Stolen Kisses (1968)

Sacreblue! x SBS : The January Selection

Every month, Sacreblue! selects some Francophone films from the SBS catalogue. These movies will be available for the whole month for free on SBS On Demand. As part of this special edition, discover a new French podcast about Australian history!

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27 Jan 2023

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Sacreblue! x SBS
The January Selection

Every month, Sacreblue! highlights some francophone films from the SBS catalogue.
These movies will be available for the whole month for free on SBS On Demand!

Here is our January selection, enjoy these adventure-filled tales over the summer.

Special addition: enjoy a podcast about Australian history in French!


A Woman of Paris (1923)

Director: Charlie Chaplin
Cast: Edna Purviance, Adolphe Menjou, Carl Miller, Lydia Knott, Charles K. French, Clarence Geldert, Betty Morrissey, Malvina Polo, Henry Bergman, Harry Northrup, Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin films are known for being comedy productions also featuring Charlie Chaplin as an actor. This silent film surprised viewers by being a drama production by Charlie Chaplin without him appearing in the film. Critical response to the film however was very positive; Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance wrote about the film:

Most examinations of A Woman of Paris select a key scene such as Marie on the train platform or Pierre removing a handkerchief from Marie’s dresser drawer, or the natural and simple approach to performance as the basis of the film’s critical laurels, while overlooking Chaplin’s overall construction of the visual narrative. However, the film’s greatness is not limited to a few isolated scenes. Chaplin’s directorial skill and the film’s power are demonstrated in the careful and direct way that Chaplin tells a simple story. Chaplin achieved his purpose of conveying ‘psychology by subtle action’ throughout the visual narrative by imbuing the décor with symbolism, by using objects for their metaphoric and metonymic value, and by parallel storytelling and editing.

Watch it on SBS on Demand here.


Spread Your Wings / Donne-moi des ailes (2019)

Director: Nicolas Vanier
Cast: Jean-Paul Rouve, Mélanie Doutey, Louis Vazquez, Frédéric Saurel, Lilou Fogli, Grégori Baquet, Dominique Pinon, Ariane Pirié, Philippe Magnan, Christine Braconnier, Cyril Necker
A visionary scientist and his video game obsessed teenage son work together on a special project to save an endangered species of bird.

Watch it on SBS on Demand here.


Stolen Kisses / Baisers volés (1968)

Director: François Truffaut
Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Delphine Seyrig, Michaël Lonsdale, Claude Jade, Daniel Ceccaldi, Claire Duhamel, Catherine Lutz, André Falcon

Stolen Kisses follows the tumultuous on-again off-again relationship of Antoine and Christine and acts as a continuation of Truffaut’s previous films The 400 Blows and Antoine and Colette.

The film was nominated for many awards including an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Stolen Kisses was well-reviewed by critics all over the world. In an enthusiastic review for The New York Times , Vincent Canby commented:

With what can only be described as cinematic grace, Truffaut’s point of view slips in and out of Antoine so that something that on the surface looks like a conventional movie eventually becomes as fully and carefully populated as a Balzac novel. There is not a silly or superfluous incident, character, or camera angle in the movie. Truffaut is the star of the film, always in control, whether the movie is ranging into the area of slapstick, lyrical romance or touching lightly on De Gaulle’s France (a student demonstration on the TV screen). His love of old movies is reflected in plot devices (overheard conversations), incidental action (two children walking out of the shoe store wearing Laurel and Hardy masks), and in the score, which takes Charles Trenet’s 1943 song Que reste-t-il de nos amours (known in an English-language version as “I Wish You Love”) and turns it into a joyous motif.

Watch it on SBS on Demand here.

L’histoire Cachée d’Australie Podcast:

Over the past six months, SBS French journalist Grégory Plesse and Flinders university senior lecturer, Dr. Romain Fathi, have launched an ongoing series of podcasts on Australian history. Those podcasts are recorded in French, bien sûr, and aim to cover ‘lesser known’ (allegedly) aspects of Australian history.

Podcasts include but are not limited to: the Emu War, nuclear tests in Australia, colonisation, Pine Gap, Canberra, the Sydney Olympics, etc.

The series is available here and will continue to grow through 2023:


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