Une histoire du cinéma français VI - Short films & Animated films

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4. Stickelback Eggs (1929)

26 min | Short

An educational film, a movie through a microscope, in two parts. Within minutes after the egg drops in the water, fertilization occurs and contractions start. Soon, in a fertilized egg, we ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Painlevé

Votes: 150

5. Sea Urchins (1958)

11 min | Short

A complex creature. Regular underwater photography, magnified close-ups, and film through a microscope present sea urchins. We see their mouth and five teeth close and open. After injecting... See full summary »

Directors: Jean Painlevé, Geneviève Hamon

Votes: 262

6. The Love Life of an Octopus (1967)

13 min | Documentary, Short

An octopus slithers into a narrow crack near the shore; we see its eye up close; blowing water propels it through water. It feeds on a crab. In spring it's time to mate. A male grabs a ... See full summary »

Directors: Geneviève Hamon, Jean Painlevé

Votes: 313

7. Bluebeard (1936)

13 min | Animation, Short

Perrault's fairy tale presented in claymation with choral voices. Bluebeard goes courting, all six of his wives having died. He arrives at the house of a widow with two daughters. He's ... See full summary »

Directors: René Bertrand, Jean Painlevé

Votes: 274

8. Return to Reason (1923)

3 min | Short

Experimental film, white specks and shapes gyrating over a black background, a light-striped torso, a gyrating eggcrate. One of the first Dadaist films.

Director: Man Ray | Star: Kiki of Montparnasse

Votes: 1,544

9. Emak-Bakia (1927)

18 min | Short

A long series of unrelated images, revolving, often distorted: lights, flowers, nails. A lightboard appears from time to time carrying the news of the day. Then, an eye. A woman in a car ... See full summary »

Director: Man Ray | Stars: Kiki of Montparnasse, Jacques Rigaut

Votes: 1,138

10. Un Chant D'Amour (1950)

Not Rated | 26 min | Short, Fantasy, Romance

Two prisoners in complete isolation, separated by the thick brick walls, and desperately in need of human contact, devise a most unusual kind of communication.

Director: Jean Genet | Stars: Bravo, Jean Genet, Java, Coco Le Martiniquais

Votes: 2,929

12. Autour de l'argent (1929)

40 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary about the making of L'argent, the epic silent film directed by Marcel L'Herbier. The film shows the details of many of the more complicated moving camera shots.

Director: Jean Dréville | Stars: Alfred Abel, Pierre Alcover, Jules Berry, Marie Glory

Votes: 46

13. The School for Postmen (1947)

16 min | Short, Comedy

School for Postmen" is a 1947 short film directed and starring Jacques Tati, playing a French postman adamant to prove he can be just as fast as American postmen at delivering mail.

Director: Jacques Tati | Stars: Jacques Tati, Paul Demange

Votes: 1,924

14. Guernica (1951)

13 min | Documentary, Short

On April 26 1937 the small Basque town of Guernica was bombed without warning by the German aviation. Two thousand people, all civilians, got killed. Like millions all over the world, Pablo... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Hessens, Alain Resnais | Stars: María Casares, Jacques Pruvost

Votes: 869

15. Gauguin (1950)

14 min | Short

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Director: Alain Resnais | Star: Jean Servais

Votes: 146

16. Statues also Die (1953)

30 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary of black art.

Directors: Ghislain Cloquet, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais | Stars: Jean Négroni, François Mitterrand, Pope Pius XII, Sugar Ray Robinson

Votes: 1,026

17. Le chant du Styrène (1958)

13 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

Poetic and aesthetic visit of a large polystyrene factory.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Pierre Dux, Sacha Vierny

Votes: 881

18. La première nuit (1958)

23 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

A residential area schoolboy discovers the odd universe of the Parisian metro. At a time, he glimpses the beautiful face of a blond-haired little girl. Later on, he falls asleep and dreams his first love dream...

Director: Georges Franju | Stars: Pierre Devis, Lisbeth Persson

Votes: 136

19. Le métro (1934)

8 min | Documentary, Short

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Directors: Georges Franju, Henri Langlois

Votes: 15

20. Hôtel des Invalides (1952)

22 min | Documentary, Short

A tour of the Hotel des Invalides, and more particularly of the Army Museum and the Saint Louis Chapel. From François I's armor to Guynemer's airplane, to Napoleon's and Marshall Foch's ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Franju | Star: Michel Simon

Votes: 316

21. Operation Concrete (1958)

20 min | Documentary, Short

Ina time before the New Wave,when aspiring French cineastes could only hope to make shorts, due to restrictions on career advancement, Godard ,working in Switzerland, funded, wrote, and directed a look at the construction of a dam there.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Star: Jean-Luc Godard

Votes: 198

22. All the Boys Are Called Patrick (1959)

21 min | Short, Comedy

Two French college girls each meet a boy named Patrick and quickly realize that it is less a coincidence then they think.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Claude Brialy, Anne Collette, Nicole Berger

Votes: 2,087

23. A Story of Water (1961)

12 min | Romance, Short

A young woman is going to Paris by bus, but when she steps out of her house she discovers that her garden and the whole village is flooded with water. With a boat and a bike she succeeds to... See full summary »

Directors: Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Claude Brialy, Caroline Dim, Jean-Luc Godard

Votes: 1,241

24. Charlotte and Her Boyfriend (1960)

20 min | Short, Drama

A jilted man (Jean-Paul Belmondo) rants at his mostly silent former lover (Anne Collette).

