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Isabella Alston: French PostersAlston, Isabella and Kathryn Dixon: French Posters. TAJ Books International. Charlotte: 2014. First edition. Small 4to. Pictorial boards. Pp. 96. Illustrated. Index. Fine copy in dj. $10.00

Aubrac, Lucie: Outwitting the Gestapo. University of Nebraska Press. Translated by Konrad Bieber with the assistance of Betsy Wing. Introduction by Margaret Collins Weitz. Lincoln: 1993. First edition thus (originally published as Ils partiront dans l'ivresse by Editions du Seuil: 1984). 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. xxii, 236. Illustrated: (6) pp. of plates. Fine copy in dust-jacket. $16.00

Augendre, Jacques: Tour de France 2002, The Official Guide. Foreword by Jean-Marie Leblanc. Captions and stage summaries by Denis Descamps. Photographs by Brune Bade, Ingrid Hoffmann, Jean-Christophe Moreau. Translated by Theresa O'Neill, Denis Descamps. Velo Press. Boulder: 2002. First edition thus. Large 8vo. Pp. 120. Illustrated. Fine without dj. $8.50

[Balzac, Honoré de], V. S. Pritchett: Balzac. Knopf. New York: 1973. First edition. 4to. Cloth. Profusely illustrated. This copy is signed by the author on the title-page. Previous owner's name crossed out on first free end-paper; else fine copy in dj. $65.00

Beauvoir, Simone de: Adieux, A Farewell to Sartre. Translated by Patrick O'Brian. Pantheon Books. New York: 1984. First American edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Covers a little soiled; else near fine copy in dj. $12.00

This is a dialogue with Sartre about the origins of his philosophy, the inspiration for his fiction, and the motivation for his political activism.

Beevor, Antony and Artemis Cooper: Paris After the Liberation 1944-1949. Doubleday. New York: 1994. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Fine copy in slightly soiled dj. $28.00

Biggs, Melissa E.: French Films, 1945-93, A Critical Filmography of the 400 Most Important Releases. McFarland. Jefferson: 1996. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Pp. (viii), 358, (ii). Index. No dj as issued. Fine copy. $15.00

Borrus, Kathy: One Thousand Buildings of Paris. Photography by Jorg Brockmann and James Driscoll. Black Dog & Leventhal. New York: 2003. Reprinted [?]. Tall 8vo. Pp. 576. Illustrated. Index. Fine copy in dj. $28.00

[Brasillach, Robert], Alice Kaplan: The Collaborator, The Trial & Execution of Robert Brasillach. The University of Chicago Press. Chicago and London: 2000. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. xvi, 308, (iv). Notes. Index. Fine copy in dj. $32.00

Brasillach: Je Suis PartoutRobert Brasillach's trial in early 1945 was—and remains—a cause célèbre in France. He was charged not for what he did during the German Occupation but for what he wrote. Yet by all accounts Brasillach was a gifted and charming intellectual. He attended the prestigious École Normale Supérieure which might have set him on a path to join the élite. Instead he became a poet, a novelist, a scholar of cinema history, and a journalist. He had always supported the conservative right, so in 1931 he began writing for Charles Maurras' royalist Action Française. By 1937 he was the chief editor at the fascist tabloid Je sui partout. After a rupture with his colleagues in 1943 he wrote for two other right-wing journals, Révolution nationale and Le petit Parisien. He was deeply involved in the divisive controversies of the time which became more and more polemical and violent. One of the more despicable things he was involved in was a weekly column in Je suis partout called “Partout et ailleurs” which publicized the real names—and sometimes the addresses—of Jews, dissident writers, left-wing politicians, Gaullists, and resistants who were in hiding from the authorities. In September 1943, when it was clear that Germany would lose the war, he wrote: “De collaborationiste de raison, je suis devenu collaborationiste de coeur.” He was the most notable victim of l'Épuration, the purge of those who had supported the enemy during the four very hard years of the Occupation. While he was in Fresne Prison awaiting his trial for what was in effect intellectual treason, he wrote poems which attempted to portray himself as a ‘brother’ to the writers who had resisted but were captured and suffered in the very same prison: “C'est à vous, fréres inconnus, / Que je pence, le soir venu, / O mes fraternels adversaires!”. However his words in Je suis partout were remembered, and so he was convicted. A petition for clemency was circulated in the literary world, and many notable figures signed it, although for different reasons: Mauriac, Claudel, Valéry, Cocteau, Derain, Vlaminck, and Camus because of his opposition to the death penalty. The appeal went to De Gaulle who rejected it, writing later about his decision: “le talent est un titre de responsibilité”. Robert Brasillach was executed on February 6th, 1945, aged 35. His last words were: “Vive la France quand même”.

This is the front page of the 11 April 1941 issue of Je suis partout. In the box, under “Vive le Maréchal”, Brasillach is welcomed back into the fold after having been interned for nine months in a German prison camp. He committed his paper to ‘ultra-collaborationism.’ The cartoon shows a banker, a freemason, and a Jew crushing Maréchal Pétain's ‘National Revolution’ which sought to replace the despised Third Republic with an authoritarian régime supporting the values of discipline, hierarchy, uniformity and order. It also, incidentally, sought an accommodation with the Nazis as an equal partner in the ‘New Europe.’ When the paper was in the ascendance, it was known in some quarters as Je chie partout, and then when its journalists fled after the Liberation in August 1944 it was called Je suis parti.

Burke, David: Writers in Paris, Literary Lives in the City of Light. Counterpoint. Berkeley: 2008. First edition. Small 4to. Two-tone boards. Pp. (viii), 248. Index of Writers. Inscribed by the author on the title-page. Fine copy in dj. $24.00

Burnat, Jean: Mes Éleves et moi, Roman. Calmann-Lévy. Paris: 1952. Small 8vo. Paper-bound. Pp. 256. Text in French. Very good copy. $4.00

Carré, Jean-Marie: La vie adventureuse de Jean-Arthur Rimbaud. Librairie Plon. Paris: 1926. Small 8vo. Paper-bound. Pp. x, 256. With a map bound in. Text in French. Very good copy. $4.00

Cassou, Jean, et al.: Les Peintres témoins de leur temps. Preface by André Flament. Musée Galliera. Paris: 1956. 8vo. Paper-bound. Pp. 318. Illustrated. Text in French. Partially disbound, discoloring of some leaves at lower edge, else very good copy. $20.00

‘Ouvrage publié à l'occasion de la Cinquième Exposition des Peintres témoins de leur temps organisée au profit de La Maison Nationale de Retraite des Artistes.’ This consists essentially of photographic portraits of various artists and writers, along with facsimiles of their hand-writing on facing pages. Most of the individuals are French, but there are a few others such as Louis Armstrong who writes: “I appreciate your efforts [on] behalf of the French artists. I appreciate being here in France so that the French people can [enjoy] my music.”

