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French DVDs with exact subtitles (a list)

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 Message 17 of 25
20 October 2012 at 4:11pm | IP Logged 
sctroyenne wrote:
Just looked at a couple but seems to be the real deal. There isn't a very large selection but ought to help with some of the movies that get released here lacking their native language subtitle files.

Wow! Thank you. That will definitely simplify the search for interesting movies with decent subs.

I found a few errors on the list, including OSS 117, Le Caire nid d'espions, which actually has only about 3K of French subtitles for some Arabic dialog. So it's probably worth double-checking before ordering a DVD from France.

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20 October 2012 at 9:37pm | IP Logged 
Have another I can add thanks to Netflix: Indochine (region 1). All the others I've
gotten so far only have English and sometimes Spanish. I'll keep a look-out for others.
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31 October 2012 at 2:48am | IP Logged 
Exact transcript for Jean Cocteau's La Belle et la Bête. Philip Glass used the scenario as a libretto for an opera, if you're wondering why such a thing would be on a Philip Glass fan page. DVD and Blu Ray available from Criterion in the US: their page for the film

Very close to exact transcript for À nos amours. Click "découpage" to get to the script (frames or whatever was used to write that page won't let you hotlink). DVD availabe from Criterion in the US: their page for the film

Those two films are fantastic, IMO. But they're not for everyone so you may want to netflix them first if you're thinking about using one of them.

Also French DVD company Gaumont list all of their titles featuring "Sous-titres français pour sourds et malentendants". There are several hundred titles there.

Last, here's a Word Document transcript of Amélie. Get it while it's hot. I have no idea if the site hosting the file knows it's bleeding into Google's search engine.
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18 December 2012 at 8:09am | IP Logged 
I just came across a sale on DVD box sets of TV series here in Montreal and bought a bunch of them, discovering
no less than 5 more québécois series with complete French subtitles.


Le Dernier Chapitre

Les Bougon

Minuit, Le soir

Les hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin

I have not watched any of them yet but a quick look suggests the subtitles are very accurate.
Two other series had no subtitles, Omertà and La Vie La Vie.
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18 December 2012 at 8:32pm | IP Logged 
Three more, all from Netflix (Region 1):

L'Histoire d'Adèle H. (François Truffaut, 1975). Standard French and Canadian
French - Acadian? The movie was set in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but I don't know if they
used "Québécois" in the film or the actual local dialect.

L'enfant (Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, 2005). The pronunciation was
different than the French I'm used to (maybe it was working class, or a Belgian
accent), but the subtitles didn't have much slang, and so were easy to follow.

La nuit Américaine (Day for Night; François Truffaut, 1973). There is a lot of
slang and movie terms, so the subtitles are more difficult to follow for the beginner
student. I was missing a lot and switched to English subtitles.

Edited by kanewai on 18 December 2012 at 8:34pm

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24 December 2012 at 12:11am | IP Logged 
This week I discovered 7 jours sur la planete on TV5. It is a 25 minute roundup of the
week's international news, but it is made for learners. On the bottom right of the
screen they subtitle everything said. I have only watched 2 episodes, but the portions
spoken by the newsreader have nearly perfect subtitles. The bits spoken by the guest,
by people in the news, are less exact.

I know this isn't a film, but I am just so happy to have found the programme, and I am
just the right place in my French studies to really want to use this every week.

EDIT: there are also learning materials connected with the programme available on the
TV5 website.

Edited by Jeffers on 24 December 2012 at 12:57am

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24 December 2012 at 7:43pm | IP Logged 
7 jours sur la planete on TV5 looks great. Thanks for that info.

Here is the link:
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07 March 2014 at 7:26pm | IP Logged 
Séraphine, a marvelous film and well worth seeing, only has English subtitles on the DVD I bought, but the subtitles available online appear to be word perfect.

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