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Truffaut Retrospective @ Cinema du Parc

Posted by Andrés / July 3, 2010

20100703_truffaut.jpgJust over fifty years ago, a group of French film critics despondent over the state of their national cinema decided to take matters into their own hands. They became screenwriters, directors and film editors, and began to fashion the kind of cinema they felt France could be proud of. One such critic-turned-director was Francois Truffaut. An advocate for the Hollywood-style film and Italian neo-realism, his oeuvre would come to comprise of a nice mix of the two. Twelve of his major works, including a few shorts, are currently screening at Cinema du Parc in 35mm prints. The series runs until July 22nd.

The 400 Blows (1959), his first work, is also one of his best. It follows young Antoine Doinel through the streets of Paris and can be best be described as a more heartwarming form of neo-realism. The success of Doinel's story would entice Truffaut to create a series of subsequent films, so that viewers can follow him from a troubled youth, to troubled career to troubled marriage in short film Antoine and Colette (1962), Stolen Kisses (1968) and Bed & Board (1970). Other films of note include: his adaptation of the novel Jules et Jim, about a love triangle that spans a twenty-five year period; Day for Night (1973), Truffaut's own 8 1/2; and The Last Metro (1980), about a Jewish theater owner kept hidden from the Nazis during WWII.

Check out the full schedule - don't miss out on these prints of one of the French New Wave's originators.

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Truffaut Fan / July 23, 2010 at 03:01 pm
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This is good news! Stolen Kisses is one of Truffaut's the most underrated films.
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