All our films are shown with English subtitles

French History Weekend at The Coach House

Sat 16th and Sun 17th March 2019
Six films based on French history

Monthly Sunday Films at The Coach House

April 14th 7:00 pm

 May 19th 7:00 pm
June 16th 7:00 pm

Full details below, including trailers.
(Some trailers lack subtitles but be assured that we show all films with English subtitles)

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th March

French History Weekend

Saturday 11:00 L'ARMÉE DES OMBRES 1969 & 2006 (12A) colour 145 mins (war/drama) Jean-Pierre Melville
France, 1942, under German occupation. Philippe is a French Resistance commandant. Exposed by a French collaborator, he is sent to a concentration camp. He manages to escape, and rejoins his network, where he has the traitor executed. This movie accurately portrays what life was like in the French Resistance: the solitude and fear of its members; their relationships; the constant threat of arrest by the Gestapo; the command structure and the way orders were carried out. Co-writer/director Jean-Pierre Melville was himself a veteran of the "Shadow Army"

Village Voice Film Poll: Best film of 2006.

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Saturday 2:30 LA REINE MARGOT 1995 (18) -colour 159 mins (drama/history) Patrice Cheneau
During the late 16C Catholics and Protestant Huguenots are fighting over political control of France, ruled by Charles IX and his scheming mother, Catherine de' Medici. She contrives the marriage of Margot, her daughter, to Huguenot Henri de Bourbon but Margot does not love Henri, and begins an affair with the soldier La Môle, also a Huguenot. Catherine's evil plotting to place her other son on the throne threatens the lives of Henri and Margot. Henri escapes and sends La Môle to fetch Margot, but he is apprehended and beheaded before Margot can save him.

Cannes Festival 1994 Jury Prize: Patrice Cheneau

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Saturday 7:00 LES BELLES DE NUIT 1952 (U) - B & W 87 mins (musical/comedy/fantasy) René Clair
Young Claude, a teacher by day, is a struggling composer by night. Alas, everyone around him seems to prefer noise to music. But in his dreams he lives in other eras where he is appreciated, lionized, and even the conquerer of desirable women (idealized forms of those he's seen in waking life). His dreams are suitably dreamlike, yet have a strange kind of reality, for he revisits them after waking. The conflict between waking and dream worlds leads to amusing, strange and sometimes fantastic situations.

Venice Film Festival 1952: (FIPRESCI prize) -René Clair
French Syndicate of Cinema Critics 1953: Best Film

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Sunday 11:00 DANTON 1983 (PG) - colour 136 mins (history/drama) Andrzej Wajda
The action begins in November of 1793, with Georges Danton returning to Paris upon learning that the Committee for Public Safety, led byRobespierre, has begun a series of executions - the Reign of Terror. Robespierre tries to persuade Danton to join the cause but he rejects his former ally, confident that the people's support will keep him safe. Robespierre reluctantly rounds up Danton and his followers, brings them to a revolutionary tribunal which has them dispatched to the guillotine.

César Awards 1983: Best Director, BAFTA 1984: Best Foreign Language Film,
Prix Louis Delluc 1982

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Sunday 2:30 LA MORT DE LOUIS XIV 2016 (12) - colour 115 mins (history/drama) Albert Serra
Upon returning from a hunting expedition, King Louis XIV becomes ill and begins to die, surrounded by loyal followers in the royal chambers. This is one of the most noted kings of France, and here he is shown fading from life, over the course of a week, like any ordinary person, betrayed by his body, but his mind remaining sharp to the very last moment, attended and fussed over in hushed tones, but unable to stop the inevitable decline or gain much comfort.

Prix Jean Vigo 2016: Albert Serra
Lumière Awards 2017: Best Actor (Jean-Pierre Léaud), Best Cinematography

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Sunday 7:00 LE HUSSARD SUR LE TOIT 1996 (15) - colour 135 mins (adventure/romance) Jean-Paul Rappenau
In 1832 as cholera ravages Provence, Angelo, a young Italian officer, arrives to raise money for the revolution against Austria. While in Manosque he fights off a paranoid mob and Austrian Agents and is given food and overnight shelter by Pauline de Théus. Moving on and after more adventures, and further evasion of the Austrian Agents, he again encounters Pauline fleeing from the cholera. Having learned her story, Angelo determines to help Pauline find her husband who has tried to return to his Castle at Théus.

César Awards 1996: Best Cinematography and soundtrack.
Italian Syndicate of Film Journalists 1997: Best costume design.

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April 14th 7:00 LES AMANTS 1958 (15) -B & W 90 mins (drama/romance) Louis Malle
Jeanne lives in Dijon with her boring husband Henri. She escapes to Paris regularly where she can spend time with her friend Maggy and Raoul, Maggy's friend and Jeanne's lover. Henri insists Maggy and Raoul are invited to Dijon to stay, but on that day Jeanne's car breaks down and she is given a lift home by Bernard, who is consequently invited to stay for dinner. Afterwards, ignoring her husband and spurning the advances of Raoul, she spends some time, and ultimately the night, with the attentive Bernard.

​Venice Film Festival 1958: Best actress (Jeanne Moreau), Special Jury prize - Louis Malle

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May 19th 7:00 LE COLONEL CHABERT 1994 (PG) - colour 110 mins (history/romance) Yves Angelo
Colonel Chabert was so severely wounded in the Battle of Eylau that the medical examiner signed his death certificate. Regaining his health and memory, he returns to Paris, where his "widow", Anne has married Count Ferraud and is financing his rise to power witth Chabert's money. Anne refuses to recognise Chabert, who hires a lawyer to help him get back his money and his honor. However, rejected by his wife, and later condemned for vagrancy, Chabert's life ends in poverty in an asylum..

César Awards, 1994: nominated for - Best Actor (Depardieu). Best Cinematography, Best production design.

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June 16th 7:00 INDOCHINE 1992 (15) - colour 159 mins (drama/romance) Regis Wargnier
The setting is Indochina, during the decline of French colonialism. Eliane, is a wealthy French widow. When two of her closest friends are killed in a plane crash she raises their daughter Camille, a Vietnamese princess, as if she was her own. The film charts the attempts of Camille to find and be with the young naval officer she fell in love with after he saved her life. The story is set against the rise of communism that ultimately led to the independence of French Indochina and the division of Vietnam.

Oscar 1993: Best Foreign film, Golden Globe 1993: Best Foreign film, César Awards 1993: Best cinematography.

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If you would like to download a copy of the complete 2018-2019 programme in pdf format, giving the same information as above, you can do so here: Brochure2018-19.pdf