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New PDF release: 25 Great French Films (Ebert's Essentials)

By Roger Ebert

ISBN-10: 1449421490

ISBN-13: 9781449421496

Like a full-bodied Bordeaux wine, Roger Ebert's book unique 25 nice French motion pictures will present 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 book offers an ideal primer for these new to French movies and a welcome refresher direction for actual Francophiles. And, as an further appeal, many of the experiences 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 studies are syndicated to greater than two hundred newspapers within the usa and Canada. the yank movie Institute and the college of the artwork Institute of Chicago have provided him honorary levels, and the net movie Critics Society named his site, rogerebert.com, the simplest on-line movie-review web site.

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