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French Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Titles D

Titles D

Dalida
"From her birth in Cairo in 1933 to her first concert at the Olympia in Paris in 1956; from her marriage to Lucien Morisse, director of the newly emerging Europe one radio to the height of the disco scene; from her journey of discovery to India to the international success of Gigi L'Amoroso in 1974, Dalida the film is a touching and tragic portrait of an emotionally complex woman who was born to be a star. An unconventional modern woman living in conventional times."

Les dames du Bois de Boulogne
"A French woman introduces her ex-lover to a woman with a dark past.

Dany Laferrière: Films from a Poet's Iimagination
"On the Verge of a Fever: Against the backdrop of poverty, fear, and the dictatorship of Haiti in 1971, a sheltered young teen's life takes a turn for the worse after a confrontation with a member of the Haitian secret police. How to Conquer America in One Night: Newly arrived in Montréal and determined to conquer North America by charming blond haired women, Gégé, a Haitian in his thirties, lands up at Fanfan's, his nostalgic uncle who has given up poetry for a good old taxicab and dreams of returning to his homeland. Over the course of one night filled with humor and friendship, highlighted by a party attended by twins Andrée and Denise, two Quebecers with contrasting charms, the two fun-loving guys take stock of their lives, memories and fantasies.

Dans la maison = In the House
"A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy's intrusion will unleash a series of uncontrollable events."

Danton
"Georges Danton, the popular revolutionary leader, returns to Paris at a time when the new Republic is in disarray. Robespierre and his allies have set up a monstrous dictatorship, beginning the infamous 'Reign of Terror.' Danton pleads with the people for an end to the bloodshed which violates the spirit of their revolution."

David Golder
"David Golder thinks that money can buy everything; he does not want to help his associate who takes his own life. His wife and his daughter live in luxury and would not imagine it any other way. The daughter displays no love, no tenderness, no human emotion at all. Later when she comes back to her desperate father, she will have the same behavior."

De Gaulle and Churchill:The Appeal of June 1940
"This powerful made for television film re-creates all of the drama that surrounded that climactic moment in June 1940 when De Gaulle and Churchill stood together during the darkest days of World War II to confront the Nazi threat and broadcast the historic first call of resistance to an occupied Europe."

The Death of King Louis XIV
"Upon returning from a hunting expedition, King Louis XIV feels a sharp pain in his leg. He begins to die, surrounded by loyal followers in the royal chambers."

La délicatesse = Delicacy
"After the death of her soul mate, Nathalie loses interest in life, and finds love again in the most unexpected place."

Les Demoiselles de Rochefort = Young Girls of Rochefort
"Catherine Deneuve and her sister Françoise Dorléac play twins living in the picturesque seaside village of Rochefort-- Delphine teaches dance while Solange composes and gives piano lessons. As the girls dream of success and romance in the far-off big city, they don't realize that true love may be just around the corner."

Le dernier diamant = The Last Diamond
"Simon Carrerra has just been released from prison and is now on parole. His friend Albert persuades him back to his old ways with the idea of a big-time heist of a celebrated diamond in Antwerp; the "Florentine." The jewel's owner, Marie Neuville, suddenly passes away and her daughter, Julia, is left in charge of the sale. Simon encounters Julia while posing as a friend of Julia's mother. Slowly but surely, the two become closer. He manages to use their relationship to get to the diamond and the heist is a success. However, another member of the heist has a different motive and Simon has to decide if he wants to continue with the crime or help Julia recover the diamond."

Le dernier métro = The Last Metro
"A stylish and poignant film about Jewish director Lucas Steiner (Heinz Bennent), who is forced to hide in the basement of his theater during the Nazi occupation while his wife (Catherine Deneuve) stars in its latest production. Romantic tensions mount when she and her leading man (Gérard Depardieu) begin to fall in love with each other. At the same time, a pro-Nazi theater critic ensconces himself in the theater causing stress to the entire cast."

La dernière lettre  = The Last Letter
"In 1941, a Russian-Jewish doctor recites her final letter to her son as she awaits her destruction at the hands of the Nazis in a Jewish ghetto in German-occupied Berdychev. In her letter, she describes conditions within the ghetto and the futile but necessary efforts to maintain a semblance of normal life."