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anne Collette, Gérard Blain

Votes: 1,361

25. Presentation, or Charlotte and Her Steak (1960)

12 min | Comedy, Short, Romance

Two young people, Walter and Charlotte, are walking through a small village in Switzerland a snowy winter day. Walter introduces Charlotte to Clara, hoping to make Charlotte jealous. After ... See full summary »

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Jean-Luc Godard, Stéphane Audran, Anna Karina, Andrée Bertrand

Votes: 828

26. Le sabotier du Val de Loire (1956)

Not Rated | 26 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

This is October 1955. The place is a village in Loire-Atlantique, La Chapelle-Basse-Mer, where an old clog-maker works and lives with his wife and their adopted son. The clog-maker's ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Demy | Stars: Yves Demy, Georges Rouquier

Votes: 214

27. Le bel indifférent (1958)

29 min | Short

The monologue, taken from the theater, of a desperate woman who feels she has been wronged by her man.

Director: Jacques Demy | Stars: Jeanne Allard, Angelo Bellini, Jacques Demy

Votes: 143

28. L'amour existe (1960)

21 min | Short, Documentary

A social commentary on post-war France's urban developments.

Director: Maurice Pialat | Star: Jean-Loup Reynold

Votes: 501

29. Janine (1962)

16 min | Short, Drama

Two men are disappointed by women and united by a whore.

Director: Maurice Pialat | Stars: Hubert Deschamps, Claude Berri, Evelyne Ker, Mouflette

Votes: 117

30. Happy Anniversary (1962)

15 min | Short, Action, Comedy

A woman is preparing a romantic dinner for two for her and her husband to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Her husband is out running a series of errands, most of his stops to pick up ... See full summary »

Directors: Jean-Claude Carrière, Pierre Étaix | Stars: Georges Loriot, Nono Zammit, Lucien Frégis, Ican Paillaud

Votes: 539

31. Les enfants désaccordés (1964)

15 min | Short

A young couple escape from school and home; they are happy in a lonely mansion somewhere; then, they are... asleep?!

Director: Philippe Garrel | Stars: Christiane Pérez, Pascal Roy, Maurice Garrel, Marcel Domerc

Votes: 63

33. Présence féminine (1989)

16 min | Short, Fantasy

A strange young woman lives for a while with a man and brings troubles in his appartment and his life.

Director: Eric Rochant | Stars: Isabel Otero, Marc Berman

Votes: 25

34. The Woman Who Powders Herself (1972)

18 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

A study of human anxieties about beauty, youth and objectification.

Director: Patrick Bokanowski | Stars: Jean-Jacques Choul, Jacques Delbosc d'Auzon, Claus-Dieter Reents, Nadine Roussial

Votes: 268

35. Flammes (1998)

4 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Patrick Bokanowski

Votes: 57

36. The Beach (1992)

14 min | Short

Reworked and colored images of people playing at the seashore.

Director: Patrick Bokanowski

Votes: 118

37. Le tempestaire (1947)

22 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

In a village in Brittany, a young maid and an old woman are spinning while the wind blows threateningly outdoors. In spite of the bad omen, the young maid's boyfriend decides to sail away. ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Epstein

Votes: 533

38. A Letter to Freddy Buache (1982)

11 min | Documentary, Short

Godard has been hired to make a film celebrating the 500th anniversary of Lausanne. This film is his videotaped refusal.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Freddy Buache, Jean-Luc Godard

Votes: 229

39. Diary of a Pregnant Woman (1958)

16 min | Short, Drama, Romance

Impressions of the rue Mouffetard, Paris 5, through the eyes of a pregnant woman.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Dorothée Blanck, Antoine Bourseiller, André Rousselet, Jean Tasso

Votes: 837

40. The So-called Caryatids (1984)

Not Rated | 12 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary of the caryatids in Paris accompanied by the poetry of Baudelaire and the music of Offenbach.

Director: Agnès Varda | Star: Agnès Varda

Votes: 405

41. 7p., cuis., s. de b., ... à saisir (1984)

Not Rated | 28 min | Short

A real estate agent tries to sell a 7-room house with kitchen and bathroom to a young couple even though he had previously sold it to its former owners.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Hervé Mangani, Louis Bec, Saskia Cohen Tanugi, Colette Bonnet

Votes: 167

42. As Long as You Get Drunk... (1958)

20 min | Short

The setbacks of a shy boy in a ballroom frequented by a black and Arab clientele.

Director: Jean-Daniel Pollet | Star: Claude Melki

Votes: 42

43. Order (1973)

44 min | Documentary, Short

Pollet provides an insight into life on the leper colony of Spinalonga, an island off Crete, through the eyes of Raimondakis, who tells the story of his life to the camera after having been... See full summary »

Directors: Malo Aguettant, Maurice Born, Jean-Daniel Pollet | Stars: Raimondakis, Philippe Sollers

Votes: 118

44. Un steack trop cuit (1960)

19 min | Short

Though a piece of meat figures in this film the real subject is, before you judge something not just a steak, think twice, as for instance the way two people in a situation present themselves to each other.

Director: Luc Moullet | Stars: Jacqueline Finnaert, Luc Moullet, Patrice Moullet, Raymond N. Quinneseul

Votes: 26

45. Terres noires (1964)

19 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Luc Moullet | Star: Françoise Vatel

Votes: 14

47. Barres (1984)

14 min | Short, Comedy