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  • Lost a pretty little dog /

    A woman and her mother bring a little dog home from a dog shelter in Gennevilliers. The woman's husband comes home, is displeased, and pays a man to steal the dog. The woman is distraught and offers a reward for the return of the dog. The man who stole the dog returns it and receives the reward, just as the husband comes home. The ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1908
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    Wanderers of the desert Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Aspect ratio: 16 x 9. Original film: 1986, France. Also known as Les baliseurs du désert. Cert. Not available [BBFC]. DVD Region 1. Colour. PAL. Arabic with English subtitles (optional).

    • Contributor: Khemir, Nacer
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2008
  • How a French nobleman got a wife through the New York Herald personal columns /

    From Edison films catalog: The picture opens with a "Personal" advertisement which actually appeared in the New York Herald of August 25th, 1904: "Young French Nobleman, recently arrived, desires to meet wealthy American girl; object matrimony; will be at Grant's Tomb at 10 this morning, wearing boutonniere of violets." The first scene shows the young "Nobleman" in his dressing room. He picks up the ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1904
  • Dogs used as smugglers /

    With contraband strapped to the backs of their dogs, smugglers set off to cross the Spanish-French border. Having been spied upon and betrayed to customs officers, a fierce skirmish results and only the dogs and a single smuggler reach their destination.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1906
  • Afraid of microbes /

    A man who fears the influenza microbe buys an antiseptic spray from a pharmacist. On his way home, he insists on spraying everyone he encounters, including the police. A growing group of outraged people chases and captures him. He is tied up and doused with water.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1908
  • Poursuite sur les toits /

    A comedy in which two burglars flee from policemen across the rooftops.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1898
  • Buying a cow /

    An urban husband and wife, walking in the countryside outside Paris, are so impressed with the delicious taste of a cow's milk that they buy the cow and try to bring it back to their Parisian apartment. After many misadventures, the cow is stolen right after they reach their front door.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1908
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    Ever after / Catalog Record Only

    In France, orphaned Danielle's chance meetings with Prince Henry sets off a chain of events that make her life as a servant in the house of her cold and scheming stepmother, Rodmilla, more difficult than ever before.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1998
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    Abschiedswalzer / Catalog Record Only

    Professor Józef Elsner, Chopin's music instructor, tries to convince him to quit the Polish revolutionary party. Chopin refuses and presents his beloved, Constantia Gladowska, with a new song. Her mother informs him she will marry Grabowksi the merchant. Elsner persuades Constantia to rebuff Chopin so that he will play in a concert in Paris to raise support for Poland against Russia. The concert is ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1934
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    36 quai des Orfèvres / Catalog Record Only

    In the underbelly of the Parisian criminal world, the police are frustrated by a gang committing a series of violent robberies.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2004
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    Prêt-à-porter--ready to wear / Catalog Record Only

    In Moscow, Sergei purchases two Dior ties, one of which Olivier de la Fontaine, head of the French Fashion Council, receives. He visits his lover, fashion designer Simone Lowenthal, and then dies choking on a ham sandwich. Fashion reporters converge on Paris for the ready to wear fashion shows and schemes and intrigues ensue among them and the designers. De la Fontaine's death turns ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1995
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    The scheming gambler's paradise / Catalog Record Only

    "A combination gambling den and bawdy house is set up so that croupiers, patrons, prostitutes and the owner can quickly change it all into a mercantile establishment when the cops stage a raid. The women become shop girls and customers, the men become clerks and shoppers. The craps table becomes a long counter. The police do raid the joint, and the nearly-instantaneous conversion into ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1906
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    Napoleon / Catalog Record Only

    "The chef d'ouevre of legendary French filmmaker Abel Gance, Napoleon was supposed to have been the first installment in a multipart film study of the French military hero. Each of the film's set pieces is treated like a movie in itself: the opening pillow fights and snowball battles, staged while Napoleon is still a schoolboy (played by Russian youth Vladimir Roudenko), are choreographed on ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1928
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    Chrysalis / Catalog Record Only