Clergeau, Louis (photographer): A Village in France, Louis Clergeau's Photographic Portrait of Daily Life in Pontlevoy, 1902-1936. Text by Jean-Mary Couderc. Introduction by Nina Favard. Foreword by Paul Gottlieb. Harry N. Abrams, Inc. New York: 1996. First edition thus. 4to. Boards. Pp. 144. Fine copy in dj. $20.00

Matthew Cobb: Eleven Days in AugustCobb, Matthew: Eleven Days in August, The Liberation of Paris in 1944. Simon & Schuster. London: 2013. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xviii, 526. Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Bibliography. Notes. Index. Fine copy in a dj with tiny nick out of back panel. $32.00

Cocteau, Jean: Thomas l'Imposteur. Édition de la Nouvelle Revue Française. Paris: 1923. 12th edition. Small 8vo. Paper-bound. Pp. 186. Text in French. Very good copy. $5.00

Cocteau was a leading figure of French artistic life from the early years of the 20th Century to his death in 1963. This novel, one of the so-called Poèsie de Roman, is a characteristic mixture of dream and reality.

Colette: The Collected Stories of Colette. Edited with an Introduction by Robert Phelps. Translated by Matthew Ward, Antonia White and others. Farrar, Straus, Giroux. New York: 1983. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Fine copy in dj. $25.00

[Colette], Herbert Lottman: Colette, A Life. Little, Brown. Boston: 1991. First edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. vi, 3444, (ii). Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Notes. Colette's Works. Index. Fine copy in dj. $8.50

[Colette], Yvonne Mitchell: Colette, A Taste for Life. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. New York: 1975. First American Edition. 4to. Cloth. Pp. 240. Illustrated. Index. Dj is slight torn and has one small piece missing; else near fine copy. $15.00

Corpet, Olivier and Claire Paulhan: Collaboration and Resistance, French Literary Life Under the German Occupation. Preface by Robert O. Paxton. With an Essay by Jean-Paul Sartre. Translated by Jeffrey Mehlman et al. Five Ties publishing. New York: 2009. First edition. Small 4to. Pp. 448. Illustrated. Bibliography. Index. Fine copy in dj. $30.00

A most interesting book filled with photographs and reproduced documents related to the French experience under the German occupation. Included, for instance, is a photograph of Robert Anthelme who was the husband of the author whose pen-name was Marguerite Duras. Also there is a note from him written at Buchenwald on May 1st, 1945, two days after the camp was liberated.

Courtilz de Sandras, Gatien de: Vie de d'Artagnan par lui-même. Librairie Gallimard. Paris: 1928. 8th edition. Small 8vo. Paper-bound. Pp. 286. Text in French. Covers stained; good copy. $1.00

Daudet, Alphonse: Sappho: Parisian Manners. Vizetelly. London: 1886. 8vo. Pictorial cloth. Very good copy without dj as issued. $45.00

[De Gaulle, Charles], Jean Lacouture: DeGaulle The Ruler 1945-1970. Translated by Alan Sheridan. W. W. Norton. New York: 1992. First American Edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. x, 644. Illustrated: (32) pp. of plates. Notes. Index. Fine copy in dj. $25.00

Michel Del Castillo: Child of Our TimeDel Castillo, Michel: Child of Our Time. Translated from the French by Peter Green. Alfred A. Knopf. New York: 1958. First American Edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Scratch on front cover, else near fine in slightly frayed dj. This was originally published by René Julliard (Paris: 1957) as Tanguy: Histoire d'un enfant d'aujourd'hui. $45.00

Michel del Castillo was born in Madrid in 1933, his father a French conservative and his mother a Spanish republican journalist. When the Spanish Civil War broke out he and his mother were interned at a camp in the Lozère region. Later he was arrested by the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp in Germany where he only just managed to survive. After the War he was repatriated to Paris but then sent back to Spain and placed in an orphanage from which he escaped. Eventually he made his way back to Paris and became a student at the Sorbonne.

Del Castillo, Michel: The Disinherited, A Novel. Translated from the French by Humphrey Hare. Alfred A. Knopf. New York: 1960. First American Edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. x, 276. Near fine copy in dj. $40.00

Drevet, Patrick: My Micheline. Translated by James Kirkup. Quartet Books. London: 1993. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Fine copy in dj. $10.00

Ducasse, Alain and Sophie Dudemaine: Ducasse Made Simple, 100 Recipes from the Master Chef Simplified for the Home Cook. Recipes adapted by Linda Dannenberg. Les Éditions Alain Ducasse. Issy-les-Moulineaux: 2005. First edition. Small 4to. Pictorial boards. Pp. 206, (ii). Illustrated. Source Guide. Index. No dj as issued. Fine copy. $12.00

Duras, Marguerite: La Douleur. Translated from the French by Barbara Bray. Collins. London: 1986. First English edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. (vi), 184, (ii). Previous owner's inscription on first free end-paper, else near fine copy in dj. $8.50

Droit, Michel: Camargue. Translated by Ernest and Adair Heimann. Photographs by Michele Brabo and George Holtz. Rand McNally & Company. New York: 1961. First edition. Small 4to. Cloth. Fine copy in a slightly frayed dj. $12.00

Evenson, Norma: Paris: A Century of Change, 1878-1978. Yale University Press. New Haven and London: 1979. First edition. Large 8vo. Cloth. Pp. xviii, 382. Illustrated. Glossary. Checklist. Index. Fine copy with just a touch of fraying at top of dj. $32.00

Ezra, Elizabeth and Sue Harris: France in Focus, Film and National Identity. Berg. Oxford and New York: 2000. First edition. Paper-bound. Pp. x, 238. Illustrated. Filmography. Bibliography. Index. Fine copy. Contributions by Jean-Pierre Jeancolas, Michael Witt, Laurent Marie, Louise Strode, Simon P. Sibelman et al. $15.00

Finkielkraut, Alain: Remembering in Vain, The Klaus Barbie Trial and Crimes Against Humanity. Translated by Roxanne Lapidus with Sima Godfrey. Introduction by Alice Y. Kaplan. Columbia University Press. New York: 1992. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Pp. xxxviii, 102, (iv). Notes. Glossary. Index. Originally published as La mémoire vaine. Du crime contre l'humanité (Éditions Gallimard. Paris: 1989). Fine copy in dj. $15.00

Klaus Barbie was an SS officer stationed at Lyon where his brutality was much feared. Among his acts two in particular became infamous: the murder of Jean Moulin, and the capture and transfer to Auschwitz of 44 Jewish children who were being sheltered in the village of Izieu, near Lyon. After the War Barbie was used by the gormless Americans as an informer. Later, he was whisked away to South America and lived there comfortably pandering to the needs of the military governments in Bolivia. In 1972 he was discovered and finally brought back to France in 1983. Although he had been twice convicted and sentenced to death in absentia, the statue of limitations had expired, so in 1987 he was accused of ‘crimes against humanity.’ His defense attorney was Jacques Vergès, who as a tactic, cast doubt on the honor of the Resistance and of the French Nation. Finkielkraut attended the trial and wrote this polemical attack on Vergès.

