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        A lot of French films are about class.  The most recent out on
VHS as well is Claude Berri's adaptation of Zola's "Germinal" with
Depardieu--an excellent Zola adaptation embodying Zola's poetry of the
crowds which rarely succeeds in other adaptations.  The classic would be
Renoir's "Rules of the Game" and then almost any of Bunuel's against the
bourgeoisie, if American students understand "bourgeoisie" as the French
do (which isn't the same as middle class) -- Discreet Charm of the
Bourgeoisie.
 
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