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Rififi (1955)

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Rififi 2014-02-07 2001-04-24 -

Director Jean-Pierre Melville created one of cinema's greatest heist films with this tense tale about a daring jewel robbery carried out by four veteran thieves. After the gang pulls off the job, however, the plan starts coming apart at the seams.

a.k.a. Du rififi chez les hommes
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The Rules of the Game (1939)

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The Rules of the Game - 2004-01-20 -

When affluent Marquis Robert de la Chesnaye (Marcel Dalio) hosts a party at his sprawling property, emotions run high. Guests include Robert's mistress Genevieve (Mila Parely) and pilot Andre Jurieu (Roland Toutain), who fancies Robert's wife, Christine (Nora Gregor). Meanwhile, Schumacher (Gaston Modot) is trying to keep Marceau (Julien Carette) from hitting on his wife (Paulette Dubost). All the while, the servants watch with great interest.

a.k.a. La règle du jeu
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Beauty and the Beast (1946)

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Beauty and the Beast - 1998-06-03 -

Lost in the woods, a hapless merchant is captured and held prisoner in the castle of a beastlike man (Jean Marais), who vows to kill the merchant unless he's replaced by one of his daughters. The lovely Belle (Josette Day) gives herself up to save her father. But before long, she finds the beauty hiding inside her grotesque captor in this lyrical masterpiece, the most celebrated film of the French director and poet Jean Cocteau.

a.k.a. Die Schöne und die Bestie
La Belle et la Bête
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The 400 Blows (1959)

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The 400 Blows 2009-03-24 2006-05-09 -

After young Antoine (Jean-Pierre Léaud) runs away, life on the streets of Paris leads to nothing but trouble and guilt in this gritty feature film debut from legendary director François Truffaut. Though he turns to petty crime to survive, Antoine's remorse often leads him to try to return things he's stolen -- with disastrous results. The film was nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar and the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

a.k.a. Les quatre cents coups
Los cuatrocientos golpes
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Children of Paradise (1945)

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Children of Paradise - 2002-01-22 -

Often considered the classic epic of French film, Children of Paradise is the tragic tale of vastly different men who all fall for the same woman (played by Arletty). This romantic saga takes place amid a theatrical community in 19th-century Paris, set against a backdrop of intrigue, duels and murder that allegorizes occupied France. Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur and María Casares co-star in this Oscar-nominated film for Best Original Screenplay.

a.k.a. Les Enfants du Paradis
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Au revoir les enfants (1987)

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Au Revoir Les Enfants - 2006-03-28 -

As World War II rages on, two students at a boarding school form an unlikely friendship. Although the boys begin as adversaries, they find common ground, especially when it becomes clear that one is merely trying to survive the tyranny of the Nazis.

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Les Diaboliques (1954)

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Diabolique - 1999-02-02 -

The ailing spouse (Véra Clouzot) and manhandled mistress (Simone Signoret) of a sadistic boarding school headmaster (Paul Meurisse) plan and execute the man's murder -- but their plan goes haywire when the corpse vanishes. Henri-Georges Clouzot directs his real-life wife in this icy, black-and-white masterwork of homicide and Grand Guignol suspense, which ranked No. 49 on the Bravo network's "100 Scariest Movie Moments."

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La Haine (1995)

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La Haine - 2007-04-17 -

French director Mathieu Kassovitz traces a fateful day in the lives of alienated ghetto youths Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Saïd (Saïd Taghmaoui) and Hubert (Hubert Koundé) -- a Jew, an Arab and an African, respectively -- who are grappling with the aftermath of unexpected tragedy. When their friend Abdel lies comatose after a police beating, Vinz vows to dispense rough justice, sealing the destiny of all three.

a.k.a. Hass
Hate
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Playtime (1967)

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Playtime 2009-08-18 2006-09-05 -

The celebrated Jacques Tati directs and stars in this brilliantly eccentric ode to humanity. Tati plays Monsieur Hulot, a Parisian who's befuddled by the changes he witnesses in his beloved city, which has grown increasingly touristy. As Hulot roams the uncomfortably modern Paris with a group of American tourists, his story epitomizes the struggle of modern man to maintain a soul in the face of an impersonal world.

a.k.a. Play Time
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La Vie en Rose (2007)

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La Vie en Rose - 2007-11-13 -

Director Olivier Dahan paints a poignant portrait of legendary Parisian singer Édith Piaf, whose passion for music saw her through a life filled with tragedy. The film follows the chanteuse from her childhood in a brothel to her premature death.

a.k.a. La Môme
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The Earrings of Madame de... (1953)

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The Earrings of Madame de... - 2008-09-16 -

When a general's wife, Louisa, decides to secretly sell the diamond earrings he gave her on their wedding day to pay off a troubling debt, she inadvertently sets off a chain of events that results in a whirlwind affair with an Italian baron.

a.k.a. Madame de...
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Breathless (1960)

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Breathless 2010-09-14 2010-09-14 -

After shooting a cop, young thief Michel meets and shacks up with American girl Patricia. Hiding out in her hotel room, Michel tries to talk Patricia into going with him to Italy, but she doesn't know that would include a foray into criminal life.

a.k.a. À bout de souffle
Außer Atem
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French Cancan (1954)

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Jean Renoir: French Cancan - 2004-08-03 -

Nineteenth century Paris comes vibrantly alive in director Jean Renoir's exhilarating tale of the opening of the world-renowned Moulin Rouge. Jean Gabin plays the wily impresario Danglard, who makes the can-can all the rage while juggling the love of two beautiful women -- an Egyptian belly-dancer and a naïve working girl turned can-can star. This celebration of life, art and the City of Light includes a rare cameo by Edith Piaf.

