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The History of French Cinema: 1974











Lacombe Lucien (1974)





10/1 -

Communist Deputy Jack Ralite protests to the National Assembly about the minuscule share of the state budget (0.049%) allocated to the country’s film industry. [ADD]





11/1 -

33-year-old former critic and press officer Bertrand Tavernier’s L'Horloger de Saint Paul (The Watchmaker of St. Paul) wins the Louis Delluc Prize.   It is the first film written by Jean Aurenche and Pierre Bost in 10 years, and stars Philippe Noiret and Jean Rochefort. [ADD]





28/1 -

Richard Fleischer's Soylent Green wins the main prize at the second International Festival of Fantasy Films. [ADD]





30/1 -

Louis Malle's Lacombe Lucien, a story of collaboration during the Nazi occupation, is released.   Pierre Blaise stars as Lucien, a 17-year-old peasant colluding with the Gestapo, who moves in with a Jewish family. [ADD]





20/2 -

The Film Archives Service is given 3.6 million francs for the construction of three new storage vaults for 55,000 reels of highly flammable nitrate film. [ADD]

    Les Valseuses (1974)




20/3 -

Bertrand Blier's third feature, Les Valseuses (Going Places), is an adaptation of his own 1972 novel.   Gérard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere star as a pair of petty thieves on the run who take up with frigid hairdresser Miou-Miou.   Jeanne Moreau also appears. [ADD]





18/4 -

Marcel Pagnol, the first film director to become a member of the Académie Française, dies at his home in Paris at the age of 69. [ADD]





24/5 -

Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation wins the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. [ADD]





26/6 -

Emmanuelle, Just Jaeckin’s soft porn film of a higher quality than usual, is released.   Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel stars as the wife of a French embassy official in Bangkok who begins to experiment sexually to relieve her boredom. [ADD]





27/8 -

President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing announces during a TV interview that film censorship will be abolished in the near future. [ADD]





31/12 -

A list of France's Top Ten box-office hits for 1974 include four American films: The Hustler, The Exorcist, Robin Hood and Papillon[ADD]


Other Key French Films of 1974

    Lancelot du Lac (1974)

Céline et Julie vont en bateau (Jacques Rivette) [ADD]




Contes immoraux (Immoral Tales) (Walerian Borowczyk) [ADD]




Le Fantôme de la liberté (Luis Buñuel) [ADD]




Lancelot du Lac (Robert Bresson) [ADD]




Nada (Claude Chabrol) [ADD]




Parade (TV) (Jacques Tati) [ADD]




Stravinsky (Alain Resnais) [ADD]


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