Being a huge fan of French cinema I thought it might be interesting to have a discussion on the subject. Before kicking off, these are just my personal perceptions and preferences, not de facto and I don't expect or desire agreement - just discussion and perhaps some recommendations. My feelings regarding what Hollywood has become are not meant to be confrontational - just honest. I'll opine that France has stood almost alone, in the last 20 years, in making films that have great integrity and an ability to convey atmosphere, something which for me Hollywood has all but lost. The use of music by French film-makers being a prime example of their art. I find that Hollywood uses music excessively, with little thought to atmosphere or content. It's inclusion in films is often with a mind to post release marketing and merchandising, rather than to enhance the project The French film industry use music propitiously - the right piece at the right time and the use of silence wherever possible. It is my belief that atmosphere is better obtained by ambient sounds and often (but not exclusively) spoilt by the use of music - an opinion that is certainly not shared by Hollywood and often not by film fans. I own the following French films on DVD Alphaville, Une Etrange Aventure de Lemmy Caution - Criterion Special Edition Amants Du Pont-Neuf, Les (aka The Lovers on the Bridge) Amelie (aka Le Fabuleux Destin D'Amélie Poulain) Armée Des Ombres, L' (aka Army In The Shadows) Bandera, La Bob Le Flambeur Bon Voyage Bossu, Le Breathless (aka "A Bout De Souffle") Bride Wore Black, The (aka La Mariee Etait En Noir) Brotherhood Of The Wolf (aka Le Pacte Des Loups) Cercle Rouge, Le (aka The Red Circle) - Criterion Special Edition City of Lost Children (Dubbed version) (aka La Cité des Enfants Perdus) Clockmaker, The (aka L' Horloger de Saint-Paul) Confidentially Yours (aka Vivement Dimanche!) (aka Finally Sunday) Corbeau, Le (aka The Raven) Crimson Rivers 2:Angels Of The Apocalypse (aka Rivières Pourpres II, Les Anges de L'Apocalypse) Crimson Rivers, The - Special Edition (aka Rivières Pourpres, Les) Crying Freeman (dubious inclusion - given it's English Languauge - and I have to say - it is DIRE) Death In A French Garden (aka Péril en la Demeure) Delicatessen Diabolique, Les - Criterion Special Edition Diva Doulos, Le (Wide Screen) Egouts Du Paradis, Les Empire of the Wolves (aka L' Empire des Loups) Espions, Les Femme Nikita, La Flic, Un (aka Dirty Money) Girl From Paris, The (aka Une Hirondelle a Fait le Printemps) Girl On The Bridge, The (aka La Fille sur le Pont) Grande Illusion, La - Criterion Special Edition Happenstance ( aka Le Battement d'ailes du Papillon) He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (aka À la Folie... Pas du Tout) Homme Du Train, L' Horseman on the Roof, The (aka Le Hussard Sur le Toit) Jean de Florette Lady And The Duke (aka L' Anglaise et le Duc) Laissez-Passer (aka Safe Conduct) L'Appartement Last Metro, The (aka Le Dernier Metro) Lift to the Scaffold (aka Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud / aka Elevator to the Gallows) Lucie Aubrac Ma Vie Est Un Enfer (aka My Life Is Hell) Man Escaped, A (aka Un Condamné à Mort S'est Echappé) Manon de Sources (aka Manon Of The Spring) More My Father's Glory (aka La Gloire De Mon Pere) My Mother's Castle (aka La Chateau De Ma Mere) Olivier, Olivier Paltoquet, Le  Pepe Le Moko - Criterion Special Edition Place Vendome Professionnel, Le (aka The Professional) Pura Formalita, Una (aka A Pure Formality) Quai Des Orfevres (aka Jenny Lamour) - Criterion Special Edition Reine Margot, La (aka Queen Margot) Revenge of the Musketeers (aka La Fille de d'Artagnan) Rififi - Criterion Special Edition (aka Du Rififi Chez Les Hommes) Samouraï, Le - Criterion Special Edition Sorrow And The Pity, The (aka Le Chagrin et la Pitié) Subway Sunday In The Country (aka Un Dimanche à la Campagne) Trois Couleurs: Blanc (aka "Three Colours: White") Trois Couleurs: Bleu (aka "Three Colours: Blue") Trois Couleurs: Rouge (aka "Three Colours: Red") Trou, Le (aka The Hole) - Criterion Special Edition Vallee, La (aka "The Valley - Obscured By Clouds") Very Long Engagement, A (aka Un Long Dimanche De Fiancailles) Veuve De Saint-Pierre, La (aka "The Widow of Saint-Pierre") Visiteurs, Les Wages Of Fear, The (aka "La Salaire De La Peur") - Criterion Special Edition Please cite any films/directors that you feel worthy of mention. Also, discussions with regard to stlye and atmosphere would be interesting, given my thoughts/misgivings mentioned above.