4 classic French films to watch in Dubai in January


Alliance Française Dubai will screen French classics every Sunday
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Sundays are synonymous with classic movie nights in the city as the Alliance française de Dubaï selects precious French cinematographic wonders to show in its Oud Metha cinema. All films will be screened at 7 p.m. in their original language with English subtitles, with screenings starting January 10.

January 10

Golden Helmet by Jacques Becker, France, 1952,

With: Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani, Claude Dauphin

Golden Helmet

Golden Helmet
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Golden Helmet evokes the Paris of the 1900s of fortifications, thugs, as well as the magical district of Belleville. The film follows three gangsters and an ex-convict who fall in love with the same beautiful woman with golden hair in the Belle Epoque.

January 17

Montparnasse 19 by Jacques Becker, France, 1958

With: Gérard Philipe, Palmer Lily, Anouk Aimée, Lino Ventura.


Montparnasse 19
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A look at the last year of Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani (Gerard Philipe) who succumbs to alcoholism in search of true love, which belongs to a wealthy family.

24 january

Children of Paradise by Marcel Carne, France, 1946

With: Maria Casarès, Jean-Louis Barrault, Arletty, Pierre Brasseur


Children of paradise
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This critically acclaimed film, which won the title of “Best Film of All Time” by 600 critics, follows the theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her. Some have called this masterpiece France’s response to “Gone with the Wind”.

January 31

Madame de …’s earrings by Max Ophuls, France, 1953

With: Vittorio De Sica, Danielle Darrieux, Charles Boyer

Madame de's earrings

Madame de’s earrings
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This film follows a pair of earrings as they switch hands in a series of betrayals and romances. A French general (Charles Boyer) presents his wife with the expensive trinkets, but she is forced to sell the earrings after encountering financial problems.

Don’t miss it!

Sunday classics start from January 10. Free for AF students; Dh15 for AF members; Dh35 for non-members.

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