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La Bonne Annee [VHS]

Lino Ventura , Francoise Fabian , Claude Lelouch    Suitable for 12 years and over   VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Lino Ventura, Francoise Fabian, Charles Gerard, Michou, André Falcon
  • Directors: Claude Lelouch
  • Language: French
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Arrow
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Jan 2000
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00004CQ4W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,114 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Just released on parole Simon sets out to find the accomplice who helped in the plan to rob the famous jewellers Van Cleef And Arpels in Cannes. He also intends to meet up with his mistress. He recalls the events and planning which led up to the robbery and how his unlikely affair with the cultured and elegant Francoise developed. From the director of 'A Man And A Woman'.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten gem. 13 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
La Bonne Annee is a magical piece of film making - a romance cum comedy-thriller with real emotional depth and irresistably charismatic leads in Lino Ventura and the impossibly sexy Francoise Fabian. Ventura gives a masterclass in film acting; his lugubrious features register the subtlest responses, the smallest emotions. Claude Lelouche handles the tone with extraordinary skill - the shift from the broad comedy of the 'heist' plot to the darker atmospherics of the love story is never forced. The photography, especially in the black and white segments which frame the central narrative, is wonderfully moody and the film manages to combine a huge sense of fun with a genuinely moving emotional charge. In part an ironic commentary on Lelouche's earlier and better known film, Un Homme et Une Femme, La Bonne Annee nevertheless stands on its own and deserves to be rediscovered by a wide audience. Repeated viewings have only deepened my love of this film; I cannot recommend it highly enough. - Matt Lawrence 13th November 2000.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our favorite French Movie. Worth the wait. 22 Jan 2004
By William T. Bebout - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My wife Clare and I have been watching La Bonne Annee every New Year's Eve since the early 90's. What a thrill for us to be able to retire the VHS copy this year. The DVD transfer is much cleaner.It is true that the English sub-titles are not always an accurate translation of the French, but we find that true with all French Films. FYI when you hear the French for "comfortable" in the film, you should know that it has a much more intimate sense than our English version.
La Bonne Annee really stands up to repeated viewings. It has many pleasures, It's wonderfully directed, filmed and edited. The acting is seamless (the lingering close-ups of Lino Ventura's face linger in the mind too) . It has wit, romance, friendship, is poignant, and has suspense too. You will never look at any price that ends with .99 the same way again.
We own very few DVD's. This one is a treasure.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What took you so long? 13 Aug 2003
By F.M.Brewster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Claude Lelouch made this movie in 1973. He had made "a Man and a Woman "in 1965 and the haunting melody will be forever in our ears. He loved his work so ,that he could even joke about it "you have to love windshield wipers" He did a sequel in 1985"A Man and a Woman,2O years later" which was surprisingly good."La bonne année"starts with a scene from this masterpiece and I love both movies . Although one could object to the ending-crime is not supposed to pay-Françoise Fabian is so beautiful and Lino Ventura so believable,that the ending seems well deserved. I am glad it is finally available on DVD and I only wish for French subtitles, the English ones only approximate the dialogue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The quintessential French existential movie 18 Jan 2009
By Remo Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
When this movie first came out in the 70s, I went to see it repeatedly. Then, when the VHS version came out, I was able to watch it every Christmas. It's the quintessential French existential movie; Ventura's character, Simon, says it all when he asserts to Francoise as she visits him in jail, "But I am a nice guy!" . (In French, "un type bien" means more than "a nice guy", but that'll do). What is perceived as criminal behavior (breaking into a jewelry store) is not a matter of "crime" so much as what a person chooses to do. He might as well have been an ice cream vendor. What counts is a man's honor and integrity. Again, Simon says it all: "There are only two types of people in my world: those that I like, and those that I don't." Legality and morality are not at stake here, but a man's honesty with himself. Again, Simon says it all: "A woman is a man who cries a little; a man is someone who goes all the way." What defines a man is his character.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Movie 13 Jan 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I have watched this movie over and over on VHS and was delighted to see it released on DVD. The only complaint I have is that there is no dubbed version included on the DVD. I have always preferred movies in the original language with English subtitles, but I became so accustomed to the voices used in the dubbed version that I found that I really missed them. Francoise Fabian's dubbed voice seems much sexier than her actual French voice. I think that when I have watched the DVD as many times as I've watched the VHS I will love it as much as I always have. Highly recommended, but 1 star subtracted for dubbed option missing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great caper film by Lelouch 6 Aug 2013
By Dutchboy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
One warning right away. DO NOT see "Happy New Year," the terrible American re-make of this film in which Peter Falk plays Lino Ventura's role. See this one-the original. "La Bonne Annee" is about a jewelry heist and has some great acting and great pre-CGI stunt driving as well. My favorite line from the film occurs at an awkward dinner party filled with sexual tension in which the aging leading man, just recently out of prison, counters some "sophisticated" young pup who is trying to impress their mutual love interest by grilling Ventura on his taste in film by saying " I choose my films like I choose my women. I take chances." Lelouch is the master of this genre of film and my favorite French director.
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