French Film Font Search

noelpaul's picture

I'm making a film right now and I'm inspired by the classy title fonts found in some french movies of the early sound era.

Does anyone recognize the fonts in the following frames?
Could you point me toward a contemporary fonts with similar vibes?

Thanks very much,


Jean Vigo's L'Atalante, 1934

Jean Renoir's La Règle du Jeu, 1939

Edit: I'm new here and though I searched for previous relevant threads, I failed to note that this should probably be posted in "Design" until it was too late... could a mod move the thread? My apologies. :)

Nick Shinn's picture

For a 1930s sans that's more art deco than modernist, consider Mark Simonson's Mostra,
or House Industries' Neutra.

For a "serif movie title lettering" font, maybe something from Letterhead Fonts or Nick's Fonts.
You may be interested in Ephemera foundry--in Indie Fonts 3.

satya's picture

Type in both these frames are hand painted.

noelpaul's picture

Thanks Nick, for the tips.


These being hand-painted would definitely explain the subtle inconsistencies in the 'A's of L'Atalante and the 'E's of Regle du Jeu...

However, would they have been hand-painting off a model or guide typeface?

Nick Shinn's picture

Lettering manuals generally showed both pure lettering styles, and lettering styles based on typefaces.
That R in Règle is too poorly rendered to be a type form, although it may be a loose interpretation of such. Nevertheless, it doesn't seem out of place in the general casual execution of the lettering.

writingdesigning's picture

L’Atalante reminds of the Cassandre posters.

As Nick indicated, it's Art Deco typefaces that you should be looking for.

Mostra looks great. So does Blakely and Goldenbook.

If you'd like to search further, you could try these places:

writingdesigning's picture

You might also want to look at Akira Kobayashi's ITC Luna which is really nice.

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