Monday, March 31
THE SOFT SKIN
$7.50 Member $13.00 Regular
Plus Robert Fischer’s Monsieur Truffaut Meets Mr. Hitchcock
(1964) 40ish lit prof Jean Desailly enjoys a Lisbon tryst with 20ish stewardess Françoise Dorléac (Catherine Deneuve’s sister and Young Girls of Rochefort co-star), then decides to pursue things back in Paris, despite the attractions of wife Nelly Benedetti. Truffaut’s attack on conventional treatments of adultery, with a race to catch a plane a suspense tour de force. Plus Monsieur Truffaut Meets Mr. Hitchcock (1999): filmmaker Robert Fischer traces the genesis of the 1966 book Hitchcock/Truffaut, using the original audiotapes of Truffaut’s legendary 1962 conversation with the Master, along with interviews with Claude Chabrol, Truffaut’s daughter and first wife, and others. Approx. 150 min. 35mm and Digital.
"A MASTERWORK OF EROTIC FRENZY! Truffaut evokes Hitchcockian suspense through a kind of visual music, featuring tense and rapid camera moves, desperate point-of-view shots, and frozen gestures. But the most Hitchcockian aspect of the movie is Desailly himself, who has the famous director’s doughy profile and frustrated air. It’s as if Truffaut, who was then working on his epic book of interviews with Hitchcock, saw his own real-life passions (including one for Dorléac herself) merge with those of the older man and experimented, onscreen, with a Hitchcock-style movie in which the artist himself played the lead—and suffered the consequences."
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"ONE OF TRUFFAUT'S BEST! Opening with a moody blast of Georges Delerue’s score, the movie immediately establishes itself as a sort of domestic suspense film... A movie about the agony and ecstasy of an extramarital affair. Truffaut treats it like a crime film—low-key yet tense, filled with carefully planted potential 'clues' and an undercurrent of anxiety."
– J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"THE TRUFFAUT MASTERPIECE YOU HAVEN'T SEEN! Barely released in the U.S. upon its initial completion in 1964, Francois Truffaut’s masterfully engaging The Soft Skin was the New Wave director’s first effort to tackle mature frustrations."
– Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"ONE OF THE NEW WAVE LEGEND'S DARKEST, MOST INTENSE FILMS! This surprisingly carnal film is pitched halfway between noir and male fantasy."
– New York magazine