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The Best Of: Old French Films

Author Editor - 2 minute read

With the upcoming winter months meaning chilly temperatures and darker evenings, it’s hard to disagree that at this time of year there’s nothing more appealing than a relaxed, cosy evening in watching films. We’re opting for some black and white French favourites.

Whether you’re into exhilarating action, crime, war, creepy thrillers or romance films, we're on hand to suggest a black & white film to complete your perfect night in.

La Grande Illusion (1937)

This prison drama set in The First World War centres on three French captives – a working-class man, a middle-class Jew and an aristocrat – sharing a cell under the supervision of a German commandant.

Optimistic and historical in equal measures, this isn’t a movie for the faint-hearted.

 The 400 Blows (1959)

This French drama focuses on a misunderstood young boy who struggles with his parents and teachers due to his rebellious behaviour. Left without attention, he delves into a life of petty crime in Paris.

Now considered to be one of the most classic coming-of-age films, critics label the film as ‘vibrant, visually exciting and emotionally resonant’.

Port Of Shadows (1938)

A military deserter looks for redemption in a small French port city. However, finding love, trouble and a new canine companion isn’t what lands him the front page spot on the newspapers. Instead, revenge and kindness are both on the agenda.

Coeur Fidèle (1923)

Coeur Fidèle is one of the most original and influential films of the late silent-era. ‘Coeur Fidèle’ , or to us English folk, Faithful Heart, is perfect if you’re looking for your new romantic film.

It tells the tragic tale of Marie, an Orphan cruelly exploited by her foster parents for most of her life. She eventually finds happiness in a man who manages to rescue her from her troubling situation.

My Night with Maud (1969)

This Rom-Com was a break out hit in the United States, being one of the most influential and talked-about film of the decade – and with good reason!

It follows the story of a devout Cathloic man who has his strict religious principles tested during a one night stay with a divorced woman with a larger than life personality, Maud.

Grab the popcorn – you’re going to love this one. 

Panique (1946)

If you love chilling thrillers then this is the film for you. Panique tells the tale of a middle-aged loner Monsieur Hire who falls for his neighbour Alice only to be framed for the murder committed by Alice's lover Alfred.

It’s a bleak watch, yes, but it’s a real masterpiece.