French cinema


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French cinema

15 Apr 2021 5:58AM   Views : 451 Unique : 262


My good friend Ollie posted a tribute to Bernard Tavernier, the French film director a couple of days ago. I must admit that my knowledge of French cinema is limited – but what I have seen, from Betty Blue to Baise Moi by way of Les Valseuses simply works differently from a standard Hollywood blockbuster, or a routine British romcom. There are questions – and they are not necessarily answered, even if you watch a film repeatedly.

That British and American audiences haven’t seen many French films is unfortunate: variety is usually good, and seeing how others do things broadens one’s own thinking and aspirations. We don’t have to abandon our own culture to appreciate others, and we undermine other cultures at our own peril, in the end.


The narrative is different, the style is different. And so’s the language, which is challenging for most British (and, I suspect) American people, for whom SHOUTING and SPEAKING SLOWLY in English is as close as we get to fluency in another tongue. We’re missing out…

I have worked with two French models – both are thoroughly outside the norm, and both are delightful to work with. And both are comfortable with the erotic, to an extent that this website is not: fortunately, their style and talents remain apparent in more restrained images!

Flo X is incredibly fit and toned, and her modelling explores a space somewhere between yoga and suffering. I’ve simply met nobody like her, ever, and she has very specific aims and views about what her work should achieve and look like.


By way of contrast, Chloe is in some ways a very conventional glamour and nude model – but her sense of style is unusual, and unerringly excellent: the clothes she wears are distinctively different from everyone else I know…

Different perspectives matter, and we are all enriched by having the chance to understand how others think and construct stories. The same applies to languages, beliefs, and even photographs.


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20 2.1k 2048 England
15 Apr 2021 6:05AM
My own feeling is that the whole thing about Franco-English rivalry is because we're two races with an awful lot of characteristics in common - not all of them good...
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viscostatic 17 50 11 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2021 9:25AM
I love the French and their way of doing things. Well, I like their cars.
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13 14.5k 89 Norway
15 Apr 2021 9:41AM
i admit to being a Francophile. Have been ever since my first visit there as a 12 year old of an exchange scheme stay with a French family. That first visit became an annual 4 week event (with their son staying with us for the other 4 weeks of the summer holiday) which lasted several years. Quite a few subsequent visits as an adult over a span of several decades has done nothing to dampen my love for France, the French and much of their way of life...
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viscostatic 17 50 11 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2021 10:10AM
I am convinced that if English wasn't such a widely spoken language then our attitude to the French, and other nationalities, would be so much different. Our attitude towards learning and speaking other languages is dreadful. My wife taught French and German in secondary schools for many years and found the attitude of the pupils and the lack of support from management so disheartening. I gave up learning French in 4th year at school and apart from geography, which is a subject that I ended up teaching, I now realise that it was the one subject that would have been so useful to me. How wonderful it would be to be able to communicate in a foreign language.

I have loved France since going on a school trip to the Loire valley and Paris in 1967. I have only been back three times since then but I have enjoyed each one. I can't say it is my favourite country as I also love Italy but it's very close.
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altitude50 19 23.9k United Kingdom
15 Apr 2021 12:10PM
We had a friend from Paris, he was great company. When we went to Paris by car we had great difficulty in finding his house, it was in Rue Henri Barbousse, unfortunately there are dozens of Rue Henri Barbousse in Paris. Eventually he sent a posse of children out to rescue us.The evenual hospitality was superb.
The first time he came in England we went into a decent wine shop and asked him to pick out a good red wine for us. (He spoke good English.) He went up & down the wine racks passed all the different countries of origin and pulled out a mid price bottle of Dao from Portugal. He based it on the year. He was right.
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15 Apr 2021 12:29PM
So often, things change when one meets people, instead of reading about stereotypes...
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16 39 79 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2021 1:53PM
While French was my first modern language my final degree concentrated on German; I spent a year in Germany during the course of qualification and only a month in France. I taught both during my career with my greatest success (?) in German; the school was too science-oriented for German to stand alone and stopped offering the language just after I retired. I have stayed - lived - in French and German (and Russian) families a great many times, shared holidays with exchange colleagues both here and there. I love them all; yet despite corresponding with Ollie in German it is French that occupies my thoughts and gives me the greater pleasure; I miss Paris, not Berlin.

Unfortunately, encouraged by our mostly monoglot, rabid nationalistic press and the constant harping on the string of World War Two throughout the media, most English people abroad seek out what they know (warm beer, fish and chips) rather than trying something new. One wonders why they ever bother going abroad at all.
There are exceptions, of course: one of my exchange students, visiting France for the first time, insisted that I should not explain to her host family that she was a vegetarian so that she could find out what rabbit and snails tasted like - just for the experience - before returning to normality. (She later became a doctor). But the general attitude remains negative. Like Phil's wife I found this disheartening and volunteered instantly when early retirement was offered.

Vivent les Français!
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19 3.0k 836 England
15 Apr 2021 4:38PM
I'm glad I learn't French and German at school (though now very rusty indeed). I feel much more connected to Europe not because of that but through interest, I don't have the sandbags and barbed wire isolationist (Brexit) outlook (I'll say no more about that sort here). I also learned some Japanese as part of my job at one point (and I do get bokeh).

Quote:monoglot, rabid nationalistic press and the constant harping on the string of World War Two throughout the media

I'm glad it's not me that sees that. While it shouldn't be forgotten, there is an over fascination with it in th media. Hardly a day goes by without the BBC having a WW2 related story or, very often, just mentioning WW2 in passing when it's not necessary. Channel 4 are just as bad and almost always edited out the German national anthem in their F1 coverage. And the Yesterday channel...

But back to the French (and they're playing some good rugby these days) the TV series of Escape to the Chateau are a must see.

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