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French New Wave

The French New Wave rose to popularity in the late 1950s in Paris, France in direct opposition to ‘old hollywood’. The movement aimed to give directors full creative control over their work, allowing them to eschew overwrought narrative in favor of improvisational, existential storytelling. French New Wave filmmakers changed both French cinema and the film industry at large, paving the way for modern independent, auteur filmmaking. All titles from £6 on blu-ray and £5 on DVD. Offer ends Sunday 22nd march 2022.

Agnes Varda Collection


director  Agnes Varda
language(s)  French · Arabic · English  subtitles  English
format  Blu-ray

 

Revered for her bold political and autobiographically inspired work, Agnès Varda is a seminal feminist filmmaker and matriarch of the French New Wave. Her influential career began in the 1950s with La Pointe Courte – often considered the unofficial first film of the New Wave – and continues seven decades later, as in 2017 she became the first female director to be awarded an honorary Oscar. The Agnès Varda Collection is a selection of her most illuminating narrative features. The Blu-ray box set contains eight discs spanning six decades of Varda’s feature films, over six hours of special features (including interviews, featurettes and short films) plus a specially commissioned 100-page book. Films Featured; La Pointe Courte, Cleo from 5 to 7, Le Bonheur, L’une Chante, L’autre Pas, Vagabond, Jacquot De Nantes, The Gleaners and I.

Alphaville


director  Jean-Luc Godard
written by  Jean-Luc Godard · Paul Éluard
starring  Eddie Constantine · Anna Karina · Akim Tamiroff
language(s)  French  subtitles  English
format  DVD

 

Private eye Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) is catapulted into space and ends up in Alphaville, a city run by domineering scientist Dr von Braun (Howard Vernon). After Caution sees his chief contact being killed, he becomes determined to strike at Alphaville’s cold heart: a powerful computer system that stamps out all traces of individuality and emotion in the populace it controls. Director Jean-Luc Godard used contemporary Parisian locations for his offbeat futuristic thriller, whilst Eddie Constantine, as the detective hero, reprises a role he had already played in a number of B-movie policiers.

Army of Shadows


director  Jean-Pierre Melville
written by  Jean-Pierre Melville
starring  Lino Ventura · Paul Meurisse · Jean-Pierre Cassel
language(s)  French  subtitles  english
format  DVD

 

French war drama directed by Jean-Pierre Melville and based on the novel by Joseph Kessel. Drawing on the director’s own experiences in World War II, the film follows a band of resistance fighters in German-controlled France. As the war continues, the grip of the occupying force tightens, and friendships, loyalty and trust give way to suspicion, secrecy and loss.

Bande A Part


director  Jean-Luc Godard
written by  Jean-Luc Godard
starring  Anna Karina · Danièle Girard · Claude Brasseur
language(s)  French  subtitles  English
format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Jean-Luc Godard writes and directs this French crime drama starring Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur and Sami Frey. Streetwise Parisians Franz and Arthur (Frey and Brasseur) team up with the shy Odile (Karina) to plan a robbery. As the trio’s overdeveloped fantasies are worked out whilst visiting the Louvre, cafes and even play-acting shootouts, it soon becomes apparent that the robbery is not going to go according to plan…

Breathless


director  Jean-Luc Godard
written by  Jean-Luc Godard
starring  Jean-Paul Belmondo · Jean Seberg · Daniel Boulanger
language(s)  French  subtitles  English
format  DVD · Blu-ray · 4K UHD

 

Jean-Luc Godard directs this classic French crime drama which recounts the brief love affair between petty criminal Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and young American student Patricia (Jean Seberg). Michel has killed a police officer after stealing a car and is now hiding out in Patricia’s Paris apartment. But the police are getting closer, and Michel falls deeper in love with Patricia just as it seems his time is running out.

