10 Best Retro French Movies

Monday, September 12 by Ergopotamo

Today is all about the 10 best retro French movies. French cinema is known all around the globe for its quality and innovations. They have definitely influenced on the way movies are done since they have had great directors and actors. French movies had a gold era during the second part of the last century. Here’s a list of the 10 best retro French movies.

“Au Bout de Soufflé” (Breathless). “Au Bout de Soufflé” (1960) was the masterpiece of the great director Jean-Luc Godard. This movie was a turning point in French cinema since Godard used a stunning photography and introduced new ways of shooting and directing. This is a love story between a car-thief and a girl who he tries to convince to escape from Paris.

“Jules and Jim.” “Jules and Jim” filmed in 1961, is one of the best movies from the famous director Francois Truffaut. It tells the story of two guys and one girl who are involved in a love triangle. It has great performances of Jeanne Moreau and Oskar Werner.

“The Butcher.” This is a great psychological thriller from director Claude Chabrol. This 1970 retro French movie tells the story of a butcher who gets involved with a woman in a small town in France. He has murdered a girl in the same town and tries to look unsuspicious. It features the outstanding performance from Stephane Audrane and Jean Yanne.

“Un Chien Andalou.” This retro French movie from 1927 is a piece of art from one of the most innovative and prolific directors of the cinema history: Luis Buñuel. The movie doesn’t have an established story but it shows over one hour of a group of unconnected surreal scenes that try to reproduce a dream-like feeling. “Un Chien Andalou” is considered an all time classic.

“La Belle et la Bête.” In 1946 Jean Cocteau released one of the most beautiful recreations of “The Beauty and the Beast” ever made. It tells the story of a woman who arrives to a castle in the middle of the forest to find out that the owner is a beast with magic powers. This movie has fine imagery and outstanding acting.

“Belle du Jour." This movie is a great erotic drama from Luis Bunuel. It tells the story of a young rich and married woman that enters to the prostitution world by her own will. Soon she starts a tormenting relationship with one of her clients that will cause major problems. It features a stunning performance from the beautiful Catherine Deneuve.

“Children of Paradise.” Marcel Carne directs this drama-romance retro French movie in which a Mime and a town woman fall in love. The movie tells their story along the years. Jean Baptiste and Jean-Louis Barrault star “Children of Paradise”.

“Pierrot Le Fou.” This is a beautiful movie released by Jean-Luc Godard in 1965. It tells the moving story of Pierrot who decides to leave Paris in order to have a quiet life at the Mediterranean sea and Marianne a girl who also escapes of hit men from Algeria. This is one of Godard’s finest works.

“L’Affaire Domenici.” Director Claude Bernart-Albert released “L’affaire Dominici” in 1972. This story is based on real life. It counts the story of three English men who are killed in a road in rural France. The Domenici family has a farmhouse near by and therefore they are the main suspects.

“Les 400 Coups.” “Les 400 Coups” or is directed by Francois Truffaut and starred by Jean-Pierre Leaud. It tells the story of Antoine, a young boy who lives a tormented life in school and at home. Problems with his mother and his teachers will drive him to misconducts that will eventually put him in jail.