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Encyclopedia > Cinema of France
Les Enfants du Paradis (Marcel Carne), one of the greatest French films ever made
La regle du jeu (Jean Renoir), another candidate for the best French film
La regle du jeu (Jean Renoir), another candidate for the best French film
European cinema

The art of motion-picture making within the nation of France or by French filmmakers abroad is collectively known as French cinema. Image File history File links Childrenofparadise. ... Image File history File links Childrenofparadise. ... This article is about Children of Paradise, the film. ... Marcel Carné (August 18, 1906 - October 31, 1996) was an important French film director. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Rules of the Game (original French title: La règle du jeu) is a 1939 film directed by Jean Renoir about upper-class French society just before the start of World War II. The film was initially condemned for its satire on the French upper classes and was greeted... Jean Renoir Jean Renoir (September 15, 1894 – February 12, 1979), born in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France was a film director. ... Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... European cinema is the cinema of Europe. ... The Cinema of Albania had its start in the years 1911-1912. ... Cinema of Armenia was born on April 16, 1923, when the Armenian State Committee on Cinema was established by the government decree. ... Austria has had an active cinema industry since the early 20th century. ... The film industry in Azerbaijan dates back to 1898. ... The Cinema of Belgium can often be considered a blending of Dutch Cinema and French Cinema though with its own unique national qualities. ... A full list of films produced in Bosnia-Herzegovina. ... // Directors Slatan Dudow Rangel Valtchanov Nikola Kovachev Sophia Peer Vulo Radev Dimitar Petkov- Opashkata Na Diavola aka Devils Tail Nikola Korabov Ivan Andonov Ludmil Staikov Metodi Andonov Zornitsa-Sophia Vladimir Yanchev Nikolai Volev Actors and actresses See also List of Bulgarian actors Stoyan Bachvarov Rusi Chanev Georgi Cherkelov Stefan... The cinema of Croatia has suffered in recent years, with quality films being few and far between in comparison to other countries. ... // List of Cypriot films Michael Cacoyannis Nicolas Economou DerviÅŸ Zaim World cinema Cyprus International Film Festival Culture of Cyprus Culture of Greece List of Greek actors Film Cinema of Greece List of Cypriot films History of Cyprus Peter Polycarpou DerviÅŸ Zaim Michael Cacoyannis Nicolas Economou Categories: | ... The Czech Republic (both as an independent country and as a part of former Czechoslovakia) was a seedbed for many acclaimed film directors. ... Danish cinema pioneer Peter Elfelt, a photographer, was the first Dane to make a film. ... Cinema in Estonia started in 1908 with the production of a newsreel about Swedish King Gustav IV’s visit to Tallinn. ... Norwegian Anneke von der Lippe as the Faroese Barbara in the 1997 Danish motion picture The Faroe Islands do not have a long history of cinema. ... In Finnish cinema, Aki Kaurismäki is a big name. ... The Cinema in Georgia is one of the best known and recognized cinematography of the world. ... Cinema in Germany can be traced back to the very beginnings of the medium at the end of the 19th Century and German cinema has made major technical and artistic contributions to film. ... // In the spring of 1897, the Greeks of Athens had the opportunity and privilege to watch the first cinematic attempts (short movies in journal). The projection of an animated movie resulted in excited reactions and the new-seen spectacle became a usual matter of discussion. ... Hungary has had a notable cinema industry for some time. ... Iceland has had a notable cinema industry for some time. ... The Irish film industry has grown somewhat in recent years thanks partly to the promotion of the sector by Bord Scannán na hÉireann (The Irish Film Board) and the introduction of heavy tax breaks. ... The history of Italian cinema began just a few months after the Lumière brothers had discovered the medium, when Pope Leo XIII was filmed for a few seconds in the act of blessing the camera. ... . ... Cinema of Lithuania came into existence in the late 1980s with the documentary films by director ArÅ«nas Matelis, and was allowed to develop once Lithuania became independent on September 6, 1991. ... The Luxembourg film industry is quite small, but this is unsurprising given that the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has a population of only about 400,000 people. ... Montenegro has been the site of many domestic films. ... The Dutch film industry has long been renowned for its documentaries. ... Norway has had a notable cinema industry for some time. ... // Directors Józef Arkusz StanisÅ‚aw Bareja Aleksander Ford Wojciech Has Agnieszka Holland Jerzy Hoffman Jerzy Kawalerowicz Krzysztof KieÅ›lowski -- The Three Colors trilogy, The Decalogue Jan Jakub Kolski Kazimierz Kutz Juliusz Machulski Andrzej Munk Marek Piwowski Roman PolaÅ„ski Ladislas Starevich Wladyslaw Starewicz Andrzej Wajda Krzysztof Zanussi Andrzej Zulawski... Portuguese cinema has a long tradition, reaching back to the birth of the medium in the late 19th century. ... The Cinema of Romania came into being as an affective reality. ... The Russian Empire (1896-1917) The first films seen in Russia were via the Lumiere Brothers, in Moscow and St. ... The first films seen in the Russian Empire were via the Lumière brothers, in Moscow and St. ... Serbia (both as an independent country and as part a part of former Yugoslavia) has been home to many internationally acclaimed films and directors. ... // Vlado Bahna Stanislav Barabáš Paľo Bielik Eduard Grečner DuÅ¡an Hanák Elo Havetta Juraj Herz Martin Hollý Juraj Jakubisko Ján Kadár Otakar Krivánek Viktor Kubal Leopold Lahola Andrej Lettrich Miroslav Luther Juraj Nvota Stanislav Párnický Peter Solan Martin Å ulík Å tefan Semjan Å tefan... . ... Soviet Cinema should not be used as a synonym for Russian Cinema. Although Russian language films predominated, several of the constituent republics of the Soviet Union contributed films reflecting elements of their pre-Soviet culture, language and history, although sometimes censored by the Central Government. ... The art of motion-picture making within the nation of Spain or by Spanish filmmakers abroad is collectively known as Spanish Cinema. ... Swedish cinema is one of the most widely-known national cinemas in the world, and certainly the most prominent of Scandinavia. ... Cinema of Switzerland // List of Swiss films Charles-Georges Duvanel Kurt Früh Jean-Luc Godard Claude Goretta Leopold Lindtberg Franz Schnyder Casimir Sivan Alain Tanner Anne-Marie Blanc Zarli Carigiet Heinrich Gretler Max Haufler Emil Hegetschweiler World cinema Swiss Films Swiss Film Directory Categories: | | ... The first film showing in Turkey was held in the Yildiz Palace, Istanbul in 1896. ... Michael Caine in Get Carter (1971). ... Cinema in Ukraine One of the largest film production studios in Ukraine is the Olexandr Dovzhenko Film Studios, located in Kiev, Ukraine. ... The historical country of Yugoslavia had a notable cinema industry of its own. ... Image File history File links LAtalantePoster. ... Image File history File links LAtalantePoster. ... LAtalante is a 1934 French film directed by Jean Vigo and starring Jean Dasté, Dita Parlo and Michel Simon. ... Jean Vigo (April 26, 1905 – October 5, 1934) was a short-lived French film director, who helped in the establishment of poetic realism in film in the 1930s and went on to be a posthumous influence on the French nouvelle vague of the late 1950s and early 1960s. ... Image File history File links La_Belle_et_la_Bête_film. ... Image File history File links La_Belle_et_la_Bête_film. ... Beauty and the Beast (in French La Belle et la Bête) is a French film, made in 1946, based on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. The film was directed by Jean Cocteau, and starred his gay lover Jean Marais as the Beast and Josette Day as Beauty. ... Jean Cocteau Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963) was a French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager and filmmaker. ... Image File history File links Diaryofacountrypriest. ... Image File history File links Diaryofacountrypriest. ... Diary of a Country Priest (original French title: Journal dun curé de campagne) is a novel by Georges Bernanos. ... Robert Bresson (French IPA: ) (September 25, 1901 – December 18, 1999) was a French film director known for his spiritual, ascetic style. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Categories: Movie stubs | 1962 films | French films ... Jean-Luc Godard Jean-Luc Godard (born December 3, 1930) was one of the most influential members of the nouvelle vague. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (539x716, 111 KB)original film poster source: www. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (539x716, 111 KB)original film poster source: www. ... Jules et Jim is a 1962 film by François Truffaut based on the novel by Henri-Pierre Roché. Truffaut described the book as a perfect hymn to love and perhaps to life. He came across it during the mid 1950s whilst browsing through some secondhand books in Paris and... François Roland Truffaut (February 6, 1932–October 21, 1984) was one of the founders of the French New Wave in filmmaking, and remains an icon of the French film industry. ... Image File history File links ParapluiePoster. ... Image File history File links ParapluiePoster. ... Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) is a musical film made in 1964. ... The director and screenwriter Jacques Demy (1931 - 1990) was one of the most approachable filmmakers of the French New Wave. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ...


