French film charms because it's filmed in France, specifically Paris, whose cobblestone streets, café chairs, and sweeping arches seem more suited to black-and-white than color. Since Lumière planted his tripod beside a train depot, the best French films -- which is very near to saying the best films, period -- have always featured a documentarian's sense of urban life. The plot and characters may be invented, but the backdrop is real, and what better backdrop than Paris? Books & Books, for the... More >>>