13-French New Wave

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1.
Joy of Learning (1969)
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How do we learn? What do we know? Night after night, not long before dawn, two young adults, Patricia and Emile... (95 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
2.
Les Carabiniers (1963)
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During a war in an imaginary country, unscrupulous soldiers recruit poor farmers with promises of an easy and happy life. Two of these farmers write to their wives of their exploits. (75 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
3.
Film socialisme (2010)
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A symphony in three movements. Things such as a Mediterranean cruise, numerous conversations, in numerous languages... (102 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
4.
Made in U.S.A (1966)
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Set in the near future, Paula, a leftist writer, goes from Paris to the French town of Atlantic-Cité... (90 mins.)
Director: JLG
 
5.
Band of Outsiders (1964)
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Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery. (95 mins.)
 
6.
Ro.Go.Pa.G. (1963)
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This consists of four short films by different directors. Rosselini's 'Chastity' ('Illibatezza') deals... (122 mins.)
 
7.
Breathless (1960)
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A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy. (90 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
8.
Détective (1985)
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In a palace of Paris. Two detectives are investigating a two-year-old murder. Emile and Francoise Chenal are putting pressure on Jim Fox Warner... (95 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
9.
Contempt (1963)
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Screenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue. (103 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
10.
Pierrot le Fou (1965)
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Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
11.
2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967)
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In this film, 'Her' refers to both Paris, the character of Juliette Janson and the actress playing her... (87 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
12.
Masculin Féminin (1966)
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Paul is young, just demobbed from national service in the French Army, and dishillusioned with civilian life... (110 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
13.
A Woman Is a Woman (1961)
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A French striptease artist is desperate to become a mother. When her reluctant boyfriend suggests his best friend to impregnate her, feelings become complicated when she accepts. (85 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
14.
La chinoise (1967)
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A small group of French students are studying Mao, trying to find out their position in the world and... (96 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
15.
Alphaville (1965)
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A U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler. (99 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
16.
Weekend (1967)
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A supposedly idyllic week-end trip to the countryside turns into a never-ending nightmare of traffic jams... (105 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
17.
Godard's Passion (1982)
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On a movie set, in a factory, and at a hotel, Godard explores the nature of work, love and film making... (88 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
18.
Hail Mary (1985)
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In this modern retelling of the Virgin birth, Mary is a student who plays basketball and works at her... (72 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
19.
My Life to Live (1962)
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Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution. (80 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
20.
Cinétracts (1968 Documentary)
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A series of 41 documentary shorts, directed (without credit) by several famous French filmmakers and each running between two and four minutes... (90 mins.)
 
21.
La Jetée (1962 Short Film)
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Time travel, still images, a past, present and future and the aftermath of World War III. The tale of a man... (28 mins.)
Director: Chris Marker
 
22.
Sans Soleil (1983 Documentary)
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"He wrote me...." A woman narrates the thoughts of a world traveler, meditations on time and memory... (104 mins.)
Director: Chris. Marker
 
23.
Jules and Jim (1962)
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Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman. (105 mins.)
 
24.
The 400 Blows (1959)
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Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime. (99 mins.)
 
25.
L'Immortelle (1963)
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A sad man meets a beautiful, secretive woman who may or may not be involved in some conspiracy ring dealing in kidnapped women used as prostitutes... (101 mins.)
 
26.
The Man Who Lies (1968)
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On the run from pursuing soldiers, a man hides in a small European town. (95 mins.)
 
