OpinionWay Survey for UniFrance Films finds the most popular French actors

In April 2014 OpinionWay Survey for UniFrance Films asked a sample of 5,891 foreign viewers of movies aged over 15 in 14 countries as diverse as the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Poland, Quebec, Brazil, South Korea, Sweden, and China.  (Survey – http://en.unifrance.org/news/11596/survey-on-the-image-of-french-cinema-around-the-world)

They came unaided with this list of French actors

TOP 5 FRENCH ACTORS ARE –

1 – GÉRARD DEPARDIEU

Gérard Depardieu can be seen on this diverse list of French dvds

  • ASTÉRIX & OBÉLIX: MISSION CLÉOPÂTRE (PG) 2002 FRANCE CHABAT, A. £19.99  Second film in this popular French series staring Gerard Depardieu.Second film in this popular French series staring Gerard Depardieu.
  • BUFFET FROID (18) 1979 FRANCE BLIER, BERTRAND £17.99  Black comedy starring Gerard Depardieu.
  • LE COMTE DE MONTE CRISTO (PG) 2001 DAYAN, JOSEE £19.99 Recent TV version with Gerard Depardieu.
  • CYRANO DE BERGERAC (U) 1990 FRANCE RAPPENEAU, J.P. £19.99 Gerard Depardieu stars in this Oscar nominated film.
  • DANTON (PG) 1983 FRANCE WAIDA, ANDRZEI £19.99 Depardieu plays Danton in this French Revolution drama.
  • LE DERNIER MÉTRO/LAST METRO (PG) FRANCE 1980 TRUFFAUT, FRANCOIS £19.99 Depardieu and Deneuve in a wartime story of a theatre troupe whose Jewish director must stay hidden from the Gestapo.
  • JEAN DE FLORETTE (PG) FRANCE 1988 BERRI, CLAUDE £19.99 Gerard Depardieu is a hunchback tax collector who moves to the country, in this award winning film based on the Pagnol novel.
  • MON PERE CE HEROS (PG) FRANCE 1991 LAUZIER, GERARD £14.99 Charming comedy staring Gerard Depardieu.
  • POTICHE (15) 2010 FRANCE OZON, FRANÇOIS £17.99 French comedy starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu. Suzanne (Deneuve) is the trophy wife of ruthless umbrella tycoon Robert Pujol (Fabrice Luchini). When Robert’s workers go on strike and take him hostage, Suzanne takes over the running of the factory and – with the help of her former lover, communist union leader Maurice Babin (Depardieu) – quickly proves herself to be a far more effective manager than her husband.
  • LE RETOUR DE MARTIN GUERRE/RETURN OF MARTIN GUERRE (15) 1982 FRANCE VIGNE, DANIEL £17.99 Gerard Depardieu returns to his village after eight years. Is he the same man or an imposter?
  • TAIS-TOI!/SHUT UP(12) 2003 FRANCE VEBER, FRANCIS £17.99 Action packed comedy staring Gerard Depardieu and Jean Reno.    

2 – JEAN RENO

Jean Reno can be seem on these dvds

  • L’IMMORTEL/22 BULLETS (18) 2010 FRANCE BERRY, RICHARD DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99 Jean Reno stars in this taut French gangster thriller set in Marseille.
  • LE PREMIER CERCLE/THE DEAD LIST (15) 2010 FRANCE TUEL, LAURENT £15.99 Gangster drama starring Jean Reno as the godfather of a powerful criminal family.
  • TAIS-TOI!/SHUT UP(12) 2003 FRANCE VEBER, FRANCIS £17.99 Action packed comedy staring Gerard Depardieu and Jean Reno.
  • WASABI (15) 2002 FRANCE KRAWCZYK, GERARD £19.99 Comedy adventure from writer/producer Luc Besson. Jean Reno stars as a burly French cop travelling to Japan to settle an old debt.

3 – ALAIN DELON

Alain Delon features on the following French films

  • LE CERCLE ROUGE (PG) 1970 FRANCE MELVILLE, JEAN-PIERRE £19.99 French take on the American gangster film.
  • ALAIN DELON BOX SET 5 DISCS (15) 1960-75 FRANCE £34.99 Contains – Un Flic, Plein Soleil, L’Eclisse, Talented Mr Ripley, Flic Story.
  • LES SEINS DE GLACE (15) 1974 FRANCE LAUTNER, GEORGES £12.99 Psychological thriller staring Alain Delon.
  • LA PISCINE (12) 1969 FRANCE DERAY, JACQUES £15.99 French psychological thriller set in a luxurious holiday villa in St Tropez.
  • PLEIN SOLEIL (PG) 1959 FRANCE CLÉMENT, RENÉ DVD – £15.99 BLU-RAY – £19.99 Pre-New Wave French film noir thriller directed by René Clément, based on the novel ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’ by Patricia Highsmith and shot on the warm and glowing Mediterranean coast