France, especially, has long been a gathering spot for artists from across Europe and the World. For this reason French cinema is sometimes intertwined with the cinema of foreign nations. Directors from nations such as Poland (Krzysztof Kieslowski, Andrzej Żuławski), Argentina (Gaspar Noe, Edgardo Cozarinsky), and the Soviet Union (Alexandre Alexeieff, Anatole Litvak, Gela Babluani) are equally prominent in the ranks of French cinema as the native Frenchmen. For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Krzysztof Kieślowski Krzysztof Kieślowski (June 27, 1941, Warsaw – March 13, 1996, Warsaw) was an influential Polish film director and screenwriter, known internationally for his film cycles Three Colors and The Decalogue. ... Andrzej Å»uÅ‚awski (born November 22, 1940) is a film director. ... Gaspar Noé (born on 27 December 1963 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentinan-born French filmmaker best known for shock-cinema works such as I Stand Alone and Irréversible. ... Edgardo Cozarinsky (1939) is a French-Argentine film director, writer, and actor. ... Alexandre Alexeieff was born in the town of Kazan in Russia in 1901. ... Anatole Litvak (May 10, 1902 – December 15, 1974) was a Ukrainian-born international filmmaker who wrote, directed, and produced films in a variety of countries and languages. ... Géla Babluani (1979-) is a Georgian-French film director. ...

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History

Late 19th century to early 20th century

In the late 19th century, during the early years of cinema, France produced several important pioneers. Auguste and Louis Lumière invented the cinématographe and their screening of L'Arrivée d'un train en gare de la Ciotat in Paris in 1895 is marked by many historians as the official birth of cinematography. During the next few years, filmmakers all over the world started experimenting with this new medium, and France's Georges Méliès was influential. He invented many of the techniques now common in the cinematic language, and made the first ever science fiction film A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune, 1902). See also: 1900 in film, list of years in film. Events 1832 - Joseph Plateau (Belgium) and Simon Stampfer (Vienna) introduced simultaneously a scientific demonstration device that creates an optical illusion of movement by mounting drawings on the face of a slotted, spinning disk. ... Auguste (left) and Louis Lumière. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the capital of France. ... Events March 22 - First display of motion pictures by Auguste and Louis Lumière (private screening). ... Georges Méliès (December 8, 1861 – January 21, 1938), full name Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès, was a French filmmaker famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest cinema. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Le Voyage dans la lune is a 1902 French science fiction black and white silent film known in its English language release as A Trip to the Moon. ... Le Voyage dans la lune is a 1902 French science fiction black and white silent film known in its English language release as A Trip to the Moon. ... Events March 10 - Circuit Courts decision disallows Thomas Edison from having a monopoly on motion picture technology. ...


Other early individuals and organizations of this period included Gaumont Pictures and Pathé Frères. Alice Guy Blaché was one of the first pioneers in cinema. She made her first film in 1896, La Fée aux Choux, and was head of production at Gaumont 1897-1906, where she made in total about 400 films. Her career continued in the United States. Several pioneers such as Maurice Tourneur or Léonce Perret continued their career in United States after World War I. Gaumont is a French film production company and is the worlds oldest film company. ... Pathé or Pathé Frères is the name of various businesses founded and originally run by the Pathé Brothers of France. ... Alice Guy-Blaché (July 1, 1873–March 24, 1968) was a pioneer filmmaker who was the first female director in the motion picture industry and is considered to be the first ever director of a fiction film. ... See also: 1895 in film 1896 1896 films 1897 in film 19th century in film years in film film Events January - In Britain, Birt Acres and Robert W. Paul developed their own film projector, the Theatrograph (later known as the Animatograph). ... La Fée au Choux (The Cabbage Fairy) is one of the earliest narrative fiction films ever made. ... See also: 19th century in film 1896 in film 1897 1898 in film years in film film Events 125 people died during a film screening at the Charity Bazaar in Paris after a curtain catches on fire from the ether used to fuel the projector lamp. ... // Events 26 December - The worlds first feature film, The Story of the Kelly Gang, is released. ... Maurice Tourneur, born February 2, 1873 – died August 4, 1961, was an important international film director and screenwriter. ... Léonce Perret (May 13, 1880 – August 14, 1935) was a prolific and innovative French film actor, director and producer. ...


