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Films de la Pléiade (Firm)

Overview
Works: 75 works in 167 publications in 2 languages and 2,922 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  New wave films  Ethnographic films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Short films  Documentary-style films  Interviews 
Roles: Producer, prn
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Films de la Pléiade (Firm)
Tirez sur le pianiste Shoot the piano player by Franois Truffaut( Visual )

18 editions published between 1960 and 2006 in French and English and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A timid cafe pianist has given up his career as a concert pianist, a career which had destroyed his marriage. Events force his involvement with gangsters who once again cause him to be responsible for the destruction of his life
Vivre sa vie : film en douze tableaux( Visual )

11 editions published between 1946 and 2010 in French and held by 753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows Nana, a young Parisian who aspires to be an actress, but a downward spiral forces her into prostitution
L'enfance nue Naked childhood by Maurice Pialat( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in French and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

François Fournier is a troubled ten-year-old who has been in foster care since he was four. But his is a "temporary placement," meaning that his parents can come back for him any time. They never do. The story begins with François being shuffled from one foster home to another, as his insecurity leads him to engage in increasingly destructive behavior. He is placed with an older couple named Thierry, the newest addition to a ménage that includes Mrs. Thierry's mother, a very young girl, and a high-school age boy. They aren't afraid to share their lives with this new houseguest, and the impressionable boy seems to be settling down. For François, things just are what they are--and he's usually "temporary." A fascinating portrait of childhood, which is also an indictment of a failing social system
Les Maîtres fous by Jean Rouch( Visual )

13 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in English and French and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmed it Accra, Ghana, in 1954, the film depicts the annual ceremony of the Hauku cult, a social and religious movement which was widespread in French colonial Africa from the 1920's to the 1950's. Participants in the ceremony mimic the elaborate military ceremonies of their colonial occupiers, but in more of a trance than true recreation
Jaguar( Visual )

10 editions published between 1967 and 2014 in French and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of Jean Rouch's classic ethnofictions, the film follows three young Songhay men from Niger-- Lam Ibrahim, Illo Goudel'ize, and the legendary performer Damouré Zika-- on a journey to the Gold Coast (modern day Ghana). Drawing from his own fieldwork on intra-African migration, the results of which he published in the 1956 book Migrations au Ghana, Rouch collaborated with his three subjects on an improvisational narrative. The four filmed the trip in mid-1950s, and reunited a few years later to record the sound, the participants remembering dialogue and making up commentary. The result is a playful film that finds three African men performing an ethnography of their own culture
Shoot the piano player by Franois Truffaut( Visual )

10 editions published between 1960 and 2005 in French and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This pastiche of gangster film, love story and cabaret film was Truffaut's boldest experiment and is a key New Wave film in its disorienting mixture of moods. Charlie, a honky tonk piano player and concert pianist, is a man divided between timidity and intention - he is always too late. His monologues are often at odds with his actions. Truffaut suggests, through the use of doubling and circularity, that life is repetition. The rapid juxtaposition of tones - from melodrama to comedy to pathos - and the way Truffaut uses character and environment, implicitly questions what usually passes for realism
Muriel, ou, Le temps d'un retour by Alain Resnais( Visual )

3 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in French and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A veteran of the French-Algerian war, Bernard was obliged to participate in the torture murder of Muriel, an Algerian girl accused of sabotage. He is no more successful at recapturing or altering his past than is his stepmother Helene (Delphine Seyrig), who attempts to rekindle a romance with Alphonse (Jean-Pierre Kerien). Practically everyone else in the cast follows the lead of the leads by dwelling on things past to the detriment of the present
Jean Rouch by Jean Rouch( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in French and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interview of Jean Rouch by Robert Gardner. As a filmmaker, Rouch left a legacy of more than 120 films. His half century of ethnographic filmmaking in Africa distinguished him as a master of the documentary form. Jean Rouch appeared on Screening room in July 1980 and screened Les maitres fous as well as several film excerpts including Rhythm of work and Death of a priest
Moi, un noir : (Treichville) by Jean Rouch( Visual )

4 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in French and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Moi, un noir marked Jean Rouch's break with traditional ethnography and his embrace of the collaborative and improvisatory strategies he called 'shared ethnography' and 'ethnofiction.' The film depicts an ordinary week in the lives of men and women from Niger who have migrated to Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, for work. After a short introduction by Rouch, 'Edward G. Robinson'--Omarou Ganda, who like the film's other subject-collaborators plays himself under the name of a Western movie star--takes over the film's narration, recreating dialogue and providing freewheeling commentary on his experiences. Robinson describes the bitter reality of life in Treichville, a poor inner suburb populated largely by migrants, and his work as a day laborer (bozori) in the ports ... Rouch's stylistic innovations here exerted a profound influence on the French New Wave, and his collaborative process helped bolster the national cinemas of West Africa"--Container
Vivre sa vie film en donze tableaux = It's my life, a film in twelve scenes( Visual )

