25 Great French Films (Ebert's Essentials) by Roger Ebert

By Roger Ebert

Like a full-bodied Bordeaux wine, Roger Ebert's book unique 25 nice French motion pictures will gift you with a wealthy number of full-length experiences of cinematic reports. From such classics as Belle de Jour, Day for evening, and The four hundred Blows to the sweeping drama (and attractive scenery!) of Jean de Florette and its sequel Manon of the Spring, this booklet offers an ideal primer for these new to French movies and a welcome refresher path for precise Francophiles. And, as an extra appeal, lots of the studies are followed with a clip of the movies' trailers, together with gem stones like Mr. Hulot's vacation and Jules and Jim.

About the Author
Roger Ebert is the Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic from the Chicago Sun-Times. His stories are syndicated to greater than two hundred newspapers within the usa and Canada. the yank movie Institute and the varsity of the paintings Institute of Chicago have offered him honorary levels, and the net movie Critics Society named his site, rogerebert.com, the easiest on-line movie-review website.

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