Désiré
"Shavian social satire. Odette is an actress who's now the mistress of a government minister. Her household of cook, maid, and chauffeur needs a valet. On the eve of going with the minister to Deauville, she engages Désiré, a robust and talkative man, even through his most recent employer, a countess, intimates improprieties. Things go well for a short time: the wealthy talk about the servants, the servants talk about their employers. Then, Désiré has explicit dreams about Odette; his outbursts wake the maid in the next room nightly. Odette has the same dream each night, awaking the minister and his jealousy. Is there any decorous way to handle these subconscious attractions?" - jhailey@hotmail.com

Deux hommes dans la ville
"After an early release from prison, an ex-safe cracker finds honest work and a new love. But when a vengeful cop begins to stalk him, and his ex-gang tries to lure him back, his determination to go straight is pushed to the breaking point."

Devil's Weekend
"A young filmmaker sets out to make the most terrifying horror film of all time. But shooting without money and a cast of only his non-actor friends, the director soon realizes the only way to make the most realistic horror movie is to actually murder his entire cast on camera. This is the footage from that movie."

Diary of a Country Priest
"A new priest arrives in the French country village of Ambricourt to attend to his first parish. The rural congregation rejects him immediately. Through his country diary entries, the suffering young man relays a crisis of faith that threatens to drive him away from the village and God."

The Disenchanted
"A young girl has to hold her family together by degrading herself."

Diva
"Cynthia Hawkins is the operatic superstar whose refusal to make a recording frustrates her adoring public. A young fan named Jules makes a secret tape and is stalked by thugs who plan to blackmail the diva. Jules also accidently acquires a tape which tells of a top mobster's role in an international sex and drug ring. Two hired killers are out to get the tape."

Django
"A powerful biopic focusing on the life of legendary Romani jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt."

17 filles = 17 Girls
"When Camille accidentally becomes pregnant, 16 of her friends and classmates decide to follow suit, throwing their town and school into chaos"

Donkey Skin
"A fairy godmother helps a princess disguise herself so she won't have to marry a man she doesn't love. Based on the story by Charles Perrault."

Le Doulos
"As the title screens explain, in gangster slang, 'doulos' means 'hat.' In the slang shared by criminal and police, 'doulos' also designates the person who wears it: the informer. Through shadowy back streets on the edge of Paris, an ingenious cat and mouse game is played as two underworld characters, seemingly working against each other, find themselves in a deadly entanglement of their own making but infinitely larger than both of them. Faugel, a thief recently released from prison, and Silien, Faugel's best friend and all-around suspicious character, are up against shady nightclub owner Nuttheccio, and the police's Capt. Clain, ruthless as any criminal. The hapless gangsters know two things: their sense of honor is the only thing they can take with them to the grave, and that date with the grave is coming all too soon. By Jean-Pierre Melville, French poet of crime cinema, full of shadows, night, trench coats, guns, tough guys, cigarettes, slinky dames, cocktail bars, crooked cops, betrayal, and loot."

Drancy avenir
"Three stories about the Holocaust and how it effected the lives of three people: one the last Holocaust survivor, one doing research on a concentration camp in Drancy, and the third about a ship's captain and his journey into an unknown territory..."

Drôle de drame
"A quiet botanist is the secret author of a popular crime novel. His peaceful existence is threatened when a crazed fan vows to kill the author of  The Model Crime. The convoluted plot involves a group of Victorian Englishmen who get so enmeshed in lies and disguises, murders and supposed murders, intrigues and romances, that Scotland Yard and the participants themselves are confused."

Drôle de Félix = Adventures of Felix
"A young Frenchman of Arab descent has a series of adventures during a trek through the French countryside."

Du rififi chez les homme
"A story of a successful jewel robbery in which the four thieves betray each other."

Duo
"In Duo Michael (Pierre Arditi) and Alice (Evelyn Bouix) seem like the perfect couple. However, after a wild night of adultery, their model relationship becomes a fierce battle of lust and freedom. This adaptation of Colette's work, originally published in France in 1934, unveils a most unusual kind of relationship, one founded on a wife's infidelity that teeters completely out of control."