Celine and Julie go Boating


director  Jacques Rivette
written by  Juliet Berto · Dominique Labourier · Bulle Ogier
starring  Juliet Berto · Dominique Labourier · Bulle Ogier
language(s)  French  subtitles  English
format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

French comedy drama in which two young women meet under an odd set of circumstances and discover that they are freakishly connected to each other. Somehow, Celine (Juliet Berto) and Julie (Dominique Labourier) keep stumbling into a kind of parallel reality with familiar surroundings, however they soon realise that they are no longer in the present day when they enter this other version of their world. After a young girl is murdered, the women realise that the sweets they keep finding in their mouths after arriving back into present day is the key to going back in time and saving her. But when the past is altered, will the future still be the same?

Cleo from 5 to 7


director  Agnes Varda
written by  Agnes Varda
starring  Corinne Marchand · Antoine Bourseiller · Dominique Davray
language(s)  French  subtitles  English
format  DVD

 

Agnes Varda directs this early 1960s French realist drama. While waiting for the result of a medical test, French singer Cleo (Corinne Marchand) spends a couple of hours – shown in real time – wandering through the streets of Paris. Along the way she meets up with her lover and with her composers, visits her model friend Dorothee (Dorothee Blank), has a brief affair with a passing soldier, drinks coffee and buys a new hat with her maid before finally meeting up with her doctor to receive the diagnosis.

Day For Night


director   Agnes Varda
written by  Agnes Varda
starring  Corinne Marchand · Antoine Bourseiller · Dominique Davray
language(s)  French  subtitles  English
Format  Blu-ray

 

Francois Truffaut directs and stars in this witty homage to the movie business starring Valentina Cortese, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Jacqueline Bisset and Nathalie Baye. Truffaut plays Ferrand, a director making a melodrama called ‘Meet Pamela’, who faces many obstacles as he tries to get his picture off the ground. As well as having to deal with the diva-ish Severine (Cortese) who can’t remember her lines, Ferrand must also contend with his flighty leading man Alphonse (Leaud), the emotionally fragile Brit Julie Baker (Bisset), and a most uncooperative feline extra.

Eric Rohmer: Comedies and Proverbs


director   Eric Rohmer
language(s)  French  subtitles  English
format  Blu-ray

 

The Comedies and Proverbs series brings together six of the Éric Rohmer’s best; the first entry in the series, The Aviator’s Wife, sees François become obsessed with the idea that his Girlfriend is being unfaithful. A Good Marriage follows Sabine in her pursuit of matrimony with Edmond, who it seems is the only person that doesn’t know the two are set to marry. In Pauline at the Beach the titular Pauline and her cousin Marion discover lovers new and old during a summer vacation. Full Moon in Paris centres on Louise who although in a relationship with Remi seeks the freedom of single life. The Green Ray sees Delphine let down by her holiday companion, travelling alone she witnesses a remarkable natural phenomenon. The sixth and final tale in the series, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, tells the story of new-to-town Blanche and her colleague Léa whose relationships become entangled.

Eyes without a face


director  Georges Franju
written by  Pierre Boileau · Thomas Narcejac
starring  Pierre Brasseur · Alida Valli · Juliette Mayniel
language(s)  French  subtitles  English
format   DVD and Blu-ray

 

French horror directed by Georges Franju. After his daughter Christiane (Edith Scob) is horribly disfigured in a car accident he caused, plastic surgeon Dr. Genessier (Pierre Brasseur) is driven mad with guilt. As atonement, the doctor, aided by his loyal assistant Louise (Alida Valli), kidnaps young women, takes them to his secret laboratory and surgically removes their faces with the hope of grafting them on to his daughter’s ruined features and restoring her former beauty. But will Christiane allow him to succeed in his dangerous experiments?

Faces Places


director   Agnes Varda · JR
written by  Agnes Varda · JR
starring  Agnes Varda · JR · Jeannine Carpentier
language(s)  French  subtitles  English
format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Agnes Varda and graffiti artist JR co-direct this French documentary in which they travel around rural France in JR’s photo truck, discussing their views on the world. As they travel through several towns and villages, the pair acquaint themselves with the local community before JR takes photos of individuals and their surroundings and transforms them into giant murals to be pasted on houses and walls, inviting the locals to reflect on seeing themselves in giant portraits.