[Foucault, Michel], Didier Eribon: Michel Foucault. Translated by Betsy Wing. Harvard University Press. Cambridge: 1991. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Fine copy in dj. $18.00

Foucault was the most famous philosopher of the Structuralist movement which came to prominence in the 1960s and '70s. He always referred to himself as an historian, and as such he sought to use a mass of data from all kinds of disciplines to support his theories.

Francois Garcon: GaumontGarçon, François: Gaumont, A Century of French Cinema. Translated from the French by Bruce Alderman and Jonathan Dickinson. Harry N. Abrams, Inc. New York: 1994. First edition. Paperback. Pp. 128. Illustrated. Chronology. Index of Films. Remainder mark on bottom edge, else very good copy. $6.50

Genet, Jean: Miracle of the Rose. Translated by Bernard Frechtman. Grove Press. New York, 1966. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Fine copy in dj. $28.00

Genet, Jean: Selected Writings. Edited and with an Introduction by Edmund White. The Ecco Press. Hopewell: 1993. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. xvi, 464. Fine copy in dj. $15.00

Genet, Jean: The Thief's Journal. Foreword by Jean-Paul Sartre. Translated by Bernard Frechtman. The Olympia Press. Paris: 1954. First edition. 8vo. Paper wrappers with dj. Some slight foxing; else fine copy. $135.00

Genet had a genuinely difficult youth. However, he was ‘discovered’ by Jean-Paul Sartre who proclaimed him a literary genius (and secured a Presidential pardon for him). Throughout his life he cultivated a criminal image and that is apparent in this novel. Of interest too is the publisher of this book. Please see the notes, below, about Maurice Girodias.

[Genet, Jean], Edmund White: Genet, A Biography. With a Chronology by Albert Dichy. Knopf. New York: 1993. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. xliv, 736. Illustrated: (20) pp. of plates. Notes. Works by Jean Genet. Index. Fine copy in dj. $22.00

Gide, André: Amyntas. Translated and illustrated by Villiers David. The Bodley Head. London: 1958. First edition. Small 4to. Boards. Number 1100 of 1500 copies printed at the Curwen Press. Fine copy in dj. $30.00

[Gide, André], Klaus Mann: André Gide and the Crisis of Modern Thought. Dobson. London: 1948. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Alan Moorehead's copy with his signature on the first free-endpaper. Fine copy in dj. $45.00

[Gide, André], George D. Painter: André Gide, A Critical Biography. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. London: 1968. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Fine copy in frayed and torn dj. $32.00

Robert Gildea: Fighters in the ShadowsGildea, Robert: Fighters in the Shadows, A New History of the French Resistance. Faber & Faber. London: 2015. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xiv, 594. Maps. Illustrated: (8) pp. of plates. List of Abbreviations. Cast List. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Fine copy in dj. $52.00

Gildea, Robert: Marianne In Chains, Daily Life in the Heart of France During the German Occupation. Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company. New York: 2002. First edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. xx, 508. Maps. Illustrated: (16) pp. plates. Notes. Checklist. Index. Fine copy in dj. $18.00

The author has looked closely at a wide-range of documentary evidence to reassess what life was truly like in the Loire Valley under the German occupation. He discovered that accommodation was the usual solution for both the French and Germans, and that the relationship between the two sides was far more complex than was admitted after the War.

Girodias, Maurice: The Frog Prince, An Autobiography. Crown Publishers, Inc. New York: 1980. First edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. (iv), 412. Fine copy in dj. $15.00

Girodias was 20 years old when the War began. He stayed in Paris for its duration. Here, he writes about what life was like: “Yes, indeed these were hard times. And to call this the Occupation, when no one had anything to do, what kind of black humor was that? First, the defeat, a complete surprise, just like being knocked down in the street by some bully, for no reason at all except his own good pleasure. And then the way they had to make you feel defeated. Everything was being reduced to this shrunken reality, empty, monotonous, stationary. The art of living had been replaced by the art of survival.” Later, he makes this more personal: “For the average French male supremacist in particular, these were not only hard times, it was in fact total bankruptcy. His prestige was down to below zero, he was an all-time loser, his cuffs frayed, the girls sneering at him, and he did not even have enough cash in his pocket to buy the love he could win no more. Total degredation.”

[Girodias, Maurice], John De St Jorre: Venus Bound, The Erotic Voyage of The Olympia Press and Its Writers. Random House. New York: 1994. First U. S. Edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Fine copy in dj. $16.00

By any account the Parisian publisher, Maurice Girodias, was a flamboyant figure. His titles included a great deal of soft core porn but also some truly great literature by the likes of Henry Miller, Samuel Beckett, Jean Genet, and J. P. Donleavy.

Mark Girouard: Life in the French Country HouseGirouard, Mark: Life in the French Country House. Alfred A. Knopf. New York: 2000. First American Edition. 4to. Boards. Pp. 352. Illustrated. Index. Fine copy in dj. $25.00

Glass, Douglas: Americans in Paris, Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation. Penguin Press. New York: 2010. First edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp, xvi, 524, (iv). Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Endnotes. Checklist. Index. Remainder mark on bottom edge, else fine copy in dj. $15.00

Green, Julian: The Green Paradise, Autobiography Volume I (1900-1916). Translated by Anne and Julian Green. Preface by Julian Green. Marion Boyars. New York and London: 1993. Enlarged edition. 8vo. Boards. Fine copy in dj. $8.00

Green, Julien: Léviathan, Roman. Librairie Plon. Paris: 1929. Small 8vo. Paper-bound. Pp. viii, 348. Text in French. Good copy. $6.00

Green was born an American but brought up in Paris. His early novels, such as this one, are about trying to escape a claustrophobic environment and how that leads to violence and madness. They are also about the trouble he had reconciling his homosexuality with his Catholicism.

Guyot, Pierre-Alain: L'Oiseau Briseur, Poèms. Esquisse [Sketch] by Jean Chaudier. Les Poètes de la Tour. N.p.: 1966. First edition. 6 3/4 x 4 5/8 inches. Wrappers. Pp. 40. One of 215 copies, this one inscribed by the poet. Text in French. Near fine copy. $15.00

Horne, Alistair: A Savage War of Peace, Algeria 1954-1962. The Viking Press. New York: 1978. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. 604, (iv). Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Chronology. Checklist. Reference Notes. Index. Very good with slight fading to edges of covers, a bump on one bottom edge, and the ownership signature on first free end-paper, fine dust-jacket. $36.00

Humbert, Agnès: Résistance, A Woman's Journal of Struggle and Defiance in Occupied France. Bloomsbury. New York: 2008. First edition thus. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xii, 372. Illustrated: (8) pp. of plates. Index. Fine copy in dust-jacket. $12.00

This was originally published as Notre Guerre by Éditions Emile-Paul Frères (Paris: 1946). The author was one of the founding members of the Musée de l'Homme resistance group which organized itself during the summer of 1940. By the spring of 1941 most of the members were in German custody, and many had been executed. Agnès Humbert suffered years of imprisonment and slave labor in Germany. At the end of the War she put together her story, beginning with a diary she had kept until her arrest, then continuing it from memory, for this powerful account which was published by the sympathetic publishers at whose offices on the street next to the Church of St.-Germain-des-Prés she and her friends had met to discuss the actions they would take against the German occupiers.

