Jeanne Moreau has just died at the age of 89. Along with the likes of Simone Signoret, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon and Yves Montand, she epitomised Frenchness in films as I grew up: that sophisticated, sexy, lanquid passion, perpetually swathed in Gauloise smoke. When you add in the directors – Truffaut, Goddard, Chabrol, Rohmer and the like – there seemed to exist a very specific French way of being, on film at least.
The RR Songs topic was about songs in French but I’m asking for films steeped in French, not just the language but also the behaviour, attitude and everything else that is recognizably Gallic, berets, onions and striped shirts notwithstanding…. Except that I’m picking one full of berets, moustaches, striped shirts and shrugs: M. Hulot’s Holiday. Jacques Tati’s brilliant timing and physical comedy is timeless and oh, la la, so French:
What French films would you recommend? Do you know any that are de trop enough to be caricature?