Film Socialisme


director  Jean-luc Godard
starring  Jean-Marc Stehlé · Agatha Couture · Mathias Domahidy
language(s)  French  subtitles  English
format  DVD

 

Jean-Luc Godard directs this allegorical cine-essay meditating on the history, culture, philosophy and economics of modern Europe. Described by Godard as ‘a symphony in three movements’, the film opens with a depiction of Europe as a luxury cruise ship in the Mediterranean sea, peopled with passengers of many countries, backgrounds and languages. The second segment, set in France, unfolds as a family drama in which two children summon their parents to a ‘tribunal of their childhood’, demanding answers on the themes of liberty, equality, and fraternity. The third section traces an abstract and non-chronological history of the West, taking in the Mediterranean territories of Egypt, Palestine, Odessa, Hellas, Naples, and Barcelona through a montage of film clips, images and music.

Hiroshima Mon Amour


director   Alain Resnais
written by  Marguerite Duras
starring  Emmanuelle Riva · Eiji Okada · Stella Dassas
language(s)  French  subtitles  English
format  Blu-ray

 

A cornerstone of the French New Wave, the first feature from ALAIN RESNAIS (Last Year at Marienbad) is one of the most influential films of all time. A French actress (Amour’s EMMANUELLE RIVA) and a Japanese architect (Woman in the Dunes’ EIJI OKADA) engage in a brief, intense affair in postwar Hiroshima, their consuming mutual fascination impelling them to exorcise their own scarred memories of love and suffering. With an innovative flashback structure and an Academy Award–nominated screenplay by novelist MARGUERITE DURAS (India Song), Hiroshima mon amour is a moody masterwork that delicately weaves past and present, personal pain and public anguish.

The Image Book


director  Jean-Luc Godard
written by  Jean-Luc Godard
starring  Jean-Luc Godard · Dimitri Basil ·
language(s)  French · English · Arabic · Italian · German   subtitles  English
format  Blu-ray

 

Jean-Luc Godard returns with THE IMAGE BOOK, a bracing, beautiful and confrontational essay film interrogating our relationship with film, culture and global politics. Soundtracked by a deeply immersive audio mix, it splices together classic film clips and newsreel footage, often stretched, saturated and distorted almost beyond recognition. Winner of the Cannes Special Palme d’Or, this is a journey through layers of light and darkness, sound and silence, innocence and guilt – sometimes disturbing, often moving and always deeply visceral.

La Chinoise


director  Jean-luc Godard
written by  Jean-luc Godard
starring  Anne Wiazemsky · Jean-Pierre Léaud ·  Juliet Berto
language(s)  French  subtitles  English
format  Blu-ray

 

Cerebral and experimental satire from French auteur Jean-Luc Godard. Five philosophy students, ardent supporters of Maoist political doctrine, make the decision to mount a terrorist campaign to establish a strictly Maoist communist state. Godard underplays their fanaticism by satirising their petty obsession with all the trappings of their political affiliation, including their love of political posters, their need to each own a copy of Mao’s Little Red Book, and their slavish chanting of communist slogans.

La Jetee/Sans Soleil


director  Chris Marker
written by  Chris Marker
Starring  Étienne Becker · Jean Négroni · Hélène Chatelain · Florence Delay · Arielle Dombasle
language(s)  English · French  subtitles  English
format  Blu-ray

 

A Chris Marker double bill. ‘La Jetee’ is a science fiction short that takes a man from the future back to his childhood in pre-apocalypse Paris. His ability to make contact with a woman he once glimpsed may be humanity’s last hope. The film makes use of still pictures to tell almost the entire story. It won first prize at the 1963 Trieste Film Festival and was the inspiration behind Terry Gilliam’s ‘Twelve Monkeys’. Whilst ‘Sans Soleil’ is Marker’s landmark avant-garde documentary which compiles exotic footage from across the globe to provide a collage of ‘the dreams of the human race’. A fictionalised cameraman provides commentary on the images through the letters he writes to a woman.

