|Day for Night 1973 PG, 116 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy
Director: Francois Truffaut
Cast: Jacqueline Bisset, Valentina Cortese, Alexandra Stewart, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Francois Truffaut, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Nathalie Baye, Dani, Jean Champion, Maurice Seveno, David Markham, Bernard Menez, Nike Arrighi, Gaston Joly, Zenaide Rossi
This film provides an excellent satire on the art of filmmaking. While filming at the Victorine Studio in Nice, chaos reigns on the set, which is filled with personal dilemmas as well as technical problems. At the center of all the turmoil is the director, Ferrand (Francois Truffaut), who attempts to keep his cast in line at least long enough to complete the project. The cast includes temperamental Alphonse (Jean-Pierre Leaud), emotionally unstable Julie (Jacqueline Bisset), closet homosexual Alexandre (Jean-Pierre Aumont), alcoholic Severine (Valentina Cortese), and pregnant Stacey (Alexandra Stewart)–all of whose problems affect Ferrand's effort to keep the filming on track. Winner of Best Foreign Film Academy Award.
|Dracula and Son 1976 PG, 78 min.|
Genre: Foreign / Horror / Comedy / Fantasy
Director: Edouard Molinaro
Cast: Christopher Lee, Bernard Menez, Marie-Helene Breillat, Catherine Breillat, Raymond Bussieres, Claude Genia, Anna Gael, Jean-Claude Dauphin, Bernard Alane, Mustapha Dali, Xavier Depraz, Jean Lescot, Geoffrey Carey, Albert Simono, Gerard Jugnot
Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) and his son Ferdinand (Bernard Menez) differ on the subject of vampires because Ferdinand becomes squeamish at the sight of blood. Now, the Communists take over the family's Transylvania castle, and they are banished from Romania. The Count and Ferdinand go their separate ways until they reunite in Paris where they meet beautiful Nicole (Marie-Helene Breillat), and both fall in love with her. Nicole chooses Ferdinand and accidentally exposes the Count to sunlight, which makes him disappear. A few years later, Nicole and Ferdinand have married and have two children. While playing, the daughter cuts her knee, causing the son to sprout fangs–and the family spirit continues.
|La Grande Bouffe 1973 NC-17, 130 min.|
Genre: Foreign / Comedy / Drama
aka: The Grande Bouffe
Director: Marco Ferreri
Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret, Ugo Tognazzi, Andrea Ferreol, Solange Blondeau, Florence Giorgetti, Michele Alexandre, Monique Chaumette, Henri Piccoli, Louis Navarre, Bernard Menez
Four successful men–a pilot (Marcello Mastroianni), a chef (Ugo Tognazzi), a TV host (Michel Piccoli), and a judge (Philippe Noiret)–enter into a suicide pact. Using the weapon of self-indulgence, the men gather in a walled Parisian villa where they eat themselves to death while enjoying side dishes of sex along with the food.
|1. Day for Night (1973)|
2. Dracula and Son (1976)
3. La Grande Bouffe (1973)
aka: The Grande Bouffe
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