French in Action (1987– )

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This educational series teaches the French language and profiles cultural attributes. No attempt is made to use English in presenting skills and concepts.

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Series cast summary:
Pierre J. Capretz
(1 episode)
Valérie Allain ...
 Mireille (1 episode)
Charles Mayer ...
 Robert (1 episode)
Virginie Contesse ...
 Marie-Laure (1 episode)
Jean-Claude Cotillard ...
 L'homme en noir et le Mime (1 episode)
Julie Arnold ...
 Cécile (1 episode)
Patrice Bachelot ...
 Jean-Luc (1 episode)
Geoffroy Boutan ...
 Vendeur (1 episode)
Philippe De Brugada ...
 Chauffeur de Camion (1 episode)
Muhammad Camara ...
 Ousmane (1 episode)
Philippe Casidanus ...
 Marionnettiste (1 episode)
Antonio Cauchois ...
 Tonton Guillaume (1 episode)
Colette Ripert ...
 Tante Georgette (1 episode)
Etienne Draber ...
 Vendeur (1 episode)
Jean-François Delacour ...
 Le Maître d'Hôtel (1 episode)
Marguerite Foulon ...
 Madame Courtois (1 episode)
André Haber ...
 Monsieur Courtois (1 episode)
Charlotte Kady ...
 Ghislaine (1 episode)
Jean-François Kopf ...
 Jean-Denis (1 episode)
Chrystelle Labaude ...
 Concierge (1 episode)
Franck de la Personne ...
 Hubert (1 episode)
Bernard Larmande ...
 Serveur (1 episode)
Olivier Lebeau ...
 Serveur (1 episode)
Riton Liebman ...
 Jean-Pierre Bourdon (1 episode)
Serge Medot ...
 Georges (1 episode)
Michel Modo ...
 Oncle Victor (1 episode)
Amélie Pick ...
 Annick (1 episode)
Dane Porret ...
 Garçon de café (1 episode)
Rosine Proust ...
 Madame Belleau (1 episode)
François Rostain ...
 Vendeur (1 episode)
Aurélie Serve ...
 Yvonne (1 episode)
Pascal Talleux ...
 Loueur de Voitures (1 episode)
Yves Thuillier ...
 Jean-Michel (1 episode)
Fabienne Tricottet ...
 Colette (1 episode)
Serge Vincent ...
 Monsieur Belleau (1 episode)
Samuel Zaccharias ...
 Le vieux professeur (1 episode)


This educational series teaches the French language and profiles cultural attributes. No attempt is made to use English in presenting skills and concepts. Written by Anonymous

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Great Show, Even if you can't speak French
9 November 2003 | by (Northwest, USA) – See all my reviews

I've been watching this show on US Public TV since 1990. The show is written by Pierre Capretz of Yale using his method of speaking only French until you gradually pick it up. It's best used in conjunction with an actual course in French. Valerie Allain, what can be said that hasn't been said about her by other reviewers already except elle est magnifique! And the whole show is done with class, but you know what I like most? The closing music over the scenes of Paris. It's got so much atmosphere to it, and I'd love to find out who does it as it isn't credited.

The show centers around the Sorbonne where Mireille (Allain) attends and Robert (Charles Mayer) is an American who meets her. Some surrealistic characters also show up like the mime stalker and the pickup artist with exaggerated French mannerisms. And all the shows end with a puppet show segment, while the Professor cuts in at times to explain some vocabulary. Also it cuts in with snippets of other French TV shows and films. It's a great program overall consisting of 52 half-hour shows.

There is a rumor going around the internet that Valerie Allain died in a motorcycle crash, but I hope it isn't true. She probably got more men interested in French than anyone since Bardot. She also appears in the film Aria as well as a few other films from the '80s and '90s.

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