La Pointe Courte


director  Agnes Varda
written by  Agnes Varda
Starring  Philippe Noiret · Silvia Monfort · Marcel Jouet
language(s)  French  subtitles  English
format  DVD

 

Varda’s directorial debut, the semi-documentary explores the complexities of a marital relationship. Set against the backdrop of daily life in the Mediterranean fishing village of La Pointe Courte, the film follows young married couple Parisian Elle (Silvia Monfort) and local man Lui (Philippe Noiret) as they struggle to adapt to their changing lives after making the decision to move back to his birthplace.

Last Year In Marienbad


director  Alain Resnais
written by  Alain Robbe-Grillet
Starring  Delphine Seyrig · Giorgio Albertazzi · Sacha Pitoëff
language(s)  French  subtitles  English
format  DVD

 

Classic French drama directed by Alain Resnais. In a luxury hotel somewhere in Europe, an unnamed man (Giorgio Albertazzi) attempts to persuade one of his fellow guests, a similarly unnamed married woman (Delphine Seyrig), that they have not only previously met, but that they had an affair and made plans to elope together. The woman, however, does not appear to recognise him and does her best to rebuff his advances. The cast also includes Sacha Pitoeff, Francoise Bertin and Luce Garcia-Ville.

Le Bonheur


director  Agnes Varda
written by  Agnes Varda
Starring  Jean-Claude Drouot · Marie-France Boyer · Marcelle Faure-Bertin
language(s)  French  subtitles  English
format  DVD

 

French New Wave film-maker Agnes Varda directs this drama exploring the complex and devastating effects of an extra-marital affair. Francois (Jean-Claude Drouot), a happily-married carpenter with a young family, finds himself falling in love with telephone operator Emilie (Marie-France Boyer). As he basks in the joy and passion of his new relationship, he finds that far from feeling alienated from his family, his feelings for them are actually enhanced and intensified. But when he tries to share his joyful discovery with his wife, her reaction is far from the delight that Francois hoped for.

le cercle rouge


director  jean-pierre melville
written by  jean-pierre melville
starring  alain delon ·bourvil · gian maria volontè
language(s)  french  subtitles  english
format  dvd · blu-ray · 4k uhd

 

alain delon, gian maria volonte and yves montand star as the elegant, mis-matched trio, locked in an elaborate and dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the inscrutable police inspector (andre bourvil), who is determined to foil their attempts to pull off the perfect crime, despite being drawn irresistibly to his prey. as the day of the heist dawns, the story unfolds, with all four players determined to cheat fate.

le mepris


director  jean-luc godard
written by  jean-luc godard
starring  Bridgette bardot · jack palance · michel piccoli
language(s)  french  subtitles  english
format  dvd and blu-ray

 

jean-luc godard writes and directs this french drama starring brigitte bardot, fritz lang and jack palance. an aspiring playwright, paul javal (michel piccoli), finds himself caught between the creative director (lang) and the crass american producer, jeremy prokosch (palance), on a movie adaptation of homer’s epic poem ‘the odyssey’. while the director wants to faithfully recreate homer’s world artistically, the producer demands a more commercial feature and waves his mighty chequebook to make it happen. when paul finds himself swayed by the power of the producer’s money, he finds his wife camille (bardot) begins to regard him with increasing contempt.

le samourai


director  jean-pierre melville
written by  jean-pierre melville · georges pellegrin
starring  alain delon · françois périer · nathalie delon
language(s)  french  subtitles  english
format  blu-ray

 

in a career-defining performance, alain delon (purple noon) plays jef costello, a contract killer with samurai instincts. after carrying out a flawlessly planned hit, jef finds himself caught between a persistent police investigator and a ruthless employer, and not even his armour of fedora and trench coat can protect him. an elegantly stylized masterpiece of cool by maverick director jean-pierre melville (army of shadows), le samouraï is a razor-sharp cocktail of 1940s american gangster cinema and 1960s french pop culture—with a liberal dose of japanese lone warrior mythology

