Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Truffaut's "The Soft Skin"

If you're in New York or London it's a good time to become re-acquainted with the films of Francois Truffaut (or experience them for the first time).

The British Film Institute continues its retrospective of the French director's work with screenings of his later films from March 12th-28th. Meanwhile, the magazine of the Institute, Sight & Sound, features a cover story on Truffaut's "British Connection" in the March issue.

A few weeks ago I ordered DVDs of several Truffaut films, including "The Soft Skin", and incidentally this often overlooked 1964 film has a one-week run at Film Forum, starting on March 11th.

In advance of this, Melissa Anderson discusses the film at Art Forum's site:
Francois Truffaut followed up Jules and Jim (1962), one of his most critically acclaimed and popular films, with another love-triangle story, The Soft Skin (1964). Though it was poorly received upon release (and still often overlooked today), Truffaut’s fourth feature, about a married, middle-aged, celebrated literary critic who has an affair with a flight attendant in her twenties, stands as one of his most emotionally sophisticated, thanks largely to the performance of Françoise Dorléac as the object of desire.
I recommend giving the film a look. If you can't make it to London or New York feel free to stop by the Absinthe HQ with some popcorn and we'll be happy to watch some Truffaut with you.

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