1 edition published in 1991 in French and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contemplates the soul of a girl who leaves her husband and child to become a prostitute, then tries to quit because she falls in love
La chasse au lion l'arc( Visual )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in French and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shot over a period of seven years (1958-1965), the film is a documentation of lion hunting, using bows and arrows, among the Fula and Songhay people of Niger, and the social structure that underlies it
Mammy water by Jean Rouch( Visual )

5 editions published between 1956 and 2014 in French and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of a fishing village, Shama, Ghana, on the Gulf of Guinea, as filmed in 1953 and 1954. The success of the fishermen is governed by water spirits ("Mammy water") which are honored with ceremonies and offerings to the sea
Vivre sa vie : film en douze tableaux = My life to live : a film in twelve tableaux by Jean-Luc Godard( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in French and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows Nana, a young Parisian who aspires to be an actress, but a downward spiral forces her into prostitution
Petit à petit by Jean Rouch( Visual )

2 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in French and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A classic ethnofiction by Jean Rouch, one of the pivotal figures in the French New Wave and in the history of ethnographic cinema. An innovative semi-improvised feature film about young men from Niger exploring life in Paris and learning to appreciate traditional values back home. Like Jaguar, and starring the three main actors from that film, Petit à Petit is an exercise in what Rouch called ethno-fiction, an idiosyncratic blend of fiction and observational documentary
La chasse au lion a la̓rc un film( Visual )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An ethnographic study which follows an ill-fated band of Niger hunters from the elaborate preparations for lion hunting through the actual kill. Characterizes the hunters as a group apart from their kinsmen; describes the intricacies of brewing poison for the arrows and discusses the passion of the kill. Made during a series of French ethnographic expeditions between 1958 and 1965
Charlotte et Véronique, ou, Tous les garçons sáppellent Patrick All boys are called Patrick by Jean-Luc Godard( Visual )

5 editions published between 1957 and 1984 in French and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[1st work] Charlotte et Véronique : college roommates become acquainted with the same ardent Patrick on the same day in separate encounters. Each falls for his line and agrees to a later date with him. They do not realize they have dates with the same Patrick until later, when they see him giving another girl "the rush."--[2nd work] Les Mistons : focuses on the fantasies and exploits of five adolescent boys who become infatuated with, and try to win the attention of an older woman in love
Les maitres fous mad masters( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in French and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Hauku religious sect was widespread in West Africa from the 1920s to the 1950s. In their ceremonies, men became occupied by the identities of colonial figures - the governor general, the engineer, the doctor's wife, the wicked major, the corporal of the guard - and engaged in rituals that mimicked the behavior of their French colonial masters. Whilst working in West Africa, Rouch was asked by members of one Hauku group in Accra, the capital city of Ghana, to film one of their ceremonies. Les Maitres Fous is the outcome: a film that became a legend in ethnographic film circles, and won a major award at the 1957 Venice Film Festival. As Rouch explains in his narration, the ritual was not theatre but reality for the working men who were members of the Hauku sect. The film's representation of their possession is disturbing - men with rolling eyes, frothing at the mouth, using an invented language, making animal sacrifies - but as Rouch suggests, the trances provided relief from the distress of colonial oppression."--Case slip
The Mad masters Les maîtres fous( Visual )

in French and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmed it Accra, Ghana, in 1954, the film depicts the annual ceremony of the Hauku cult, a social and religious movement which was widespread in French colonial Africa from the 1920's to the 1950's. Participants in the ceremony mimic the elaborate military ceremonies of their colonial occupiers, but in more of a trance than true recreation
Jean Renoir La chienne ; On purge bébé ; Tire-au-flanc ; Catherine by Jean Renoir( Visual )

2 editions published in 2003 in French and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents four feature films directed by Jean Renoir. Includes documentaries about the director
Vivre sa vie My life to live by Films de la Pléiade (Firm)( Visual )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in French and English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Godard directs his then wife, Anna Karina, who plays Nana S., a provincial girl working as a shop assistant who, after separating from her husband, decides to become an actress. While watching the silent classic "The Passion of Joan of Arc", with tears streaming down her face, she abandons her ambition and drifts into a life of prostitution. The film is presented in twelve tableaux that guide us through Nana's sadly unfolding life until the shocking and poignant finale
 
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Vivre sa vie : film en douze tableaux = My life to live : a film in twelve tableaux