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French Postcards (1979)

Marie-France Pisier , Jean Rochefort , Willard Huyck  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marie-France Pisier, Jean Rochefort
  • Directors: Willard Huyck
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Legend Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019UGY9Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,243 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "French Postcards" on IMDb

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Debra Winger charms in this funny, romantic and touching comedy about the exploits of a trio of naive American pupils - and their sexual awakenings in the bewitching city of Paris! French Postcards captures the excitement of discovery and thrill of young love as the three get their education at the hands of a hilariously harassed headmaster, his sexy - and adventurous - wife, and a beautiful shop girl. Watch for a star turn by Mandy Patinkin who joins the cast of this beguiling and bittersweet comedy.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie, but the DVD is another question July 1, 2008
By DSA
Format:DVD
First of all, I'm very grateful that "French Postcards" finally has made it to DVD. I fell in love with this movie on HBO back in 1980, when it seemed to be on at least once a day. It's a sweet and funny movie that perfectly captures that in-between stage of life when you're in college.

The cast is terrific: The late Valerie Quennessen is completely enchanting as Toni, a young French woman who falls in love with bookish American student Joel (Miles Chapin). There's also Blanche Baker, hilarious as she travels through Europe checking out the graves of famous authors. The DVD packaging makes a big deal out of Debra Winger being in the cast, but she barely gets any screen time.

The movie is delightful, but as for the DVD? Well, although the box doesn't state it, the music has been changed from the original release. Part of the movie's charm (and a comic comment on the scenes) was the use of French-language versions of American pop songs, including "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "Do You Believe in Magic." Those have all been excised, replaced by generic-sounding French songs. There were some well-known English-language recordings in here, too: The Kinks' "(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman" and Nicolette Larson's "Lotta Love" were both prominently featured. Now, the Kinks' song has been replaced with an anoynmous dance tune; the Larson song has been replaced by...silence.

Perhaps the weirdest move of all involves a play the students put on. During the course of the production, Baker leads the students in singing Cole Porter's "You Don't Know Paree." However, the sequence in which Baker performs a solo has been completely removed.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Would be better without the deletions January 25, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this in the theatre when it first came out. A fun film.

I bought the VHS, & it's still fun. However, there is a LOT missing: several musical items ["Do You Believe in Magic" - in French, in the opening scene on the bus; "Lotta Love", as noted in another review; "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" - in the scene with Mme. Tessier dancing w/ Alex at the end-of-year party] and several changed scenes.

The movie would be better "restored" & without deletions. I read somewhere that there were rights issues on some of the songs, and that some of the actors were not eager for this film to be released on video. The movie is remarkable for the pre-fame appearances of some actors and actreesses, as others have mentioned.

Buy the video, but if you somehow get a chance to see the actual film, I think you'll like the film better.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great memories only one thing though October 1, 2001
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This movie brought back memories, of when I was a teenager Its just as I remember it..Only one thing, and it did upset me. I dont know if people will notice. There is a scene almost at the end when Joel and Toni are leaving and there parents run into each other, its here where I noticed something was missing?? The music..in the original movie it had Nicolette Larson's Lotta Love.. In this video its been deleted, and that really pained me, because that was part of the reason I bought this movie. I did not notice until later that it mentioned this on the cover of the video, I wonder why this was done.However overall the movie is safe clean AMERICAN fun from the 70's.. Great comedy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valerie Quennessen!!!!!!! July 20, 2008
Format:DVD
What can I say? Ever since I first saw this movie, I had fallen deeply in love with Valerie Quennessen. I seen just about every movie she has been in, and it was with a deep depression that I had found out one day while looking her up to see what happened to her, that she had died. She had so much to offer!

This movie just plain touched me. It involved just about everything that I had WISHED I could have done with my life back when I was younger, but never did. The bacground of Paris is so beautiful, and the adventures so much fun. One scene in particular that gave me a chuckle, was when Joel was staying at home with the old French lady and watching Star Trek - dubbed in FRENCH LOL! Reminded me of a story my brother told me about when he was stationed in Germany - how he was watching Casablanca, dubbed in German. He told me how the dubbed voice for Bogart was some high pitched squeky guy LOL.

But if you want a fun and enjoyable movie, with some truly unforgettable characters in it, do see this movie!!!!!!!! And if like me, you get blown away by the beauty of Valerie Quennessen, then your next stop would be Summer Lovers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GIVE US THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK! November 7, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I loved this movie when they played it on HBO back in the 80's. One of the best things was all the pop songs done in the French language like "Do You Believe In Magic?" and "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?". I hadn't seen it in over 20 yeras and was overjoyed when I saw it was coming out on DVD. Imagine my horror to hear they replaced most of the soundtrack with elevator muzak! All the great songs were gone! This would be like the French "American Grafitti". Of course it was done to save money. George Lucus has said that he paid more for all those old songs in "American Grafitti" than he would have paid for an original soundtrack. But I still want the original "French Postcards" restored! Even if it was more money!
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4.0 out of 5 stars They were filming it when i visited so it has nice memories for me
A small movie about a few kids studying in Paris. At the institute where I went to school!!!! They were filming it when i visited so it has nice memories for me.
Published 4 months ago by Alexandra Bernstein
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny. Where is the original music track?
A good human comedy. The only fault with the DVD is the original music track has been replaced. It was integral to the story and therefore diminishes the impact.
Published 7 months ago by Philip C. Yates
3.0 out of 5 stars Butchered Soundtrack
This is one of my favorite light comedies of the 1970s and it pains me to give a five-star film a mere three. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Alan Brennert
2.0 out of 5 stars Quality lack!
I would not of bought this if I'd seen it before. Case, disc etc are good. It's the video quality transfer or what ever method used to master it was bad.
Published 13 months ago by Dave Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Silly movie
but exactly as I knew it was. I saw this movie on TV a bizillion years ago, thought it was funny. I admit to excitement when I saw it available on DVD. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dave H
3.0 out of 5 stars Upset they changed the songs in the soundtrack. And did they edit out...
I used to love this movie and have seen it many many times (I have an old copy on VHS that I recorded years ago). Read more
Published 17 months ago by Marc Jeffries
3.0 out of 5 stars music Mess
It is still a charming film, but the butchering of the music is inexcusable.At one moment, I turned to my viewing friend and stated that one of the best marriages of scene to music... Read more
Published 24 months ago by SUNSET1400@aol.com
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the movie, disappointed in the 'edited' soundtrack
Was so excited to see that Amazon.com carried this movie that I immediatly purchased it in the DVD format. I once owned the movie in the VHS format many years ago. Read more
Published on May 4, 2011 by JCA
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have used more postage!
This movie was as expected being rated 3 stars. I wanted to see some well known actors of today in their earlier roles when they were not so well known. It was interesting.
Published on February 14, 2010 by a6sense
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother with this DVD version!
I've always loved French Postcards but I was totally disappointed with this new DVD version which completed destroyed the movie because all of the music was replaced! Read more
Published on December 26, 2009 by Doriano Carta
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I love this movie and was very disappointed by the DVD. I would buy the original version at any price.
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