story of an army deserter who arrives at Havre and meets a beautiful girl called Nelly. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format

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Prestuplenie i nakazanie Crime et chatiment / Crime and punishment

Directed by: Pierre Cheval.

Cast: Pierre Blanchar, Harry Baur, Madeleine Ozeray, Aime Clariond, Marcelle Geniat.

An adaptation of Fyodor Dostoievsky's novel. Pierre Blanchar is the tormented student murderer Raskolnikov. He empasizes the tortured isolation and the near madness of the student. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

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Le quai des brumes /Port of shadows

Directed by: Marcel Carne.

Cast: Jean Gabin, Michele Morgan, Michel Simon, Pierre Brasseur.

Story of an army deserter who arrives at Havre and meets a beautiful girl called Nelly. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format

 


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Les quatre cents coups /The 400 Blows

Directed by: Franūcois Truffaut.

Cast: Jean-Pierre L‚eaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Remy, Guy Decomble, Georges Flamant, Patrick Auffay.

Fourteen-year-old Antoine Doinet lives in a cramped apartment with his mother and stepfather, neglected by them and unlucky at school. Living an intense imaginative life of his own he gets into trouble and is finally committed to reform school from which he escapes and runs towards the sea, which he has never seen. DVD; widescreen version. In French with optional English subtitles.

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Queen Margot/La Rein Margot

Directed by: Claude Berri.

Cast: Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vincent Perez, Virna Lisi.

Thrown into a political marriage of convenience by her ruthlessly power- hungry family, the beautiful Margot soon finds herself hopelessly drawn into their murderous affairs. It's then she realizes her only hope of escape lies somewhere between the heroic soldier who loves her and the enemy husband who could save her. In French with yellow English subtitles. VHS Format.

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Raja

Directed by: Jacques Doillon.

Cast: Pascal Greggory, Najat Benssallem, Ilham Abdelwahed, Hassan Khissal.

Raja is a nineteen year old orphan literally and figuratively scarred by life. Fred is an emotionally bankrupt westerner living amid his plush gardens and palm trees. Set against the backdrop of contemporary Marrakech, Raja is a cross-cultural drama about a wealthy middle-aged Frenchman's complex relationship with local youth. Fred's attempts to seduce Raja, and their mutual attempt at manipulation, are fractured by their gross disparity of income, age and cultural sophistication. Soundtrack in French with English subtitles. DVD.

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The reader / La Lectrice

Directed by: Michel Deville.

Cast: Miou-Miou.

Constance reads aloud to her boyfriend. While in bed one night, she reads "La Lectrice," a story of Marie, a charming young woman who decides to advertise her services as a professional reader. When Constance finishes her novel about Marie, she decides to place her own ad, inspired by the joy and satisfaction Marie has found as a reader to the world. In French with yellow English subtitles. VHS Format.

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La Rein Margot/Queen Margot

Directed by: Claude Berri.

Cast: Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vincent Perez, Virna Lisi.

Thrown into a political marriage of convenience by her ruthlessly power- hungry family, the beautiful Margot soon finds herself hopelessly drawn into their murderous affairs. It's then she realizes her only hope of escape lies somewhere between the heroic soldier who loves her and the enemy husband who could save her. In French with yellow English subtitles. VHS Format.

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Rendez-vous de juillet/July rendezvous

Directed by: Jacques Becker.

Cast: Daniel G‚elin, Brigitte Auber, Nicole Courcel, Pierre Trabaud, Maurice Ronet, Bernard Lajarrige, Louis Seigner.

Portrait of a group of young people who spurn placid bourgeoisie comforts to find true love and maturity through jazz, art, theater, and camaraderie in postwar Paris. Lucien is trying to raise money to make films in Africa. He dreams of hiring his friends to work as his production team. The group's esprit de corps is tested as love affairs complicate loyalties and others find it difficult to join Lucien against their parents wishes. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

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Red of the black / Le Rouge et le noir

Directed by: Claude Autant-Lara.

Cast: Gerard Philipe, Danielle Darrieux

Set in 1830's France, this is the story of an ambitious man of humble birth, his spiritual misguidance and his struggle to succeed in a world dominated by the snobbish thinking partisans of absolute monarchy. French dialog with English subtitles. VHS Format.

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Ridicule

Directed by: Patrice Leconte.

