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Our Christmas Film Wish List !

Here are our suggestions of gifts to be put at the foot of the Christmas tree!

LUMIERE ! French Deluxe Edition Box Set

On the occasion of the 120th Anniversary of the invention of Cinema, a Box Set of 114 restored Lumière Brothers' films is released for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray. It also includes a 44-page booklet and many other exclusive Special Features. In French.

Available at Albertine Bookstore

Agnès Varda in California DVD Box Set

The legendary French filmmaker Agnès Varda, whose remarkable career began in the 1950s and has continued into the twenty-first century, produced some of her most provocative works in the United States. After temporarily relocating to California in the late sixties with her husband, Jacques Demy, Varda, inspired by the politics, youth culture, and sunshine of the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas, created three works that use documentary and fiction in various ways. She returned a decade later, and made two other fascinating portraits of outsiderness. Her five revealing, entertaining California films, encompassing shorts and features, are collected in this set, which demonstrates that Varda was as deft an artist in unfamiliar terrain as she was on her own turf.

Available at Albertine Bookstore

Abderrahmane Sissako 's Timbuktu

Sissako’s 2014 drama, Timbuktu, was nominated for a Palme d’Or, won seven Cesar awards, and is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards. Synopsis: Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, proud cattle herder Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed aka Pino) lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima (Toulou Kiki), his daughter Toya (Layla Walet Mohamed), and Issan (Mehdi Ag Mohamed), their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly. DVD FEATURES: Theatrical Trailer, Interview with Director Abderrahmane Sissako.

Available at Albertine Bookstore

Jacques Rivette's Out 1 (Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set)

Paris, April 13th 1970. Two theater groups each rehearse avant-garde adaptations of plays by Aeschylus. A young deaf-mute begs for change in cafés while playing the harmonica. A young woman seduces men in order to rob them. As a conspiracy develops, the protagonists stories start to intertwine... Available for the first time: the two versions of Out 1: Noli me Tangere (1971, 8 episodes, 12H55) and Spectre (1974, feature film, 4H24). Special Features: a new full-length documentary (available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD): The Msyteries of Paris: Jacques Rivette's Out 1 revisited directed by Robert Fischer and Wilfried Reichart (2015 Color 90 minutes approx.) + an exclusive 120-page booklet.

Box Set release date: January 12th, 2016 > pre-order the Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set

Le Cinéma de Roland Barthes by Philip Watts

It’s common knowledge that French author Roland Barthes has claimed that he didn’t really like cinema. Philip Watts focuses on the ambivalence of Barthes’s point of view and its issues. He highlights some little known Barthes writings on Greta Garbo, Claude Chabrol, Marlon Brando, the Peplum genre and gangster films, Sergueï Eisenstein, André Téchiné, Michelangelo Antonioni… All of them have been subjects of thoughts and analyses by Roland Barthes. Introduced by Dudley Andrew, Yves Citton, Vincent Debaene & Sam Di Iorio. The essay includes a conversation with philosopher Jacques Rancière. In French.

Publisher: De l'Incidence Editeur

Available at Albertine Bookstore


On the occasion of the Kent Jones’ "Hitchcock-Truffaut" documentary release

Iconic, groundbreaking interviews of Alfred Hitchcock by film critic François Truffaut—providing insight into the cinematic method, the history of film, and one of the greatest directors of all time. In Hitchcock, film critic François Truffaut presents fifty hours of interviews with Alfred Hitchcock about the whole of his vast directorial career, from his silent movies in Great Britain to his color films in Hollywood. The result is a portrait of one of the greatest directors the world has ever known, an all-round specialist who masterminded everything, from the screenplay and the photography to the editing and the soundtrack. Hitchcock discusses the inspiration behind his films and the art of creating fear and suspense, as well as giving strikingly honest assessments of his achievements and failures, his doubts and hopes. This peek into the brain of one of cinema’s greats is a must-read for all film aficionados.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Available at Albertine Bookstore

Raymond Cauchetier's New Wave

"I am a reporter, not an artist. I believe that reportage teaches us more – it's more important to capture life than constructed situations.” - Raymond Cauchetier, from The Telegraph. This is the first book published in English featuring the New Wave film photographs of Raymond Cauchetier. In the late 1950s and early 1960s French New Wave cinema exploded onto international screens. They were radical, artistic, original and most importantly set up the director as a creative genius; at the forefront were Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. Cauchetier's photographs are a culturally important documentary of the director at work, his methods and processes. His photographs capture some of the most memorable moments in film; Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg on the Champs Élysées in A bout de souffle, Jeanne Moreau in the race scene of Jules et Jim, Anna Karina in a Parisian Cafe in Une femme est une femme.

Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Dist

Available at Albertine Bookstore