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LPB’s series of classic French films, Cinéma Français, aired from 2009 - 2011.

Each series of 12 films was hosted by Dr. William Arceneaux. His introductions and the films themselves are in French with English subtitles.


2011 Season

Zou Zou - (approximately 1 hr 37 min.)

Sunday, January 23 and Saturday, January 29
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Marc Allégret. 1930s.
Zou Zou (played by Josephine Baker) tries to help her childhood friend prove his innocence after he’s accused of murder.

Thérèse Raquin - (approx. 1 hr 42 min.)

Sunday, January 30 and Saturday, February 5
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Marcel Carné. 1953.
A long-suffering housewife dreams of a more romantic life-partner than the bourgeois Camille. Thérèse enjoys a torrid affair with burly truck-driver Laurent only to realize the true emptiness of her aspirations.

Deux Hommes Dans La Ville - (approx. 1 hr 40 min.)

Sunday, February 6 and Saturday, February 12
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by José Giovanni. 1973.
A former bank robber is released after 10 years in prison. He gets help from a social-worker, but gets harassed by an old cop from his past.

Borsalino & Co. - (approx. 1 hr 50 min.)

Sunday, February 13 and Saturday, February 19
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Jacques Deray. 1974.
Charismatic gangsters in 1930s Marseilles dispose of enemies in a variety of novel (and gruesome) methods.

Flic Story - (approx. 1 hr 52 min.)

Sunday, February 20 and Saturday, February 26
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Jacques Deray. 1975.
This movie depicts the authentic story of the hunt for the dangerous criminal Emile Buisson, who escaped from prison in 1947.

La Vie et Rien d’Autre - (approx. 2 hr 20 min.)

Sunday, February 27 and Saturday, March 5
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. 1989.
Set in 1920, this powerful drama unfolds in post World War I France, a country devastated both physically and spiritually. It tells the story of two women of different backgrounds who are looking for the missing men they love.

Monsieur Hire - (approx. 1 hr 21 min.)

Sunday, March 6 and Saturday, March 12
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Patrice Leconte. 1989.
Monsieur Hire is a maladjusted, balding, middle-aged man living in France. He doesn’t like to talk to people.

Code Inconnu - (approx. 1 hr 58 min.)

Sunday, March 13 and Saturday, March 19
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Michael Haneke. 2000.
Jean, a farm lad, wants to escape his silent father; he runs to Paris to his older brother, Georges.

Je rentre à la maison / I’m Going Home - (approximately 1 hr 35 min.)

Sunday, March 20 and Saturday, March 26
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira, also wrote the original screenplay. 2000.
A simple, yet beautiful film about family relationships, life’s transitions, and the integrity necessary to remain true to one’s professional standards.

Elle est de nôtres / She’s One of Us - (approximately 1 hr 45 min.)

Sunday, March 27 and Saturday, April 2
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Siegrid Alnoy who also co-wrote the screen play. 2003.
Siegrid Alnoy’s dark allegorical thriller tells the tale of an outsider who must confront her own personal demons after tragedy strikes.

La Petite Jérusalem / Little Jerusalem - (approximately 1 hr 41 min.)

Sunday, April 3 and Saturday, April 9
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Karen Albou. 2005.
Our movie tonight is about an Orthodox Sephardic Jewish family living in a Paris suburb nicknamed “Little Jerusalem” because it is home to so many of that faith. The time period is today, the 21st century.

Sky Fighters - (approx. 1 hr 42 min.)

Sunday, April 10 and Saturday, April 16
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Gérard Pirès. 2005.
While in an international fair of exhibition of airplanes, a French Mirage 2000 of the last generation vanishes and pilots Antoine “Walk’n” Marchelli and Sebastian “Fahrenheit” Vallois are assigned to locate the plane that is flying in a hiding position below a commercial airplane.


2010 Season

Therese Raquin - (approx. 1 hr 42 min.)

Sunday, September 12 and Saturday, September 18
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Marcel Carné. 1953.
A long-suffering housewife dreams of a more romantic life-partner than the bourgeois Camille. Thérèse enjoys a torrid affair with burly truck-driver Laurent only to realize the true emptiness of her aspirations.

Bon Voyage & Aventure Malgache - (approx. 26 min. & 30 min.)

Sunday, September 19 and Saturday, September 25
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 1944.
Two short films. A Royal Air Force gunner’s escape from a German prison is aided by a fellow fugitive he has only just met, and by a succession of Resistance workers who help him get out of the country. Aventure Malgache is a complex, swiftly paced remembrance by a French actor about the duplicity of Vichy collaborators in French-controlled Madagascar.

La Vie et Rien d’Autre - (approx. 2 hr 20 min.)

Sunday, September 26 and Saturday, October 2
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. 1989.
Set in 1920, this powerful drama unfolds in post World War I France, a country devastated both physically and spiritually. It tells the story of two women of different backgrounds who are looking for the missing men they love.

