Pascale Ogier and Tcheky Karyo in Eric Rohmer's 'Full Men in Paris'

‘Full Moon in Paris’ on Amazon Prime and Sundance Now

Full Moon in Paris (France, 1984), the fourth of Eric Rohmer’s six “Comedies and Proverbs,” stars Pascale Ogier as Louise, a restless designer bored with sleepy suburban life outside of Paris, lives with her lover Remy (Tcheky Karyo), a stable architect happy with a calm home life and a long-term relationship. The independent minded Louise […]

Pierre Richard stars in Yves Robert's French spy farce 'The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe '

‘The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe’ on Amazon Prime

The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (France, 1972) takes an idea out of Hitchcock’s North by Northwest—an innocent man is mistaken for a government agent and targeted by the enemy—and gives it cynical twist and a comic treatment closer to the Pink Panther films. When “St. Bernard” Milan (Bernard Blier), the ambitious assistant […]

Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric star in 'Venus in Fur,' directed by Roman Polanski

‘Venus in Fur’ on Hulu

Venus in Fur (France, 2013), adapted by Roman Polanski with playwright David Ives from his Tony Award-winning play, is Polanksi’s second theater piece in a row. This is a two-hander between a playwright (Mathieu Amalric) auditioning actresses for his adaptation of the novel by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch and an actress (Emmanuelle Seigner) who arrives late […]

Bernadette Lafont, Stephane Audran, and Clotilde Joano in Claude Chabrol's 'Les Bonnes Femmes'

‘Les Bonnes Femmes’ on Amazon Prime

The “bonnes femmes” of Claude Chabrol’s Les Bonnes Femmes (1960) are four shopgirls at a small appliance store in Paris. Good time girl Bernadette Lafont spends her nights in empty flirtations with boorish womanizers, social climbing Lucile Saint-Simon withers under the disdainful gaze of her boyfriend’s haughty parents, seemingly confident Stephane Audran secretly follows her […]