From the pessimistic and gloomy stories of the Poetic Realism to the imaginative interplay of philosophical values and global cinematic influences of the New Wave (Nouvelle Vague) France’s cinematic hunger grew with each passing decade. The end of World War II saw France cashing in on commercial cinema and witnessed the birth of various genres, most notably, crime. The onset of 1980s brought a new explosion of cinematic vision in the form of Cinéma du look that gravitated more toward the visual quality of film-making and captured the youth’s fixation with high art and pop culture. 1990s brought heritage cinema, political impact on civil life, community reflections, and most importantly, Banlieue cinema (movies that revolved around lives of destitute people who lived on the outskirts of big French cities) to the fore.
2000 bid welcome to a new cinematic chapter in France―one that defined and continues to experiment with extremism. This decade also saw the revival of the popular genres of crime and thriller. French cinema is truly a tour de force of all extraordinarily talented people, who molded stories with their strong envisaging power and gave the world some of the most unconventional and avant-garde cinematic experiences. Let’s now take a look at some noteworthy French actors.
in 2007, won her a César Award as well as an Academy Award. Cotillard has starred in a barrage of Hollywood movies like Public Enemies (2009), Nine (2009), Inception (2010), Contagion (2011), Midnight in Paris (2011), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and The Immigrant (2013). Cotillard also has a virtuosic side to her―she can sing, play bass guitar, keyboard, and tambourine. She demonstrated her musical maven side in ‘Lily’s Body’ in the Lady Dior Web Documentary. Cotillard has also borne a child with French actor-director, Guillaume Canet; however, they both choose not to spill the beans about their relationship or marital status.