During the period between World War I and World War II, Jacques Feyder became one of the founders of poetic realism in French cinema. He was also a dominating character within French Impressionist Cinema as well as Abel Gance, Germaine Dulac and Jean Epstein, see Cinéma Pur. “The Great War ” redirects here. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Jacques Feyder Jacques Feyder (July 21, 1885 - May 24, 1948) was a Belgian screenwriter and international film director who was one of the founders of poetic realism in French cinema. ... Poetic realism was a film movement in France leading up to World War II. More a tendency than a movement, Poetic Realism is not strongly unified like Soviet Montage or French Impressionism. ... French impressionist cinema took place between 1918 and 1929 and was a time where a new generation of filmmakers began to explore film as an art form. ... Abel Gance (October 25, 1889 - November 10, 1981) was a world-renowned French film director, producer, writer, actor and editor. ... Germaine Dulac, born 17 November 1882 in Amiens, France, died 20 July 1942, was a French film director and early film theorist. ... Jean Epstein, born 25 March 1897, died 3 April 1953, Paris, France, was a film director and early film theoretician. ... Cinéma Pur (French for Pure Cinema) was an avant-garde film movement birthed in Paris in the 1920s and 30s. ...


After World War I, the French film industry was weak, because of missing assets. As every European war leading country, France suffered of a strong financial lack, which was very hard for the film industry to find investors. So the French film production decreased as well as the production of the most other European countries too. This was the chance for the US film industry to enter the European cinema market with their own production, which could be sold cheaper than the European productions, because the studios had already recouped their investments in the home market. So, even more film studios in Europe, and also in France, crashed, which was the impulse for many European countries to install barriers to import. In view of the quota-rules of neighbor states such as Great Britain or Germany, France installed an import quota of 1:7, which means, that for every seven foreign films imported to France, one French film has to be produced and shown in French cinemas.[1]


Beginning in 1935, renowned playwright and actor Sacha Guitry directed his first film. He made more than 30 films that are seen as the precursor to the new wave era. See also: 1934 in film 1935 1936 in film 1930s in film years in film film Events Judy Garland signs a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). ... Sacha Guitry, born February 21, 1885 in St. ...


In 1937 Jean Renoir, the son of famous painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, directed what many see as his first masterpiece, La Grande Illusion (The Grand Illusion). In 1939 Renoir directed La Règle du Jeu (The Rules of the Game). Several movie critics have cited this film as one of the greatest of all-time. See also: 1936 in film 1937 category:1937 films 1938 in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events April 16 - Way Out West premieres in the US. May 7 - Shall We Dance premieres in the US. Top grossing films Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Conquest Damaged Lives... Jean Renoir Jean Renoir (September 15, 1894 – February 12, 1979), born in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France was a film director. ... Pierre-Auguste Renoir (February 25, 1841–December 3, 1919) was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. ... Grand Illusion (1937) poster for American release, depicting actors Jean Gabin (as Lt. ... The year 1939 in film involved some significant events. ... The Rules of the Game (original French title: La règle du jeu) is a 1939 film directed by Jean Renoir about upper-class French society just before the start of World War II. The film was initially condemned for its satire on the French upper classes and was greeted... While it is impossible to objectively determine the greatest film of all time, it is possible to discuss the films that have been regarded as the greatest ever. ...


Marcel Carné's Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise) was filmed during World War II and released in 1945. The three-hour film was extremely difficult to make due to the conditions during the Nazi occupation. Set in Paris in 1828, the film was voted "Best French Film of the Century" in a poll of 600 French critics and professionals in the late 1990s. Marcel Carné (August 18, 1906 - October 31, 1996) was an important French film director. ... This article is about the film. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... // Paramount Studios releases theatrical short cartoon titled The Friendly Ghost, featuring ghost named Casper With Rossellinis Roma Città aperta, Italian neorealist cinema begins. ... Films made in the 1990s included: Contents: Top - 0–9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A Above the Rim (1994) Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) Ace Ventura: Pet...


Post-World War II: 1940s-1970s

In the critical magazine Cahiers du cinéma founded by André Bazin, critics and lovers of film would discuss film and why it worked. Modern film theory was born there. Additionally, Cahiers critics such as Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, etc. went on to make films themselves, creating what was to become known as the French New Wave. Some of the first movies of this new genre was Godard's Breathless (À bout de souffle, 1960), starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and - the leading movie - Truffaut's The 400 Blows (Les Quatre Cent Coups, 1959) starring Jean-Pierre Léaud. From 1959 till 1979 Truffaut followed Léaud's character Antoine Doinel, who falls in love with Christine Darbon (Claude Jade from Hitchcock's Topaz) in Stolen Kisses, marries her in Bed & Board and separates from her in the last Post-New-Wave-Movie Love on the Run. Produced during this period, French comedies with Louis de Funes are a best in French box office: Don't Look Now - We're Being Shot At, La Grande Vadrouille (1966) ( 17 000 000 ) from Gérard Oury with Bourvil, La Folie des grandeur with Yves Montand... Other Lists of Movies List of years in film in the 1940s 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 Decades in Film: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s List of movies See also Film, History of cinema Categories: 1940s ... The decade of the 1970s in film involved many significant films. ... Cahiers du cinéma is an influential French film magazine founded in 1951 by André Bazin, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and Joseph-Marie Lo Duca. ... André Bazin on the cover of the third volume of the original edition of Quest-ce que le cinéma? André Bazin (April 18, 1918 – November 11, 1958) was a renowned and influential French film critic and film theorist. ... Film theory debates the essence of the cinema and provides conceptual frameworks for analyzing, among other things, the film image, narrative structure, the function of film artists, the relationship of film to reality, and the film spectators position in the cinematic experience. ... Jean-Luc Godard (French IPA: ) (born 3 December 1930) is a French filmmaker and one of the most influential members of the Nouvelle Vague, or French New Wave. Born to Franco-Swiss parents in Paris, he was educated in Nyon, Switzerland, later studying at the Lycée Rohmer, and the... François Roland Truffaut (French IPA: ) (February 6, 1932 – October 21, 1984) was one of the founders of the French New Wave in filmmaking, and remains an icon of the French film industry. ... Claude Chabrol (French IPA: ) (born June 24, 1930, Paris) is a French film director and has become well-known since his first film, Le Beau Serge (1958) for his chilling tales of murder, including Le Boucher (1970). ... François Truffauts New Wave film Jules et Jim The New Wave (French: la Nouvelle Vague) was a blanket term coined by critics for a group of French filmmakers of the late 1950s and 1960s, influenced (in part) by Italian Neorealism. ... For other uses, see Breathless. ... See also: 1959 in film 1960 1961 in film 1950s in film 1960s in film years in film film // Events April 20 - for the first time since coming home from military service in Germany, Elvis Presley returns to Hollywood, California to film G.I. Blues August 10 - Filming of West... Jean-Paul Belmondo (nicknamed Bébel) (born April 9, 1933 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, west of Paris), is a French actor. ... This article is about the French film. ... See also: 1958 in film 1959 1960 in film 1950s in film 1960s in film years in film film Events The Three Stooges make their 180th and last short film, Sappy Bullfighters. ... Jean-Pierre Léaud (born May 5, 1944) is a French actor. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... The François Truffaut film The 400 Blows, with Jean-Pierre Léaud as Antoine Doinel. ... Claude Jade Claude Jade (born Claude Marcelle Jorré on 8 October 1948 - 1 December 2006) was a celebrated French actress, best known by starring in François Truffauts films Baisers volés, Domicile conjugal and Lamour en fuite. ... Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE (August 13, 1899 – April 29, 1980) was an iconic and highly influential British-born film director and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres. ... Topaz DVD cover Topaz, director Alfred Hitchcocks 51st movie, filmed between 1968 and 1969, was adapted from a book by Leon Uris. ... Stolen Kisses (Baisers volés) is a French film directed by François Truffaut, released in 1968. ... Bed & Board is lodging with food. ... Love on the Run (original title: Lamour en fuite) is a 1979 film directed by François Truffaut, and the last in the Antoine Doinel series. ... Louis de Funès de Galarza (July 31, 1914, Courbevoie, France, - January 27, 1983) was a French actor who is considered by many to be one of the giants of French comedy. ... La Grande Vadrouille (literally: The Grand Stroll. ... Gérard Oury, French actor, writer and producer, b. ... Bourvil (July 27, 1917 - September 23, 1970), né André Bourvil, was a French actor best known for his roles in comedy most notably in his collaboration with Louis de Funès in La Grande Vadrouille (1966). ... Yves Montand Yves Montand (October 13, 1921 – November 9, 1991) was a French/Italian actor, born Ivo Livi in Monsummano Alto, Italy. ...


