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1.

L'age D'or

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Using a melange of strange and unrelated images, this surrealistic film about two lovers who mock convention is a statement by Buñuel on the nature of the bourgeoisie, the Church and the police. Banned in France within two weeks of its release.
DVD
2004
Clemons (Stacks)
2.

Science Is Fiction: 23 Films by Jean Painlevé

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Long before Jacques Cousteau and Richard Attenborough, a Frenchman named Jean Painlevé made documentaries that captured the natural world in a unique manner. "Science Is Fiction" collects 23 of these short films. Painlevé (1902-89) spent his life straddling the arts and the sciences, studying biology at the Sorbonne, but also hanging out with Man Ray and Luis Buñuel. Long fascinated by marine life, Painlevé helped develop the underwater camera, one of the first handheld cameras, and high-magnification lenses that allowed him to observe creatures like sea urchins, jellyfish, and mollusks in their natural habitats. Though relatively obscure in the United States, Jean Painlevé's films embrace genre, combining documentary, educational film, and avant-garde experimentalism to create a [...]
DVD
2009; 1925
Clemons (Stacks)
3.

Beau Travail

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Story of a sergeant in the French Foreign Legion in Djibouti whose ordered life is turned upside down with the arrival of a new recruit who finds favor with the unit's commander. Loosely based on Herman Melville's Billy Budd.
DVD
2002
Clemons (Stacks)
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Danton

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Georges Danton, the popular revolutionary leader, returns to Paris at a time when the new Republic is in disarray. Robespierre and his allies have set up a monstrous dictatorship, beginning the infamous "Reign of Terror." Danton pleads with the people for an end to the bloodshed which violates the spirit of their revolution.
DVD
2009; 1982
Clemons (Stacks)
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Fanfan la Tulipe

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Charming rogue Fanfan flits from one adventure to the other after evading marriage by joining the army in the midst of the Seven Years' War. He's motivated less by patriotism than by a consultation with Adeline, a voluptuous phony fortuneteller who promises that he will find glory in the army, even win the hand of King Louis XV's daughter. Herself the daughter of a recruiting sergeant, Adeline is a charlatan, but the irrepressible Fanfan sets about fulfilling his "destiny," even as his would-be soothsayer finds herself falling in love with him. Flirting and fighting, trouble reliably finds Fanfan, who just as reliably evades it.
DVD
2008; 1952
Clemons (Stacks)
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2 Ou 3 Choses Que Je Sais D'elle

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Juliette, a bourgeois housewife, is a loving wife and mother whose domestic moments alternate with her days and nights as a call girl.
DVD
2009; 1967
Clemons (Stacks)
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Le Dernier Métro: Last Metro

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Paris, 1942. Lucas Steiner is a Jew who feels compelled to leave the country in order to survive the German occupation during WWII. His wife Marion is an actress and a member of the Resistance who goes on to direct the theater for him. She tries to keep the theater alive by rehearsing a new play. She hires Bernard Granger for the leading role. The troupe believes that the show must go on no matter the circumstances. But Lucas never left the country, he is actually hiding in the basement.
BookDVD
2009; 1980
Clemons (Stacks)
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Paris

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Pierre, a professional dancer with the Moulin Rouge, suffers from a serious heart disease. While he is waiting for a transplant which may (or may not) save his life, he has nothing better to do than look at the people around him, from the balcony of his Paris apartment. When Elise, his sister with three kids and no husband, moves in to his place to care for him, Pierre does not change his new habits. And instead of dancing himself, it is Paris and the Parisians who dance before his eyes. -- IMDB
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis: Welcome to the Sticks

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Post office manager Philippe longs for a transfer to the sunny, sophisticated south of France. But when his attempt to cheat his way into a transfer backfires, he is sent instead to Nord-Pas de Calais. This northern province is known for its chilly dampness, its drunken, unemployable population, its terrible food and an impenetrable dialect known as Ch'timi. But Philippe soon learns to love these people so much that he must devise a strategy, with the help of the natives, to keep his left-behind wife from discovering his secret.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
10.

Nettoyage à Sec: Dry Cleaning

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"Jean-Marie and Nicole Kunstler, a hard-working French couple ... run a dry-cleaning establishment in the provincial town of Belfort. There is frission, the whiff of excitement that clings to the danger of crossing the boundaries that separate the conventional from the forbidden"--Container.
DVD
2005; 1997
Clemons (Stacks)
11.

Un Secret: A Secret

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A young boy who has a vivid imagination dreams up a brother for himself and a better past for his family. On his 15th birthday he finds his dreams shattered when he uncovers a shocking secret that ties his family to the Holocaust.q
DVD
2009; 2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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Comedy of Power

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After locking up an embezzling CEO, Jeanne pushes the limits of her power even further and winds up in a dangerous game of threats and intimidation.
DVD
2007; 2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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La Vie et Rien D'autre: Life and Nothing But

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Two years after World War I, Major Dellaplane helps two women search for the men they have lost in the war.
DVD
2004; 1989
Clemons (Stacks)
14.

Le Doulos

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A complicated thriller about the fatalistic relationship between two men: Maurice, a crook just out of prison, and Silien, a mysterious, cryptic informer caught up in the complex relationship between the criminal underworld and the police.
DVD
2008
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Les Amants Réguliers: Regular Lovers

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A rapturous paean to France's near-revolution of May, 1968 and its aftermath. Love, youth, and disillusionment are captured in the infamous Parisian riots as student-poet François grapples with a doomed romance with the aloof sculptor Lilie.
DVD
2007; 2004
Clemons (Stacks)
16.

Témoins: The Witnesses

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The lives of a writer, her boyfriend, a well-known doctor, and an attractive gay man all intersect when they are faced with the AIDS epidemic during the sexual revolution in the early 1980s.
DVD
2008; 2007
Clemons (Stacks)
17.

5 X 2: Cinq Fois Deux = Five Times Two

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The story of a failed marriage told in reverse chronology, starting with the finalization of the couple's divorce and concluding, literally, as they walk off into the sunset for their first encounter.
DVD
2005; 2004
Clemons (Stacks)
18.

Belle Toujours

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Thirty-eight years after their last encounter, Henri thinks he sees Severine. He blackmails her into seeing him by threatening to tell her dark secret, and slowly gets revenge on her. A sequel to the 1967 classic Belle de jour.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
19.

Le Feu Follet: The Fire Within

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Alain Leroy is a self-destructive writer who is enduring a treatment in a private hospital because of his alcoholism. The doctor only sees the surface problem and declares it time for Alain to leave the hospital. Alain resolves to commit suicide, but first he goes to Paris and tries to reconnect with some old friends.
DVD
2008; 1963
Clemons (Stacks)
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Nuremberg: Les Nazis Face à Leurs Crimes = Nuremberg : The Nazis Facing Their Crimes

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"Nuremberg, November 20, 1945--The trials of Nazi war criminals begins in a city still in ruins, barely six months after the Germans' surrender. The United States, France, Great Britain and the USSR unite to deliver exemplary justice in response to crimes against peace and, for the first time in history, to "crimes against humanity". On the accused bench sit 21 of the highest Nazi dignitaries, including Hermann Göring, Rudolph Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop and Wilhelm Keitel. They all plead not guilty, although the "atrocities" committed are tremendous. As evidence, films of the liberation of the concentration camps would be screened, an unprecedented move, during the proceedings. Evidence is presented, confrontations arise, testimonies of executioners and victims are heard. After 10 [...]
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)