Andrew Hussey: Paris, The Secret HistoryHussey, Andrew: Paris, The Secret History. Bloomsbury. New York: 2007. First U.S. edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xxiv, 486, (ii). Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Notes. Checklist. Index. Fine copy in dj. $18.00

Ibsen, Henrik: Les Revenants, Maison de Poupée. Translated into French by M. Prozor. Preface by Édouard Rod. Parrin. Paris: 1904. 7th edition. Small 8vo. Paper-bound. Pp. xxviii, 284. Text in French. Front hinge separated; else good copy. $3.00

Izner, Claude (pseud. of Liliane Korb and Laurence Lefevre): In the Shadows of Paris, A Victor Legris Mystery. Minotaur Books/St. Martin's Press. New York: 2012. First U.S. edition (first published in 2005 in France as Le Léopard des Batignolles). 8vo. Boards. Pp. x, 326. Map. Fine copy in dj. $12.00

Johnson, Diane: Into a Paris Quartier, Reine Margot's Chapel and Other Haunts of St.-Germain. National Geographic. Washington: 2005. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. (xiv), 206, (iv). Map. Illustrated. Fore-edges untrimmed. Fine copy in fine dust-jacket. $10.00

Johnson, Douglas and Madeleine Johnson: The Age of Illusion: Art and Politics in France, 1918-1940. Rizzoli. New York: 1987. First edition. 4to. Boards. Pp. 160. 284 illustrations. Fine copy in dj. $35.00

Jones, Colin: Paris, Biography of a City. Viking. New York: 2005. First American edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. xxvi, 566. Illustrated. Maps. Notes. Bibliographical Guide. Index. Fine in dj. $12.00

Josephs, Jeremy: Swastika Over Paris. Foreword by Serge Klarsfeld. Arcade Publishing. New York: 1989. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Fine copy in dj. $12.00

Philippe Jullian: Flight Into EgyptJullian, Philippe: Flight Into Egypt, A Fantasy. Translated by John Haylock. Viking. New York: 1970. First edition thus. 8vo. Cloth. Fine copy in dj. $18.00

Karnow, Stanley: Paris in the Fifties. Illustrations by Annette Karnow. Random House/Times Books. New York: 1997. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. xiv, 354. Index. Fine copy in dj. $15.00

La Bruyère, Jean de: Les caractères de Théophraste traduit du grec les Caractères ou les Moeurs de ce siècles. Précédés d'une Notice de [Charles-Augustin] Sainte-Beauve. Librairie Garnier Frères. Paris: n.d. [c. 1921]. From Collection des Classiques Garnier. Small 8vo. Paper-bound. Pp. xxviii, 452. Text in French. Covers a little stained; owner's name etc. on half-title; else very good copy. $2.00

Léautaud, Paul: The Child of Montmartre. Translated by Humphrey Hare. Bodley Head. London: 1959. First edition thus. 8vo. Boards. Near fine copy in a slightly frayed dj. $15.00

Levinson, André: La Vie pathétique de Dostoïevsky. Librairie Plon. Paris: 1931. Small 8vo. Paper-bound. Pp. viii, 274. Text in French. Foxed; covers a little frayed; else a very good copy. $2.00

Longus: Daphnis & Chloe. Translated out of the Greek by George Thornley in 1657. Geoffrey Bles. London: 1925. First edition thus (first printed in French in 1559). 4to. Cloth. Edges untrimmed. Pp. 200. Illustrated. Very good copy. No dj. $35.00

Lottman, Herbert R.: The Left Bank, Writers, Artists, and Politics From the Popular Front to the Cold War. Heinemann. London: 1982. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Fine copy in dj. $32.00

This is a study of the French intellectual world in the '40s and '50s. It considers how such cataclysms as the Popular Front, the Spanish Civil War, the German occupation, and the Cold War affected the writers and artists of the Left Bank.

Lottman, Herbert R.: Man Ray's Montparnasse. Harry N. Abrams, Inc. New York: 2001. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. 264. Illustrated. Notes. Index. Fine copy in dj. $16.00

This is an account of the Parisian literary and artistic world that swirled around Montparnasse during the first three decades of the 20th Century and which was all recorded in the photographs of Man Ray.

Louis, Édouard: The End of Eddy. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Tanslated from the French by Michael Lucey. New York: 2017. First American edition (Originally published as En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule. Editions du Seuil. Paris: 2014). 8vo. Boards. Pp. (x), 192, (vi). Fine copy in dust-jacket. $40.00

Malraux, André: Anti-Memoirs. Translated by Terence Kilmartin. Holt, Rinehart & Winston. New York: 1968. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Fine copy in dj. $26.00

Malraux, André: Days of Wrath. Translated by Haakon M. Chevalier. Random House. New York: 1936. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Very good copy in dj. $15.00

Mauriac, François: Destins. Bernard Grasset. Paris: 1928. 56th edition. Small 8vo. Paper-bound. Text in French. Back-strip stained; else very good copy. $3.00

Maurois, André: Meïpe ou la délivrance. Grasset. Paris: 1926. 32nd edition. Small 8vo. Paper-bound. Pp. xii, 226. Text in French. Good copy. $2.00

Maurois, André: Ni Ange, Ni Bête, Roman. Bernard Grasset. Paris: 1927. 13th edition. Small 8vo. Paper-bound. Text in French. Very good copy. $3.00

Maurois, André: A Private Universe. Translated by Hamish Miles. Cassell. London: 1932. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. With a presentation inscription signed by the translator. Very good copy. $35.00

Maurois, André: Prometheus, The Life of Balzac. Translated by Norman Denny. Bodley Head. London: 1965. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Dj frayed and with tape marks on the inside; else very good copy. $26.00

Mayle, Peter: Acquired Tastes. Bantam Books. New York: 1992. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. As new in dj. $15.00

Mayle, Peter: Hôtel Pastis, A Novel of Provence. Alfred A. Knopf. New York: 1993. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Price-clipped dj; else fine copy. $6.00

Mitterrand, François and Elie Wiesel: Memoir in Two Voices. Translated from the French by Richard Seaver and Timothy Bent. Arcade Publishers. New York: 1995. First edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. As new in dj. $10.00

Morgan, Ted [pseud. of Comte St. Charles Armand Gabriel de Gramont]: An Uncertain Hour, The French, the Germans, the Jews, the Klaus Barbie Trial, and the City of Lyon, 1940-1945. Arbor House/William Morrow. New York: 1990. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. 416. Very good copy in dj. $18.00

This book has one of my favorite remarks about the French, by a Frenchman. It comes when he is explaining why it took a while before his countrymen could mount an effective resistance against the German Occupation: “It is quite possible that the French are temperamentally unsuited for this type of work. They have a hard time taking security measures seriously because they interfere with their social habits and natural garrulousness.”

