LPB's series of classic French films called Cinéma Français is back for a second season and 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.
Sunday, September 12 and Saturday, September 18 Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Marcel Carné. 1953.
A long-suffering housewife dreams of a more romantic life-partner than the bourgeois Camille. Thérèse enjoys a torrid affair with burly truck-driver Laurent only to realize the true emptiness of her aspirations.
Sunday, September 19 and Saturday, September 25 Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 1944.
Two short films. A Royal Air Force gunner’s escape from a German prison is aided by a fellow fugitive he has only just met, and by a succession of Resistance workers who help him get out of the country. Aventure Malgache is a complex, swiftly paced remembrance by a French actor about the duplicity of Vichy collaborators in French-controlled Madagascar.
Sunday, September 26 and Saturday, October 2 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.
Sunday, October 3 and Saturday, October 9 Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Jacques Deray. 1974.
Charismatic gangsters in 1930s Marseilles dispose of enemies in a variety of novel (and gruesome) methods.
Sunday, October 10 and Saturday, October 16 Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Claude Chabrol. 1959.
A wealthy wine grower has trouble with his wife, his children, his best friend, and his mistress across the way, who is murdered.
Sunday, October 17 and Saturday, October 23 Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Jacques Deray. 1975.
This movie depicts the authentic story of the hunt for the dangerous criminal Emile Buisson, who escaped from prison in 1947.
Sunday, October 24 and Saturday, October 30 Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Patrice Leconte. 1989.
Monsieur Hire is a maladjusted, balding, middle-aged man living in France. He doesn't like to talk to people.
Sunday, October 31 and Saturday, November 6 Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by José Giovanni. 1973.
A former bank robber is released after 10 years in prison. He gets help from a social-worker, but gets harassed by an old cop from his past.
Sunday, November 7 and Saturday, November 13 Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Michael Haneke. 2000.
Jean, a farm lad, wants to escape his silent father; he runs to Paris to his older brother, Georges.
Sunday, November 14 and Saturday, November 20 Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Gérard Pirès. 2005.
While in an international fair of exhibition of airplanes, a French Mirage 2000 of the last generation vanishes and pilots Antoine "Walk'n" Marchelli and Sebastian "Fahrenheit" Vallois are assigned to locate the plane that is flying in a hiding position below a commercial airplane.
Sunday, November 21 and Saturday, November 27 Study Guide in English & Français (pdf)
Directed by Roger Vadim. 1964.
Director Roger Vadim's remake of Max Ophuls' classic post war film "La Ronde," about various people having affairs, eventually forming a chain that comes full circle.
Sunday, November 28 and Saturday, December 4 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.
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).