A sparkling , unusual snapshot of cool, sixties Paris.
(4 out of 5 stars)
"What a wonderful gem of a film. It perfectly captured the mood and characters of Sixties Paris. A mood much different than ours in America at that time. For lovers of Cool European culture each individual film has something to offer. At times humorous and at times poignant, I felt as if I had discovered something hidden for a long time. The directors involved in these films are all now quite famous for their contributions to modern cinema, but in Six in Paris you get the feeling you've been invited to their coming out party. Many of the techniques used in the directing of these films are now embraced by many, but no one today uses them like they are used here. Most importantly we get a strangely beautiful portrait of an edgy, sometimes gray, hip Paris which may be long gone. Stylish clothes, bustling cafe's, and plenty of Citroens and scooters buzzing around the streets - I would recommend this film to anyone looking to slip back into another time for an evening."
Love At First Sight!
jazzy_baby | Montreal, Quebec | 02/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I fell in love instantly when I first saw the first story "Saint Germain de pres". The second one "Gare Du Nord" had an equally amazing impact. Each director had an amazing eyes for details in capturing moods, lighting and expressions. The stories of life were presented in a way you'll never have imagined before. Left me with dreamy dejau vu feeling that I can't quite shake myself off days later. I watched the VHS three times before returning it to the store, and got myself a brand new one that I'm sure I'll watch it another 1000000000 (infinite) more times. If I have more stars, I'll definitely give it a million stars."
What if Six French New Wave Directors Collaborated on One Fi
G. Merritt | Boulder, CO | 10/21/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Two decades before Paris, Je T'Aime (Paris, I Love You), six celebrated French New Wave directors (Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Eric Rohmer, Jean Douchet, Jean Rouch, Jean-Daniel Pollet) collaborated on the October, 1965 omnibus film, Six in Paris (Paris Vu Par). Like the more recent Paris, Je T'Aime, each of the directors in Six in Paris was given the same budget and assigned a different neighborhood in the City of Lights to shoot a short film in 16-millimeter. While some of the films are stronger than others, the contributions by Chabrol, Godard, and Rohmer are reason enough to experience this memorable anthology.
1. In Jean Douchet's Saint-Germain-Des-Pres, a young American student, Wilkin, is disappointed to learn that the man she has just slept with wasn't the person he claimed to be, but only a model in her art class. The film was photographed by Almendros, who became a celebrated 1970s cinematographer. One of the weaker of the six films.
2. In Jean Rouch's Gare Du Nord, an unhappy married woman, Ballot, yearns to recapture the mystery of love in her life. The film costars the future director of Reversal of Fortune, Barbet Schroeder, as Ballot's husband.
3. In Jean-Daniel Pollet's bittersweet comic short set on the Left Bank, Rue Saint-Denis, a lonely dishwasher, Melki, brings home a world-weary prostitute, Dax, only to delay having sex until a power outage forces him out of his incessant talking and into action. Another weak effort.
4. Eric Rohmer's well-crafted Place De L'Etoile tells the humorous tale of a timid clerk, Rouziere, who fears he has murdered a bum, Gallon, with his umbrella after the two bump into each other while crossing the 12-avenue intersection at the Place de l'Etoile. The best film of the six.
5. Nouvelle Vague pioneer, Jean-Luc Godard's Montparnasse-Levallois is another morality tale concerning a beautiful Canadian woman, Joanna Shimkus (Joanna Shimkus), who fears she has mixed up notes arranging meetings with her two lovers. This film is remiscent of Godard's 1961 feature, A Woman is a Woman. This short was photographed by celebrated American documentary filmmaker, Albert Maysles.
6. Claude Chabrol's pure gem of a film, La Muette tells the tale of a young boy who ignores his constantly squabbling bourgeois parents by wearing earplugs and then vandalizing the house. Claude Chabrol and his then-wife Stéphane Audran play the principal characters.
Six in Paris will appeal to Francophiles and French film buffs alike.