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

Titles G

Gainsbourg: vie héroïque
Best selling comic book artist Joann Sfar delivers an inventive biography of famed French singer Serge Gainsbourg. Born Lucien Ginsburg to Russian-Jewish parents, Sfar follows him from his childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, his transition from painter to jazz musician to pop superstar and his many relationships including Juliette Greco, Brigitte Bardot, and Jane Birkin while employing a witty surrealistic style and a soundtrack that acts like a time capsule to '60s Paris."

Les Gardiennes = The Guardians
"An affecting human drama of love, loss, and strength unfolds against the backdrop of World War I. The women of the Paridier farm, under the deft hand of Hortense, the family's matriarch, must grapple with the workload while the men are off at the front. New tools allow the women to triumph over the land, newfound independence is acquired, yet emotions are stirred, especially when the men return."

Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti
"It's 1891, Gauguin has exiled himself to Tahiti in order to rediscover his painting, far from the moral, political, and visual codes of civilized Europe. He goes deep into the jungle, managing solitude, poverty, and sickness. He meets Tehura, who will become his wife, and the theme of his greatest paintings."

Les géants
"Teenage brothers Seth and Zak are spending the summer in their deceased grandfather's house, waiting in vain for their mother, who is perpetually busy and nowhere to be found. Running low on cash, they decide to rent out the house to a rather unnerving local drug dealer, who was rumored to have killed someone simply with a 'death stare'."

Get Out Your Handkerchiefs = Préparez vos mouchoirs
"Comedy in which Freud's question 'What is it that women want?'is elaborated until the answer -- she knows it when she finds it -- is discovered."

The Girl Without Hands
"In hard times, a miller sells his daughter to the Devil. Protected by her purity, she escapes from the Devil who, in revenge, deprives her of her hands. So begins a long journey towards the light. It is the audacious feature debut from acclaimed short filmmaker Sebastien Laudenbach, whose beautiful and dreamlike take on the Brothers Grimm story has created an adult fairytale destined to become a classic."

Godard mon amour
"Paris, 1967. Jean-Luc Godard, is shifting from revolutionizing cinema to becoming a revolutionary tout court. His female star is Anne Wiazemsky, writer Franȯis Mauriac's granddaughter, sixteen years his junior. Anne and Jean-Luc have been dating since 1966 and they marry this very year. She admires Jean-Luc's originality, intelligence, wit and boldness while he loves Anne's freshness and - admiration of him. But May 1968 puts their marriage to the test."

Goodbye to Language
"A couple's relationship breaks down along with the images, which in its second half takes a dog's-eye view of the world. It is a meditation on history and illusion, figures merging and weaving across the screen along with the film's ideas about romantic love and being-in-the-world."

Goto, l'île d'amour
"Goto III is an unstable and jealous dictator married to the beautiful Glossi. Unbeknownst to Goto III, Glossia is carrying on an affair with one of his guards, the handsome Lieutenant Gono. Also lusting after the dictator's wife is Grozo, a petty thief who, by winning the confidence of Goto III, plans to win Glossia for himself. Simmering passions will boil over on the isle, leading to a surprising denouement.A surreal fairy tale that takes place on the island of Goto, where a prisoner saved from execution desires the ruler's wife and his throne."

Graduate First
"Follows a group of working-class teenagers in northern France in their final year of school."

Le grand blanc de Lambaréné
"Cameroonian filmmaker Bassek Ba Kobhio provides a revisionist perspective on Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize winner and secular saint of the colonial era. Shot on the site of Schweitzer's hospital in Gabon, the film reveals him to be a man blinded to the people around him by his own spiritual self-absorption and arrogance. His paternalism leads him to cast Africans as childlike primitives to be protected from modernity, which for Ba Kobhio embodies the ultimate evil of colonialism in its inability to value the cultural difference and creative potential in Africans themselves."

Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire
"When an unsuspecting violinist, the tall blond man, is misidentified by the head of a spy network to his assistant as the target of their investigation and a superspy himself, a series of wacky misunderstandings and silly situations ensues. As the assistant, his henchman fall all over each other in their misguided attempts to discover the alleged superspy₂s vital secrets, his best friend happens by and only further complicates things."

Le grande bouffe
"Four world-weary middle-aged men decide to gorge themselves to death in one final orgiastic weekend full of gourmet food, call girls, and a hefty, lusty schoolteacher."

La grande illusion
"In this classic tale of adventure, duty and honor conflict in a German prisoner-of-war camp when an aristocratic French officer becomes friends with the commandant while cooperating with his comrades in a daring escape."

The Great Game
"An elegant political thriller that makes much use of its stellar cast, particularly in the performance of Andre Dussollier, who commits to his character's malevolence with relish."

La guerre est finie
"A Spanish revolutionary maintains his ideals even though he is warned he will be sold out. Aging, tired leftist Montand travels from Spain to Paris, reports to his political associates, and visits mistress Thulin."