Cast: Fanny Ardant, Charles Berling, Bernard Giraudeau, Judith Godreche, Jean Rochefort.

In a desperate quest to save his hometown, a young man quickly learns that a sharp wit is the key to open any door in the Versailles court of Louis XVI. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

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La Ronde

Directed by: Max Ophuls.

Cast: Simone Signoret, Danielle Darrieux, Jean-Louis Barrault, Anton Walbrook, Odette Joyeux, Gerard Philipe.

Ten interconnecting relationships between men and women illustrate the transience of pleasure and the precariousness of happiness. French with English subtitles.

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Les roseaux sauvages / Wild reeds

Directed by: Andr‚e Techin‚e.

Cast: Elodie Bouchez, GaŤel Morel, St‚ephane Rideau, Fr‚ed‚eric Gorny.

A poignant coming-of-age story set in southwest France in 1962. Sensitive young FranÁois is uncertain of his sexuality as he finds himself more attracted to his classmate Serge than to his platonic girlfriend MaÔtť. An older boy, Henri, is drawn into the circle, further complicating relationships. Through their passage into adulthood, the four experience a series of sexual and political conflicts as they explore the mysteries of the human heart. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

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Sans toit ni loi / Vagabond

Directed by: AgnŠes Varda.

Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire, Yolande Moreau, Macha M‚eril, Stephane Freiss.

The story of Mona, an aimless drifter whose only desire in life is to be truly free. As she wanders through the wintry French countryside, she encounters violence, hunger, fear, and cold. French dialogue, English subtitles. VHS Format.

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S'en fout la mort/No fear, no die

Directed by: Claire Denis.

Cast: Isaach de Bankol‚e, Alex Descas, Solveig Dommartin, Christopher Buchholz, Jean-Claude Brialy.

Set in France, Dah, an African immigrant, and Jocelyn, a West Indian man, supply and train fighting cocks for a sleazy French saloon owner. Once Dah becomes entangled with the owner's mistress, all four characters are cast into a violent circle of gambling, desire, and agony that spins out of control. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

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Small change /L'Argent de poche

Directed by: Franūcois Truffaut.

Cast: Christian Patey, Caroline Lang, Sylvie Van Den Elsen.

A warm, touching, deceptively simple story of children and the world they live in, starring youngsters who had never before acted in movies. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format

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The sorrow and the pity / Le chagrin et la pitie

Directed by: Marcel Ophuls.

A co-production of Television rencontre, Norddeutscher Rundfunk and Television Suisse Romande. Through interviews with participants and newsreel footage, examines the occupation of France by the Germans during World War II as it occured in the French city of Clermont-Ferrand. Concentrates on the themes of collaboration and resistance. In English, French and German with some English subtitles. VHS Format.

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Auberge espagnole/ Spanish apartment

Directed by:Câedric Klapisch.

Cast: Romain Duris, Judith Godráeche, Audrey Tautou, Câecile De France, Kelly Reilly, Cristina Brondo, Federico D'Anna, Barnaby Metschurat, Christian Pagh, Kevin Bishop, Xavier de Guillebon.

Xavier is a straight-laced French college senior who moves to Barcelona as part of a student exchange program, much to the dismay of his beautiful girlfriend. But sharing cramped quarters with students from all over Europe quickly leads to multi-cultural chaos as Xavier gets an eye-opening lesson on how to live, love, laugh and party. In French and Spanish dialogue with optional English and Spanish subtitles. DVD.

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The String bean

Directed by: Edmond Sechan.

Cast: Claudon Capa.

A story about a fragile old lady and her love for a potted string bean plant, telling about her plans for its abortive incorporation into the Jardin de Tuileries. VHS Format

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Sundays and Cybele

Directed by: Serge Bourguignon

Cast: Hardy KrŤuger, Nicole Courcel, Patricia Gozzi, Daniel Iversel.

Pierre, a former pilot, has just returned home from the French-Indonesian war. He is suffering from amnesia as a result of the horrors he has experienced, and he begins to lead a pointless life. He meets a 12 year old girl who has been left at a local convent school, and a warm attachment develops between the two of them. Eventually friends become suspicious of their relationship, and tragedy follows. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

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A Tale of Springtime

Directed by: Eric Rohmer.

