CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM Picks the Top French Language Films of All-Time!

The Piano TeacherChlotrudis members have deliberated and made their selections, and here is the Society's picks for the Top French Language Films of all time!  Members sent in their personal lists of favorite French language films.  Country of origin didn't matter -- only the predominant language that it was spoken in.  In addition to France, films from Canada, and Belgium were also represented.  Topping the list is Jacques Demy's classic musical THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG from 1964.  The sixties was a good decade for French-language films; eleven of the Top 50 were released during that decade.  This was the second highest represented decade following the 2000's with twelve.

In the runner-up spot is Michael Haneke with THE PIANO TEACHER, the first of three films of his to appear on the list (followed by CACHE at #5 and AMOUR at #22).  Ironically, Haneke is German, but makes most of his films in French.  Other directors to score three films in the Top 50 include Fran├žois Truffaut, whose THE 400 BLOWS comes in at #3, Jean-Luc Godard, whose BREATHLESS comes in at #6, and one of three female directors on the list, Claire Denis, whose BEAU TRAVAIL shows up at #14.

Chlotrudis has created a well-rounded list, featuring some true classics alongside more modern, edgy films that fit into the Chlotrudis mold.  The oldest film on the list is from 1928, and that's Carl Theodor Dreyer's THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC. Two French Canadian films made the list, #16, Denys Arcand's THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS, and #17, Philippe Falardeau whose MONSIEUR LAZHAR was a Best Movie nominee in 2012.  Over 250 films were mentioned on at least one member's list that just shows the love for French-language films among Chlotrudis members.

To celebrate its 20th annual awards ceremony, Chlotrudis will be publishing a series of Top 20 lists on its Facebook page.  However here on the website, you can see the full list of Top 50.  The 50 Best French Language Films is our first list for the year, in honor of the French Cultural Center, a long-time supporter of the organization, and the first sponsor of the 20th annual Chlotrudis Awards to be held on Sunday, March 16 at the Brattle Theatre.

Here are the Top 20!

  1. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  2. The Piano Teacher
  3. The 400 Blows
  4. Amelie
  5. Cache
  6. Breathless
  7. Beauty and the Beast
  8. Holy Motors
  9. The Passion of Joan of Arc
  10. Belle de Jour
  11. Hiroshima Mon Amour
  12. The Beat That My Heart Skipped
  13. The Battle of Algiers
  14. Beau Travail
  15. Contempt
  16. The Barbarian Invasions
  17. Monsieur Lazhar
  18. Children of Paradise
  19. I've Loved You So Long
  20. The Rules of the Game

To see the entire Top 50, visit Our Favorite Films page and the Top 50 French Language Films.

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