Personalities from this period

Actors

Catherine Deneuve (born Catherine Fabienne Dorléac) (French IPA: ), (October 22, 1943, in Paris, France), is an award winning French actress. ... Brigitte Bardot (French IPA: ) (born September 28, 1934) is a BAFTA Awards-nominated French actress, former fashion model, singer, known nationalist, animal rights activist, and considered the embodiment of the 1950s and 1960s sex kitten. ... Sarah Bernhardt (October 23, 1844 – March 26, 1923) was a French stage actress. ... Marcel Marceau (born Marcel Mangel) (March 22, 1923 – September 22, 2007) was a well-known mime artist, among the most popular representatives of this art form world-wide. ... Jeanne Moreau (French IPA: ; born 23 January 1928) is a BAFTA Awards-winning French actress, screenwriter and director. ... Michel Piccoli (born December 27, 1925) is a French actor. ... Jacques Tati as Monsieur Hulot. ... Jean-Louis Trintignant (born on December 11, 1930 in Piolenc, Vaucluse, France) is a French actor. ... Jean-Pierre Léaud (born May 5, 1944) is a French actor. ...

Directors

Olivier Assayas (born January 25, 1955) is a French film director and screenwriter. ... Jacques Becker (September 15, 1906 - February 21, 1960) was a French screenwriter and film director. ... Robert Bresson (French IPA: ) (September 25, 1901 – December 18, 1999) was a French film director known for his spiritual, ascetic style. ... René Clément, born on March 18, 1913 in Bordeaux, in the Gironde département of France - died on March 17, 1996, in Monte Carlo, Monaco, was a film director and screenwriter. ... Claude Chabrol (French IPA: ) (born June 24, 1930, Paris) is a French film director and has become well-known since his first film, Le Beau Serge (1958) for his chilling tales of murder, including Le Boucher (1970). ... Henri-Georges Clouzot (November 20, 1907 - January 12, 1977) was a French film director, screenwriter and producer. ... The director and screenwriter Jacques Demy (1931 - 1990) was one of the most approachable filmmakers of the French New Wave. ... Arnaud Desplechin (born October 31, 1960) is a French film director. ... Jean Eustache (November 30, 1938 - November 4, 1981) was a famous French filmmaker, whose best known feature film was the 210 minute film The Mother and the Whore. ... Philippe Garrel (born April 6, 1948 in Paris, France) is a French director, cinemtographer, screenwriter, editor and producer. ... Jean-Luc Godard (French IPA: ) (born 3 December 1930) is a French filmmaker and one of the most influential members of the Nouvelle Vague, or French New Wave. Born to Franco-Swiss parents in Paris, he was educated in Nyon, Switzerland, later studying at the Lycée Rohmer, and the... Sacha Guitry, born February 21, 1885 in St. ... Claude Lelouch (born October 30, 1937) is a French film director, writer and producer. ... Louis Malle (October 30, 1932 – November 23, 1995) was an Academy Award nominated French film director, working in both French and English. ... Chris Marker (born July 29, 1921) is a French writer, photographer, film director, multimedia artist and documentary maker. ... Jean-Pierre Melville (born Jean-Pierre Grumbach) (October 20, 1917 – August 2, 1973) was a noted French director. ... Maurice Pialat (August 21, 1925 - January 11, 2003) was a French film director and actor. ... Alain Resnais (born June 3, 1922 ) is a French film director whose early works are often grouped within the New Wave or Nouvelle Vague film movement. ... Jacques Rivette (born March 1, 1928) is a French film director. ... Éric Rohmer (born Jean-Marie Maurice Scherer, April 4, 1920, Nancy, France) is a French film director and screenwriter. ... Claude Sautet - Wikipedia /**/ @import /w/skins-1. ... Coline Serreau (* October 29, 1947 in Paris) is a french film director and writer. ... François Roland Truffaut (French IPA: ) (February 6, 1932 – October 21, 1984) was one of the founders of the French New Wave in filmmaking, and remains an icon of the French film industry. ... Roger Vadim, born Roger Vladimir Plemiannikov (January 26, 1928 – February 11, 2000) was a French journalist, author, actor, screenwriter, director, and producer who launched Brigitte Bardots career in the film And God Created Woman. ... Agnès Varda (born May 30, 1928) is a French filmmaker and director based in Paris and one of the key figures in modern film. ...

1980s

The decade of the 1980s in film involved many significant films. ... La Cage aux Folles (tr. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Claude Jade and Michel Serrault in Jean-Pierre Mockys Bonsoir (1994) Michel Serrault (January 24, 1928 in Brunoy, Essonne, France) is a celebrated French actor who has appeared in over 100 films. ... Jean-Jacques Beineix (born October 8, 1946) is a French film director. ... Diva is a film directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix of 1981. ... // January 19 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquires beleaguered concurrent United Artists. ... Redirct 37°2 le matin ... // April 12 - Actor Morgan Mason marries The Go-Gos Belinda Carlisle Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger marries television journalist Maria Shriver. ... // Michael Jacksons first film was Moonwalker Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise Who Framed Roger Rabbit, starring Bob Hoskins Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy Big, starring Tom Hanks Twins, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito Crocodile Dundee II Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis The Naked Gun... Luc Besson [IPA: lyk bɛsɔ̃] (born March 18, 1959) is a French film director, writer and producer. ... The Lovers on the Bridge (original French title: Les Amants du Pont-Neuf, lit. ... The year 1991 in film involved many significant films. ... Léos Carax (1960–) is a French-American film director, critic, and writer. ...