Borsalino And Co. - (approx. 1 hr 50 min.)

Sunday, October 3 and Saturday, October 9
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Jacques Deray. 1974.
Charismatic gangsters in 1930s Marseilles dispose of enemies in a variety of novel (and gruesome) methods.

À Double Tour - (approx. 1 hr 50 min.)

Sunday, October 10 and Saturday, October 16
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. 1959.
A wealthy wine grower has trouble with his wife, his children, his best friend, and his mistress across the way, who is murdered.

Flic Story - (approx. 1 hr 52 min.)

Sunday, October 17 and Saturday, October 23
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Jacques Deray. 1975.
This movie depicts the authentic story of the hunt for the dangerous criminal Emile Buisson, who escaped from prison in 1947.

Monsieur Hire - (approx. 1 hr 21 min.)

Sunday, October 24 and Saturday, October 30
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Patrice Leconte. 1989.
Monsieur Hire is a maladjusted, balding, middle-aged man living in France. He doesn’t like to talk to people.

Deux Hommes Dans La Ville - (approx. 1 hr 40 min.)

Sunday, October 31 and Saturday, November 6
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by José Giovanni. 1973.
A former bank robber is released after 10 years in prison. He gets help from a social-worker, but gets harassed by an old cop from his past.

Code Inconnu - (approx. 1 hr 58 min.)

Sunday, November 7 and Saturday, November 13
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Michael Haneke. 2000.
Jean, a farm lad, wants to escape his silent father; he runs to Paris to his older brother, Georges.

Sky Fighters - (approx. 1 hr 42 min.)

Sunday, November 14 and Saturday, November 20
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Gérard Pirès. 2005.
While in an international fair of exhibition of airplanes, a French Mirage 2000 of the last generation vanishes and pilots Antoine “Walk’n” Marchelli and Sebastian “Fahrenheit” Vallois are assigned to locate the plane that is flying in a hiding position below a commercial airplane.

La Ronde - (approx. 1 hr 50 min.)

Sunday, November 21 and Saturday, November 27
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Roger Vadim. 1964.
Director Roger Vadim’s remake of Max Ophuls’ classic post war film “La Ronde,” about various people having affairs, eventually forming a chain that comes full circle.

Le Petit Jerusalem - (approximately 1 hr 41 min.)

Sunday, November 28 and Saturday, December 4
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Karen Albou. 2005.
Our movie tonight is about an Orthodox Sephardic Jewish family living in a Paris suburb nicknamed “Little Jerusalem” because it is home to so many of that faith. The time period is today, the 21st century.

 


2009 Season

Marius - (approximately 2 hr. 8 min.)

Sunday, September 6, 2009 and Saturday, September 12, 2009
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Written and directed by Marcel Pagnol in the 1930s.
Part of the Fanny Trilogy
César runs a bar along Marseilles’ port, assisted by his 23 year old son, Marius. Marius is torn between his love for Fanny and his desire to see the world, sailing the seven seas.

Fanny - (approximately 2 hr. 7 min.)

Sunday, September 13, 2009 and Saturday, September 19, 2009
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Written and directed by Marcel Pagnol in the 1930s.
Part of the Fanny Trilogy
Marius has left, signed up for a five year hitch on a ship bound for the Indian Ocean. In his few letters to his father César, he hardly mentions Fanny. Fanny marries Panisse to give her child a name – the child of Marius, of whom he knows nothing.

Cesar - (approximately 2 hr 53 min.)

Sunday, September 20, 2009 and Saturday, September 25, 2009
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Written and directed by Marcel Pagnol in the 1930s.
Part of the Fanny Trilogy
Honoré Panisse is dying, cheerfully, with friends, wife, and son at his side. He confesses to the priest in front of his friends; he insists that the doctor be truthful. But, he cannot bring himself to tell his son Cesariot that his real father is Marius, the absent son of César, Cesariot’s godfather.

Zouzou - (approximately 1 hr 37 min.)

Sunday, September 27, 2009 and Saturday, October 3, 2009
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Marc Allégret. 1930s.
Zou Zou (played by Josephine Baker) tries to help her childhood friend prove his innocence after he’s accused of murder.

Liliom - (approximately 2 hr 3 min.)

Sunday, October 4, 2009 and Saturday, October 10, 2009
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Fritz Lang. 1930s.
Two women love the same man in a world of few prospects. Liliom, starring Charles Boyer, is a “public figure,” a rascal who’s a carousel barker, loved by the experienced merry-go-round owner and by a young, innocent maid.

La Princesse Tam Tam / Princess Tam Tam - (approximately 1 hr 22 min.)

