Movies Worth Watching: The Dreamers

One of my favorite films is The Dreamers directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Set in 1968 Paris, the film touches on a kind of youthful questioning, experimentation and transgression which somehow seems belonging to that time and place. It tells the story of naïve American student the-dreamers-movie-poster-2004-1020216304Matthew and incestuous Parisian twins Isabelle and Theo, who bond over a shared obsession with film. Against the backdrop of a Paris engulfed in riots, the three begin a brief relationship charged by sexual games. It is a poignant tribute to youth, cinema, the sixties and Paris.

The film references the seminal French New Wave Cinema movement of the 1950s and 60s. Director Jean-Luc Godard was central to the New Wave and scenes from his films are re-enacted as part of Matthew, Isabelle and Theo’s cinematic charades in The Dreamers. You can check out Godard’s influential films À bout de soufflé or Breathless and Bande à part or Band of Outsiders from the library.

To find these and other movies search the library’s online catalog by keyword or title and use the Quick Limit to restrict your search to just DVDs. You may also want to check out these books in the library’s collection about the French New Wave, A history of the French new wave cinema and Reading the French new wave : critics, writers and art cinema in France


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