I never had a mustache
La Belle et La Bete
orJules et Jim
France: Rules of the Game
Italy: I Fidanzati
Japan: Sound of the the Mountain
Greece: My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Mine would definitely be “Le Samurai”, no question about it.
“Favorite/Best French Film”
Just like that? I can’t even pick the Best French Film of any decade, now it’s up for Best of All Times?
You can’ t go and create “Favorite/Best French Films” just like that, it’s too big of a discussion.
No lists for me, too scared to forget anything.
I actually had someone ask me this in a store recently and I froze – I couldn’t really boil it down to one or two.
But with a bit of thought I would say these few are pretty darn good.
La Grande Illusion
Pépé le Moko
La Belle et La Bete
Un condamné à mort s’est échappé….
Jules et Jim
Ma nuit chez Maud
Céline et Julie vont en bateau
There are so many more of course.
la reine margot is very good
My Night at Maud’s (Rohmer)
Last Year at Marianbad (Resnais)
The Rules of the Game (Renoir)
Fire Within (Malle)
Le Plaisir (Ophuls)
Cleo from 5 to 7 (Varda)
A Man Escaped (Bresson)
Port of Shadows (Carné)
La Nuit Americaine, the works of Godard and Rohmer, and Au Revoir les Enfants.
Tati films as well, most likely.
1.Belle de Jour
6.Elevator to the Gallows
7.Discreet Charm of the Bourgiousee
9.Band of Outsiders
10.Army of Shadows
I might have more favorites, but for the moment, those are the ones that come to mind.
Edwin is right…. Mon dieu! so difficult…
of the classics… either Rules Of The game or Port Of Shadows
post 1950… 400 Blows..
modern… maybe Time of The Wolf…
so many great films to chew over.
easily Resnais’ Last Year at Marianbad followed by the Renior’s Rules of the Game, Bresson’s Pickpocket, Melville’s La Samorai and Godard’s Breathless and Made in U.S.A
Cleo de 5 a 7 – Varga
oh and Jules et Jim
My favorites out of the ones I’ve seen so far definitely have to be “The Earrings of Madame De…” and “The Rules of The Game.” I’m sure that as I watch more in the future, most any Jean Renoir film will be able to qualify as well.
Hmmm, that’s rather difficult. Louis Malle is probably my all-time favorite French director, so I think I would sat THE FIRE WITHIN is my favorite French film, followed by ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS. RIFIFI is definitely up there as well, although I’m not sure that would count, as Jules Dassin was an American expatriate. SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER and ARMY OF SHADOWS are up there as well for me. I don’t think I’ve seen any french films in the last decade or so that I would really consider masterpieces, but I could easily be missing something.
La Règle du jeu
L’Armée des ombres
Série Noire (Alain Corneau, a hugely under-rated filmmaker)
Sous le soleil de Satan (Pialat)
I’m only asking for a favorite, Joe Odom. Nothing too specific. There are a lot of modern French films I’m not very familiar with.
My favorites are À bout de souffle (Breathless), second is Les yeux sans visage (Eyes Without A Face).
I really want to see 8-1/2 and The 400 Blows!
I was trying to choose between Contempt and Le Samourai, but Orpheus wins hands down!
The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting is a good one.
The 400 blows
Shoot the Piano Player
…. I need to watch more French films.
wild reeds that movie totally liberated me defininetly in top 5. then I would say 400 blows.
You see, me I am french…and when you tell me “favorite french film” I can’t pick one because there are some many…your topic is too deep so let me tell you abotu some french directors :
In fact, la Nouvelle Vague in general because what french directors did before was good but classical (indeed some were extremely good directors : Renoir, Gance…) and what french cinema gave after la Nouvelle Vague went back to classicism. Today, most of movies just to copy americain productions but with less money : it is pathetic.
I forgot Amelie
Band of Outsiders.
The 400 Blows.
ZERO FOR CONDUCT
Mauvais Sang (Bad Blood), Léos Carax
A Nos Amours (To Our Loves), Maurice Pialat
Nous Ne Vieillirons Pas Ensemble (We Won’t Grow Old Together), Maurice Pialat
Impossible for me to pick just one, but all in all, Pilat and Carax are the best french directors ever.