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Writers:
Willard Huyck (written by) &
Gloria Katz (written by)
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Release Date:
26 October 1979 (USA) See more »
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American students go to Paris ... The less they study the more they learn.
Plot:
An American group of exchange students come to Paris to study the language and culture for a year. The... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Obituary: Marie-France Pisier, 1944-2011
 (From Disc Dish. 28 April 2011, 7:56 AM, PDT)

Marie-France Pisier, 1944 - 2011
 (From MUBI. 26 April 2011, 6:36 AM, PDT)

Marie-France Pisier obituary
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Cast

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Miles Chapin ... Joel

Blanche Baker ... Laura

David Marshall Grant ... Alex

Valérie Quennessen ... Toni

Debra Winger ... Melanie

Mandy Patinkin ... Sayyid

Marie-France Pisier ... Madame Catherine Tessier

Jean Rochefort ... Monsieur Tessier
Lynn Carlin ... Mrs. Weber

George Coe ... Mr. Weber
Christophe Bourseiller ... Pascal
François Lalande ... Monsieur Levert
Anémone ... Christine
Véronique Jannot ... Malsy

Marie-Anne Chazel ... Cécile
Laurence Lignères ... Madame Levert
André Penvern ... Jean-Louis
Jacques Rispal
Patrick Fierry ... Jean-Claude
Roland Neunreuther ... Bus Driver
Jean Champagne ... Staffer
Guy Bouchet ... Staffer
Jean-José Richer ... Medieval Knight
Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko ... Photographer
Susan Bredhoff ... Iranian Maid
Gloria Katz ... Chief Snail
Charlotte Graham ... Students in the Play
Cleve Stockmeyer ... Students in the Play
Jean Sullivan ... Students in the Play
Tori D'Angelo ... Students in the Play
Denise Gayle Gordon ... Students in the Play
William Randolph Cole ... Students in the Play
David Alan Yuro ... Students in the Play (as David Allen Yuro)
Glen Gormezano ... Students in the Play
Mary Budgen ... Students in the Play
Christopher Welton ... Students in the Play
Jane Casey ... Students in the Play
James Pultz ... Students in the Play
Jim Haslen ... Students in the Play
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Directed by
Willard Huyck 
 
Writing credits
Willard Huyck (written by) &
Gloria Katz (written by)

Produced by
Gloria Katz .... producer
 
Original Music by
Lee Holdridge 
 
Cinematography by
Bruno Nuytten (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Carol Littleton 
 
Casting by
Margot Capelier 
Marion Dougherty 
Mary Goldberg 
Gretchen Rennell 
 
Art Direction by
Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko 
 
Set Decoration by
Jacques Leguillon 
 
Costume Design by
Catherine Leterrier 
Joan Mocine 
 
Makeup Department
Françoise Andrejka .... assistant makeup artist
Chantal Durpoix .... hair stylist
Eric Muller .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Richard Dupuy .... assistant unit manager
Patrick Halpine .... apprentice unit manager
David Lasserson .... unit manager
Jean-José Richer .... production manager
Olivier Schoen .... apprentice unit manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gabriel Aghion .... second assistant director
Jean-Jacques Beineix .... first assistant director
Claire Chevauchez .... apprentice director
Gérard Pujolar .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Caroline Barbe .... property buyer
André Delpierre .... property master
Pierre Gompertz .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Bernard Bats .... sound mixer
Bernard Chaumeil .... boom operator
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
William L. Manger .... sound editor (as William Manger)
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Oswald .... sound editor
Bernard Rochut .... boom operator
Tex Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer (as Tex Rudolff)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Luc Bezeau .... grip
Louis Bihi .... gaffer
Bernard Brégier .... key grip
Idislawe Kielar .... second assistant camera
Victor Rodrigue .... still photographer
Christian Weyers .... electrician
Romain Winding .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Juliette Toutain .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fanny Jakubowicz .... wardrober (as Franny Kakubowicz)
Kristi Zea .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Dominique Daudon .... assistant editor
Mia Goldman .... apprentice editor
Gib Jaffe .... assistant editor
Christine Roy .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music editor
Naser Cheshmazar .... composer: song "Rashidkhan"
Naser Cheshmazar .... composer: song "Shateri"
Paul Desmond .... composer: song "Take Five"
Patrick Fierry .... composer: song "Doggy Rock"
John Kander .... composer: song "The Thing of It Is"
Ron Melrose .... location music arranger
Ted Roberts .... music editor
 
Other crew
Gervaise Blattmann .... production secretary
Henry Dutrannoy .... location auditor
Wayne Fitzgerald .... titles
Thierry Jault .... apprentice operator
Gary Kessler .... production assistant
Robert Maniquis .... dialogue coach
Judith Mullen .... production secretary
Malsy Prévotat .... production assistant
Alice Ziller .... script supervisor
 

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95 min
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Alex:[recalling his trip] I spent a week in Grenada mostly watching the famous rain in Spain. All in all the trip was incredibly - it was - lonely. But don't tell Joel that, ok. I just told him the trip was great.
Laura:Yeah, I was going to say that about my trip. But it's hard when they bring you back in an ambulance.
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Wow! Who'd've thunk it!?!, 12 May 2003
Author: patrick from Michigan, USA

It's funny how cruising the internet will take us off on some of the most trivial tangents! I just purchased a film ("Sleep With Me" with Eric Stoltz, Meg Tilly and a cameo appearance -- NOT to be missed -- by Quentin Tarantino) and thought I'd look for "French Postcards" . . . another of my long-time favorites.

I thought I was the ONLY one who had even SEEN this film much less had such fond memories of it!!

Like so many, I first saw the film via cable . . . either on Cinemax or HBO. I was in Michigan on internship and while visiting my future (now ex-) wife, I caught this wonderful little film on her VERY little b/w television. I liked it so much that I watched it at almost every opportunity as it ran its repetitive course.

As has been posted already here, I saw a little bit of me in many of the characters (not so much in Sayyid, of course!!). I also found many of the characters to be very believable — as well as the story. My guess is that it was probably written by someone who'd had such an experience.

I suppose that I related mostly to Alex, who -- despite being somewhat of a lech — was an utter romantic. Like him, I'm a songwriter AND hopelessly drawn to romance. The song he sings ("Paris") was in my head for days and weeks . . . MONTHS after watching the film.

I was particularly attracted to Laura (Blanche Baker's character), who — much like Alex — was in love with romance and tried so very hard to experience her preconceived notions about Paris. While Alex's affair with Madame Tessier was rather titillating (I mean, isn't it EVERY young man's dream to have an affair with an older, married woman?!?), I rooted for Laura and Alex to get together.

Many of us here can probably also relate with the dweeb-y (initially), socially clumsy Joel. That he was able to finally come to grips with his feelings for Toni and EXPRESS them was — IS — something we'd all like to be capable of doing all the time. We probably all initially took affront to Toni's brusque responses to Joel, but (sigh!) fell in love with her as well (if ONLY for her accent!).

Although Debra Winger's part is so very small, her character was entertaining.

And while we're speaking "French" . . . I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend "Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain" (Amélie) if you haven't yet seen it.

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