Ted Morgan: My Battle of AlgiersMorgan, Ted [pseud. of Comte St. Charles Armand Gabriel de Gramont]: My Battle of Algiers, A Memoir. Smithsonian Books/Collins. New York: 2005. First edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. xx, 284. Maps. Index. Remainder mark on bottom edge, else fine copy in dj. $15.00

The author, whose pen name is an anagram of ‘de Gramont,’ was drafted into the French Army, although he was then living and working in the United States. He returned to France and reported for induction. After basic training, which was uproarious at times, he was sent to Algeria where the Army was involved in a vicious guerilla war. He was posted to a remote base south of Algiers. On the first night in the officers' mess, he was welcomed with a song: Il est cocu le chef de gare. In response he proposed a toast: “Being an imbecile, I am happy to find myself among equals.” They applauded and serenaded him with another well-known ditty: Et on s'en fout, d'attraper la vérole, et on s'en fout, pourvu qu'on tire un coup. By 1957 he was in Algiers just as the revolt in the Casbah was beginning. Through luck and his social connections, he became a journalist whose job it was to chronicle the uprising.

Nourissier, François: The French. Translated by Adrienne Foulke. Knopf. New York: 1968. First edition. 8vo. Two-tone cloth. Fine copy in dj. $18.00

Paul, Eliott: Understanding the French. Random House. New York: 1955. First edition. Small 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. (vi), 186. Near fine in dj. $15.00

Denis Peschanski: Collaboration and ResistancePeschanski, Denis, Yves Durand, Dominique Veillon, Pascal Ory, Jean-Pierre Azéma, Robert Frank, Jacqueline Eichart, Denis Maréchal: Collaboration and Resistance, Images of Life in Vichy France, 1940-1944. Translated by Lory Frankel. Harry N. Abrams, Inc. New York: 2000. First edition thus. 4to. Cloth. Pp. 264. Illustrated. Appendices. Chronology. Checklist. Index. Fine copy in dj. $45.00

[Pétain, Philippe], Charles Williams: Pétain, How the Hero of France Became a Convicted Traitor and Changed the Course of History. Palgrave/Macmillan. New York: 2005. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xii, 298, (ii). Illustrated: (8) pp. of plates. Notes. Checklist. Index. fine copy in dj. $12.00

Price, Marjorie: A Gift from Brittany, A Memoir of Love and Loss in the French Countryside. Gotham Books. New York: 2008. First printing. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. (vi), 250. Illustrated: frontispiece. Fine copy in dj. $6.00

[Proust, Marcel], edited by Peter Quennell: Marcel Proust 1871-1922, A Centennial Volume. Simon & Schuster. New York: 1971. First edition. 4to. Cloth. Stain on front cover; else fine copy in dj. $15.00

[Proust, Marcel], Ronald Hayman: Proust, A Biography. Harper Collins. New York: 1990. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Fine copy in dj. $28.00

Read, Piers Paul: The Free Frenchman. Random House. New York: 1986. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Fine copy in dj. $15.00

This is a novel about a French civil servant who flees to England after the German invasion. There he involves himself in the Free French movement and is eventually sent back to France to secure the political peace in his home region after the liberation. The story is told from the points of view of the hero, his family, and his friends, some of whom go in quite different directions under the pressures of the Occupation. Slow moving at the beginning, but by the end one can not put it down! Warmly recommended.

Joanna Richardson: The CourtesansRichardson, Joanna: The Courtesans, The Demi-monde in Nineteenth-Century France. Castle Books. Edison: 2004. Later edition (first published in 1967 in Britain). 8vo. Boards. Pp. x, 178, (iv). Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Notes. Checklist. Index. Fine copy in dj. $18.00

[Rimbaud, Arthur], Edmund White: Rimbaud, The Double Life of a Rebel. Atlas. New York: 2008. Reprinted. Small 8vo. Boards. Pp. (viii), 192, (viii). Fine copy in dj. $10.00

Romains, Jules: Verdun. Knopf. Translated from the French by Gerard Hopkins. New York: 1939. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Fine copy in dj. $28.00

Russell, John: Paris. Foreword by Rosamond Bernier. Abrams. New York: 1983. First edition. Large 8vo. Cloth. Fine copy in dj. A lavishly illustrated tribute to a favorite city. $38.00

[Saint Exupéry, Antoine], Nathalie des Vallières, with Roselyne de Ayala: Saint Exupéry, Art, Writing and Musings. Translated from the French by Anthony Zielonka. Rizzoli. New York: 2004. First edition thus. 4to. Boards. Pp. 216. Illustrated. Chronology. List of Illustrations. Bibliography. Fine copy in dj. Originally published by Éditions de la Martinière (Paris: 2003). $30.00

Sartre, Jean-Paul: Lucifer and the Lord, A Play in Eleven Scenes. Hamish Hamilton. London: 1952. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Very good copy in dj. $32.00

Sartre, Jean-Paul: Théatre. Gallimard. Paris: 1947. 156th edition. Paper-bound. Text in French. Covers a bit stained. Includes four plays: Les Mouches, Huis-Clos, Morts sans sepulture, and La Putain respectueuse. $5.00

[Sartre, Jean-Paul], Ronald Hayman: Sartre, A Life. Simon & Schuster. New York: 1987. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Fine copy in dj. $15.00

Satterthwaite, Alfred: Evasion Line, A Novel. Toll & Armstrong. Haverford:1972. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Pp. vi, 182. Fine copy with a one-inch tear. $20.00

A compelling novel about the ordinary French people who risked their lives to spirit downed allied fliers out of occupied France.

Schoenbrun, David: Soldiers of the Night, The Story of the French Resistance. Dutton. New York: 1980. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Fine copy in dj. $32.00

Semprun, Jorge: Literature or Life. Translated from the French by Linda Coverdale. Viking. New York: 1997. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. (viii), 312. Fine copy in dj. $10.00

The author was 20 years old when he was arrested because of his activities in the French resistance and sent to Buchenwald concentration camp where he found that the prisoners were ‘ghosts’, more dead than alive. In this book he attempts to grapple with what he experienced.

Simenon, Georges: The Magician. Hamish Hamilton. London: 1974. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Fine copy in dj. $18.00

Pierre Assouline: Simenon[Simenon, Georges], Pierre Assouline: Simenon, A Biography. Translated by Jon Rothschild. Alfred A. Knopf. New York: 1997. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Fine copy in dj. $15.00

Timoney, Charles: Pardon My French, Unleash Your Inner Gaul. Gotham Books. New York: 2008. First edition. Two-tone boards. Pp. xii, 244. Fine copy. $15.00

A wonderful insight into the French language by an Englishman who has lived in France for many years. He tells us for instance about le bac, the exam that French children take at the end of their secondary education. A student choses one of three general areas of study, each of which has its own special subjects. However all three include philosophie. Here is a question once posed in the baccalauréat exam for the trembling youths to think about: L'ennui est-il caractéristique de l'être humain, ou de certaines époques de l'histoire? Consider it yourself!

