Sunday, December 21, 2014

2009 Season

LPB's new series of classic French films, Cinéma Français, airs on Sundays at 10PM on LPB2 with an encore showing on LPB2 on Saturdays at 10PM.

LPB2 is available on Cox Cable in Baton Rouge and Lafayette and on the LPB Digital Feed which is available free, over the air. (Get more dtv information at http://www.lpb.org/dtv).

The series of 12 films is hosted by Dr. William Arceneaux. His introductions and the films themselves are in French with English subtitles.

Marius - (approximately 2 hr. 8 min.)

Sunday, September 6, 2009 and Saturday, September 12, 2009 Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Written and directed by Marcel Pagnol in the 1930s.
Part of the Fanny Trilogy César runs a bar along Marseilles' port, assisted by his 23 year old son, Marius. Marius is torn between his love for Fanny and his desire to see the world, sailing the seven seas.

Fanny - (approximately 2 hr. 7 min.)

Sunday, September 13, 2009 and Saturday, September 19, 2009 Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Written and directed by Marcel Pagnol in the 1930s.
Part of the Fanny Trilogy Marius has left, signed up for a five year hitch on a ship bound for the Indian Ocean. In his few letters to his father César, he hardly mentions Fanny. Fanny marries Panisse to give her child a name – the child of Marius, of whom he knows nothing.

Cesar - (approximately 2 hr 53 min.)

Sunday, September 20, 2009 and Saturday, September 25, 2009 Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Written and directed by Marcel Pagnol in the 1930s.
Part of the Fanny Trilogy Honoré Panisse is dying, cheerfully, with friends, wife, and son at his side. He confesses to the priest in front of his friends; he insists that the doctor be truthful. But, he cannot bring himself to tell his son Cesariot that his real father is Marius, the absent son of César, Cesariot's godfather.

Zouzou - (approximately 1 hr 37 min.)

Sunday, September 27, 2009 and Saturday, October 3, 2009 Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Marc Allégret. 1930s.
Zou Zou (played by Josephine Baker) tries to help her childhood friend prove his innocence after he's accused of murder.

Liliom - (approximately 2 hr 3 min.)

Sunday, October 4, 2009 and Saturday, October 10, 2009 Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Fritz Lang. 1930s.
Two women love the same man in a world of few prospects. Liliom, starring Charles Boyer, is a "public figure," a rascal who's a carousel barker, loved by the experienced merry-go-round owner and by a young, innocent maid.

La Princesse Tam Tam / Princess Tam Tam - (approximately 1 hr 22 min.)

Sunday, October 11, 2009 and Saturday, October 17, 2009 Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Edmond T. Gréville. 1930s.
Based on the Pygmalion theme, a French novelist (who also happens to be an aristocrat) is suffering from writers block. The novelist and his agent decide that a complete change of scene is the cure for his writers block, so they travel to the North African French colony of Tunisia and encounter Alwina, a street urchin and petty thief, played by Josephine Baker.

Que La Fête Commence / Let Joy Reign Supreme - (approximately 1 hr 59 min.)

Sunday, October 18, 2009 and Saturday, October 24, 2009 Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. 1974.
France, 1719. Louis 14th died four years ago, Philippe d'Orleans is the regent. He is a liberal and a libertine. The city of New Orleans was founded in 1718 during the regency of the Duke of Orleans and named for him.

La Vie et Rien d’Autre / Life and Nothing But - (approx. 2 hr 20 min.)

Sunday, October 25, 2009 and Saturday, October 31, 2009 Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. 1989.
Set in 1920, this powerful drama unfolds in post World War I France, a country devastated both physically and spiritually. It tells the story of two women of different backgrounds who are looking for the missing men they love.

Les Bonnes Femmes / The Good Girls - (approximately 1 hr 45 min.)

Sunday, November 1, 2009 and Saturday, November 7, 2009 Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Claude Chabrol and is an example of New Wave cinema. 1960s.
A movie about four young women who are friends and co-workers in a small Paris shop. Their free time is spent wandering the night clubs of the city looking for adventure and, above all, looking for love; or at least their idea of love.

Elle est de nôtres / She’s One of Us - (approximately 1 hr 45 min.)

Sunday, November 8, 2009 and Saturday, November 14, 2009 Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Siegrid Alnoy who also co-wrote the screen play. 2003.
Siegrid Alnoy's dark allegorical thriller tells the tale of an outsider who must confront her own personal demons after tragedy strikes.

Je rentre à la maison / I’m Going Home - (approximately 1 hr 35 min.)

Sunday, November 15, 2009 and Saturday, November 21, 2009 Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira, also wrote the original screenplay. 2000.
A simple, yet beautiful film about family relationships, life’s transitions, and the integrity necessary to remain true to one’s professional standards.

La Petite Jérusalem / Little Jerusalem - (approximately 1 hr 41 min.)

Sunday, November 22, 2009 and Saturday, November 28, 2009 Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Karen Albou. 2005.
Our movie tonight is about an Orthodox Sephardic Jewish family living in a Paris suburb nicknamed “Little Jerusalem” because it is home to so many of that faith. The time period is today, the 21st century.

About your host:

Dr. William Arceneaux - William Arceneaux is Director of the Foundation for Excellence in Louisiana Public Broadcasting and President of CODOFIL (The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana). He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at Tulane University and Louisiana State University.

From 1987 to 2007, he was President of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He became Louisiana’s first Commissioner of Higher Education (1975-1987), and served as Executive Director of the Louisiana Coordinating Council for Higher Education (1972-1975).

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