Les Demoiselles de Rochefort


director   jacques demy
written by   jacques demy
starring  catherine deneuve · george chakiris · françoise dorléac
language(s)  french  subtitles  english
format  dvd and blu-ray

 

classic musical comedy written and directed by jacques demy, starring catherine deneuve, francoise dorleac and gene kelly. when a visiting carnival are in need of two dancers they select local twin sisters delphine (deveuve) and solange (dorleac), who both have aspirations to leave the small town of rochefort. meanwhile, a visiting american (kelly) discovers some music written by solange and wonders how he can ever meet the composer, and a demobbed sailor, maxence (jacques perrin), paints portraits of his dream girl, a young woman who looks surprisingly like delphine.

The Louis Malle Features Collection


director  louis malle
language(s)  french · german · italian · russian · english · greek · latin  subtitles  english
format  dvd

 

includes the following classics:
lift to the scaffold
les amants
zazie dans le metro
le feu follet
le souffle au coeur
lacombe, lucien
black moon
my dinner with andre
au revoir les enfants
milou en mai
also includes a 100 page booklet

The Louis Malle Documentaries Collection


director  louis malle
language(s)  french · english  subtitles  english
format  dvd

 

collection of documentaries directed by french film-maker louis malle. ‘vive le tour’ (1962) follows the riders of the tour de france in 1962. ‘phantom india’ (1969) is a seven-part series in which malle travels around india. ‘calcutta’ (1969) consists of visuals of the indian city calcutta which malle filmed during his time there on his earlier travels around the country. ‘a human condition’ (1974) depicts the production of citroen cars at a factory in northern france. ‘place de la republique’ (1974) documents the many individuals who spend their days in the place de la republique in paris. ‘god’s country’ (1985) focuses on the town of glencoe, minnesota and its struggling farming community. in ‘…and the pursuit of happiness’ (1986) malle examines the experiences of immigrants in the us in the 1980s.

Love on The Ground


director  jacques demy
written by  jacques demy
starring  pascal bonitzer · marilù parolini · suzanne schiffman  · jacques rivette
language(s)  french  subtitles  english
format  dvd

 

one of jacques rivette’s most accessible films – a reflection on theatre and life, mixed with playful references to haunted-house thrillers and mysterious-mansion whodunnits. the plot concerns semi-professional actors emily (jane birkin) and charlotte (geraldine chaplin) and their small theatrical troupe who are brought to a famous playwright’s (jean-pierre kalfon) ornate, decaying mansion to perform a work-in-progress that seems to mirror some unexplained recent events in the author’s own life. the play does not have a final act, the playwright tells his guests, because the story isn’t over yet…

One Sings, the Other Doesn't


director   Agnes Varda
written by  Agnès Varda
starring  Thérèse Liotard · Valérie Mairesse · Robert Dadiès
language(s)  french  subtitles  english
format  dvd

 

French film-maker Agnes Varda directs this drama charting the friendship of two women against the backdrop of the feminist movement of the 1960s and ’70s. When middle-class teenager Pomme (Valerie Mairesse) helps her troubled 20-something neighbour Suzanne (Therese Liotard) to find the money for an abortion, a lifelong friendship between the two women ensues.

Masculin Feminin


director  Jean-luc Godard
written by  Jean-Luc Godard
Starring  Jean-Pierre Léaud · Chantal Goya · Marlène Jobert
language(s)  French  subtitles  English
format  Blu-ray

 

With Masculin féminin, the ruthless stylist and iconoclast JEAN-LUC GODARD (Breathless) introduces the world to “the children of Marx and Coca-Cola,” through a gang of restless youths engaged in hopeless love affairs with music, revolution, and one another. French New Wave icon JEAN-PIERRE LÉAUD (The 400 Blows) stars as Paul, an idealistic would-be intellectual struggling to forge a relationship with the adorable pop star Madeleine (real-life yé-yé girl CHANTAL GOYA). Through their tempestuous affair, Godard fashions a candid and wildly funny free-form examination of youth culture in pulsating 1960s Paris, mixing satire and tragedy as only Godard can.