[Truffaut, François], Antoine de Baecque and Serge Toubiana: Truffaut. Translated from the French by Catherine Temerson. Alfred A. Knopf. New York: 1999. First American Edition (first published as François Truffaut by Editions Gallimard; Paris: 1996). 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. xiv, 464. Illustrated. Checklist. Index. Fine copy in dj. $28.00

Vansittart, Peter (editor with an Introduction): Voices 1870-1914. Franklin Watts. New York: 1985. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Fine copy in dj. $10.00

Vincendeau, Ginette: The Companion to French Cinema. Cassell/British Film Institute. London: 1996. First edition. Paperback. Pp. xiv, 202, (viii). Illustrated. Appendix I (European Production and Audience Statistics). Appendix II (Select Bibliography for European and French Cinema). Very good copy. $7.50

Voltaire, François Marie Arouet: Candide or Optimism. Translated from the French by Richard Aldington. With an Introduction by Paul Morand. Twenty illustrations in color by Sylvain Sauvage. The Nonesuch Press. London and New York: [1939]. First edition thus. 8vo. Buckram-backed patterned boards. Pp. xx, 148. Fine copy in remains of glassine dj and a slip-case which is slightly split. $20.00

Weber, Eugen: The Hollow Years, France in the 1930s. W. W. Norton. New York: 1994. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. xii, 356. Index. Illustrated. Fine copy in dj.

Wells, Patricia: The French Kitchen Cookbook, Recipes and Lessons from Paris and Provence. Photographs by Jeff Kauck. William Morrow/HarperCollins. New York: 2013. First edition. Small 4to. Boards. Pp. (viii), 312. First edition. Small 4to. Boards. Pp. (viii), 312. Illustrated. Remainder mark on bottom edge; else fine copy in dj. $15.00

Wilson, Emma: French Cinema Since 1950, Personal Histories. Rowman & Littlefield, Inc. Lanham: 1999. First edition. Paperback. Pp. 160. Illustrated: (8) leaves of plates. Glossary. Index. Remainder dot on bottom edge, else very good copy. $5.50

Wells, Patricia: The French Kitchen Cookbook, Recipes and Lessons from Paris and Provence. Photographs by Jeff Kauck. William Morrow/HarperCollins. New York: 2013. First edition. Small 4to. Boards. Pp. (viii), 312. First edition. Small 4to. Boards. Pp. (viii), 312. Illustrated. Remainder mark on bottom edge; else fine copy in dj. $15.00

Zola, Emile: Germinal. Bibliothèque-Charpentier. Paris. 1921. 165th edition. Paper-bound. Text in French. Cover and first few leaves stained; else very good copy. $3.00

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Les amants criminelsLes amants criminels. Directed by François Ozon. Starring Natacha Régnier, Jérémie Renier, Salim Kechiouche. 1999. 96 minutes. DVD with widescreen format. In French with optional English subtitles. Fine copy with original liner notes. $18.00

At the urging of his seriously unbalanced girlfriend, a boy murders another boy who had flirted with her. The pair then take the body deep into the country and bury it in the woods. However, they are seen by a recluse who captures them. Interestingly, the director, François Ozon, in his later films also deals with depraved and dangerous young women. What explains his misogyny is hard to understand.

Un amour à taire. Directed by Christian Faure. Written by Pascal Fontanille and Samantha Mazeras. Starring Jérémie Renier, Louise Monot, Bruno Todeschine, Nicolas Gob. 2005. 102 minutes. In French with optional English subtitles. DVD with wide screen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $25.00

It is 1942 in Paris and the German occupation oppresses everything but especially two young men whose love has to be hidden. However into their secret life comes a Jewish girl whom they agree to help and the brother of one of them who is jealous.

L'armée des ombres. Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Based on the novel by Joseph Kessel. Starring Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret, Paul Crauchet, Claude Mann, Christian Barbier. Criterion Collection. 1969. DVD movie. 145 minutes. Color. Widescreen format. In French with optional English subtitles. Two discs, the second includes Le journal de la Resistance, a black & white documentary filmed in Paris in August 1944 about the liberation of the city. It is narrated by Noël Coward. Fine copy with original liner notes. $42.00

Bon Voyage. Directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau. Starring Isabell Adjani, Gérard Depardieu, Virginie Ledoyen, Yvan Attal. 2004. 115 minutes. In French with optional English subtitles. Widescreen format. Fine with original liner notes. $10.oo

It is 1940 and the French Government and much of the ‘Gratin’ have fled to Bordeaux. Included among them are a murderer, the son of the murder victim, the man accused of the murder, a stateless Jewish scientist, and a Nazi spy. All of them become entangled in a swirl of chases, fights, and different pairings. These are difficult to follow at times, but being French everything is extremely convivial.

Borsalino and Co.Borsalino and Co. Directed by Jacques Deray. Music by Claude Bolling. Starring Alain Delon, Riccardo Cucciolla, Adolfo Lastretti, Gabriella Farinon, Catherine Rouvel. 1974. 102 minutes. Color. Widescreen format. In French with optional English subtitles. Fine with original liner notes. $18.00

La cage aux folles. Directed by Edouard Molinaro. Starring Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Claire Maurier, Remi Laurent, Benny Luke. MGM Home Entertainment. 1979. DVD movie. 97 minutes. Widescreen format. In French with optional English subtitles, or in dubbed English. Fine copy in fine dust-jacket. $25.00

La cage aux folles II. Directed by Marcello Danon. Starring Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Serrault, Marcel Bozzuffi, Paola Borboni. MGM Home Entertainment. 1980. 100 minutes. Widescreen format. Various languages possibilities, including in French with or without subtitles. Fine copy in fine dust-jacket. $15.00

Le cercle rouge. Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Starring Alain Delon, André Bourvil, Gian Maria Volonté, Yves Montand, Paul Crauchet, François Périer. 1970. 140 minutes. Widescreen format. In French with optional English subtitles. Two disc set from the Criterion Collection with original artwork and booklet. The second disc includes a 30-minute feature from the Cinéastes de notre temps series: Jean-Pierre Melville (portrait en 9 poses). $30.00

This is one of the best policiers (crime dramas) ever made. It is about an audacious jewel robbery at an upscale dealer on the Place Vendôme. The gang is composed of Alain Delon, Yves Montand and Gian Maria Volonté. Their antagonist is a police inspector played by Bourvil, who throughout his career was known for his comedy roles, but in this case he had a serious one, although it was not without a touch of of humor, especially when he deals with his three cats: Fiorello, Grifollet, and Orfène.

Le chagrin et la pitié. Directed by Marcel Ophuls. 1971. 251 minutes. Black & white. Two discs with full screen format. Fine copy with original liner notes. $35.00

This is a documentary, otherwise known as The Sorrow and the Pity, about the effects of the German occupation on one French provincial city, Clermont-Ferrand. Ophuls interviews Resistance fighters, collaborators, farmers, officials, artists and veterans to create an interesting perspective on the whole experience. However, his personality intrudes and is at times difficult to take.

