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Jul 25, 2022 French

3 French Films You Can Watch Right Now, For Free

French cinema is renowned for its artistry and has produced some of the most iconic films in history. If you’re looking to explore this great movie tradition, but don’t know where to start, look no further! Here are five French films that you can watch right now, for free.

Les Enfants du Paradis (1943)

Children of Paradise follows the story of a courtesan and four men who are obsessed with her. The movie takes place in 1830s Paris, and shows the different relationships between these characters and how they evolve over time.

One critic pointed out that French speakers use the word “paradis” to describe a theater’s second balcony, where common people would watch a play. They would respond honestly to the production and make their feelings known. The film shows many shots of audiences hanging over these balconies and screenwriter Jacques Prévert said that the title refers to actors as well as the people in the audience.

La Grande Illusion (1937)

This is a film directed by Jean Renoir, who co-wrote the screenplay with Charles Spaak. The story concerns class relationships among a small group of French officers who are prisoners of war during World War I and are plotting an escape. The title of the film comes from the 1909 book The Great Illusion by British journalist Norman Angell, which argued that war is futile because of the common economic interests of all European nations.

La Belle et la Bête (1946)

La Belle et la Bête is a French classic film that was released in 1946. The film is based on the fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.

The film tells the story of a beautiful woman named Belle who is taken prisoner by a Beast. Belle soon realizes that the Beast is not as scary as he seems, and the two eventually fall in love with each other.

La Belle et la Bête is a timeless love story that is sure to charm audiences of all ages.