Cast: Anne Teyssedre, Hugues Quester, Florence Darel

This romantic comedy focuses on Jeanne, an attractive philosophy teacher and her relationships. All characters experience a moving journey to self awareness. French dialogue with yellow English subtitles. VHS Format.

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A Tale of Winter/Conte d'hiver

Directed by: Eric Rohmer

Cast: Charlotte V‚ery, Frederic Van Den Driessche, Michael Voletti, Herve Furic

"A delightful romantic comedy about the triumph of love over the longest odds, A Tale of Winter begins with Fťliciť and Charles sharing a whirlwind love affair at the beach one summer. As they part, Fťliciť gives him her address, but due to a crucial, inexplicably stupid mistake, she makes it impossible for him to find her. Five years later, Fťliciť is still in love with Charles, though she has seemingly lost him forever. Along with her five- year-old daughter (by Charles), she maintains her hope that someday she will again find her Prince Charming."--Container. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

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The taste of others / Les goût des autres

Directed by: Agnes Jaoui.

Cast: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Alain Chabat, Agnes Jaoui, Gerard Lanvin, Christiane Millet, Wladimir Yordanoff.

The lives and loves of several completely opposite men and women artfully intersect in what becomes a delightfully funny web of romantic entanglements! While negotiating differences in wealth and status, style, and taste, this vivid collection of characters mix and match in outrageously volatile combinations! Internationally acclaimed for its sexy comic sophistication-- expect the unexpected from this uncommonly entertaining motion picture! In French with English subtitles. DVD

 

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Le temps retrouvť / Time regained

Directed by: Raoul Ruiz

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle B‚eart, John Malkovich, Vincent Perez, Marcello Mazzerella

Set in 1922, this film opens with Marcel Proust on his deathbed, looking through old photos and remembering his past. His own experiences gradually give way to the characters in his novel. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format.

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Trois couleurs. Bleu/ Three colors. Blue

Directed by: Krzysztof Kie‚slowski

Cast: Juliette Binoche, Benoit Regent, Helene Vincent, Florence Pernel, Charlotte Very, Emmunuelle Riva.

A young woman is left devastated by the unexpected death of her husband and child. She retreats from the world around her, but is soon reluctantly drawn into an ever-widening web of lies and passion as the dark, secret life of her husband begins to unravel. Original French language track ; English subtitles. DVD; Dolby digital surround

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Trois couleurs. Rouge / Three colors. Red

Directed by: Krzysztof Kie‚slowski

Cast: IrŠene Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jean0-Pierre Lorit, Frederique Feder

A seductive story of forbidden love and the unknowable mystery of coincidence as a young model meets an unusual stranger. In French with English subtitles. DVD

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Trois couleurs. Blanc / Three colors. White

Directed by: Krzysztof Kie‚slowski

Cast: Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy

Last in a trilogy of films (Trois couleurs = Three colors) by director Krzysztof Kieīslowski, White presents the mysterious tale of a man whose life disintegrates when his beautiful wife of six months deserts him. Forced to begin anew, he rebuilds his life, only to plan a dangerous scheme of vengeance against her. In French and Polish ; with optional yellow English subtitles. DVD

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Toto le heros

Directed by: Jaco Van Dormael

Cast: Michel Bouquet, Mireille Perrier

Since childhood, Thomas Van Hasebroeck (Michel Bouquet) has been consumed by a nagging belief: that he was switched at birth with the rich neighbor's boy who enjoyed the life Thomas should have led. Now, after sixty years, Thomas wants revenge. French, with English subtitles. VHS Format

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Tous les matins du monde / All the mornings of the world

Directed by: Jean-Louis Livi

Cast: Jean-Pierre Marielle, Gerard Depardieu, Anne Brochet, Caroline Shol, Guillaume Depardieu

The lives of a reclusive 17th century French composer and his two beautiful daughters are forever changed by a flamboyant young student. French with yellow English subtitles. VHS Format

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Vagabond / Sans toit ni loi

Directed by: Agnáes Varda.

Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire, Yolande Moreau, Macha Mâeril, Stephane Freiss.

The story of Mona, an aimless drifter whose only desire in life is to be truly free. As she wanders through the wintry French countryside, she encounters violence, hunger, fear, and cold. French dialogue, English subtitles. VHS Format.