1990s

Films made in the 1990s included: Contents: Top - 0–9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A Above the Rim (1994) Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) Ace Ventura: Pet... Jean-Pierre Jeunet (born 3 September 1953) is a French film director. ... Delicatessen (1991) is a French black comedy by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro. ... The year 1995 in film involved some significant events. ... The City of Lost Children (French: ) is a French fantasy/drama film by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet released in 1995. ... Claude Sautet - Wikipedia /**/ @import /w/skins-1. ... Un cÅ“ur en hiver is a French film which was released in 1992. ... Krzysztof KieÅ›lowski   (June 27, 1941 Warsaw, Poland – March 13, 1996 Warsaw, Poland) was an influential Oscar-nominated Polish film director and screenwriter, known internationally for his film cycles Three Colors and The Decalogue. ... Blue is the English language title of the 1993 French language film, Trois Couleurs: Bleu (available with English subtitles). ... White is the English language title of the 1993 French- and Polish-language film, Trois couleurs: Blanc or Trzy kolory: Biały (available with English subtitles). ... Red is the English language title of the 1994 French language film, Trois Couleurs: Rouge (available with English subtitles). ... Mathieu Kassovitz (born 3 August 1967 in Paris) is a French director, screenwriter, occasional actor and is considered one of contemporary Frances top emerging film talents, best known for his searing Cannes-winning drama La Haine. ... La Haine (Hate) is a French black-and-white film directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, released in 1995. ... Vincent Cassel (born November 23, 1966) is a French actor. ... Luc Besson [IPA: lyk bÉ›sɔ̃] (born March 18, 1959) is a French film director, writer and producer. ... The Fifth Element (1997) is a science fantasy, action, comedy, techno thriller film, written and directed by Luc Besson, starring Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, and Chris Tucker. ... For the 1968 science-fiction film and novel, see 2001: A Space Odyssey The year 2001 in film involved some significant events. ... ... Alien (1979), directed by Ridley Scott, is an extremely popular and influential science fiction/horror film that spawned several sequels and imitators. ... Film poster Alien: Resurrection Alien: Resurrection (1997) is the fourth movie in the Alien series, preceded by Alien, Aliens and Alien³. Synopsis Spoiler warning: Alien: Resurrection takes place 200 years after the events of Alien³. Ellen Ripley has been cloned using blood samples from Fiorina 161, on ice so that... For other uses, see Amélie (disambiguation). ... Audrey Tautou (IPA: ; , born August 9, 1978) is a French film actress, known to worldwide audiences for playing the title character in the award-winning French film Amélie (2001, Le Fabuleux Destin dAmélie Poulain) and also Sophie Neveu in The Da Vinci Code (2006). ... Mathieu Kassovitz (born 3 August 1967 in Paris) is a French director, screenwriter, occasional actor and is considered one of contemporary Frances top emerging film talents, best known for his searing Cannes-winning drama La Haine. ...

Current situation

As the advent of television threatened the life of cinema itself, countries were faced with the problem of reviving cinema-going. The French cinema market, and more generally the French-speaking market, is smaller than the English-speaking market, one reason being that some major markets such as the United States are fairly reluctant to import foreign movies. As a consequence, French movies have to be amortized on a relatively small market and thus generally have budgets far lower than their American counterparts, ruling out expensive settings and special effects. Interestingly, the once prospering filmmaking industry of countries such as Italy has now largely been eliminated. The French government has therefore implemented various measures aimed at supporting local film production and movie theaters, including: Special effects (also called SPFX or SFX) are used in the film, television, and entertainment industry to realize scenes that cannot be achieved by live action or normal means. ...

  • the Canal+ TV channel has a broadcast license imposing that it should support the production of movies;
  • some taxes are levied on movies and TV channels for use as subsidies for movie production;
  • some tax breaks are given for investment in movie productions;
  • the sale of DVDs and videocassettes of movies shown in theaters is prohibited for six months after the showing in theaters, so as to ensure some revenue for movie theaters.

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French films

List of French films

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Notable contemporary French cinema personalities

