LPB's series of classic French films called Cinéma Français airs on Sundays at 10PM on LPB2 with an encore showing on Saturdays at 10PM. (In New Orleans, see it on WLAE at 11PM on Sunday nights).
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, January 23 and Saturday, January 29 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.
Sunday, January 30 and Saturday, February 5 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, February 6 and Saturday, February 12 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, February 13 and Saturday, February 19 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, February 20 and Saturday, February 26 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, February 27 and Saturday, March 5 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, March 6 and Saturday, March 12 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, March 13 and Saturday, March 19 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, March 20 and Saturday, March 26 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.
Sunday, March 27 and Saturday, April 2 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.
Sunday, April 3 and Saturday, April 9 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.
Sunday, April 10 and Saturday, April 16 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.
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).