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Van Gogh

Directed by: Maurice Pialat

Cast: Jacques Dutronc, Bernard Lecoq, Alexandra London, Gerard Sety, Corrine Bourdon, Elsa Zylberstein, Leslie Azoulai

An acclaimed, award-winning portrait of artist Vincent Van Gogh's final days, revealing his mad genius and dark sensuality. In French with yellow English subtitles. VHS format

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La Vie de Jťsus/Life of Jesus

Directed by: Bruno Dumont

Cast: David Douche, Marjorie Cottreel, Kader Chaatouf

Life of Jesus follows the life of 20-year-old Freddy. When he's not at the hospital getting treatment for his epilepsy, Freddy spends his free time--and he has plenty of it--hanging out with his pals. The boys have had little schooling and are chronically unemployed. For entertainment, they race around town and through the French countryside on their motorbikes. Life changes for Freddy when Kader, the teenage son of an Arab family, enters the picture. Freddy and his friends are already threatened by Kader for being gainfully employed when none of them can find a job. When the fearless Kader stubbornly and aggressiveley pursues Marie, Freddy's girlfriend, Freddy and his pals take out their latent jealousy and anger in an astonsihing way, which dramatically alters all of their lives. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format

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La vie et rien d'autre /Life and nothing but

Directed by: Bertrand Tavernier

Cast: Philippe Noiret, Sabine Azema, Pascale Vignal, Maurice Barrier

Two women search for the men they love in the aftermath of World War I in France. They encounter an imperious army officer, Major Dellaplane, a man obsessed with accounting for France's war casualties. The army wants to forget the mass of missing men and has ordered Dellaplane to find one certifiably French unknown soldier to honor with burial under the Arc de Triomphe. In the course of his mission, Dellaplane learns the fate of the women's loved ones and a shocking secret that may determine the fate of the women themselves. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format

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La vie re^vťe des anges / Dreamlife of angels

Directed by: Erick Zonca

Cast: Elodie Bouchez, Natacha R‚egnier, Gr‚egoire Colin, Patrick Mercado, Jo Prestia

Optimistic hobo Isa, with her life in her backpack, has a gritty existence on the road, going from one town to another through northern France, working factory jobs and selling cards. After she loses a garment-factory job, her coworker Marie lets Isa share space in her Lille living quarters, an apartment belonging to a hospitalized mother and daughter. Isa goes through two tempestous relationships, while becoming fascinated with the girl who lived in the apartment but now lies in a coma at the hospital. In French with optional yellow subtitles in English, French, or Spanish. Closed-captioned. DVD format.

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Viva Laldjťrie / Viva Algeria

Directed by: Nadir MoknŠeche

Cast: Lubna Azabal, Biyouna, Nadia Kaci, Jalil Naciri, Abbes Zahmani, Florence Giorgetti, LounŠes Tazairt, Akim Isker

Three women: a mother, her daughter, and a prostitute have been living in a hotel in the center of town amid creeping fundamentalism. Goucem, the daughter, has chosen a modern, emancipated life, spending steamy weekends in nightclubs. Fifi, her faithful friend, prostitutes herself under the thumb of a local protector. Papicha, the mother, eats pizzas in front of the television, torn between fear and nostalgia"--Container. French dialogue with English subtitles. DVD

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Wild reeds / Les roseaux sauvages

Directed by: Andr‚e Techin‚e

Cast: Elodie Bouchez, GaŤel Morel, St‚ephane Rideau, Fr‚ed‚eric Gorny

A poignant coming-of-age story set in southwest France in 1962. Sensitive young FranÁois is uncertain of his sexuality as he finds himself more attracted to his classmate Serge than to his platonic girlfriend MaÔtť. An older boy, Henri, is drawn into the circle, further complicating relationships. Through their passage into adulthood, the four experience a series of sexual and political conflicts as they explore the mysteries of the human heart. In French with English subtitles. VHS Format

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Le Bourgeois gentilhomme/ The would-be gentleman

Directed by: Jean Meyer.

Cast: Jean Meyer, Louis Seigner, Jacques Charon, Robert Manuel.

A lively satire on the pretensions of a rich, but silly man to the snobberies of the aristocracy. French dialogue, English subtitles. Based on the play by Molière. Available in the library in VHS format.

 

 

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Zero for conduct.

Directed by: Jean Vigo.

French dialogue with English subtitles. VHS format.

 




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