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FC: C . I . N . E .M . A | Brief description of the most famous French films. | N 1 1 November 2010 | Amelie Leon Fantomas

1: The Cinema of France comprises the art of film and creative movies made within the nation of France or by French filmmakers abroad. France is the birthplace of cinema and was responsible for many of its early significant contributions.. Several important cinematic movements, including the Nouvelle Vague, began in the country. It is noted for having a particularly strong film industry, due in part to protections afforded by the French government..Apart from its strong indigenous film tradition, France has also been a gathering spot for artists from across Europe and the world. For this reason, | The Cinema of France | French cinema is sometimes intertwined with the cinema of foreign nations. Directors from nations such as Poland (Roman Polanski, Krzysztof Kieslowski, and Andrzej uawski), Argentina (Gaspar Noe and Edgardo Cozarinsky), Russia (Alexandre Alexeieff, Anatole Litvak) and Georgia (Gela Babluani, Otar Iosseliani) are as prominent in the ranks of French cinema as native Frenchmen. French directors have been important in the development of cinema in other countries, such as Luc Besson in the United States.

2: "Léon" (also known as The Professional and Léon: The Professional) is a French English-language 1994 action film written and directed by French director Luc Besson. It stars Jean Reno as a mob hitman, Gary Oldman as a psychotic police drug squad detective, and a young Natalie Portman, in her feature film debut, as a young girl who is taken in by the hitman after her family is murdered by corrupt police agents.

3: "Amélie" is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Written by Jeunet with Guillaume Laurant and Dan Pal, the film is a whimsical depiction of contemporary Parisian life, set in Montmartre. It tells the story of a shy waitress, | played by Audrey Tautou, who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better, while struggling with her own isolation. The film was an international co-production between companies in France and Germany.

4: "Fantomas" is a 1964 film starring Jean Marais as the arch villain with the same name opposite Louis de Funs as the earnest but outclassed commissaire Paul Juve. In the film Juve teams up with journalist Fandor, also played by Marais, trying to catch Fantmas but never quite succeeding. It was France's answer, in 1964, to the James Bond phenomenon that swept | the world at around the same time. It is the first of a trilogy of Fantmas films that became extremely successful in Europe and Soviet Union and found success even in the United States and Japan where fan websites exist to this | day.

5: "La Boum" is a 1980 French language motion picture comedy directed by Claude Pinoteau and starring Claude Brasseur, Brigitte Fossey, and Sophie Marceau. The movie has been an international box-office hit. The film tells the story of a 13-year-old girl, Vic, who falls in love with a boy from the same school. She and her friends are anxious to explore | relationships at "boums", without the watchful eyes of their parents. At the same time, Vic's parents have extramarital relationships before reuniting towards the end of the film. In the end Vic has her eye on another boy.

6: "Love Me If You Dare" (French title: Jeux d'enfants ) is a 2003 French film directed by Yann Samuell. The movie takes place in a small town in Belgium. Between the son of wealthy Belgian parents and the daughter of poor polish immigrants a lasting friendship develops. As children | they destroy a buffet at a wedding, and as teenagers their lovers have to suffer because of their dares. Meanwhile, the two friends do not care if there are any consequences or punishment by their authoritarian parents because of their game.

7: "Asterix and Obelix take on Caesar" (French: Astérix et Obélix contre César) is a 1999 film directed by Claude Zidi. The film combines elements of the plots of several Asterix stories. At the time of its release, the film was the most expensive production in French cinema | of all time, making it the most expensive production in France for the 20th Century. It was surpassed by the sequel, Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, in 2002.

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