July is Journaling Month #10: Bastille Day Edition

15 Jul

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Les Enfants du Paradise. “Garence!!!”

Je suis adoree la Cinema du France. Is that even a sentence in French? Je ne sais pas. I just have to read the subtitles to enjoy the glory that is French cinema.  For Bastille day I thought I would share a few of the many sparkling and brilliant French movies I have had the pleasure of enjoying over the years. So, in honor of France’s Very Special day, July 14, I present 14 of my favorites, and invite you to think of some you’d like to share, too.

  1. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg with Catherine Deneuve and her sister who died young. Bizarre and catchy. (a crazy 60s musical)
  2. Un Chien Andalou (1929) Luis Bunuel. VErrrry weird. Saw it in film class. Never forgot the first scene which involves a razor blade and an eye.
  3. Belle de Jour (1966) (Luis Bunuel), beautiful and bored richy rich housewife finds out that being a part-time whore isn’t as awesome as it sounds.
  4. The 400 Blows (Truffaut)(1959)  Get out your hankies. Realistic and brutal story of a boy’s life. You will want to adopt him.
  5. Day for Night (1973) (Truffaut) Fabulous movie about moviemaking.
  6. Contempt (1963) (Godard) It turns out there are lines you do not cross if you want a happy marriage.
  7. Les Enfants du Paradis (1943) Actually I loathe this movie but I saw it about four times for some reason. It was weird and had like, some bizarre clown in it and this lady everybody wanted named Garence, and I can still hear “Garence! Garence!” in my head in spite of myself. So if I saw it four times you can see it once.
  8. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. (Bunuel) Odd but good.
  9. Last Metro from Paris (Catherine Deneuve is the wife of a Jewish director husband during WWII)
  10. 10. Amelie, my what big eyes you have, Mlle. Tatou. I liked watching her eat a big salade for dinner. It was so esthetic.

11. Diva  (1981) (Jean-Jacques Beineix) A thriller involving a mailman mixed up in a bunch of trouble and a gorgeous black American opera singer. Very 80s.

12. “Jean de Florette” (1986) Gerard Depardieu. Need I say more? Who can resist that schnozz? Playing a hunchback farmer?

13. The Battle of Algiers (1966) Gillo Pontecorvo  Fantastic movie that lays out the case for Algerian independence and shows the struggles and difficulties of making it happen. It’s in black and white but its concerns are very modern.

14. That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) (Bunuel) An old man is in love with a very elusive and mysterious young lady that is played by two young ladies.

Writing Prompt: What are some movies you’d recommend, from La Belle France or anywhere else? Why?


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