OT: My Love Letter to French Cinema

  • 1
  • Praise
  • Updated 1 month ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sv-cYsIaLE

Hope Kyle, Al, Jen, Ruby, Dan and all poll companions will enjoy it... try to spot the movies you know:)

Cheers
Photo of ElM.

ElM.

  • 2012 Posts
  • 1430 Reply Likes

Posted 2 months ago

  • 1
Photo of Kyle Perez

Kyle Perez

  • 1745 Posts
  • 598 Reply Likes
Love it! Some I spotted: Amélie, Arrival of a Train, A Trip To The Moon (Meiles!), Passion of Joan Arc, Un Chien Andalou, L'artist, La Haine, Breathless?, Battle of Algiers, Persepolis, Leon the Prof and 400 Blows.

Did I miss a clip of 'Les Intouchables' or was there not one included in your video? My favourite French film of all time :)

Love how you've synced up the music with the editing; by the time you're at the running sequence of the video, the pace of the music had picked up as well. Reminds me of 'Amadeus' - great stuff ElM!
Photo of ElM.

ElM.

  • 2012 Posts
  • 1430 Reply Likes
Initially, there was a sequence from "Intouchables", it's during the climactic part when they're all turning around but then I noticed Omar Sy was turning in the opposite direction so it didn't really fit the tempo... yeah, I'm nitpicky at times.

But I only used 40% of the footage I had collected, that's the tragedy with 'editing', there's a lot of filtering and when you use a clip as a 'filler', you feel like you're cheating with your premise :)

I'm glad you liked it, people's enjoyment is the only rewarding satisfaction I'm seeking...

PS; It's not "Battle of Algiers" but "La Chartreuse de Parme"
PS 2: Funny you mention "Amadeus", it was the inspiration to the 'feel good' clip, I sure wish this clip will embody my mood some time in the future :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-uEifHvgtI
Photo of albstein

albstein

  • 193 Posts
  • 375 Reply Likes
Many directors say they have to sacrifice some of the best parts in the editing room to keep up the feeling of the whole film :)
Photo of albstein

albstein

  • 193 Posts
  • 375 Reply Likes
Let's see. Things I think I saw:
Amélie, The Arrival of a Train..., The Sprinkler Sprinkled (always thought this was British), Trip to the Moon, Napoléon, The Passion of Joan of Arc, An Andalusian Dog, Bande à Part, The Artist, Danny Boon...maybe Micmacs?, Les demoiselles de Rochefort, La Haine, Taxi (?), The discreet charm of the Bourgeoisie, Last Year at Marienbad, Louis and his Cabbage Heads, Going Places (Les Valeuses), one of the "Marius" movies, one of the Don Camillo/Peppone movies (weren't they Italian?), The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Breathless, M. Hulot's Holiday, Belle de Jour, The Chorus, The Big Blue, Wages of Fear, The Silence of the Sea, Persepolis, Alphaville (Lemmy Caution), Léon, Le Samourai, 400 Blows (and probably another of the Antoine Doinel movies), Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, Delicatessen (you'd shown this scene before here), Asterix and Cleopatra, La Vie en Rose (La Mome), Port of Shadows (?), The War of the Buttons, One Deadly Summer, Cyrano de Bergerac, Army of Shadows.
As always, great work :)
Photo of ElM.

ElM.

  • 2012 Posts
  • 1430 Reply Likes
Pretty sure you know more French classics than a Frenchy... I can't say I saw many of these films myself...

The one with Dany Boon was actually a movie I hated (nice premise but a lousy main plot) it's about a man suffering from extreme hypocondria... "Taxi" is right, the one with the running guy is from Leon Carax' "Bad Blood", I never heard about this director until I started these montages, seems like a stylish fellow (yet relatively unknown).

The "Don Camillo" series was a wide popular success in both France and Italy, the first film is still one of the top 10 highest grossing French movies of all time and it's one of Fernandel's most emblematic role so it can fairly be considered a French classic  especially since the director is Julien Duvivier (the one who made Gabin a star).

I showed "Delicatessen" but not this specific moment, I was eccstatic when i remembered it because it's the longest bit and it fits almost perfectly the montage 'climax', I don't know why montages turn me on like this... but the real thrill was to make a homage to French classics... 

... I was perplex about including the Dany Boon film but that subway moment had me laugh to tears and I like how its 'ballet' aspect worked with the melody.
Photo of albstein

albstein

  • 193 Posts
  • 375 Reply Likes
There are some movies there which I have to see yet as well. Leon Carax rings a bell, I heard he was an interesting director, but haven't seen anything by him either.

Alphaville was tricky, the actor is Eddie Constantine but I almost mixed him up with Jean Servais in Rififi. They both look so weather-beaten.

