August 16, 2012 · 3:21 am
It’s time yet again for my favorite feature at TDYLF- my annual list of the 50 greatest French films of all-time. One aspect I’m starting to really enjoy about this list is how organic it is. Each year, movies rise and fall thanks to re-watches, exposure to new films, and new insights. Keeping and maintaining this list throughout the year also serves an important function for me. It motivates me to continue learning, and grow as a French film enthusiast. A few notes before we get started:
- I am not an authority on this. I’m just a Francophile with a Blu-ray player, Netflix and Facets subscriptions, and a love of movies.
- As much as I try, I am not a completist. There are a lot of films I simply haven’t seen. I’ve done my best to make it as comprehensive as I could but there’s always room to see more. There are still some relatively glaring omissions. Please feel free to recommend others, as I am always on the lookout to improve this list. It’s a labor of love for me.
- There is obviously a lot of personal preference involved. However, I’ve given a lot of weight to objective aspects like a film’s influence, importance, creativity, and how much they embody the spirit of French cinema and history.
- To qualify, the film has to be a French language film. There are non-French directors on this list but every movie is a French language film.
With that out of the way, I present to you the 50 greatest French films of all-time: Continue reading →
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Tagged as A Propos de Nice, A Trip to the Moon, Abel Gance, Agnes Varda, Alain Resnais, Breathless, Celine and Julie Go Boating, Children of Paradise, Cleo from 5 to 7, Contempt, Costa Gravas, Day for Night, Francois Truffaut, French Film, Grand Illusion, Henri-Georges Clouzot, J'Accuse, Jacques Tati, Jean Gabin, Jean Luc Godard, Jean Renoir, Jean Vigo, Jean-Pierre Melville, L'Enfance Nue, La Grande Bouffe, La Roue, Last Year at Marienbad, Le Corbeau, Louis Malle, Luis Bunuel, M. Hulot's Holiday, Marcel Carné, Maurice Pialat, Mouchette, Movies, Murmur of the Heart, Napoleon, Night and Fog, Pépé le Moko, Port of Shadows, Rene Clair, Robert Bresson, Shoot the Piano Player, The 400 Blows, The 50 Greatest French Films of All-Time, The Battle of Algiers, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The Fire Within, The Italian Straw Hat, The Passion of Joan of Arc, The Phantom of Liberty, The Red Balloon, The Rules of the Game, The Sorrow and the Pity, Touchez Pas Au Grisbi, Un Chien Andalou, Week End, Zero for Conduct
December 15, 2010 · 10:07 pm
A quartet of what would've been 2008 TDYLFie Award Nominees
I can’t recall every single movie I’ve seen this year. I do know, however, that probably 75% of the movies I’ve seen have been via Netflix. And having no record of the other 25% (which Netflix used to have with the use of a chronological ratings history slider, but I don’t want to get back into the whole Netflix thing again), I’m forced to make my year-end awards selections strictly from the rentals I’ve gotten through Netflix. Using only the list of things I’ve seen via Netflix in 2010, let’s hand out some film awards, which I’m calling TDYLFies (phonetically: ta-dill-fees). Why call ’em that? Why not? Continue reading →
Filed under Foreign Film, French Film, Movies, Swedish Film
Tagged as Bridge on the River Kwai, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Death Bed: The Bed that Eats People, Die Zombiejäger, Dorm, Film, Fires on the Plain, Foreign Film, French Film, Gigli, House of the Devil, Jean Gabin, Lake Mungo, Monsieur Verdoux, Movies, Nazi Zombies, Pépé le Moko, Poetic Realist Films, Shock Waves, Shoot the Piano Player, Swedish Film, TDYLFies, The Burrowers, The Cameraman, Triangle
November 16, 2010 · 1:20 pm
I passed a milestone recently here at TDYLF. Thanks to the help of the editors over at IMDB, I passed the 100,000 Hits milestone on Sunday (with a whopping 80,000+ of those hits coming just since September 30th). To celebrate, I’m beginning a brand new series called “100 Things I Love About the Movies”. To be sure, there a LOT more than 100 things that I love about the movies. As such, this has the potential to become a series- 100 Things I Love About Horror Movies, 100 Things I Love About Foreign Movies, and on and on. I present to you the first edition of “100 Things I Love About the Movies”.
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Tagged as 8 1/2, Animal House, Apocalypse Now, Ava Gardner, Bananas, Being There, Blue Velvet, Boogie Nights, Boris Karloff, Bridge on the River Kwai, Bull Durham, Buster Keaton, Catherine Deneuve, Chinatown, Christopher Lee, Citizen Kane, Clerks, Closely Watched Trains, Clyde the Orangutan, Contempt, Cool Hand Luke, Cries and Whispers, Days of Heaven, Diner, Ethan Coen, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex*, Field of Dreams, Godard, Gone with the Wind, Goodfellas, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Harold Lloyd, Heath Ledger, Hidden Fortress, High Noon, High Plains Drifter, Hot Fuzz, Humphrey Bogart, Indiana Jones, Inglorious Basterds, Ingmar Bergman, Ingrid Thulin, Jack Nicholson, Jean Gabin, Joel Coen, John Huston, Le Mepris, Maria Falconetti, Marilyn Monroe, Martin Scorsese, Match Point, Metropolis, Modern Times, Movies, Napoleon, Nazi Zombies, Network, Night of the Hunter, Night of the Iguana, No Country for Old Men, Oliver Stone, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Patton, Peter Cushing, Peter Lorre, Planet of the Apes, Psycho, Pulp Fiction, Raging Bull, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Robert Altman, Safety Last, Sam Peckinpah, Santa Claus Conqu, Sixth Sense, Sleepaway Camp, Star Wars, Sunset Boulevard, Sven Nykvist, Taxi Driver, Tex Ritter, The Bear Jew, The Big Lebowski, The Dark Knight, The Exterminating Angel, The Fire Within, The Godfather, The Godfather: Part 2, The Graduate, The Hudsucker Proxy, The Misfits, The Passion of Joan of Arc, The Piano Teacher, The Shawshank Redemption, The Wicker Man, The Wolf Man, There Will be Blood, Toshiro Mifune, Un Chien Andalou, Unforgiven, Vertigo, Viridiana, Weekend, Wes Anderson, White Heat, Winter Light, Young Frankenstein