27.
The Girl Cut in Two (2007)
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A black comedy centered around a TV weather girl and the two very different men who pursue her. (115 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
28.
Madame Bovary (1991)
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In nineteenth-century France, the romantic daughter of a country squire (Emma Rouault) marries a dull country doctor (Charles Bovary)... (143 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
29.
Les Biches (1968)
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Architect Paul Thomas insinuates himself into the relationship of two bisexual women living in a St. Tropez villa with tragic consequences. (100 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
30.
The Unfaithful Wife (1969)
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Charles Desvallées has good reasons to believe that his wife is cheating on him and hires a P.D. in order to prove himself right... (98 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
31.
Pleasure Party (1975)
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Phillipe and Esther live an apparently idyllic life with their daughter, Elise. In an attempt to preserve this bliss... (101 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
32.
The Story of Marie and Julien (2003)
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Julien lives alone with his cat. He dreams of Marie, and a few minutes later, he sees her on the street and makes a date... (150 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
33.
La belle noiseuse (1991)
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The former famous painter Frenhofer revisits an abandoned project using the girlfriend of a young visiting artist. Questions about truth, life, and artistic limits are explored. (238 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
34.
Le Pont du Nord (1981)
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A woman recently released from prison and a strange young female street urchin keep running into each... (129 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
35.
The Gang of Four (1989)
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A drama following 4 women at stage school. Considered by some to be the summation of director Jacques Rivette's work as a whole. (160 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
36.
Merry-Go-Round (1981)
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Elizabeth sends telegrams to her old boyfriend Ben in NYC and to her younger sister Leo in Rome to join her in Paris, where she is selling her dead father's estate. When Ben and Leo arrive, a mysterious adventure begins. (160 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
37.
Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)
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A mysteriously linked pair of young women find their daily lives preempted by a strange boudoir melodrama... (193 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
38.
Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)
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Cleo, a singer and hypochondriac, becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer while awaiting test results from her doctor. (90 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
39.
Le Bonheur (1965)
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François, a young carpenter, lives a happy, uncomplicated life with his wife Thérèse and their two small children. One day he meets Emilie, a clerk in the local post office. (79 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
40.
Vagabond (1985)
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A young woman's body is found frozen in a ditch. Through flashbacks and interviews, we see the events that led to her inevitable death. (105 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
41.
One Hundred and One Nights (1995)
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Monsieur Cinema, a hundred years old, lives alone in a large villa. His memories fade away, so he engages... (101 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
42.
Muriel, or The Time of Return (1963)
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In the seacoast town of Boulogne, Hélène sells antique furniture, living with her step-son, Bernard... (117 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
43.
Private Fears in Public Places (2006)
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In Paris, six people all look for love, despite typically having their romantic aspirations dashed at every turn. (120 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
44.
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
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In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before. (94 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
45.
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
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A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war. (90 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
46.
The War Is Over (1966)
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Diego is one of the chief of the spanish Communist Party. He is travelling back to Paris (where he lives) from a mission in Madrid... (121 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
47.
Summer (1986)
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It's July, and Delphine has nowhere to go for the summer. She feels very bored and "empty", but this won't last; one day she accidently meets someone who seems to be totally made for her... (98 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
48.
Claire's Knee (1970)
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On holiday, a conflicted man lusts after beautiful stepsisters despite his betrothal to a diplomat's daughter. (105 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
49.
Boyfriends and Girlfriends (1987)
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In Paris outskirts Blanche, a young clerk, befriends Lea, a girl livelier than she is. Lea is going... (103 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
50.
Autumn Tale (1998)
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Magali, 45, is a wine producer in the south of France. She's a widow, and her best friend, Isabelle... (112 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
51.
The Collector (1967)
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A womanizing art dealer and a painter find the serenity of their Riviera vacation disturbed by a third guest, a vivacious bohemian woman known for her long list of male conquests. (89 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
52.
The Bakery Girl of Monceau (1963 Short Film)
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A law student regularly visits a Paris bakery to flirt with a brunette employee. (23 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
53.
The Lady and the Duke (2001)
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During the French Revolution, a Scottish aristocrat and her former lover, the Duke of Orleans, find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. (129 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
54.
Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
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A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret. (104 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
55.
Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
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A self-assured business man murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events. (91 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
56.
Atlantic City (1980)
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In a corrupt city, a small-time gangster and the estranged wife of a pot dealer find themselves thrown together in an escapade of love, money, drugs, and danger. (104 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
57.
Murmur of the Heart (1971)
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In the end of the first Indochina War, an open-minded teenage boy finds himself between the urge to discover love and the ever-present, dominating affection of his mother. (118 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
58.
The Lovers (1958)
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Saddled with a dull husband and a foolish lover, a woman has an affair with a stranger. (90 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
59.
Nouvelle vague (1990)
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Composed entirely by literary quotations from many different sources and from several historical periods... (90 mins.)
 
60.
The Mother and the Whore (1973)
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In Paris, the pedantic Alexandre lives with his mate Marie in her apartment, an open relationship. Alexandre... (217 mins.)
Director: Jean Eustache