Cinema Class 2019

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Like many already know, L’Union Française offers a once a month cinema night.

Everyone is welcome, even if you are not a student at L’Union Française… feel free to come and invite your friends or family.

Please find below the list of dates and films coming this Spring Semester. If interested, please contact me at [email protected] a week before each session.

I will be happy to share this movie night with you with wine and popcorn!



About the Lesson

Last Saturday of the Month from 1:00 to 3:00 PM

This class will give you a chance to discover a diverse mix of classic and contemporary French films.

Each session will be divided into two parts:

  • Presentation of the film, its director; viewing excerpts of the film and analysis of the language; vocabulary and expressions related to cinema in general and the featured film.

  • The entire film in French with English subtitles!

Fee: $15 per session


Spring 2019 Cinema Class

January 29th – The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les demoiselles de Rochefort) – Jacques Demy (1966) – 2h 5min

February 26th – Diabolique (Les diaboliques) – Henri-Georges Clouzot (1955) – 1h 57min

March 26th – The Story of Adele H (L’histoire d’Adèle H.) – François Truffaut (1975) – 1h 36min


April 27th 1:00-3:00pm Love Songs (Les chansons d’amour) – Christophe Honoré (2007) – 1h 31 min

May 25th – 1:00-3:00pm The Intouchables – Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano (2011) – 1h 52min


L’Union Française Cinema Class Spring Semester 2019

Each session will take place on the last Tuesday Saturday of the month from 1:00 to 3:00 PM

January 29th – The Young Girls of Rochefort – Jacques Demy (1967) – 2h 05min

The Young Girls of Rochefort (original title: Les demoiselles de Rochefort) is a 1967 French musical, comedy, drama written and directed by Jacques Demy, with original music by Michel Legrand.

Jacques Demy followed up The Umbrellas of Cherbourg with another musical about missed connections and second chances, this one a more effervescent confection. Twins Delphine and Solange, a dance instructor and a music teacher (played by real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac), long for big-city life; when a fair comes through their quiet port town, so does the possibility of escape. With its jazzy Michel Legrand score, pastel paradise of costumes, and divine supporting cast (George Chakiris, Grover Dale, Danielle Darrieux, Michel Piccoli, and Gene Kelly), Les demoiselles de Rochefort is a tribute to Hollywood optimism from sixties French cinema’s preeminent dreamer.

February 26th – Diabolique – Henri-Georges Clouzot (1955) – 1h 57min

Diabolique (original title: Les diaboliques) is a 1955 French psychological thriller film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot and written by Clouzot and Jérôme Géronimi.

Based on the novel Celle qui n’était plus by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac, Les diaboliques shocked audiences in Europe and the U.S.. The story of two women—the fragile wife (Véra Clouzot) and the willful mistress (Simone Signoret) of the sadistic headmaster (Paul Meurisse) of a boys’ boarding school—who hatch a daring revenge plot. With its unprecedented narrative twists and terrifying images, Les diaboliques is a heart-grabbing benchmark in horror filmmaking, featuring outstanding performances by Signoret, Clouzot, and Meurisse.

March 26th – The Story of Adele H – Francois Truffaut (1975) – 1h 36min

The Story of Adele H (original title: L’histoire d’Adèle H.) is a 1975 French historical drama film directed by François Truffaut, and written by Truffaut, Jean Gruault, Suzanne Schiffman.

Adèle Hugo (Isabelle Adjani), daughter of renowned French writer Victor Hugo, falls in love with British soldier Albert Pinson (Bruce Robinson) while living in exile off the coast of England. Though he spurns her affections, she follows him to Nova Scotia and takes on the alias of Adèle Lewly. Albert continues to reject her, but she remains obsessive in her quest to win him over. When Albert is stationed in the West Indies, Adèle once again trails him, furthering her downward spiral. The story is based on Adèle Hugo’s diaries. It was filmed on location in Guernsey, Barbados, and Senegal.

Saturday 27 April – 1:00-3:00pm  Love Songs – Christophe Honoré (2007) – 1h 31min

Love Songs (original title: Les chansons d’amour) is a 2007 musical romance drama directed by Christophe Honoré.The Paris of Christophe Honoré’s Love Songs belongs unmistakably to the present. While its residents talk on cellphones and drop the name of Nicolas Sarkozy (then still an aspirant to the Élysée Palace rather than an occupant when the movie was being shot), they also dwell, just as noticeably, in the Paris of classic French movies — in a vague, bracing atmosphere of good old Nouvelle Vague. Starring Louis Garrel, Ludivine Sagnier, Chiara Mastroianni, Love Songs is an enchanting musical drama, a lighthearted yet serious film about love and absence — combining the power of Alex Beaupain’s songs with the sharp lightness of the staging make it a film full of life and sometimes laughter.


Saturday 25 May – 1:00-3:00pm  The Intouchables – Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano (2011) – 1h 52min

The Intouchables (original title: Intouchables) is a 2011 French biography, comedy, drama written and directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano.Based on a true story, adapted from Philippe Pozzo di Borgo’s autobiographical tale “Le Second Souffle”, Intouchables is about two men who become best pals in spite of their differences. After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, a wealthy aristocrat (François Cluzet) hires a young man from the projects (Omar Sy) to be his live-in caregiver. Literally the least appropriate person for the job. Two universes will collide and come together, creating an unexpected yet crazy, funny, and strong friendship.


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