Chevalier, Maurice: On Top of the World. Pavilion Records: PAST CD9711. Music CD. $6.00

Les choristes. Directed by Christophe Barratier. Based on the 1945 movie directed by Jean Dréville, La Cage aux rossignols. Starring Gérard Jugnot, Jean-Paul Bonnaire, Marie Bunel, Jean-Baptiste Maunier. 2004. 97 minutes. Color. Widescreen format. In French with optional English subtitles. Fine copy with original liner notes. $25.00

Un condamné à mort s'est éschappé. Directed by Robert Bresson. Starring François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche. 1957. VHS movie. 102 minutes. Black & white. In French with English subtitles. Fine copy. $25.00

A remarkable film, based on the real escape by André Devigny from Montluc Prison in Lyon during the German occupation. The hero, a resistance fighter, is captured, then cleverly finds a way out of his cell. As usual with Bresson the film focuses obsessively on the smallest detail.

Coulais, Bruno (composed and orchestrated by): Les choristes. Nonesuch #61741-2. 2004. Original music from the motion picture directed by Christophe Barratier. Music CD with 21 tracks. Fine copy with original booklet, liner notes and slip-case. $8.50

Crustaces et coquillagesCrustacés et coquillages. Directed by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau. Starring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Gilbert Melki, Romain Torres, Edouard Collin, Jean-Marc Barr. 2005. 93 minutes. Color. Widescreen format. In French with optional English subtitles. Fine copy with original liner notes. $22.00

Le dernier jour. Directed by Rodolphe Marconi. Starring Gaspard Ulliel (Simon), Mélanie Laurent (Louise), Nicole Garcia (Marie), Bruno Todeschini (Marc). 2004. 105 minutes. Color. In French with English subtitles. DVD with wide screen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $25.00

Simon, studying art in Paris, returns for a visit with his family. On the night train he meets a girl and invites her to join him. However she is more than she seems and eventually the truth comes out.

Diva. Directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix. Starring Frédéric Andrei, Wilhelmina Wiggins Fernandez, Thuy An Luu, Richard Bohringer. 1981. 123 minutes. In French with English subtitles. DVD with widescreen format. Alas, the sound quality of this film is only mediocre. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00

L'Enfant. Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Starring Jérémie Renier, Déborah François, Jérémie Ségard. 2005. 96 minutes. In French with optional English subtitles. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $14.00

A young man, who has not yet found his moral compass and who is involved in petty crime, has a baby with his girlfriend. He sells the baby for cash but soon regrets what he has done. This is just the beginning, though, of a downward spiral. The question is what the title refers to—the baby or the young man himself? This film won the Palme d'or, the top prize at Cannes in 2005.

L'enfant sauvage. Directed by François Truffaut. Starring Jean-Pierre Cargol. François Truffaut. 1970. 75 minutes. Black & white. Wide screen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $15.00

This is the story of a boy who had apparently been abandoned and was living alone, without language, in the wild. He is taken under care by a kindly doctor and gradually is integrated into society. Truffaut, who plays the role of the doctor, was himself raised in an orphanage and found a similar father figure in André Basin, the editor of Cahiers du Cinéma.

L’Ennui. Directed by Cedric Kahn. From the novel La Noia by Alberto Moravia. Starring Charles Berling, Sophie Guillemin, Arielle Dombasle. 1999. 120 minutes. Color. DVD. Widescreen format. In French with English subtitles. Fine copy with original artwork. $25.00

Flic Story. Directed by Jacques Deray. Based on the autobiography of Roger Borniche. Starring Alain Delon, Jean-Louis Trintingnant, Claudine Auger, Renato Salvatori, Maurice Biraud, André Pousse. 1975. 107 minutes. DVD with widescreen format. In French with optional English subtitles. Fine copy with original liner notes. $15.00

This is another superb policier. Unusually, Delon plays the honorable police inspector. He is on the track of a pathological killer which leads to a nail-biting confrontation in a country restaurant. Highly recommended!

Un FlicUn flic. Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Starring Alain Delon, Richard Crenna, Catherine Deneuve, Riccardo Cucciolla, Paul Crauchet. 1972. 100 minutes. Widescreen format. In French with optional English subtitles. Fine copy with original liner notes. $18.00

50 Chansons de France. Movieplay #DBG 2-53009. 1988. Music CD: 2 discs with 50 tracks. Fine copy with liner notes. Songs by Charles Trenet, Edith Piaf, Gilbert Becaud, Yves Montand, Jacques Brel, Mouloudji, Serge Gainsborough et al. $10.00

Grand École. Directed by Robert Salis. Starring Gregori Baquet, Jocelyn Quivrin, Salim Kechiouche. 2003. 110 minutes. Widescreen format. In French with optional English subtitles. Fine copy with original liner notes. $25.00

Greco, Juliette: Le temps d'une chanson. Polydor. Music CD with original artwork. $12.00

L'appât. Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Starring Marie Gillain, Olivier Sitruk, Bruno Putzulo. 1995. 112 minutes. Widescreen format. In French with optional English subtitles. Fine copy with original artwork. $20.00

Three narcissistic and not overly clever young friends—a girl, her lover, and their eternal male guest—embark on a nice bit of crime. The girl is the bait to get into the apartments of successful older men, then the boys burst in with the intention of robbing their victim, but this leads to murder on two occasions. Not a pleasant film certainly, but as it was shot in Paris, who cares!

Laissez-passer Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Screenplay by Bertrand Tavernier and Jean Cosmos. Starring Jacques Gamblin, Denis Podalydès, Marie Gillain, Marie Desgranges. 2004. 163 minutes. Color. In French with English subtitles. DVD with wide screen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $25.00

Les liaisons dangereuses. Directed by Josée Dayan. Based on the novel by Choderlos de Laclos. Starring Catherine Deneuve, Rupert Everett. 2003. 200 minutes. In French with English subtitles. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00

Lacombe, LucienMalle, Louis (director): 3 Films by Louis Malle: Le souffle au coeur; Lacombe, Lucien; Au revoir les enfants. 1971-87. 4 discs, each with a booklet, in a slip-case. The set includes three classic films, plus a documentary about Malle and the complete Charlie Chaplin silent comedy which is partially shown in Au revoir les enfants. Issued by The Criterion Collection with their usual superb quality. The films are in French with optional English subtitles and have the wide screen format. (1) Le souffle au coeur: 1971, 118 minutes, starring Benoît Ferreux, Leá Massari, Daniel Gélin; (2) Lacombe, Lucien: 1974, 138 minutes, starring Pierre Blaise, Aurore Clément, Holder Löwenadler, Thérèse Giehse; (3) Au revoir les enfants: 1987, 101 minutes, starring Gaspard Manesse, Raphaël Fejtö. Fine. $65.00

The three films are superb and much could be said about each of them. Lacombe, Lucien is set in a small town in the southwest of France in 1944. Lucien is a farm boy who by accident comes to work for the collaborationist police which gives him status and considerable power. He is taken to a Jewish tailor, who is in hiding with his elderly mother and daughter, to have a suit made. He falls in love with the daughter and from that come consequences which are as unpredictable as his initial recruitment into la police allemand. What is interesting about Lucien is that he might just as well have joined the Résistance, as indeed he had tried to do. One sad note about the film is that the actor who portrayed Lucien, Pascal Blaise, was killed in a car accident only two years after it was completed.