Actors

La Reine Margot Isabelle Yasmine Adjani (born June 27, 1955) is one of Frances best known actresses. ... Renée Adorée Renée Adorée (September 30, 1898–October 5, 1933) was a French actress. ... Anouk Aimée (born April 27, 1932) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-winning French film actress. ... Mathieu Amalric (born on October 25, 1965 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France) is a French actor and film director. ... French actor. ... Fanny Ardant in 8 femmes. ... Jean-Pierre Aumont (January 5, 1911 – January 29, 2001) was a French actor. ... Daniel Auteuil (born January 24, 1950) is a French actor. ... Charles Aznavour (Armenian: Õ‡Õ¡Õ¼Õ¬ Ô±Õ¦Õ¶Õ¡Õ¾Õ¸Ö‚Ö€; born May 22, 1924) is an Armenian-French singer, songwriter, actor and public activist. ... Emmanuelle Béart at Cannes in 2000 Emmanuelle Béart (born August 14, 1963) is a French actress. ... Monica Anna Maria Bellucci (born September 30, 1964) is an Italian actress and former fashion model. ... Jean-Paul Belmondo (nicknamed Bébel) (born April 9, 1933 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, west of Paris), is a French actor. ... Claude Berri (born July 1, 1934) is a French film director, actor, screenwriter and producer. ... Juliette Binoche (French IPA: ) (born March 9, 1964 in Paris) is an Oscar-winning and Golden Globe nominated French film actress. ... Bernard Blier (11 January 1916 – 29 March 1989) was a French actor. ... Bourvil (July 27, 1917 - September 23, 1970), né André Bourvil, was a French actor best known for his roles in comedy most notably in his collaboration with Louis de Funès in La Grande Vadrouille (1966). ... Pierre Brice (born 6 February 1929 in Brest, France), birth name Baron Pierre Louis de Bris, is a French actor, mainly known to the audience for his role as fictional Apache-chief Winnetou in German Karl May movies. ... Charles Boyer (August 28, 1899 – August 26, 1978) was a French-American actor who starred in several classic Hollywood films, TV director and TV producer. ... Capucine (6 January 1928 – 17 March 1990) was a French actress and fashion model best known for her role as Simone Clouseau in the 1963 comedy The Pink Panther. ... Jean-Pierre Cassel is a french actor, born 1932 in Paris. ... Vincent Cassel (born November 23, 1966) is a French actor. ... Christian Clavier is a French actor born May 6, 1952 in Paris. ... Aurore Clément (born October 12, 1945) is a French actress. ... Her Royal Highness Clotilde, Princess of Venize and Piedmont (born as Clotilde Courau April 3, 1969 in Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France) is an actress. ... Marion Cotillard (born 30 September 1975) is a French actress, perhaps best known for portraying Édith Piaf in 2007s La Môme (also known as La Vie En Rose). ... Valérie Crunchant (born 1972) is a French actress. ... Béatrice Dalle Béatrice Dalle (born December 19, 1964) is a French actress. ... Marie-Louise Damien (December 5, 1889 – January, 1978) was a French singer and actress best known under the stage name Damia. ... Lili Damita Lili Damita (July 10, 1904 – March 21, 1994) was a French actress. ... Danielle Darrieux Danielle Yvonne Marie Antoinette Darrieux (born May 1, 1917 in Bordeaux, France) is a French singer and actress. ... Jamel Debbouze (Arabic: ‎) (born June 18, 1975) is a French actor, comedian and producer of Moroccan descent, born in Paris. ... Pauline Virginie Dejazet (30 August 1798 - 1 December 1875) was a French actress. ... Alain Delon (born 8 November 1935) is a French-born actor, one of the best known outside his native country. ... Julie Delpy (born December 21, 1969) is a French/American actress, singer and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter. ... Catherine Deneuve (born Catherine Fabienne Dorléac) (French IPA: ), (October 22, 1943, in Paris, France), is an award winning French actress. ... Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu, CQ (born 27 December 1948,  ) is an Academy Award-nominated French actor. ... Patrick Dewaere (January 26, 1947 – July 16, 1982) was a French actor. ... Françoise Dorléac (1942 - 1967), was a popular French actress. ... Mélanie Doutey (born November 1978, France) is a French actress best known for her role in the film The Flowers of Evil, which also starred Nathalie Baye and El Lobo, the true story of a mole within the Basque terrorist organisation ETA. Mélanie Doutey at the Internet Movie... Romain Duris, born May 28, 1974 in Paris, is a French actor. ... Jacques Dutronc (b. ... Jérémie Elkaïm Jérémie Elkaïm (date of birth unstated), is a French actor most known for his role in Presque rien (U.S. title: Come Undone, 2000). ... Charles Nicolas Joseph Justin Favart (1749-1806), was an actor at the Comédie Française for fifteen years. ... Alexandre Frédéric Febvre (1835-1916) was a French actor. ... Fernand Joseph Désiré Contandin (May 8, 1903 – February 26, 1971), better known as Fernandel, was a French actor. ... Lolo Ferrari, born Eve Valois (March 4, 1962 - March 5, 2000) was a French dancer and actress billed as the woman with the largest breasts in the world, though their size was artificially achieved. ... Sara Forestier (born on October 4th, 1986) is a French actress who lives in Paris. ... Brigitte Fossey Brigitte Fossey, born June 15, 1946 in Tourcoing, Nord, France, is an actress. ... Pierre Fresnay (April 4, 1897 - January 9, 1975) was a French stage and film actor. ... Louis de Funès poster from Les Grandes Vacances Louis de Funès de Galarza (fyˈnÉ›s) (July 31, 1914, Courbevoie, France, – January 27, 1983) was a French actor who is considered by many to be one of the giants of French comedy. ... For other uses, see Gabin. ... Jacques Gamblin (b. ... Charlotte Gainsbourg (born July 21, 1971) is a French actress and singer. ... Daniel Yves Alfred Gélin (19 May 1921 - 29 November 2002) was a French actor, occasional director and screenwriter and one of the great stars of French cinema. ... from Ridicule Judith Godrèche (born March 23, 1972) is a French actress and author, born in Paris, France. ... Juliette Gréco on the cover of her album Bonjour tristesse Juliette Gréco (born February 7, 1927) is a French actress and popular chanson singer. ... Eva Gaëlle Green[1] () (born July 5, 1980) is an actress, raised in Paris and living in London. ... Georges Guibourg (June 3, 1891 - January 8, 1970) was a French singer, author, writer, playwright, and actor, George Guibourg, alias Georgius, alias Theodore Crapulet, was one of the most popular and versatile performers in Paris for more than 50 years. ... Lucien Germain Guitry (1860 - 1925), French actor, was born in Paris. ... Sacha Guitry, born February 21, 1885 in St. ... Jane Hading (November 25, 1859 - 1933), French actress, whose real name was Jeanne Alfredine Trefouret, was born at Marseilles, where her father was an actor at the Gymnase. ... Johnny Hallyday (born June 15, 1943 in Paris, France) is a French singer and actor. ... Françoise Hardy (French IPA: ) (born Françoise Madeleine Hardy, January 17, 1944 in Paris) is a French singer, actress and astrologer. ... Isabelle Anne Huppert (born March 16, 1953) is a French actress. ... Eva Ionesco at age 20 Eva Ionesco (born on July 18, 1965) is a French actress, born in Paris, France. ... Irène Marie Jacob (born July 15, 1966) is a French-born Swiss actress. ... Claude Jade Claude Jade (born Claude Marcelle Jorré on 8 October 1948 - 1 December 2006) was a celebrated French actress, best known by starring in François Truffauts films Baisers volés, Domicile conjugal and Lamour en fuite. ... Marlène Jobert (born November 4, 1943) is an actress and author. ... Louis Jourdan (born June 19, 1919) is a French actor, known chiefly for his suave manner and good looks. ... Louis Jouvet (December 24, 1887 - August 16, 1951) was a renowned French actor and producer. ... François Jules Edmond Got (October 1, 1822 - 1901), French actor, was born at Lignerolles. ... Valérie Kaprisky (born August 19, 1962) is a French actress. ... For the novel, see Anna Karenina. ... Tchéky Karyo as Dmitri Mishkin in the James Bond film Goldeneye. ... Mathieu Kassovitz (born 3 August 1967 in Paris) is a French director, screenwriter, occasional actor and is considered one of contemporary Frances top emerging film talents, best known for his searing Cannes-winning drama La Haine. ... Salim Kéchiouche (born Lyon, April 2, 