The main list is located here if you want to link the event, link to the main list as it will include everyone.

I wanted to take a moment and do a brief recap of day one.

But first, I want to say a huge merci to my lovely participants, I am beyond impressed with everything I read! Please note I am reading all of the posts but slow to comment on each of your posts because I am playing hostess.

So here is the list of what we saw today, stay tuned, there is much more to come tomorrow!

Jusqu’à demain, mes amis (until tomorrow, my friends) and ciao for now, dearies!


Part One French Cinema

Intouchables– Spontaneous Whimsy: Tracey at Spontaneous Whimsy gets the show on the road with her thoughtful review of Intouchables a touching film that responds to the 2005 Riots, and she demonstrates how this uniquely French film would not exist in an American studio. “A lovely picture of how true friendship can change a person”.

The Untamable Whiskers– MovieMovieBlogBlog: Steve at MovieMovieBlogBlog writes delightful piece sharing a whimsical short by the great pioneer Georges Méliès, demonstrating how Méliès’ early efforts are an important part of cinematic history and impact our movie going appetites today.

Mistinguett on film: three shorts– Silents, Please!: Silents, Please! explores the lovely French chanteuse Mistinguett in silent cinema, a lady we may now credit as the original Apache dancer. She is clearly a very talented performer, and one I look forward to seeing on film.

District B13– Spontaneous Whimsy: Tracey offers a second installment, an action film with some exciting action sequences! Plus, she explores the social subtext and raises a concern we all have when watching foreign cinema, “it was lost in the subtitles”!

Grisbi– BNoir Detour engages us by exploring the roots of Film Noir and offers an unusual contribution from the genre which focuses neither on dialogue nor on the action but on the in-between!

The Earrings of Madame De– Cinemaven’s Essays from the Couch: Theresa joins the party and offers an extremely witty post on Max Ophüls’ tragic love story.

La Cage Aux Folles– The Midnight Drive-In: Quiggy offers a fascinating look at the French film which would later be adapted into The Birdcage and shares some thoughts on the trouble with watching dubbed films!

The Rules of The Game– The Stop Button: Andrew shares a riveting and oddly distant Jean Renoir classic which explores the moralities of the upper class!

L’Atlante– Old Hollywood Films: Amanda covers Jean Vigo’s masterpiece, offering a thoughtful piece on an important film in the Nouvelle Vague, some behind the scenes action, and cats!

Under the Claw– Movies Silently: Fritzi shares a rarity from director Jean Durand, featuring an exciting Rhodesian adventure, with gold and leopards! This is one film you are going to go the extra mile to track down!

Le Pacte de Loups– The Love Pirate: Josh offers a gorgeous film with a distinctly French take on the monster movie genre, and explores the nature of French-ness and how it affects the non-French movie goer!

Le Samouraï– Speakeasy: Kristina thrills us with the Jean-Pierre Melville’s minimalist noir classic Le Samouraï, a must-see suspense classic!

Un Monstre à Paris– Voyages Extraordinaires, Cory shares a new animated classic, loosely based on LeRoux’s Phantom of the Opera and shares some gorgeous photographs and explores the city of Paris as a character.

Le Feu Follet/The Fire Within– Defiant Success, Anna covers Louis Malle’s masterpiece about addiction, she describes its protagonist “a ghost in the world whose indulgences have destroyed him”.  (very eloquent).

Un Couer en Hiver– Weekly Cinerama shares a film which transgresses the Hollywood depiction of love as the ultimate, and nostalgia for pre-internet-streaming foreign film consumption.

Belle de Jour– Girls Do Film, Victoria presents a classic from surrealist master Luis Buñuel. She also includes a fabulous analysis of the costuming and its indication of the character’s internal life. An enduring classic and an absolute must for any dialogue about French cinema!

La Grande IllusionThe Wonderful World of Cinema, Virginie shares a Jean Renoir film recommended by her grandmother. It is her favorite French film, an anti-war film with stunning visuals.

Jeux Interdits (Forbidden Games)– Cinematic Scribblings: Erin presents poignant  coverage of a moving film set during the early days of World War II, which focuses on the greatest victims of War, children.

Breathless– Crimson Kimono: Dan offers a very insightful post on the Godard/Truffaut anti-noir classic, his piece is an excellent primer for enjoying La Nouvelle Vague!

The 400 Blows– Film Vulture: Dave shares wonderful insight to François Truffaut’s classic, an un-nostalgic look at childhood.

8 Femmes– Smitten Kitten Vintage: Rhonda shares a delightful comic mystery, starring the legendary Catherine Deneuve, and covers that genuine feeling of sophistication one gets, when watching a film in French, without subtitles!

Une Femme est une FemmeSerendipitous Anachronisms (aka your charming hostess) joins the party with a short piece on Jean-Luc Godard’s charming neorealist musical, exploring the illogical and mysterious nature of women.

Part Two France as Subject

Silk Stockings– Love Letters to Old Hollywood: Michaela entertains us with a glorious dance classic featuring Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse.

Forget Paris– Movie Rob shares a delightful film which celebrates Paris’s unique romantic magic.

DuBarry was a Lady– Silver Screenings: Ruth explores the wonders a Paris trip can do for one’s sophistication, and shares some fascinating historical information which ties into the comedy classic about one of my favorite historical ladies.

Casablanca– Let’s Go to the Movies: Caz joins the party with a fantastic post on the ultimate Bogey film, an absolute classic, and one we must discuss if we are discussing France on Film, no? After all, we’ll always have Paris!

An American in Paris– The Vintage Cameo: Emily takes a look at the artistry behind one of my favorite Gene Kelly films, a film which purposely shows an idealized Paris.

The Merry Widow– Crítica Retrô: Lê examines the visual beauty in a Lubitsch film with Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald, be sure to hit the google translate button, this post is in Portuguese, and really we cannot talk about France unless we have a Maurice Chevalier film, now can we?

Scaramouche– Welcome to My Magick Theatre: Carrie-Anne offers her take on the glorious 18th-century costume drama starring the ever handsome Ramón Novarro!

Simone in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure– Serendipitous Anachronisms (aka your charming hostess, Summer) covers her favorite Francophile, an American small town girl who dreams of living in France.