Top 5: Rone’s Top 5 Favorite French Films
We love Rone. Between his chilling, one-shot performance for “Quitter La Ville” in an empty French airport terminal, to his “Acid Reflux” video about eating radioactive sushi and hallucinating around Tokyo, it’s pretty loud and clear that he’s unabashed cinephile. His videos are films in of themselves, and if you aren’t familiar with him, I highly recommend going on the audiovisual journey. In fact, his impressive cinematic prowess came up the other day when we were all sitting around the office debating the finer points of French cinema (casual), so we decided to hit him up and see what his favorite French films were. He is, after all, the French-iest.
But even though English is his second or eleventh language, Rone speak real-pretty like. In fact, I was so floored at his majestic writing skills that I nearly stopped writing myself and reverted to by backup career: heart surgeon. Each video description is a little literary gift from god, a Nabokov-esque poem mixed with the flooring beauty of a million double rainbows. Rone, it seems, is much better writer than me and miles more adept at describing the nuances of French cinema. It’s actually pretty funny.
Initially, I was just going to pretend I’m smart enough to understand the shimmering, multifaceted intellectualism of Rone’s comments … but since I’m a dumb American and I need to feel secure, I also included an American interpretation of each film so the full gravity of how much smarter he is than you can really sink in.
So, without further adieu, here are Rone’s Top 5 favorite French films, according to both him and your idiot countrymen.
“An amazing odyssey in convoluted Tokyo streets, Enter the Void is a deeply traumatizing psychedelic experience. Gaspar Noé offers an exciting alternative to a formatted production. For this alone Noé deserves total respect.”
Available on Netflix Instant here
“No need to master French to watch this: it’s a burlesque movie, practically without any dialogue, graphically splendid. Jacques Tati brings me to another French genius: illustrator Sempé
who sketches snippets of life with great visual humor and poetry peppered with the joy and laughter of childhood.”
Available in full on YouTube here
“This 28-minute black and white short movie was entirely made up of photographs. Produced in 1962, the cult movie built the foundation for an entire film genre.”
(A gorgeous 7 minute clip is available here.)
“Magnificent film on kinship, submission to talent and the learning of a new way of life. Jacques Audiar shoots shoulder camera sequence shots with virtuosity, but also freely, in a way that is both sensual and intense: a joy that he freely shares. Like Gaspar Noé, Audiar takes part in a new film genre that’s both physical and sensual, in a country that was more intellectual and talkative …”
“The flagship film of the Nouvelle Vague
and Jean-Luc Godard’s masterpiece! A date in the history of cinema, the Belmondo/Seberg couple strolling on the Champs-Elysées in the late 50’s enters the legend of French cinema … An immense breath of freedom permeates this film that has not aged one bit, it’s a meteorite that changed the way cinema was perceived in France.”
Aaand there you have it, folks! Rone is a more florid, concise writer than you or I will ever be, but hopefully with this new knowledge of French cinema, you can become smarter, better and Rone-ier. If you even more need help, come see him play tomorrow night at Los Globos
with Lakim, Petey Clicks, and Filthy Gorgeous. I’ll be there staring at him and drooling.