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1.

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg =: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

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Geneviève, a shop assistant, falls in love with Guy, a gas station mechanic. But a life with him will not be in her future. A tender, bittersweet love story, sung throughout in French.
DVD
2017; 1964
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
2.

L'enfance Nue: Naked Childhood

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François Fournier is a troubled ten-year-old who has been in foster care since he was four. But his is a "temporary placement," meaning that his parents can come back for him any time. They never do. The story begins with François being shuffled from one foster home to another, as his insecurity leads him to engage in increasingly destructive behavior. He is placed with an older couple named Thierry, the newest addition to a ménage that includes Mrs. Thierry's mother, a very young girl, and a high-school age boy. They aren't afraid to share their lives with this new houseguest, and the impressionable boy seems to be settling down. For François, things just are what they are--and he's usually "temporary." A fascinating portrait of childhood, which is also an indictment of a failing so [...]
DVD
2010; 1968
Clemons (Stacks)
3.

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)
4.

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)
5.

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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L'heure D'été: Summer Hours

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The divergent paths of three adult siblings collide when their mother, heiress to an exceptional 19th century art collection, dies suddenly.
DVD
2010; 2008
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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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
Clemons (Stacks)
10.

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)
11.

Quai des Orfèvres

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A jealous husband is accused of murder after a man his wife was flirting with turns up dead.
DVD
2003; 1957
Clemons (Stacks)
12.

Pierrot le Fou

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Offbeat, influential road story about a man and woman on the lam in southern France.
DVD
2007; 1965
Clemons (Stacks)
13.

La Haine: Hate

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Three young, unemployed Frenchmen living in the ghettos surrounding Paris get embroiled in a violent conflict with the local police.
DVD
2007; 1995
Clemons (Stacks)
14.

Jeux Interdits: Forbidden Games

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A timeless evocation of the loss of innocence, Rene Clement's devastating Forbidden games tells the story of a young orphan and her friend forced to fend for themselves in World War II France.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
15.

Pickpocket

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Michel, an insignificant man who drifts into crime, is arrested and imprisoned. Upon release, he abandons an attempt at reform when a master pickpocket teaches him his art.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
16.

Le Samouraï: The Samurai

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Jef Costello is a fedora and trench-coat wearing contract killer with samurai instincts. When Jef assassinates a nighclub owner, he finds himself confronted by a series of witnesses, who drop his perfect world into the hands of a persistent police investigator and Jef's shadowy employer, both of whom are determined to put an end to the career criminal.
DVD
2005; 1967
Clemons (Stacks)
17.

Le Quai des Brumes: Port of Shadows

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Down a desolate road to the port city of Le Havre travels Jean, an army deserter looking for another chance to make good in life. However, fate has a different plan when acts of revenge and kindness turn him into front-page news.
DVD
2004; 1938
Clemons (Stacks)
18.

Cet Obscur Objet du Désir: That Obscure Object of Desire

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A middle-aged man falls in love with a much younger woman in this satire of sexual obsession.
DVD
2001; 1977
19.

A Nous la Liberté

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A satire on factory life centering on the activities of a couple of ex-prisoners, one of whom, an ambitious crook, becomes the boss of a large factory while the other, a sentimental old tramp, becomes a worker there. Eventually both discover that happiness and peace of mind cannot be bought with money and revert to their former life as vagabonds. This film inspired Charlie Chaplin's Modern times.
DVD
2002; 1931
Clemons (Stacks)
20.

Du Rififi Chez les Hommes: Rififi

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A story of a successful jewel robbery in which the four thieves betray each other.
DVD
2001; 1955
Clemons (Stacks)