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3 French Films To Watch That Will Definitely Entertain You

Friday, September 15th, 2017

The French have been making fantastic films for ages. Many of us are unaware of the existence of French films because, for most of us, our movie entertainment radar is firmly fixed on whatever comes out of Hollywood. We are ignorant of foreign language movies that are produced by studios from other countries.

But interest in French films have been steadily growing, thanks to high-profile English language films like the Jet Li film Kiss The Dragon, which was produced by Luc Besson, and the Jackie Chan hit Rush Hour 3, which were shot mainly in France.

However, for those of you who want to get started on French films, either for entertainment or as a tool to learn a foreign language, here are 3 french films you should definitely watch.

Cyrano de Bergerac
This was one of the first French films I ever watched. I remember watching it in the early 90′s on video tape, a couple of years after it hit the big screen. Cyrano de Bergerac is based on a 1897 play of the same name by Edmond Rostand. It was directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau and has won multiple awards.

The movie stars GĂ©rard Depardieu and tells the story of a man, Cyrano, who falls deeply in love with a woman, Roxane. Cyrano does not make known his love to the lovely lady as he is too self-conscious of his rather large nose.

Roxane soon becomes infatuated with Cyrano’s aid, Christian. However, Christian is shy and Cyrano finds a way to show his love to Roxane vicariously through Christian.

Cyrano de Bergerac is a wonderful French film abut love and longing. It is very entertaining, though a tad predictable, and is a feast for the eyes.

8 Femmes
Like Cyrano de Bergerac, 8 Femmes, or 8 Women, is also a multi award-winning French film. However, 8 Femmes is a musical and it touches on a wider range of subjects from unrequited love to sexuality.

The story takes place in the 1950s at a mansion in the country. Just as everyone is preparing for Christmas, the master of the house is found with a dagger in his back. Things get complicated when the phone line is found to have been cut and the car has been sabotaged. Along the way, secrets begin to be revealed as the 8 women in the house start accusing each other of the murder of the master of the house.

This movie is a fun watch and it also has a little twist near the end. I especially like the fight scene between Gaby and Pierrette. You will have to watch the movie to see why.

La Reine Margot
If you are looking for a bit of a French history lesson, La Reine Margot, or Queen Margot, will certainly oblige.

The story takes place in 16th century France, right smack in heat of religious wars between Catholics and Protestants. The movie starts off with Margot being married off to a protestant prince as a means to quell the religious warring factions. It is a loveless marriage and Margot falls for a nobleman as a result.

The movie looks at the peculiar relationships between the Queen and her children, the politics of that time and the Bartholomew’s Day Massacre.

This French film is rather graphic but entertaining, although it would help if you have knowledge about goings on of that time period.

Music to Drive To

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Since its creation it didn’t take long for the automobile to work its way into our popular culture. You can watch TV shows and movies about cars. You can play racing video games and read books about them. Of course you can also listen to any number of songs about them as well. In fact, car songs have made up some of the most memorable songs around. Let’s look at some.

Going back in time to the 1980′s will reveal two little car song gems, once from Prince and one from Natalie Cole. The first is “Pink Cadillac” from Natalie Cole. Technically it wasn’t from her. It was originally written by Bruce Springsteen in 1984 and released as a B side on the album “Dancing in the Dark.” The song had moderate radio success and reached 27 on the Billboard charts but it wasn’t until Natalie covered it in 1988 that it reached the top ten. For the record it isn’t about Mary Kay products but is a sexual euphemism.

The other song we mentioned was Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” on the 1999 album. This song about the storied Chevy was Prince’s first song to hit the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 landing at a solid number six. Equally important it was his first song that did better on the pop charts then the R&B charts, largely due to its poppy chorus. While Chevy couldn’t ask for better promotion most people fail to realize this is also a sexual euphemism.

There are many other famous songs about cars (and sex) such as The Beatles “Drive My Car” and Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally” but one song rises above all the rest to claim the title of best car song and that would be Don McLean’s “American Pie.” Written in 1971 this song was a metaphor for the good old days or rock ‘n roll and the deaths or rock legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, who all died together in a plane crash in 1959. The phrase “drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry,” has become one of the memorable lyrics in music history. It was number one on the Billboards for four weeks straight and inspired the Roberta Flack song “Killing Me Softly.” It is a song of the glory days that have since come and gone and few songs are as important as “American Pie.”