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aint_no_life_nowhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-24-04 10:10 PM
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35. Cyrano de Bergerac
The 1990 screen adaptation of this famous play is stunning in its visual beauty. It is one of Gerard Depardieu's greatest performances and it won 11 French cinema awards. It's a must see.

I'm a fan of classic B&W French films, particularly from the 1930's and have over 600 videos of old films in my collection. I buy them from France and own a Secam/NTSC converter. I love the great French actor Raimu and I'm especially fond of the fantastic French actor Louis Jouvet. Jouvet's performances in all his films are memorable. He was great in L'Alibi (The Alibi) a film noire co-starring Erich von Stroheim. He's also quite good in several other mystery/thrillers like "Entre Onze Heure Et Minuit", "Copie Conforme", and "Quai des Orfevres". His best performance is probably in "Doctor Knock", an adaptation of a play. Erich Von Stroheim was in several French films both before and after his Hollywood career and "La Grande Illusion" is of course his most famous. Also, the wonderful French actor Harry Baur was great in roles in films such as "Mollenard", "Les Miserables", and "Volpone". Baur was murdered by the Nazis during World War II.

I also love an Italian film made in the 60's (probably my second favorite) called "Il Sorpasso". If you find this film, rent it. It's great. "The Bridge", a German film about 13 year old boys drafted by Hitler at the end of World War II who face down the US army in defending a bridge is also a very interesting film.
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