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From the New Wave to poetic realism and cinéma vérité, French cinema takes many forms and offers endless delights.

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View 2 x 50 Years of French Cinema
2 x 50 Years of French Cinema

2 x 50 Years of French Cinema 1995

Six regions, six films appraised for cultural and historical meaning. Produced by Jean-Luc Godard.

50 mins France

View Breathless / À bout de souffle
Breathless / À bout de souffle
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Breathless / À bout de souffle 1960 PG

Jean-Luc Godard’s extraordinary debut feature, an insouciant and iconoclastic crime film that paved the way for the French New Wave.

90 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

View La Belle et la Bête
La Belle et la Bête
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La Belle et la Bête 1946 PG

Jean Cocteau’s ravishingly restored 1946 film is a cinematic classic. “Five stars. [This] magical exploration of the fairytale is a compelling and bizarre masterpiece” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

89 mins France Director. Jean Cocteau

View Celine and Julie Go Boating
Celine and Julie Go Boating

Celine and Julie Go Boating 1974 12

Jacques Rivette's commercially successful film is an exhilarating combination of theatricality, paranoia and 'la vie Parisienne.'

193 mins France Director. Jacques Rivette

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Chronicle of a Summer

Chronicle of a Summer 1961 12

The hugely influential and ground-breaking documentary film from filmmaker-anthropologist Jean Rouch and sociologist Edgar Morin.

90 mins France Director. Edgar Morin, Jean Rouch

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Delicatessen

Delicatessen 1990 15

Jeunet and Caro's endlessly inventive and wildly enjoyable post-apocalyptic black comedy, about a sinister butcher and the circus clown who becomes his nemesis.

90 mins France Director. Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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Delicatessen

Delicatessen 1990 15

Jeunet and Caro's endlessly inventive and wildly enjoyable post-apocalyptic black comedy, about a sinister butcher and the circus clown who becomes his nemesis.

90 mins France Director. Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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Eden and After

Eden and After 1969 18

Alain Robbe-Grillet’s sensual fantasy follows a group of students who enter a bizarre sado-masochistic realm after taking a mysterious drug.

98 mins France Director. Alain Robbe-Grillet

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Les Enfants Terribles

Les Enfants Terribles 1949 12

Jean-Pierre Melville’s film of Jean Cocteau's controversial novel about a teenage brother and sister and their intense, closeted relationship.

102 mins France Director. Jean-Pierre Melville

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The Immortal One

The Immortal One 1962 12

The debut feature from famed novelist and screenwriter Alain Robbe-Grillet is a daring examination of fantasy and memory set in Turkey.

101 mins France Director. Alain Robbe-Grillet

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Le Mépris

Le Mépris 1963 15

Jean-Luc Godard’s caustic look at compromised creativity in the filmmaking world has superb images, music and acting from Piccoli, Bardot and Palance

103 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

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Maitresse

Maitresse 1976 18

Gerard Depardieu plays the young innocent who falls for the mysterious maitresse Ariane (Bulle Ogier), a leather clad dominatrix, in Barbet Schroeder’s controversial film.

112 mins France Director. Barbet Schroeder

View The Man Who Lies
The Man Who Lies

The Man Who Lies 1968 15

Jean-Louis Trintignant is the mysterious stranger who arrives in a French village claiming to be an old comrade of a local resistance hero, in Alain Robbe-Grillet’s piercing fable of war-time myth and memory.

95 mins France Director. Alain Robbe-Grillet

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More

More 1969 18

The first feature by Barbet Schroeder (Maîtresse, The Valley), More created a sensation when it was released in 1969, quickly becoming a cult classic and famed for its Pink Floyd soundtrack.

118 mins Luxembourg Director. Barbet Schroeder

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Orphée

Orphée 1950 PG

Magical retelling of the Orpheus myth by poet, playwright, artist and filmmaker Jean Cocteau.

91 mins France Director. Jean Cocteau

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Partie de Campagne

Partie de Campagne 1936 PG

On a country picnic, a young girl leaves her family for a while and succumbs to an all-too-brief romance in Jean Renoir's sensuous tribute to the countryside.

40 mins France Director. Jean Renoir

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La Règle du jeu
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La Règle du jeu 1939 PG

Renoir's depiction of an intransigent society teetering towards disaster was derided upon release and only later acclaimed as one of cinema’s most vital films.

84 mins France

View Successive Slidings of Pleasure
Successive Slidings of Pleasure

Successive Slidings of Pleasure 1974 18

Alain Robbe-Grillet’s serpentine erotic mystery presented as a surreal investigation into a woman with feared sexual powers.

102 mins France Director. Alain Robbe-Grillet

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Trans-Europ-Express
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Trans-Europ-Express 1966 15

This stylish, cult 1966 erotic thriller stars French New Wave icons Jean-Louis Trintigant and Marie-France Pisier.

105 mins France Director. Alain Robbe-Grillet

View Two in the Wave
Two in the Wave

Two in the Wave 2009 12

Jean Luc-Godard and Francois Truffaut: the story of a friendship, a break-up and the birth of a new cinematic movement that would sweep the world.

93 mins France Director. Emmanuel Laurent

View The Valley (Obscured by Clouds)
The Valley (Obscured by Clouds)

The Valley (Obscured by Clouds) 1972 15

Different worlds collide when a chic young diplomat's wife meets an intriguing adventurer and his hippy friends in Barbet Schroeder's striking second feature. Soundtrack composed by Pink Floyd.

105 mins France Director. Barbet Schroeder

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