    David Hoffman, lieutenant in the European police, hunts down a dangerous smuggler suspected of a vile murder. The guy happens to have killed David's wife months before. His investigation will lead him to a state-of-the-art clinic under the iron grip of Professor Brugen. When truth is lodged in the heart of the brain, memories become a precious and highly coveted commodity.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2007
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    Darling / Catalog Record Only

    A mistreated girl named Darling reaches out for human contact via a CB radio at work, but while she dreams of the handsome prince who will ride into town and whisk her away, what she finds instead is a drunken brute who traps her in a loveless marriage.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2007
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    French cancan / Catalog Record Only

    In Paris of the 1880s, the impresario Danglard decides to revive an old working-class dance which he christens French cancan to make it sound foreign and naughty, and to entice British and American tourists. He has troubles with his backers and their mistresses; but, eventually all problems are solved, and French cancan is triumphantly launched at the newly unveiled Moulin Rouge.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1955
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    NBC Opera Company. Dialogues of the Carmelites / Catalog Record Only

    The story is set in France during the period just before and during the French Revolution of 1789 and deals with a group of gentle, devoted Carmelite nuns. Historical records indicate that a group of Carmelite nuns met their deaths on the gallows and this opera tells how this may have happened. Also interwoven into the story is the tale of Blanche de La ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1957
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    Gigi / Catalog Record Only

    A young French girl is being groomed by her grandmother and great aunt to be a successful courtesan, but instead falls in love and blossoms into a lady.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1983
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    La Noire de--= Black girl / Catalog Record Only

    Drama of a young Senegalese woman engaged to be a domestic servant to a former colonial couple now at the French Riviera, her relationship with her insensitive employer and the effects of servitude on her.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1965
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    Scaramouche / Catalog Record Only

    André Louis Moreau, a law student, vows to fight against the aristocracy when his friend, Philippe, is killed in a duel with the Marquis de la Tour. André joins the Revolution and becomes a leader. Subsequently, he discovers that his real father is the hated Marquis de la Tour and his mother is a countess, both of whom, with his sweetheart, Aline, are at ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1952
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    Camille / Catalog Record Only

    A Parisian courtesan, Marguerite Gautier, a.k.a. Camille, and a young law student, Armand Duval, fall in love and forsake their former lives. Armand's father persuades Marguerite to give up Armand who denounces her because he believes himself abandoned for a wealthy count. Ill and destitute, Marguerite dies clutching Armand's gift, the book Manon Lescaut.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1921
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    Ma saison preferee = My favorite season / Catalog Record Only

    Story of intertwining relationships, and more interestingly, familial bonds and duties. Emile (married, with successful small business but stress at home) and eccentric brother Antoine (a bachelor and neurosurgeon) make realistic, offbeat leads as adults trying to understand and enjoy life.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1993
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    Envin veuve / Catalog Record Only

    A beleaguered housewife watches her dreams come true when her obnoxious husband dies, perishing in an automobile accident. Unfortunately for the housewife, her unwittingly intrusive family moves in to "console" her and upsets her relationship with her lover.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2008
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    The lion in winter / Catalog Record Only

    During Christmas, 1183, Henry II, King of England and half of France, assembles at his Chinon castle his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, imprisoned in Salisbury Tower for meddling in affairs of state, his three sons, Geoffrey, Richard and John, his mistress Alais, and her brother Philip, King of France. Henry's purpose is to nominate his successor, who will then marry Alais to keep England's ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1986
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    The Bells / Catalog Record Only

    Unable to pay his debts incurred in winning support for his bid for election as burgomaster, Mathias, an Alsatian innkeeper, murders a rich Jewish traveler from Poland and steals his gold. Mathias is not suspected of the crime, but he is tormented by the sound of the bells that rang as his victim lay dying and visions of the dead man and his own ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1926