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Old 05-16-2010, 04:49 PM   #6301 (permalink)
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I've always had a little bit of a grip on French, and that's mainly from way back when I used to study it in junior school or when I'd spend a little tiome in Le Havre and Calais (back when my parents could actually afford holidays). Along with German, it's one of those languages I just have an easier time getting the jist of than others in general for some weird reason. That said, I'm far from fluent in either though.

Either way, I didn't think any of the film got lost in translation at all - I could just see it as the Four Weddings of 1930s France, only a gazillion times more enjoyable. It helps that Renoir's become one of my favourite directors and writers in recent months too - La Grande Illusion and Le Bete Humaine are absolute fantastic films too, even if they're not quite on par with the one I just re-watched.
Yup, I got some of these languages too. French and German are favourites also. Weirdly so, I still haven't watched the classics of French Cinema, although I KNOW I'm missing a lot.
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Old 05-16-2010, 05:07 PM   #6302 (permalink)
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Yup, I got some of these languages too. French and German are favourites also. Weirdly so, I still haven't watched the classics of French Cinema, although I KNOW I'm missing a lot.
Just watch the three I mentioned and you'll never look back They translate into English as 'the Human Beast', 'the Rules Of the Game' and 'the Grand Illusion', which may help you if you wanna try and find them online somewhere. Honestly though, I couldn't recommend them enough - three of the best-written films I've ever seen, and none of them take themselves too seriously either, which is always cool.
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Old 05-16-2010, 05:13 PM   #6303 (permalink)
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Just watch the three I mentioned and you'll never look back They translate into English as 'the Human Beast', 'the Rules Of the Game' and 'the Grand Illusion', which may help you if you wanna try and find them online somewhere. Honestly though, I couldn't recommend them enough - three of the best-written films I've ever seen.
Yup I know all the names, there's also Cocteau , Tati and Abel Gance (... and many others - My Uni's French, so I know the whole package). I even read the books that got adapted into these movies... it's just that I never found these DVDs this easily, to just dig in.
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Old 05-16-2010, 06:17 PM   #6304 (permalink)
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Yup I know all the names, there's also Cocteau , Tati and Abel Gance (... and many others - My Uni's French, so I know the whole package). I even read the books that got adapted into these movies... it's just that I never found these DVDs this easily, to just dig in.
If you get the chance check out Bob Le Flambeur. 1956. Predates the French New Wave by 4 years and is one of the coolest films I have ever seen. Rififfi is also a fantastic heist movie with it's near 30 min heist scene filmed in almost total silence. Superb film.
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Old 05-16-2010, 06:33 PM   #6305 (permalink)
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If you get the chance check out Bob Le Flambeur. 1956. Predates the French New Wave by 4 years and is one of the coolest films I have ever seen. Rififfi is also a fantastic heist movie with it's near 30 min heist scene filmed in almost total silence. Superb film.
I shall. Melville is one of the rare French directors that I already had the privilege to watch some of their works.
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Old 05-16-2010, 06:58 PM   #6306 (permalink)
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Old 05-16-2010, 10:59 PM   #6307 (permalink)
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la marseillaise is another good, underseen renoir that is actually my favorite film of his. he made it just before la regle de jeu--it's interesting to see how his style developed from this film to rules of the game, which practically revolutionized cinema. it's a historical film about the revolution, so an interest in french history would probably increase your enjoyment of the film, but it's great nonetheless. you can definitely begin to see the interest in small detail--facial expressions, slight movements, side conversations--that flourished in rules of the game and make it such a rich film to experience. renoir became a master at integrating these details and creating living social worlds for his characters and his style applies well to his interpretation of the many facets of the revolution.

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Old 05-17-2010, 12:25 AM   #6308 (permalink)
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Really good. Subtitles didn't bother me at all. In fact, it allowed me and my friends to talk during the movie, which was a plus haha...
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:52 AM   #6309 (permalink)
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Most enjoyable.
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Old 05-17-2010, 02:13 PM   #6310 (permalink)
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Political undertones were preachy and obvious, and there never really was much of a plot or "problem" to solve. All animated films need a great villain and this one didn't have one. Totally overrated...
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