Melo


director  Alain Resnais
written by  Alain Resnais
Starring  Sabine Azéma · Fanny Ardant · Pierre Arditi
language(s)  French  subtitles  English
format  Blu-ray

 

Alain Resnais directs this French drama starring Sabine Azema, Andre Dussollier and Pierre Arditi. In 1920s Paris, concert violinist Marcel (Dussollier) begins an affair with flapper girl Romaine (Azema), who happens to be the wife of Marcel’s friend Pierre (Arditi). As Pierre falls ill, just how far will Romaine go to be with the man she truly loves?

Model Shop


director  jacques demy
written by  jacques demy · carole eastman
starring  jean-louis trintignant · emmanuelle riva · isabelle huppert
language(s)  french  subtitles  english
format  dvd and blu-ray

 

Anouk Aimee and Gary Lockwood star in this romantic drama from film-maker Jacques Demy. George Matthews (Lockwood) is stuck in a rut, jobless and in an unhappy relationship. On the day that he receives his conscription orders, he sees a beautiful woman and develops immediate feelings towards her. Seeing her walk into a model shop where customers can pay to take photographs of the women, George follows her in and uses his last few dollars to pay for a session. As the pair of lost souls share stories of their troubles, they find meaning in their lives and a reason to carry on.

My Night With Maud


director  Eric Rohmer
written by  Éric Rohmer
starring  Jean-Louis Trintignant · Françoise Fabian · Marie-Christine Barrault
language(s)  french  subtitles  english
format  dvd

 

Jean-Louis Trintignant stars in this black-and-white French drama, the third in Eric Rohmer’s cycle of six ‘moral tales’. Jean-Louis (Trintignant) is a 34-year-old Catholic engineer and mathematician who has set his sights on Francoise (Marie-Christine Barrault), a pretty young blonde he meets in church. When his friend, Vidal (Antoine Vitez), introduces him to worldly and witty divorcee Maud (Francoise Fabian), Jean-Louis ends up staying overnight at her house and the two engage in philosophical discussions throughout the night. Despite Maud’s advances towards Jean-Louis, their time together remains chaste, and the following morning Jean-Louis resumes his courtship of Francoise.

The Nun


director  Jacques Rivette
written by  Jean Gruault · Jacques Rivette
starring  Anna Karina · Liselotte Pulver · Micheline Presle
language(s)  french  subtitles  english
format  dvd and Blu-ray

 

Jacques Rivette writes and directs this French drama based on the novel by Denis Diderot. Set in 18th century France, the film follows young Suzanne Simonin (Anna Karina) as she is forced to become a nun against her will. Mistreated by a number of her elders, Suzanne falls into a depression and attempts to get the church to absolve her vows. When this is denied, a desperate Suzanne is forced to go to extreme lengths to try and escape her bleak existence.

Out 1


director  Jacques Rivette · Suzanne Schiffman
written by  Jacques Rivette · Suzanne Schiffman
starring  Michèle Moretti · Hermine Karagheuz · Karen Puig
language(s)  french  subtitles  english
format  Blu-ray

 

 

Jacques Rivette directs this French drama starring Michele Moretti, Pierre Baillot and Jean-Pierre Leaud. Renowned for its runtime of nearly 13 hours, the film is broken up into eight sections following a group of actors rehearsing for a play.

