There have been many times that I wished I had taken French in high school, but the one time I remember well is when I heard about Les Cahiers du Cinema. The film magazine, which was home to Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut and Eric Rohmer when they were influential film critics before they were influential film makers, has never spawned an English-language version in its 56 years. But as of this Friday, the publication's new website (e-Cashiers -- nothing is there yet, but you should bookmark it) will offer us monolinguals a translation.

The online version of the magazine will not be free, though. There will be a $5 charge for individual issues and also a subscription option. The first edition available in English features an article on former Cahiers editor Jacques Rivette, one on the influence of American television and one on Armenian cinema. And each piece of writing is promised to be appropriately translated by a team of 18 individuals familiar with the magazine's way of thinking. This news comes one day after the ultra-mainstream, celebrity-friendly American film magazine Premiere announced an end to its publication run.