4 – CATHERINE DENEUVE

Some French films featuring Catherine Deneuve

  • 8 FEMMES/8 WOMEN (15) 2002 FRANCE OZON, FRANCOIS £12.99 Murder mystery with an all star cast.
  • LES BIEN-AIMÉS/BELOVED (15) 2011 FRANCE HONORE, CHRISTOPHE £15.99 French-language musical from director Christophe Honoré that follows 40 years in the life of a woman who comes to maturity amidst the political and social turmoil of the 1960s.
  • BELLE DE JOUR (18) 1967 FRANCE BUNUEL, LUIS DVD – £19.99 BLU – RAY £24.99 His biggest commercial success with Catherine Deneuve.
  • LES DEMOISELLES DE ROCHEFORT (U) 1967 FRANCE DEMY, JACQUES £22.99 Musical comedy with Catherine Deneuve and Gene Kelly.
  • LE DERNIER MÉTRO/LAST METRO (PG) FRANCE 1980 TRUFFAUT, FRANCOIS £19.99 Depardieu and Deneuve in a wartime story of a theatre troupe whose Jewish director must stay hidden from the Gestapo.
  • L’ÉVÉNEMENT LE PLUS IMPORTANT DEPUIS QUE L’HOMME A MARCHÉ/A SLIGHTLY PREGNANT MAN (PG) 1973 FRANCE DEMY, JACQUES £17.99 Marcello Mastrioanni plays Marco, who goes to see his doctor and complains of feeling run down, and much to his surprise is pronounced four months pregnant.
  • JE VEUX VOIR (15) FRANCE 2008 HADJITHOMAS, J | JOREIGE, K £15.99 Deneuve and Rabih Mroue star in this political docu-drama set against the backdrop of the aftermath of the 2006 Israel/Lebanon war.
  • LES PARAPLUIES DE CHERBOURG/UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (U) 1964 FRANCE DEMY, JACQUES £17.99 A story of lost love, with all the dialogue sung rather than spoken.
  • PEAU D’ÂNE/DONKEY SKIN (PG) 1970 FRANCE DEMY, JACQUES £19.99 Fairytale about a King (Jean Marais) who is distraught at the death of his wife (Catherine Deneuve), and promises never to marry anyone less beautiful than her. But when he is compelled to marry his own daughter (also Deneuve), her fairy godmother manages to save her from this incestuous fate by making her demand impossible gifts, including a suit of clothes made from the skin of a magical donkey that ensures the land’s prosperity. 
  • POTICHE (15) 2010 FRANCE OZON, FRANÇOIS £17.99 French comedy starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu. Suzanne (Deneuve) is the trophy wife of ruthless umbrella tycoon Robert Pujol (Fabrice Luchini). When Robert’s workers go on strike and take him hostage, Suzanne takes over the running of the factory and – with the help of her former lover, communist union leader Maurice Babin (Depardieu) – quickly proves herself to be a far more effective manager than her husband.
  • ROIS ET REINE/KINGS AND QUEEN (15) 2004 FRANCE DESPLECHIN, ARNAUD £19.99 The film interweaves two stories, that of Nora , a single mother about to marry for the third time, with the tale of her eccentric ex-husband Ismael
  • UN FLIC (12) 1972 FRANCE JEAN-PIERRE MELVILLE £17.99 Deft thriller with Alain Delon and Catherine Deneuve. 
  • LA SIRENE DU MISSISSIPPI /MISSISSIPPI MERMAID(12) FRANCE 1969 TRUFFAUT, FRANCOIS £15.99 Stylish Hitchcockian thriller set on the Isle de Reunion.

5 – AUDREY TAUTOU

Watch Audrey Tautou on the following dvds

  • AMELIE/LE FABULEUX DESTIN D’AMÉLIE POULAIN (15) 2001 FRANCE JEUNET, JEAN-PIERRE £19.99 Oscar nominated film about a young French girl whose sole purpose of life is to help others.
  • COCO AVANT CHANEL/COCO BEFORE CHANEL (12A) 2009 FRANCE FONTAINE, ANNE DVD – £19.99 BLU RAY – £24.99  Lavish biopic recounting the life and work of legendary French fashion designer Coco Chanel.
  • LA DÉLICATESSE/DELICACY (12) 2011 FRANCE FOENKINOS, D & S DVD – £19.99 BLU RAY – £24.99 Audrey Tautou stars in this whimsical romantic drama adapted by David Foenkinos from his own best-selling novel.
  • HORS DE PRIX/PRICELESS (12) 2007 FRANCE SALVADORI, PIERRE £19.99 Charming romantic comedy set against the backdrop of the French Riviera . Jean, a shy young bartender is mistaken for a millionaire by beautiful scheming opportunist woman.
  • THERESE DESQUEYROUX (12A) 2012 FRANCE MILLER, CLAUDE  DVD – £19.99 BLU RAY – £19.99 Based on the François Mauriac’s novel, the film stars Audrey Tautou as the eponymous Thérèse, a cultured and intelligent woman who enters into an arranged marriage in rural 1920s France. Initially Therese looks forward to the future she will share with her husband, but it isn’t long before her happiness turns to restlessness when she learns of her husbands casual anti-semitism and deeply ingrained chauvinism.
  • UN LONG DIMANCHE DE FIANÇAILLES/VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT (15) 2004 FRANCE JEUNET, JEAN-PIERRE £19.99 As World War I draws to an end, Mathilde has received word that her fiancé Manech is wounded and lost in no-mans-land. She goes out to find him. 
  • DE VRAIS MENSONGES/BEAUTIFUL LIES (12) 2010 FRANCE SALVADORI, PIERRE £17.99 Audrey Tautou and Nathalie Baye star in this romantic French comedy.

In French with English subtitles

DVD available at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

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