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Your January movie program

This week, your January movie and series program, to watch safely home.

I wish you a happy new year.

On the bilingual Movieintheair blog, I do for you a press review every Wednesday and keep the best of national and international audiovisual news.



What’s new in January 2021 ? 


Janvier 2021




  • A short movie for Yves SAINT LAURENT by  Gaspard Noé, collection Anthony Vaccarello: SUMMER OF ’21, with Charlotte Rampling


  • Two expected series: one on NETFLIX, by Shonda Rhimes: Inventing Anna:the story of Anna Delvey which has been revealed by the reporter Jessica Pressier .
    • Lisey’s Story, which will be broadcast on APPLE TV, adapted from the novel written by Stephen King and whose script will be adapted by himself & J.J. Abrams, and directed by Pablo Larrain (Jackie, Ema)
  • Contest by the Göteborg Film Festival : the winner will go on the island of Hamneskär and will watch 60 alone on a headlight from January 30 to February 6th 2021.




  • An online festival of short movies: programme
  • Take date: January 19th will be broadcasted in clear on Canal+. All about this ceremony equivalent to the Golden Globes in France,, here.
  • French Jewish Film Festival from January 19th to February 1st: a film online every day.





Robert Hossein




Les Misérables



Pierre Cardin





Interviewed with the great CLAUDE LANZMANN




Joan Micklin Silver



Pioneer of independent American cinema whose first film, Hester Street, a film about the immigration of Russian Jews to the United States, (which no one wanted to produce and which brought in 5 million dollars or 14 times its initial budget) was nominated for the Oscars for its actress Carol Kane in 1976. Here is the trailer:


Between the Lines


Crossing Delancey


Big girls don’t cry, they get even


A fish in the bathtub (with young Mark Ruffalo!)



In an interview






Your January movie program








The music of Bernard Herrmann, the composer of Alfred Hitchcock’s film scores, immerses us from the outset in The Bride who wore black directed by François Truffaut, which was released in 1968 and starred Jeanne Moreau surrounded by Michel Bouquet, Jean-Claude Brialy, Charles Denner, Claude Rich, Michael Lonsdale and Daniel Boulanger. 

This film is adapted from the eponymous novel by William Irish, a writer of detective novels and fantasy profile stories, many of whose novels have been adapted for the cinemaThe Bride who wore black has all the hallmarks of a French Hitchcock: little dialogue, an enigmatic woman whose actions are not understood, colorful symbols (the black, white and then white and black dress) and of course the music.

François Truffaut has just published his book on cinema, (1966), Entretiens avec Alfred Hitchcock.

Three other novels by William Irish have inspired Truffaut and Hitchcock: The Rear Window (Hitchcock) and La sirène du Mississipi (Truffaut). The actors all have a very strong characterization but it is especially Fergus (the artist played by Charles Denner) that will be remembered.


Jeanne Moreau

A cold film as is its main character, Julie Kohler, who declares to be dead on her wedding day.

The bride in black would have inspired Quentin Tarantino’s movie, Kill Bill.

And to close this article, Jeanne Moreau was dressed by Pierre Cardin in The Bride who wore black . She then directed Lumière in 1976 encouraged by Orson Wells for whom she played in Falstaff.

In this interview with James Lipton in 2002 (’30) Jeanne Moreau compares her character Julie Kohler (anger in French) to Medea and Medusa, angry women who want revenge against men, fickle, carefree, who do not answer for their actions. “If she could kill them with her eyes, she would,” she tells James Lipton in English. 







The Wilds

The Wilds



This series available on Amazon Prime tells the story of nine teenage girls shipwrecked on an island. They will have to learn to live together to survive…

But this series is anything but a Koh-Lanta.

Feminist above all, The Wilds is the pretext to address a major topic of our society: the importance of patriarchy and its influence on our lives and the education of young girls.

In The Wilds, a female researcher seeks to prove that female leadership is safer and better than male leadership, and to do so, she carries her experience through to the end, no matter what the cost.

Unfortunately, the tenth episode is not finished because the producers have chosen to do several seasons.

But it deserves to be seen for two reasons: its theme, and the choice of its actresses, each one more charismatic than the other.

Created by Sarah Streicher.


Sophia Taylor Ali (en) : Fatin Jadmani

Rachel Griffiths (VF : Anne Massoteau) : Gretchen Klein

Shannon Berry (VF : Camille Donda) : Dot Campbell

Sarah Pidgeon (VF : Zina Khakhoulia) : Leah Rilke

Jenna Clause (VF : Cécile Gatto) : Martha Blackburn

Erana James : Toni Shalifoe

Helena Howard (en) : Nora Reid

Reign Edwards : Rachel Reid

Mia Healey : Shelby Goodkind




Self Made: D’après la vie de Madam C.J. Walker

Self Made



This time, we again stay with a feminist theme, inspired by the true story of C.J. Walker, the first African-American woman to create her beauty brand from hair products.

