Janus French New Wave Collection

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Breathless
There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless. Jean-Luc Godard burst onto the film scene in 1960 with this jazzy, free-form, and sexy homage to the American film genres…
The 400 Blows
Francois Truffaut's first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut's cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud), THE 400 BLOWS sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut's…
Cleo From 5 to 7
Agnes Varda eloquently captures Paris in the sixties with this real-time portrait of a singer (Corinne Marchand) set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy.…
The Bakery Girl of Monceau
Simple, delicate, and jazzy, the first of the "Moral Tales" shows the stirrings of what would become the Eric Rohmer style: unfussy naturalistic shooting, ironic first-person voice-over, and the image…
Jules and Jim
Hailed as one of the finest films ever made, Jules and Jim charts, over twenty-five years, the relationship between two friends and the object of their mutual obsession. The legendary…
Vivre sa vie
Vivre sa vie was a turning point for Jean-Luc Godard and remains one of his most dynamic films, combining brilliant visual design with a tragic character study. The lovely Anna…
Le Bonheur
Though married to the good-natured, beautiful Therese (Claire Drouot), young husband and father Francois (Jean-Claude Drouot) finds himself falling unquestioningly into an affair with an attractive postal worker. One of…
Suzanne's Career
Bertrand bides his time in a casually hostile and envious friendship with college chum Guillaume. But when ladies' man Guillaume seems to be making a play for the spirited, independent…
Le beau serge
Of the hallowed group of Cahiers du cinema critics turned filmmakers who transformed French film history, Claude Chabrol was the first to direct his own feature. His absorbing landmark debut,…
Les cousins
In Les cousins, Claude Chabrol crafts a sly moral fable about a provincial boy who comes to live with his sophisticated bohemian cousin in Paris. Through these seeming opposites, Chabrol…
Shoot the Piano Player
Francois Truffaut is drunk on the possibilities of cinema in this, his most playful film. Part thriller, part comedy, part tragedy, Shoot the Piano Player relates the adventures of mild-mannered…
The Fire Within
After garnering international acclaim for such seminal crowd-pleasers as The Lovers and Zazie dans le metro, Louis Malle gave his fans a shock with The Fire Within (Le feu follet),…
The Soft Skin
When a married author (Jean Desailly) falls for a flight attendant, he discovers how difficult it really is to have an affair.
Weekend
This scathing late-sixties satire from Jean-Luc Godard is one of cinema's great anarchic works. Determined to collect an inheritance from a dying relative, a bourgeois couple travel across the French…
Chronicle of a Summer
Few films can claim as much influence on the course of cinema history as "Chronicle of a Summer". The fascinating result of a collaboration between filmmaker-anthropologist Jean Rouch and sociologist…

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Jenny

I am lusting for Truffaut's magnificent "Wild Child." Is it part of Criterion Collection? It is such a GREAT film. I love Truffaut. AND I'm am soooo grateful for kanopy and lapl. Oh la la!! Merci!!

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Part of the Series: Janus French New Wave Collection
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