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The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

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The Passion of Joan of Arc - 1999-12-07 -

Considered director Carl Theodor Dreyer's finest achievement and one of the greatest movies of all time, this stunning emotional drama recounts the events surrounding Joan of Arc's 1431 heresy trial, burning at the stake and subsequent martyrdom. The film's original version, thought to have been lost to fire, was miraculously found in perfect condition in 1981. Maria Falconetti turns in a haunting performance as the young French saint.

a.k.a. La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc
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Grand Illusion (1937)

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Grand Illusion - 1999-11-23 -

Two French soldiers -- blue-collar Maréchal (Jean Gain) and genteel de Boieldieu (Pierre Fresnay) -- strive to overcome their differences while plotting their escape from a German prison camp during World War I. Meanwhile, de Boieldieu finds a kindred spirit among his captors in a patrician German officer (Erich von Stroheim). Jean Renoir directs this genre classic, considered one of the first prison-break movies ever made.

a.k.a. Die große Illusion
La Grande illusion
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Jules and Jim (1962)

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Jules and Jim 2014-02-04 2006-05-23 -

Writers Jules and Jim are close friends who fall in love with the same woman amid the turbulence of World War I Paris. What results is a decades-long love triangle that both tests and strengthens the bond between the two men.

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A Man Escaped (1957)

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A Man Escaped 2013-03-26 2004-05-25 -

Director Robert Bresson -- via a deceptively successful minimalist approach -- brings high drama to this true tale of a French prisoner (Francois Leterrier) and his single-minded determination to escape from a Nazi prison cell in occupied France during World War II. Using amateur actors and little dialogue or music, Bresson sharply focuses only on the desperate bid for freedom. Bresson was awarded the Best Director award at Cannes for the film.

a.k.a. Un condamné à mort s'est échappé
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Three Colors: Red (1994)

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Red 2011-11-15 2003-03-04 -

In this meditation on the need for passion and human connection -- the final film in Krzysztof Kieslowski's "three colors" trilogy -- an accident brings together two very different people: Valentine (Irene Jacob), a model, and Joseph (Jean-Louis Trintignant), a retired judge. Since love chooses to pair people's heart at random, theirs becomes a fated and deeply improbable, but altogether true, romance.

a.k.a. Trois couleurs: Rouge
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The Wages of Fear (1953)

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The Wages of Fear 2009-04-21 1999-02-02 -

An oil company enlists four destitute drifters -- Mario (Yves Montand), Luigi (Folco Lulli), Bimba (Peter Van Eyck) and Jo (Charles Vanel) -- for a dangerous mission transporting volatile explosives across Central America's treacherous terrain. Packed with nerve-racking tension that never lets up, director Henri-Georges Clouzot's gritty masterpiece took home the Grand Prize at the 1953 Cannes Film Festival.

a.k.a. Le Salaire de la Peur
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Three Colors: White (1994)

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White 2011-11-15 2003-03-04 -

Krzysztof Kieslowski's dark comedy -- the middle segment in his "three colors" trilogy -- shadows Polish immigrant Karol Karol (Zbigniew Zamachowski) as he's humiliated in a public courtroom by his wife (Julie Delpy) during their divorce proceedings. Shamed and brokenhearted, he finds an ally in a fellow countryman, and the two eventually concoct a way back to post-Communist Poland, where Karol sets about rebuilding his life.

a.k.a. Trzy kolory: Bialy
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Léon: The Professional (1994)

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Léon: The Professional 2009-11-17 1998-02-24 -

Léon (Jean Reno), the top hit man in New York, has earned a rep as an effective "cleaner." But when his next-door neighbors are wiped out by a loose-cannon DEA agent (Gary Oldman), he becomes the unwilling custodian of 12-year-old Mathilda (Natalie Portman). Before long, Mathilda's thoughts turn to revenge, and she considers following in Léon's footsteps. Luc Besson directs this gritty and unflinching actioner.

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Amour (2012)

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Amour 2013-08-20 2013-08-20 -

In this 2012 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner, Georges and Anne, retired music teachers in their eighties, have a time-tested love. But as Anne's health fails, Georges becomes her caregiver, and the couple's bond is tested like never before.

a.k.a. Liebe
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Three Colors: Blue (1993)

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Blue 2011-11-15 2003-03-04 -

When a young Frenchwoman tries to uncover her famous composer husband's secret life, her steps take her alternately closer to and further from the truth on a journey that ultimately leads to self-discovery.

a.k.a. Trois couleurs: Bleu
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Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

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Last Year at Marienbad 2009-06-23 2009-06-23 -

At a lavish European hotel, a handsome stranger tries to convince a lovely young woman that they had a passionate affair a year ago. When she claims not to remember him, he keeps trying to convince her, weaving a story that mixes memory and fantasy. Or is it all fantasy? French new wave director Alain Resnais helms this complex, controversial film that earned an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay.

a.k.a. L'Année Dernière à Marienbad
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