 

Paris Nous Appartient


director  Jacques Rivette
written by  Jacques Rivette · Jean Gruault
starring  Betty Schneider · Giani Esposito · Françoise Prévost
language(s)  french  subtitles  english
format  Blu-ray

 

French drama set in 1957, in which a group of young Parisians grapple with inner turmoil and suffer existential crises. Literature student Anne (Betty Schneider) encounters the group when her brother, Pierre (Francois Maistre), takes her to a party with some of his friends and, despite feeling like a stranger, soon becomes enthralled by each person’s mysterious background and the strange force that seems to plague them.

pierrot le fou


director  Jean-luc Godard
written by  Rémo Forlani · Jean-Luc Godard
starring  Jean-Paul Belmondo · Anna Karina · Graziella Galvani
language(s)  french  subtitles  english
format  DVD

 

Jean-Paul Belmondo stars in this classic 1960s drama by film-maker Jean-Luc Godard. Unfulfilled in life, Ferdinand (Belmondo) decides to leave his wife and child and runs off with the babysitter, Marianne (Anna Karina). As the pair head south in search of Marianne’s brother, Ferdinand unwittingly gets caught up in his new lover’s crimes and they both spiral down a path of self-destruction.

 

Rendez-vous in paris


director  Éric Rohmer
written by  Éric Rohmer
starring  Clara Bellar · Antoine Basler · Mathias Mégard
language(s)  french  subtitles  english
format  DVD

 

A trilogy of stories by Eric Rohmer that explore the misunderstandings and misconceptions that can dog twenty-something love affairs. Each story is shot against the backdrop of Paris, which becomes part of the cast as it positively participates in the three tales.

Sympathy for the Devil


director  Jean-Luc Godard
written by  Jean-Luc Godard
starring  Sean Lynch · Mick Jagger · Brian Jones
language(s)  English
format  DVD

 

French director Jean-Luc Godard’s deconstruction of the process of construction, both of film narrative and The Rolling Stones’ song ‘Sympathy for the Devil’. The film presents a collage for the viewer to engage with as they like. Interweaved is footage of the Stones in the studio, writing, rehearsing and recording the famous song, and footage of a group of Black Power protestors in a used car lot, brandishing guns and reading revolutionary tracts.

Vagabond


director  Agnes Varda
written by  Agnes Varda
starring  Sandrine Bonnaire · Macha Méril · Setti Ramdane
language(s)  French  Subtitles  English
format  DVD
French drama written and directed by Agnes Varda. The film tells the story of the final few weeks in the life of drifter Mona Bergeron (Sandrine Bonnaire), who feels incapable of participating in ordinary society. Beginning with her death, the film presents Mona’s final perambulations in winter in the south of France through the lives of the various characters she meets, revealing more about her past along the way.

Varda by Agnes


director  Agnes Varda
starring  Hervé Chandès · Agnes Varda · Sandrine Bonnaire
language(s)  French · English  Subtitles  English
format  DVD

 

An autobiographical portrait from acclaimed experimental French-Belgian director Agnes Varda as she presents a retrospective on her body of work. Agnes speaks to an audience about her output and some of the key principals that guided her filmmaking as well as offering insights from archive footage of her work and creating playful reconstructions from her life.

Vivre Sa Vie


Director   Jean-Luc Godard
written by  Jean-Luc Godard
starring  Anna Karina · Sady Rebbot · André S. Labarthe
language(s)  French  Subtitles  English
format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Anna Karina stars in this French drama co-written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard. After separating from her husband, Parisian shop assistant Nana (Karina) decides that she wants to become an actress. However, when her finances prevent her from entering the film industry, all Nana’s ambition seeps away, and she ends up working the streets of the French capital as a prostitute. Her descent into the business is told in 12 short episodic scenes culminating in her being sold by the pimp Raoul (Sady Rebbot).

Weekend


Director   Jean-Luc Godard
written by  Jean-Luc Godard
starring  Mireille Darc · Jean Yanne · Jean-Pierre Kalfon
language(s)  French  Subtitles  English
format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

French comedy written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard. The film follows bourgeois couple Roland and Corinne Durand (Jean Yanne and Mireille Darc) as they take a trip into the country. However, their journey is anything but peaceful as they join an endless traffic jam punctuated with the carnage of violent road accidents. When they finally arrive at Corrine’s parents’ house to secure her inheritance, they are greeted with an unwanted surprise. When they attempt to leave, the couple discover French society has collapsed and they are captured by revolutionary cannibals.

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