Holiday Gift Wish List for the French Movie Lover
Shop through these fun gift ideas for the French cinema geek in your family or friend circle!
Vintage Movie Posters
Nothing classes up a room faster than an homage to Catherine Deneuve or a retro-colored image from New Wave cinema. Here are just a few suggestions as a jumping off point, but the possibilities are endless – go wild!
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg $19.99
Un homme et une femme $19.99
À bout de souffle $14.99
“Blue is the Warmest Color” by Julie Maroh, translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger ($13.71):
This graphic novel by the Lilloise writer-illustrator, which was the source of inspiration for Abdellatif Kechiche’s Palme d’or winning film, is a must-have for anyone who saw the cinematic interpretation.
“L’écume des jours” by Boris Vian ($11.95):
While awaiting a US release date for director Michel Gondry’s fantastical vision of the postwar classic by writer-inventor-jazz enthusiast Boris Vian, French-speaking bibliophiles can brush up on their surrealist literature with this bittersweet love tale, that is bursting with whacky wordplay and whimsical imagery. There also exist a few English translations, for example, Foam of the Daze by Brian Harper ($13.17).
World Film Locations: Paris ($16.42):
Countless films have given us wanderlust for Paris: While The Da Vinci Code strengthened our desire to visit the Louvre, Amélie and Moulin Rouge drew us to the wild streets of Montmartre. With references to over 50 cinematic scenes, this book explores Paris’ many alluring tourist destinations, in addition to several more secret spots hiding within the City of Light. Similarly, Paris Movie Walks ($14.36) provides 10 guided walking tours, so you can retrace the steps of your favorite movie stars.
“La Vie en Rose” movie soundtrack ($19.08):
Relive Marion Cotillard’s Oscar-winning performance from the poignant biopic with this CD, which combines both Edith Piaf originals and interpretations to serve as a Best-Of for the iconic singer from Belleville. Highlights include Piaf’s powerful, “Non, je ne regrette rien,” a delightful rendition of “Il m’a vue nue,” and a beautiful all-accordion version of “La vie en rose.”
“A Monster in Paris” movie soundtrack ($18.18):
Taken from the fun and quirky animated feature, this mostly instrumental mix also includes a few catchy upbeat tunes sung by Vanessa Paradis. The charming melodies immediately whisk you back to the movie’s magical setting amidst the quaint cobble-stoned streets of Paris at the turn of the 20th century.
“The Chorus” movie soundtrack ($13.68):
This collection brings together the sweet and uplifting songs as heard in the heart-warming film about a patient new music teacher who leads an all-boys choir at a strict boarding school in the French countryside.
Clothing, Jewelry & Accessories
We love these Gnome Earrings ($19.95) because they remind us of Amélie’s silly travelling garden gnome prank. But there’s a bunch of creative Amélie-inspired paraphernalia out there, such as this Amélie Music Box ($14.06), this Amélie Pillow ($32.00), or even this elaborate Amélie Wall Decoration ($35.00).
The New York Herald Tribue T-shirt by Rodarte ($125-$150), a tribute to Jean Serberg’s iconic outfit in Breathless, is available at Barneys New York.
Toys & Games
Not all French movies are serious dramas filled with long pauses, esoteric dialogue, and absurd experimental cinematography. So, lastly, here are a few more playful gift suggestions for the thrill-seeking French cinema fan.
Despicable Me 2 Monopoly ($17.99)