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Vive La France

Taylor Carmichael
The list author says: ""In 2010 I published My Absolutely Insane Attempt To Rank All Cinema. In that book I rank every movie I've seen, with ad hoc commentary. Here are my favorite films from France."
Breathless (The Criterion Collection)
Breathless (The Criterion Collection)
"Godard's French kiss to America."
Red
Red
"Irene Jacob is amazing beautiful.  This is like watching your destiny come to life."
The 400 Blows (The Criterion Collection)
The 400 Blows (The Criterion Collection)
"Truffaut's first feature and still his best."
Band of Outsiders (The Criterion Collection)
Band of Outsiders (The Criterion Collection)
"I love the Madison.  Snap!"
Shoot the Piano Player (The Criterion Collection)
Shoot the Piano Player (The Criterion Collection)
"Truffaut's film noir gangster comedy.  Beautiful."
Cleo from 5 to 7 (The Criterion Collection)
Cleo from 5 to 7 (The Criterion Collection)
"Varda's contribution to the French New Wave."
La Jetée / Sans Soleil (The Criterion Collection)
La Jetée / Sans Soleil (The Criterion Collection)
"La Jetee is amazing.  Marker stops all motion and tells his story through freeze frames.  Brilliant and sad."
Forbidden Games (The Criterion Collection)
Forbidden Games (The Criterion Collection)
"This one makes me cry.  It's so pure and heartfelt."
Le Million (The Criterion Collection)
Le Million (The Criterion Collection)
"In 1950, Sight and Sound ranked this as one one of the greatest films in the world.  I guess they've forgotten it, but it's still awesome."
Stolen Kisses
Stolen Kisses
"Truffaut is so damn charming."
M. Hulot's Holiday (The Criterion Collection)
M. Hulot's Holiday (The Criterion Collection)
"Brilliant sight gags."
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
"A sad musical."
The Soft Skin
The Soft Skin
"Truffaut riffing on adultery."
Director's Series, Vol. 3 - The Work of Director Michel Gondry
Director's Series, Vol. 3 - The Work of Director Michel Gondry
"Gondry's short film, Le Lettre, is amazing cool."
White (Three Colors Trilogy)
White (Three Colors Trilogy)
"Funny and wistful."
Mon Oncle (The Criterion Collection)
Mon Oncle (The Criterion Collection)
"Tati is brilliant."
Confidentially Yours
Confidentially Yours
"Truffaut's last movie, an ode to Hitch."
Diabolique (The Criterion Collection)
Diabolique (The Criterion Collection)
"Hitchcock tried to buy the rights, but he was too late."
Bed & Board: Domicile Conjugal
Bed & Board: Domicile Conjugal
"Truffaut riffs on adultery (again)"
Amelie
Amelie
"Funny!"
Bob le Flambeur (The Criterion Collection)
Bob le Flambeur (The Criterion Collection)
"Not a huge fan of Melville, but his first movie is awesome.  Big inspiration for the French New Wave."
A Man and a Woman
A Man and a Woman
"Nice little love story"
Hiroshima Mon Amour (The Criterion Collection)
Hiroshima Mon Amour (The Criterion Collection)
"Resnais can be pretentious, but this is a haunting work."
My Night At Maud's
My Night At Maud's
"Rohmer's first and his best, I think."
A Woman is a Woman (The Criterion Collection)
A Woman is a Woman (The Criterion Collection)
"One of the more playful and fun Godard movies."
Who Killed Bambi
Who Killed Bambi
"Ambiguous and mysterious.  I really enjoyed it."
Le Bonheur [VHS]
Le Bonheur [VHS]
"Beautiful, haunting, strange."
Masculin Feminin (The Criterion Collection)
Masculin Feminin (The Criterion Collection)
"Gunshots.  Pow!"
Rififi (The Criterion Collection)
Rififi (The Criterion Collection)
"Poetic gangster flick."
Elevator to the Gallows (The Criterion Collection)
Elevator to the Gallows (The Criterion Collection)
"Beautiful jazz score"
Day for Night
Day for Night
"Truffaut's movie about a movie."
Belle de Jour
Belle de Jour
"Bunuel bores me, except for this one.  Provocative, dark, fascinating."
Le Trou (The Criterion Collection)
Le Trou (The Criterion Collection)
"Great prison escape movie."
OSS 117: Cairo, Nest Of Spies
OSS 117: Cairo, Nest Of Spies
"Fun riff off James Bond."
Love Me If You Dare
Love Me If You Dare
"Oh they are so stubborn!"
The Bride Wore Black
The Bride Wore Black
"Truffaut riffs off Hitchcock (again)."
Touchez Pas au Grisbi (The Criterion Collection)
Touchez Pas au Grisbi (The Criterion Collection)
"Nice gangster flick."
Small Change
Small Change
"Truffaut riffs off childhood (again)"
Eyes Without a Face (The Criterion Collection)
Eyes Without a Face (The Criterion Collection)
"Haunting, beautiful score."
My Absolutely Insane Attempt To Rank All Cinema
My Absolutely Insane Attempt To Rank All Cinema
"This is my book."