Sunday, October 11, 2009 and Saturday, October 17, 2009
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Edmond T. Gréville. 1930s.
Based on the Pygmalion theme, a French novelist (who also happens to be an aristocrat) is suffering from writers block. The novelist and his agent decide that a complete change of scene is the cure for his writers block, so they travel to the North African French colony of Tunisia and encounter Alwina, a street urchin and petty thief, played by Josephine Baker.

Que La Fête Commence / Let Joy Reign Supreme - (approximately 1 hr 59 min.)

Sunday, October 18, 2009 and Saturday, October 24, 2009
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. 1974.
France, 1719. Louis 14th died four years ago, Philippe d’Orleans is the regent. He is a liberal and a libertine. The city of New Orleans was founded in 1718 during the regency of the Duke of Orleans and named for him.

La Vie et Rien d’Autre / Life and Nothing But - (approx. 2 hr 20 min.)

Sunday, October 25, 2009 and Saturday, October 31, 2009
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. 1989.
Set in 1920, this powerful drama unfolds in post World War I France, a country devastated both physically and spiritually. It tells the story of two women of different backgrounds who are looking for the missing men they love.

Les Bonnes Femmes / The Good Girls - (approximately 1 hr 45 min.)

Sunday, November 1, 2009 and Saturday, November 7, 2009
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Claude Chabrol and is an example of New Wave cinema. 1960s.
A movie about four young women who are friends and co-workers in a small Paris shop. Their free time is spent wandering the night clubs of the city looking for adventure and, above all, looking for love; or at least their idea of love.

Elle est de nôtres / She’s One of Us - (approximately 1 hr 45 min.)

Sunday, November 8, 2009 and Saturday, November 14, 2009
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Siegrid Alnoy who also co-wrote the screen play. 2003.
Siegrid Alnoy’s dark allegorical thriller tells the tale of an outsider who must confront her own personal demons after tragedy strikes.

Je rentre à la maison / I’m Going Home - (approximately 1 hr 35 min.)

Sunday, November 15, 2009 and Saturday, November 21, 2009
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira, also wrote the original screenplay. 2000.
A simple, yet beautiful film about family relationships, life’s transitions, and the integrity necessary to remain true to one’s professional standards.

La Petite Jérusalem / Little Jerusalem - (approximately 1 hr 41 min.)

Sunday, November 22, 2009 and Saturday, November 28, 2009
Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Karen Albou. 2005.
Our movie tonight is about an Orthodox Sephardic Jewish family living in a Paris suburb nicknamed “Little Jerusalem” because it is home to so many of that faith. The time period is today, the 21st century.

 

About your host:

Dr. William Arceneaux - William Arceneaux is Director of the Foundation for Excellence in Louisiana Public Broadcasting and President of CODOFIL (The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana).  He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at Tulane University and Louisiana State University.

From 1987 to 2007, he was President of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He became Louisiana’s first Commissioner of Higher Education (1975-1987), and served as Executive Director of the Louisiana Coordinating Council for Higher Education (1972-1975).

He was elected president of the State Higher Education Executive Officer’s Association (representing public colleges and universities) in 1979, and elected president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities State Executives (representing private colleges and universities) in 2002. He remains the only person in the history of American higher education to head both national organizations, one in the public sector of higher education and the other in the private.

Dr. Arceneaux is the founder and chair of La Fondation Louisiane, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to providing scholarships for students studying the French language at home and abroad. He is on the Board of Directors of the Europe/Louisiana Business Council and the French/American Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana Chapter, and a member of the World Trade Center of New Orleans. The International Order of French-Speaking Parliamentarians awarded him the decoration of Chevalier, L’Ordre de la Pléiade; and the Republic of France named him a Chevalier (1984) and an Officier (2008) in L’Ordre des Palmes Académiques; and he served as a member of the American Committee on the Bicentennial of the French Revolution.

In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed Dr. Arceneaux as chair of the board of directors of SallieMae Corporation, a Fortune 500 company and the nation’s largest provider of student loans; he served in that capacity until 1997. From 1989 to 2007, he served as a member, board chair (1992-1994), and member of the executive committee (1992-2007), of the board of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, the statewide affiliate of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS).

William Arceneaux earned his B.A. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, all in history. He has authored two books: ACADIAN GENERAL: ALFRED MOUTON AND THE CIVIL WAR (1981) which was awarded the Jefferson Davis Medal; and NO SPARK OF MALICE: THE MURDER OF MARTIN BEGNAUD (2000) which was nominated by the L.S.U. Press for the Pulitzer Prize in the non-fiction category of Letters and Drama. A French edition of the latter was published by Editions Atlantique in 2007 under the title MEURTRE EN LOUISIANE: L’AFFAIRE DES FRERES BLANC.

He is a member of the American and Louisiana Historical Associations. Dr. Arceneaux was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by Loyola University and is listed in WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA. A native of Scott, Louisiana, and a resident of Baton Rouge, he is married and the father of four grown children and the grandfather of five.


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