United States and French histories have been closely intertwined since the American and French Revolutions of the eighteenth century. American and French identities have been constructed in part through the concepts of sister republics, Franco-American friendship, and military alliance.
Americans and French people often see their cinemas as sharply opposed to each other, however: Hollywood versus French art film.
A recent piece by Richard Brody in the New Yorker online, published in celebration of Bastille Day on 14 July, questions this notion. Brody finds many connections between American and French cinematic histories.
Students in HIST 390 Film and History: War in Film may be interested in this story.