Other DVDs and Videos on French Topics
Today is 5/21/2013
In English, unless otherwise noted.
Cathedral (726 DVD CAT) 58 min. 1985.
This documentary combines location sequences and animation to show the building of a Gothic cathedral. Beginning with a tour of Chartres, Reims, Amiens, Bourges, Beauvais, Notre Dame de Paris, Laon, and the Royal Abbey Church of St. Denis, it discusses life in the medieval era and how churches were a center of life.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (759.0112 DVD CAV) 90 min. 2011.
This documentary from the incomparable Werner Herzog follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the oldest visual art created by man. The cinematic experience provides a unique glimpse of pristine artwork dating back to human hands over 30,000 years ago, almost twice as old as any previous discovery.
Gauguin: The Full Story (920 DVD GAUGUIN, P.) 121 min. 2003.
The first full-length biography of one of the world's most popular, yet controversial, artists, this film was hailed by The Times as the finest artistic biography ever made. It features a collection of Gauguin's masterpieces from museums and galleries.
The Impressionists: Monet (759.4 DVD MON) 50 min. 1999.
It was Claude Monet's “soleil levant” that gave the impressionist school its name, famed for seeing the subtle nuances of color, light and atmosphere in landscape. This program features footage from L'Orangerie and from Monet's house and gardens at Giverny, plus special film shot at London's Savoy Hotel, from where Monet painted his famous views of London.
The Impressionists: The Other French Revolution (759.054 DVD IMP) 200 min. 2001.
The first truly modern artistic movement, focusing on Renoir, Monet, Degas, Possarro and Morisot. The determination of their convictions, and the price they paid as a result, is told in their own words, taken from letters and diaries. The world’s foremost authorities offer other insights.
The Impressionists: Seurat (759.4 DVD IMP) 50 min. 2006.
This is an entertaining and informative profile of Georges Pierre Seurat, the inventor of the technique known as Pointillism, in which a whole picture is made up of tiny rectangles of pure color that merge together when viewed from afar. Seurat completed only seven canvasses in this hugely complex technique. Seurat achieved much in his short life.
The Life of Emile Zola (DVD DRAMA LIF) 116 min. 1937.
This film explores the career of the novelist who championed the cause of France's oppressed.
Marie Antoinette (920 DVD MARIE ANTOINETTE) 120 min. 2006.
A callous monarch is swept to her death in the torrent of the French Revolution. It is also the tale of a fragile young woman struggling to find herself during one of the most turbulent moments in human history.
Napoleon: Soldier, Emperor, Lover, Statesman (920 DVD NAPOLEON) 240 min. 2000.
For nearly two decades he strode the world stage like a colossus – loved and despised, venerated and feared. From his birth on the island of Corsica to his exile on the island of St. Helena, Napoleon brings this extraordinary figure to life.
Picasso: The Man and His Work, Part 1 (920 DVD PICASSO, P.) 105 minutes each. 2002.
Starting in 1896, when he was only 15, this program traces Picasso's artistic development, exploring his work as a youth, from the Blue period to the Pink period and his first steps into Cubism in 1906. During his Chrysteline period, he went from analytical to synthetic Cubism until entering his Neoclassical period in 1918. It culminates with the painting of his masterpiece "Guernico" in 1937.
A Year in Provence (944.9 DVD YEA) 360 min. 1993.
Based on Peter Mayle's bestseller, this is the hilarious first year account of the Mayles' adjustment to the idiosyncrasies of the locals and the quaint traditions of this charming region of France.