La mariée était noir. Directed by François Truffaut. Based on a novel by William Irish. Adaptation and dialogue by François Truffaut and Jean-Louis Richard. Starring Jean Moreau, Claude Riche, Jean-Claude Brialy, Michel Bouquet, Michel Lonsdale. 1968. 108 minutes. DVD with widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $15.00

Ma mère. Directed by Christophe Honoré. Based on a novel by Georges Bataille. Starring Isabelle Huppert, Louis Garrel. 2004.108 minutes (original theatrical version). In French with English subtitles. DVD with wide screen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00

Ma saison préferée. Directed by André Techiné. Starring Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Auteuil, Marthe Villalonga, Jean-Pierre Bouvier, Chiarra Mastroianni. 1997. 122 minutes. In French with English subtitles. Wide screen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $20.00

La mariée était noir. Directed by François Truffaut. Based on a novel by William Irish. Adaptation and dialogue by François Truffaut and Jean-Louis Richard. Starring Jean Moreau, Claude Riche, Jean-Claude Brialy, Michel Bouquet, Michel Lonsdale. 1968. 108 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $15.00

A couple, just married, leave the church. On the steps the groom is inexplicably shot dead. His widow cleverly seeks revenge on the five men involved in his murder.

Ma vraie vie à Rouen. Directed by Oliver Ducastel and Jacques Martineau. Starring Jimmy Tavares (Étienne) and Ariane Ascaride (Caroline). 2002. 100 minutes. In French with English subtitles. DVD with full-screen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $24.00

A graceful young figure skater is given a movie camera and proceeds to record his life, especially his growing interest in men.

Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran. Directed by François Dupeyron. Starring Pierre Boulanger and Omar Sharif. 2003. 95 minutes. In French with English subtitles. DVD with wide screen format. Fine copy with original artwork. Particularly interesting is the commentary by Omar Sharif which may be turned on from the main menu (and many remotes). $14.00

Yves Montand, Master SerieMontand, Yves: Yves Montand, Master Serie. Podis/Polygram. [Paris]: 1998. # 824 784-2. Music CD with 23 tracks: 1. À bicyclette, 2. Le Jazz et la java, 3. Le chat de la voisine, 4. La chansonnette, 5. Est-ce ainsi que les hommes vivent, 6. Je t'aime, 7. La plus belle des mers, 8. L'amoureuse, 9. Couche avec elle, 10. Le port, 11. Je me souviens, 12. En sortant de l’école, 13. On frappe, 14. Paris at night, 15. Quelqu'un, 16. Page d'écriture, 17. Le jardin, 18. Le miroir brisé, 19. Dans ma maison, 20. Trois petites notes de musique, 21. Il n'y a plus d'après, 22. Quand tu dors près de moi, 23. La chanson de Bilbao. Fine copy with original liner notes. $12.00

Nada. Directed by Claude Chabrol. Based on a novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette. Starring Fabio Testi, Mariangelo Melato, Maurice Garrell, Michel Duchaussoy. 1974. 107 minutes. Color. Wide screen format. Language options: English dubbed or French with or without subtitles. Fine copy with original liner notes. $16.00

Le petit soldat. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Starring Michel Subor, Anna Karina. 1960. 88 minutes. Black & white. In French with English subtitles. DVD with full screen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00

The hero of this political thriller is a deserter from the conflict in Algeria who is living in Geneva where he becomes involved with French agents. He has no deep commitments however and is much more interested in a young woman he meets. But the real story is the film itself. Godard became fascinated with his starring actress and a romance began on the set which led to marriage a year later. He chose her for a number of films to follow, notably Pierrot le fou in 1965. Also, the film was controversial at the time because the hero is tortured onscreen. The French Government refused to release it. Eventually the war in Algeria came to an end and the political situation changed, whereupon it was finally seen in France. But still it is not widely known.

Pierrot le Fou. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Based on the novel Obsession by Lionel White. Starring Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo. 1965. 110 minutes. Color. In French with English subtitles. DVD with wide screen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $25.00

Les quatre cents coupsLes quatre cents coups. Directed by François Truffaut. Photography by Henri Decaë. Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Rémy, Guy Decomble, Georges Flamant, Patrick Auffay. Fox Lorber World Class Cinema. 1959. DVD movie. 99 minutes. Black & white. Widescreen format. In French with optional English subtitles. Fine copy with original artwork. $20.00.

Reggiani, Serge Master Serie. Polygram #827 663-2. 1991. Music CD: 16 tracks. Fine copy with original booklet and liner notes. $8.50

Rossi, Tino Les meilleurs. Disky Communications. Hoorn: 1998. Music CD: 14 tracks. Fine copy with original booklet and liner notes. $12.00

Rossi, Tino: Paris, Voice Paris, His Greatest Recordings 1932-1942. ASV #CD AJA 5168. London: 1995. Music CD: 24 tracks. Includes ‘J'attendrai’ and ‘Marinella’. Fine copy with original booklet and liner notes. $14.00

Le rouge et le noir. Directed by Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe. Starring Carole Bouquet, Kim Rossi Stuart, Judith Godrèche. Adapted from the novel by Stendhal. Music by Philippe Sarde. Koch Lorber. 1997. DVD Movie. 3 hours, 27 minutes on two discs. Full screen format. In French with English subtitles. Fine copy with liner notes. $26.00

Terror's AdvocateTerror's Advocate. Directed by Barbet Schroeder. Magnolia Home Entertainment. 2007. DVD Documentary. 137 minutes. Widescreen format. In French with optional English subtitles. Fine copy with original liner notes. $25.00

A remarkable documentary about the French lawyer, Jacques Vergès, who defended Klaus Barbie, the brutal head of the Lyon Gestapo responsible for the death of Jean Moulin.

Trenet, Charles: Boum! ASV Ltd #AJA 5166. London: 1995. Music CD. 27 tracks. Fine copy with liner notes. Includes some of his well-known songs such as ‘La romance de Paris’ and ‘Que reste-ti-il de nos amours?’. $16.00

Les Vedettes Françaises: Le Café, Concert & La Revue. Musique de France #MDF 102.609 and #MDF 102.610. Two music CDs with 40 tracks.The singers include Fernandel, Edith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier, Tino Rossi, Charles Trenet. Fine copy with original liner notes. $25.00

Z. Directed by Costa-Gravas. Screenplay by Jorge Semprun, from a novel by Vassili Vasilikos. Music by Mikis Theodorakis. Starring Yves Montand, Charles Denner, Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant. 1968. 127 minutes. In French with English subtitles. Wide screen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $20.00

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