Self-Made indeed because this woman started from nothing, had no education, and fought with wrist strength against white people but also against African-American men who preferred their women to stay in the kitchen.

She sold her story before she sold her products, and that is the art of storytelling on which all good communication is based.

This series is obviously good for us, although, realistically, fighting for success as a woman and as an African-American woman is still going on.

Octavia Spencer literally carries the series on her shoulders.


On Netflix.


Directed by Kasi Lemmons- With Octavia Spencer, Tiffany Haddish, Blair Underwood




2. Your Movies and series of 2021 

Movies about the past



Few trailers : 

The Flight Attendant,  HBO series by Steve Yockey, adaptated from the eponymous novel by Chris Bohjalian, with Kaley Cuoco, Michiel Huisman



Minari, by Lee Isaac Chung, with Steven Yeun


Bipolar, by Queena Li, selected at the  Rotterdam Film Festival



The Investigation, HBO series, origially Danish, directed by Tobias Lindholm (Mindhunter): the story of the murder of the Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who was killed after boarding a homemade submarine. With Soren Malling, Pilou Asbaek (GOT, Borgen), Pernilla August & Rolf Lassgard.



Run, Hide, Fight, written and directed by Kyle Rankin, with Thomas Jane, Radha Mitchell and Isabel May.



Locked Down, by Doug Liman, script by Steven Knight, with Anne Hathaway, Chiwethel Ejiofor








A masterclass with Hitchcock 


Joan Micklin Silver story: Joan Micklin Silver

 Where to listen to good jazz on your platforms by The New Yorker

These 7 Unusual Tips

Skating: fighting the climate change

Netflix Corporate Culture

For movies about diversity

A school to learn how to make movies in Sénégal






Wednesday 6

France 3 : Soirée Charlie Chaplin par Yves Jeuland et François Aymé
Arte: La piscine

France 5 : De Gaulle
6Ter : Mission impossible
TCM: Corridor of Blood


Thursday 7

Arte : A Mystery Road
TCM: The Social Network
Paramount : Johnny Guitare
France 3 : Danse avec les loups

C+ : The Good Lord Bird (voir plus bas rubrique CANAL+)
M6: Piège de cristal


Friday 8

TCM: Tootsie
Paramount : jeux de guerre
France 4: L’ascension
RTL9: King Kong

Arte: Empreinte des tueurs de Urs Egger


Saturday 9

TCM: Aux frontières de l’aube
Paramount : Le fantôme du Bengale

Arte: L’arche d’alliance


Sunday 10

TCM : Les Goonies
Paramount : Ray
TF1 : Seul sur mars
France 2 : 3 Billboard : les panneaux de la vengeance
6Ter : Downsizing

RTL9: Gone baby gone

Arte: Arlington Road de Mark Pellington, avec Tim Robbins et Jeff Bridges


Monday 11

TCM : Le jour le plus long
France 5 : Et au milieu coule une rivière
RTL9 : Seul au monde

Arte: Mr Klein, de Joseph Losey, avec Alain Delon


Tuesday 12

Arte: Le débarquement

France 3 : Quelque chose a changé
Canal+ : La bonne épouse
TFX: Man of steel
TCM: Payback: Straight up


Wednesday 13

C+: Brothers in  arms
6ter : Mission impossible II

Arte : Les innocentes







Ella à Montreux

Vivien Leigh



Mélodie Gardot

Tom Cruise


Le jazz : une arme secrète

Les aurores boréales

Livraison de chansons à domicile

La femme est l’avenir de l’homme

Née à Auschwitz: réalisation Eszter Cseke

La Prostitution en Europe


La légalisation de l’avortement dans le monde

Le Royaume Uni se rêve en nouvel Hollywood

Série de documentaires sur la danse classique: Graines d’Etoiles

La Polynésie




Le dossier Mona Lina: Eran Riklis- Avec Golshifteh Farahani (Mona), Neta Riskin (Naomi)

Top Secret


Les Nuits de Cabiria, de Fellini

Atanarjuat, la légende de l’homme rapide.





Mystery Road: série policière as from January 7th, 2021:

By Warwick Thornton and Wayne Blair; Screenplay: Steven McGregor, Blake Ayshford, Kodie Bedford, Danielle MacLean, Timothy Lee.