Just looked up the first Don Camillo movie, Wikipedia says the language was Italian but the movie was a French production. Interesting.
(Edited)
Photo of Dan Dassow

Dan Dassow, Champion

  • 9160 Posts
  • 7784 Reply Likes
ElM,
Nicely done. Visually impressive.
Photo of ElM.

ElM.

  • 2012 Posts
  • 1430 Reply Likes
Another tribute to French acting legends (debuts before 1950 or early 50's or careers cut short by tragedy)

Actresses:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkovh065leY
Actors:      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDJqHZnS5b0

(my guess is that the actors will be more famous, especially the Top 10 starting backwards) 
Photo of albstein

albstein

  • 193 Posts
  • 375 Reply Likes
Oh, that was nice. You stole Romy, - or rather, she was rejected by Germany and never taken seriously after her debut as the empress "Sissi". So actually it's all right, she belongs more to French cinema. 

Your suspicions were about right, the actors' names started to ring a bell after 2 minutes, for the actresses, after 3 :)
Photo of ElM.

ElM.

  • 2012 Posts
  • 1430 Reply Likes
I didn't know that she was rejected as you say, I simply thought she found better opportunities in French cinema until she became an established star. The saddest part of her history is the circumstances of her death, not just the loss of her son but so many shocking details especially about the attitude of the press. So sad that such a lovely actress had to die that way...
Photo of albstein

albstein

  • 193 Posts
  • 375 Reply Likes
„Sissi“ is to Germany what „Gone with the Wind“ is to America, the grand nostalgic tale everyone has seen (or at least heard about), and Romy played the eponymous youthful and naive empress of Austria. When audiences saw that the nice little girl wanted to be a grownup woman, she was ripped to pieces.

Just about every move in her private life was publicized and scandalized and the press was after her in a way that seemed excessive even for a movie star (it didn‘t help that she actually enjoyed the company of men and was somewhat gullible).

France at the time was a better place anyway career-wise but I think Romy wanted to escape the bad public vibes more than anything.

There‘s a recent movie called „3 Days in Quiberon“ that chronicles some of her last days. She agrees to an interview with a German journalist, and I think the first thing he says is, „you‘re still known as Sissi.“ - 25 years after she played the role, and one year before her death. The journalist asks her many intimate questions, and naive as she is, she confides too much than will be good for her.

Romy Schneider is one of those people whose life was just as dramatic (and tragic) as her movie roles.
(Edited)
Photo of ElM.

ElM.

  • 2012 Posts
  • 1430 Reply Likes
Yes, I think Delon who was a former boyfriend and became a very close friend of her resented the press after her death and even held some journalists as responsible for the pain that ultimately caused her death, of course, this is only his opinion, but when you look at that woman, you know she was the kind of gentle, sweet and delicate soul... that deserved much better than the treatment she got... even from destiny itself.

Speaking of "Gone With the Wind", since the film is such a high standard of cinema, I've thought some day of making a poll about favorite foreign counterparts or answers to "Gone With the Wind", there's always one period film from a country that reached such an iconic status it becomes known as the country's "GWTW".

I don't think there are enough examples to make a poll:
Germany: "Sissi"
Italy: "The Leopard"
France: "Children of Paradise"
India: "Mother India"
What else? Japan? Sweden?
Photo of albstein

albstein

  • 193 Posts
  • 375 Reply Likes
One would think that England had produced something of that magnitude. Or maybe they have too many movies of that kind for one to stand out?

Poland may have one with Potop (The Deluge; 1974). I haven't seen it but my parents remember it as the big national story that was shown to school classes and such, and it's the third most successful film in their history. Wikipedia tells it sold even more tickets in the Soviet Union - go figure.

Speaking of which, maybe we have a candidate for a country that no longer exists: Battleship Potemkin for Soviet Union?

The idea is worth a try anyway. I would have to ask Breumaster if he agrees on Sissi.

And Romy Schneider reminds me of a poll I was going to suggest (something like this one but for actors) but I'll try to collect old ideas and pass them down to others in another thread.

Photo of ElM.

ElM.

  • 2012 Posts
  • 1430 Reply Likes
A poll by ur22567331.
Sorry, but that's what I noticed first (dammit!)

It's an interesting idea and I'm pretty sure there are other potential candidates. How about Woody Allen? Maybe Orson Welles? Luis Bunuel? Seems like a good "homework" poll but then again, given the options, I think it'd be lucky if it dragged 150 votes by the end of the day.
Photo of ElM.

ElM.

  • 2012 Posts
  • 1430 Reply Likes
Another tribute to French cinema, theme: HEROES & VILLAINS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djP-E9OrWoA