Creative Update

Creative Update 24 – French Movies

Hi My Name is Louis Zee I’m a full time Graphic Designer in the Glendale office & a part time Bohemian Artist.

“Paris: Capital of the Arts”.  This statement might not be true anymore but one should never forget that Paris always embraced artists.

If you are a artist and you never been to Paris, I suggest you go NOW.

I like Paris ever since the first time I sat foot in this city of lights. Metro is a very efficient public transportation and we could get around the city without ever getting stuck in the freeway.  You would enjoy the long walks form landmarks to museums.

I LUV French movies that were shot in Paris & they are fountains of inspiration.

Critics might complain that French movies have too many dialogues.  I will argue that the French cinematography is always fantastic & breathtaking.

I remembered I was so overwhelmed by Leos Carax’s Les Amants du Pont Neuf when I saw it on tape (New Yorkers Video) the first time.  Not too long after I saw the movie, I visited my friend in Paris for the 1st time.  Years later, I bought the original French DVD (see photo) on another trip. Pont Neuf means New Bridge but actually it is the oldest bridge in Paris.  It serves one of the main characters in the movie too.

Jean-Luc Godard is one of the founders of French Film Movement The New Wave aka La Nouvelle Vague.  He is 82 years old but he is still making movies.  His recent movie is Film Socialisme (2011)and I got it recently on Blu-Ray disc.  However, his early movies should not be forgotten.  I recommend his early works New wave period: Breathless (À bout de soufflé)

and Band of outsiders (Bande à part).  Both were shot in beautiful Black & White by Raoul Coutard on location in Paris. Many saw Leos Carax as the New Godard but he was never prolific as JLG.

Before the New wave, we have the classic master Able Gance who made Naploeon (1927) & Austerlitz (1960).

Patrice Leconte’s the Girl on the Bridge (shot in Black & White)
& La Veuve de Saint-Pierre are my favorite and they worth repeat viewing.  Luc Besson’s Nikita (1993) & Angel-A (2005) are great entertainment.  François Ozon’s Swimming Pool is a decent thriller with garlic flavor.  His latest film In the House (Dans la maison) took home the Golden Shell Prize 2012 San Sebastián International Film Festival recently.

Finally, don’t miss Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amélie (2001) Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (original title).   I visited that café shop where it was filmed back in 2009.

Let’s watch some French-Parisian Movies tonight & Happy Viewing!  BTW, my French is still terrible and I am still learning.  This is my pleasure to share some of the Arts that inspire us in Life.

Until next time, this is Louis & I’m a colleague of Dale, Tanya & Robert in the Glendale Design Team.

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