Enough said and discussed about Hollywood! Now, let us, for a change, look at something else. While die-hard Hollywood fans might scoff at such a blunt statement, the fact remains that a lot of us haven’t really explored anything beyond the glitzy world of Los Angeles. Does the word French cinema ring a bell? If it does, it might be helpful to appreciate that the movie industry in France has traditionally contributed some of the finest pieces of global cinema. In fact, the revered French New Wave, a movement that revolutionized the concept of cinema back during the sixties of the last century, imparted a new dimension to the medium. Overall, French movies have always been known to be quality products of cinema. In this article, we list down the top French movies ever. Again, this list is democratically open to discussions and debates. You can some of these best French movies on Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. The Wages of Fear (1953)
Darkly exciting and thematically rich, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s ‘The Wages of Fear’ could be considered to be an existential masterpiece and is one of the earliest realist thrillers. In essence, the movie chronicles the tale of four men employed to extinguish the fire in a South American oil well owned by an American company. In that pursuit, they are sent with a couple of trucks of nitroglycerine without adhering to any safety measures. The ingrained violence in the movie is only representative of the decay that has been slowly but surely afflicting the human civilization. It has been consistently ranked as one of the finest films from the fifties of the last century.
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9. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
Ranked as one of the greatest cinematic works of the twentieth century, Robert Bresson’s magnum opus ‘Au Hasard Balthazar’ (1966) is a peculiar work of art to say the least. It narrates the story of a donkey and the people around it. The religious imageries shown in the film are so stark that people start questioning humanity in itself. The movie’s unique aesthetic elements were particularly appreciated. Although it primarily shows the life of a donkey, it in many ways talks about life and its fallout. Some critics described the movie as a representation of this world in a nutshell.