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French Film Festival 2017

Friday, March 10th, 2017 Film Reviews,

Whatever inventions Australians may boast about (Vegemite?), it’s best to keep quiet in Paris, because the French invented the cinema. Every year, in antipodean acknowledgement of this feat, Australians turn out in vast numbers for the Alliance Française French Film Festival. The organisers never tire of telling us that it is the biggest French film […]

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Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2016

Friday, March 4th, 2016 Film Reviews,

Last year’s French Film Festival reprised three classics, including Jean Renoir’s La Grande Illusion (1937). This year the retro special is Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt (Le Mépris) (1963). By coincidence this is a film I watched again only recently, after reading Alberto Moravia’s A Ghost at Noon (1954) – a book that is chiefly known today […]

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French Film Festival 2015

Saturday, March 7th, 2015 Film Reviews,

Three years ago the ever-popular Alliance Francaise French Film Festival opened with Valérie Donzelli’s A Declaration of War. The film had been a hit in France but it provoked a good deal of muttering and eyebrow-raising among the first-night crowd at the Palace Verona who didn’t know what to make of a movie about a […]

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Alliance Francaise French Film Festival

Saturday, March 8th, 2014 Film Reviews,

Celebrating its 25th anniversaire, the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival returns this month to cinemas across the country. As the organisers continually remind us, this is now the biggest annual festival of French cinema outside of France. The appeal is pretty straightforward: ask most middle-class Australians for their favourite destination and France is always high […]

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Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2013

Saturday, March 9th, 2013 Film Reviews,

“Gwynplaine we are made for each other. The monster you are outside, I am inside.” Where do you get to hear – or at least read – lines like that? Only at the 24th Alliance Francaise French Film Festival, or until a featured item gets an Australian release. From an exceptionally strong program last year […]