With Aaron Pedersen, Sofia Helin, Jada Alberts, Callan Mulvey. The story of two police officers who are at odds with each other in rural Australia.


En thérapie, adapted from Be Tipul  as from February 4th, 2021



La Chaîne Parlementaire

LCP offers you a lot of good documentaries: here


La Cinémathèque Française


All retrospectives are postponed.

On Henri plateform, a cult movie everyday

To watch a magical light show here

Movies and series of

January 2021 to watch





Of course, the closure of movie theaters is benefiting platforms, the most powerful of which is still Netflix. Numerous series and films are expected to be released in 2021, bringing together all of the greatest talents in cinema.

Ryan Murphy (Ratched, Hollywood…) is developing a series called Halston about Roy Halston Frowick and played by Ewan McGregor. 

Anne Delvey, a series produced by Shonda Rhimes will telle the story about a con artist in New York in the years 2010.

The creator of Casa de Papel will tell the story of three prostitutes on the run with Sky Rojo.

With Don’t look up! Adam McKay will tell the story of two astronomers. A hallucinating casting : Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi, Matthew Perry, Tomer Sisley.

A horror film, A Woman at the  Window, by Joe Wright, with Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Timothée Chalamet, Mattew Perry, Ariana Grande…

Jane Campion (The Piano but also Top of the Lake broadcasted a few years ago on Arte) will realize an adaptation of Thomas Savage‘s book, The Power of the Dog, a western with Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kirsten Dunst...

Meanwhile, you may watch now:


Asphalt Burning, avec Hallvard Bræin


LUPIN, as from January 8th.



Four movies directed by Claude Sautet, as from January 1st, 2021

Les choses de la vie, César et Rosalie, Nelly et M. Arnaud, Max et Les Ferrailleurs


Churchill, as from January 15th, 2021


Pieces of a woman, Kornel Mundruczo, as from January 7, 2021


Outside the Wire, Michael Hafstrom, as from January 15th, 2021


As from January 8: FRAN LEBOWITZ : Pretend it’s the City

Fran Lebowitz speaks about the change of New York city.

Directed by Martin Scorsese.



The White Tiger, as from January 22nd




Movies and series of

January 2021 to watch on

Prime Video




Many French films added on the platform in January: The trilogy La Boum, La Boum 2, L’Étudiante, Léon, Subway…

The films of two great directors are available on the platform: Maurice Pialat (Police, Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble, A nos amours…) and Yves Robert (Un éléphant ça trompe énormément, Le Grand Blond, Courage Fuyons).


Ode to Joy, by Jason Winer, with Martin Freeman.



McMafia, by Hossein Amini & James Watkins, with James Norton & Juliet Rylance.


Sylvie’s love: a romance which reminds us The Way we Were, a must-see movie. 

By Eugene Ashe, with Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha & René-Jean Page (Bridgerton)



The Wilds:a never ending series about nine teenagers lost on an island, a feminist series though.




Palm Springs, by Max Barbakow (date of release unknown)



One Night in Miami, by Regina King: the story of a fictional encounter between Malcolm X and Mohamed Ali, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke in Miami to celebrate the boxer’s victory over Sonny Liston. With Kingsley Ben Adir, Leslie Odom Jr, Elli Goree, Jim Brown, Lance Reddick (Harry Bosh)



Movies and series of

January 2021 to watch on





Moonbase 8.


La Belle époque, on January 1st,  2021.


A rainy day in New York , as from January 5th, 2021



The Good Lord Bird, John Brown ‘story, with Ethan Hawke, by  Albert Hughes, as from January 7th 2021  (série)



OVNI, as from January 11th.




Here & Now, with Tim Robbins & Holly Hunter




Movies and series of

January 2021 to watch




Brave New World , as from December 20th, an adaptation from the novel 1984 written by Aldous Huxley, created by David Wiener (Homecoming) 

Two first episodes directed by Owen Harris. With Alden Ehrenreich, Jessica Brown Findlay




The Stand, adapted from Le Fléau by Stephen King, directed by Josh Boone &  Benjamin Cavell, with James Marsden, Amber Heard




Movies and series of January 2021 to watch on

Apple TV



Little America, 8 épisodes about true stories published by EPIC, stories of American immigrants.




The Banker: directed by George Nolfi with Samuel Jackson & Anthony Mackie



Servant, by Night Shyamalan


Billie Ellish


Palmer, by  Fisher Stevens,  29 January 2021,  Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple, Alisha Wainwirght

The Morning Show,  Steve Carell, Jennifer Aniston



Movies and series of January 2021 on





On Pointe


In January 2021


Hidden Figures, on January 8th


Coco, on January 15th



Wandavision, on January 15th


Stay safe !


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