1979) is a young French–Arab film actor. ... Véra Korène born June 6, 1901 - died November 19, 1996, was a Russian-born French actress and singer. ... Sylvia Kristel (September 28, 1952 in Utrecht), pronounced kri-STELL, is a Dutch actress, model and singer. ... Dominique Laffin, born June 3, 1952 in Saint-Mandé, Val-de-Marne, France - died June 12, 1985 in Paris, was an actress. ... Karen Lancaume (born Karine Bach) (January 19, 1973 – January 29, 2005) was a French adult film star. ... Samuel Le Bihan (born January 5, 1965 in Avranches) is a French actor, best known in the United States for his work in the films Brotherhood of the Wolf and He Loves Me. ... Jacques Lecoq (December 15, 1921 - January 19, 1999) was a French actor, mime and acting instructor. ... Virginie Ledoyen in 2000, at the press conference for The Beach Virginie Ledoyen (born Virginie Fernandez on November 15, 1976 in Aubervilliers, France) is a French actress. ... Jean Lefebvre (March 10, 1919 - July 8, 2004) was a French actor. ... Max Linder (December 16, 1883 – October 31, 1925) was an influential French pioneer of silent film. ... Vincent Lindon (born July 15, 1959 in Paris is a French actor. ... Sylvia Lopez (1931 - November 20, 1959) was a European model and actress. ... Aurelien Francois Marie Lugné-Poe(1869 - 1940) was a French actor and theatre director. ... Jean-Pierre Léaud (born May 5, 1944) is a French actor. ... Virginie Ledoyen in 2000, at the press conference for The Beach Virginie Ledoyen (born Virginie Fernandez on November 15, 1976 in Aubervilliers, France) is a French actress. ... Jean Marais photo taken by Carl Van Vechten, 1947 Jean Marais, born Jean-Alfred Villain-Marais (December 11, 1913 - November 8, 1998) was a French actor, and the lover of Jean Cocteau. ... Marcel Marceau (born Marcel Mangel) (March 22, 1923 – September 22, 2007) was a well-known mime artist, among the most popular representatives of this art form world-wide. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Olivier Martinez (born January 12, 1966 in Paris, France) is a French film actor. ... Mathilda May is a French actress, born on February 8, 1965, in Paris, France. ... Étienne Marin Mélingue (1808-1875) was a French actor and sculptor. ... This article about an actor is a stub. ... Bernard Minet is a French singer and actor. ... Miou-Miou (born Sylvette Hery, February 22, 1950 in Paris, France) is a French actress. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Yves Montand Yves Montand (October 13, 1921 – November 9, 1991) was a French/Italian actor, born Ivo Livi in Monsummano Alto, Italy. ... Jeanne Moreau (French IPA: ; born 23 January 1928) is a BAFTA Awards-winning French actress, screenwriter and director. ... Michèle Morgan (née Simone Renée Roussel on 29 February 1920 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France) is a French actress. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Philippe Noiret (October 1, 1930 - November 23, 2006) was a French film actor. ... Nuyen during the late 1950s France Nuyen (born July 31, 1939 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte dAzur, France as France Nguyen Vannga) is a French actress. ... Pascale Ogier (born 26 October 1960 - died 25 October 1984) was a French actress. ... Hervé Paillet (born 1968) is a French actor and painter born with atrophied legs. ... Pierre Palmade (born 23rd March, 1968) is a French actor and comedian. ... Vanessa Chantal Paradis (born December 22, 1972 in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Val-de-Marne, France) is a French singer and actress. ... Anne Parillaud (born May 6, 1960 in Paris, France) is a French actress. ... François Périer, (10 November 1919-29 June 2002), born François Pillu in Paris, was one of Frances most distinguished actors. ... Gérard Philipe Gérard Philipe (December 4, 1922 – November 22, 1959) was a prominent French actor. ... Michel Piccoli (born December 27, 1925) is a French actor. ... Roger Pierre (b. ... Dominique Pinon (born Saumur, 4 March 1955) is a French actor whose most famous roles have been in the films of Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Jean-Jacques Beineix. ... Marie-France Pisier is a French actress. ... Perrette Pradier, born April 17, 1938, is a French actress. ... Yvonne Printemps (Ermont, France, July 25, 1895 – January 19, 1977 in Paris, France) was a French singer and actress. ... Wojciech Pszoniak (born in 1942 in Lwów, Poland) is a movie and theatrical actor. ... Blanche Ravalec is a diminutive French actress most recognized for her role as Dolly, Jawss girlfriend in the James Bond film Moonraker. ... Benoît Régent (August 19, 1953 - October 21, 1994) was a French motion-picture actor. ... Serge Reggiani (May 2, 1922 - July 23, 2004) was an Italian-born French singer, painter and actor. ... Gabrielle Réjane was the stage name of Gabrielle-Charlotte Reju, (June 5, 1856 – June 14, 1920), a French actress. ... Jean Reno (born Juan Moreno y Herrera Jiménez (Spanish) [1][2] while French sources spell it as Don Juan Moreno y Herrera Jimenez [3]. on July 30, 1948) is a French actor. ... Jean Richard (April 18, 1921-December 12, 2001) was a famous French actor. ... Stéphane Rideau is a French actor born in 1976 near Agen. ... Jean Rochefort (born 29 April 1930) is a French actor who has appeared in more than 100 movies. ... Sonia Rolland Sonia Rolland (born February 11, 1981 in Kigali, Rwanda) is a French actress and former Miss France beauty contest winner. ... Categories: 1912 births | 1991 deaths | French actors | Cinema actors | People stubs ... Ludivine Sagnier (born on July 3, 1979) is a French actress and model. ... Xavier Saint-Macary (June 7, 1948 - March 13, 1988) was a French actor. ... See Maria Schneider (actress) (Last Tango in Paris) Maria Schneider (musician) Maria Schneider (cartoonist) (The Onion) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Jean Seberg (November 13, 1938 – September 8, 1979) was an American actress who spent an important part of her career in France. ... Emmanuelle Seigner (born June 22, 1966) is a French actress and former fashion model. ... Claude Jade and Michel Serrault in Jean-Pierre Mockys Bonsoir (1994) Michel Serrault (January 24, 1928 in Brunoy, Essonne, France) is a celebrated French actor who has appeared in over 100 films. ... Delphine Seyrig (April 10, 1932 - October 15, 1990) was a stage and film actress and a film director. ... Simone Signoret (March 25, 1920 - September 30, 1985), was an Academy Award-winning French actress. ... Simone Simon (April 23, 1910 – February 22, 2005) was a French film actress who began her film career in 1931. ... Audrey Tautou (IPA: ; , born August 9, 1978) is a French film actress, known to worldwide audiences for playing the title character in the award-winning French film Amélie (2001, Le Fabuleux Destin dAmélie Poulain) and also Sophie Neveu in The Da Vinci Code (2006). ... Bertrand Tavernier (b. ... Jean-Louis Trintignant (born on December 11, 1930 in Piolenc, Vaucluse, France) is a French actor. ... Marie Trintignant (January 21, 1962 - August 1, 2003) was a French actress. ... François Roland Truffaut (French IPA: ) (February 6, 1932 – October 21, 1984) was one of the founders of the French New Wave in filmmaking, and remains an icon of the French film industry. ... Gaspard Ulliel (born November 25, 1984) is a French film actor and male fashion model. ... Christian Vadim (born June 18, 1963) is a French actor. ... Vartan on Alias Michael Vartan (b. ... Lino Ventura (born Angiolino Joseph Pascal Ventura on July 14, 1919 - October 22, 1987) in Parma, northern Italy, was an Italian actor who starred in French movies. ... Hervé Jean-Pierre Villechaize (April 23, 1943 – September 4, 1993) was a French actor who achieved worldwide recognition for his role as Mr. ... Jacques Villeret (February 6, 1951 - January 28, 2005) was a French actor. ... Marina Vlady (Marina de Poliakoff-Baidaroff) (born in Clichy in 10 May 1938) is a French actress. ... Anne Wiazemsky (born 14 May 1947), French actress, appeared in Robert Bressons Au hasard Balthazar and later in Godards La Chinoise. ... Lambert Wilson as The Merovingian in The Matrix Reloaded Lambert Wilson (born August 3, 1958 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France) is a French actor. ... Jean Yanne (July 18, 1933 - May 23, 2003) was a French actor and film director. ...

Directors

Jean-Jacques Annaud Jean-Jacques Annaud (born October 1, 1943) is a French film director. ... Olivier Assayas (born January 25, 1955) is a French film director and screenwriter. ... Alexandre Alexeieff was born in the town of Kazan in Russia in 1901. ... Géla Babluani (1979-) is a Georgian-French film director. ... Claude Berri (born July 1, 1934) is a French film director, actor, screenwriter and producer. ... Luc Besson [IPA: lyk bÉ›sɔ̃] (born March 18, 1959) is a French film director, writer and producer. ... Bertrand Blier (born March 14, French screenwriter and film director. ... Catherine Breillat (born July 13, 1948) is a filmmaker and director based in Paris. ... Léos Carax (1960–) is a French-American film director, critic, and writer. ... Yves Caumon (born May 27th, 1964) is a French director. ... Jean-Paul Civeyrac (born December 24th, 1964) is a French director whose films are usually characterized by a great attention to the music and the Actor’s bodies. ... Edgardo Cozarinsky (1939) is a French-Argentine film director, writer, and actor. ... Arnaud Desplechin (born October 31, 1960) is a French film director. ... Jean Eustache (November 30, 1938 - November 4, 1981) was a famous French filmmaker, whose best known feature film was the 210 minute film The Mother and the Whore. ... Jean-Luc Godard (French IPA: ) (born 3 December 1930) is a French filmmaker and one of the most influential members of the Nouvelle Vague, or French New Wave. Born to Franco-Swiss parents in Paris, he was educated in Nyon, Switzerland, later studying at the Lycée Rohmer, and the... Michel Gondry, 2005 Michel Gondry, born May 8, 1963 (1964 according to some sources), is a French Academy Award winning screenwriter, film, commercial, and music video director noted for his inventive visual style and manipulation of mise en scène. ... Jean-Pierre Jeunet (born 3 September 1953) is a French film director. ... Mathieu Kassovitz (born 3 August 1967 in Paris) is a French director, screenwriter, occasional actor and is considered one of contemporary Frances top emerging film talents, best known for his searing Cannes-winning drama La Haine. ... Krzysztof Kieślowski Krzysztof Kieślowski (June 27, 1941, Warsaw – March 13, 1996, Warsaw) was an influential Polish film director and screenwriter, known internationally for his film cycles Three Colors and The Decalogue. ... Jan Kounen is a French film director and producer born in the Netherlands. ... Patrice Leconte (born November 12, 1947, in Paris, France) is a French film director and screenwriter. ... Anatole Litvak (May 10, 1902 – December 15, 1974) was a Ukrainian-born international filmmaker who wrote, directed, and produced films in a variety of countries and languages. ... Louis Malle (October 30, 1932 – November 23, 1995) was an Academy Award nominated French film director, working in both French and English. ... André Malraux, French author, adventurer, and statesman André Malraux (November 3, 1901 - November 23, 1976) was a French author, adventurer and statesman preeminent in the world of French politics and culture during his lifetime. ... Gaspar Noé (born on 27 December 1963 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentinan-born French filmmaker best known for shock-cinema works such as I Stand Alone and Irréversible. ... François Ozon (born November 15, 1967) is a French writer and director whose films are usually characterized by sharp satirical wit and a freewheeling view on human sexuality. ... Roman PolaÅ„ski (born August 18, 1933) is an Academy Award-winning film director, writer, actor, and producer. ... Maurice Pialat (August 21, 1925 - January 11, 2003) was a French film director and actor. ... Jean Renoir Jean Renoir (September 15, 1894 – February 12, 1979), born in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France was a film director. ... Claude Sautet - Wikipedia /**/ @import /w/skins-1. ... Coline Serreau (* October 29, 1947 in Paris) is a french film director and writer. ... Jacques Tati as Monsieur Hulot. ... Bertrand Tavernier (b. ... François Roland Truffaut (February 6, 1932–October 21, 1984) was one of the founders of the French New Wave in filmmaking, and remains an icon of the French film industry. ... Agnès Varda (born May 30, 1928) is a French filmmaker and director based in Paris and one of the key figures in modern film. ... Francis Veber (born July 28, 1937) is a French film director, dialogue writer and screenwriter of Armenian and Jewish heritage. ... Andrzej Å»uÅ‚awski (born November 22, 1940) is a film director. ...

See also

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References

  1. ^ L'Estrange Fawcett: Die Welt des Films. Amalthea-Verlag, Zürich, Leipzig, Wien 1928, p. 149 (German translation of Fawcetts' book of 1928: Film, Facts and Forecasts)

Further reading

  • Armes, Roy. 1985. French Cinema. London: Secker and Warburg
  • Aumont, Jaques. 2000 2nd ed. 'The Fall of the Gods: Jean-Luc Godard's Le Mépris (1963). Hayward, Susan and Vincendeau, Ginette.eds. French Film: texts and contexts. London: Routledge
  • Austen, Guy. 1996. Contemporary French Cinema. Manchester: Manchester University Press
  • Boston, Richard. Boudu Saved From Drowning. London: BFI
  • Burch, Noel and Sellier, Genevieve. 2000. 'Evil Women in the Post-war French Cinema'. Sieglohr, Ulrike.ed. Heroines Without Heroes. London: Cassell
  • Condron, Anne Marie. 1997. Cinema' . Perry, Sheila. Ed. Aspects of Contemporary France London : Routledge
  • Darke, Chris. 2005.Alphaville. London: I.B. Tauris. ISBN 1-85043-986-9
  • Douchet, Jean. 1999. French New Wave. New York: Distributed Art Publishers
  • Flitterman-Lewis, Sandy. 1996. To Desire Differently: Feminism and the French Cinema. New York: Columbia University Press
  • Forbes, Jill. 2000. La Haine. In Forbes, Jill and Street, Sarah. European Cinema: An Introduction. London: Palgrave
  • Forbes, Jill. Les Enfants du Paradis. London: BFI
  • Forbes , Jill. 1992 . The Cinema in France After the New Wave. Basingstoke : Macmillan
  • Gillain, Anne. 2000 2nd ed. 'The Script of Delinquency: François Truffaut's Les 400 coups' (1959). Hayward, Susan and Vincendeau, Ginette.eds. French Film: texts and contexts. London: Routledge
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