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VIVEMENT DIMANCHE!
1983, Janus Films, 110 min, Dir: François Truffaut

In François Truffaut’s delightfully entertaining tribute to Hitchcock, a businessman (Jean-Louis Trintingnant) is wrongly accused of murder, and while he goes on the lam his secretary (Fanny Ardant) tries to find the real killer. Gorgeous black-and-white photography by Nestor Almendros and a witty screenplay (by Truffaut and frequent collaborators Suzanne Schiffman and Jean Aurel, adapting hardboiled American writer Charles Williams’ The Long Saturday Night) make this one of the director’s most enjoyable efforts.


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1969, Janus Films, 116 min, West Germany/France/Luxembourg, Dir: Barbet Schroeder

Director Barbet Schroeder’s stunning portrait of the dark underbelly of the ’60s sex-and-drugs revolution is like a Velvet Underground song on film: Mimsey Farmer stars as the gorgeous, Edie Sedgwick-like junkie princess who draws German drifter Klaus Grunberg into her sunlit world of Euro beach parties, retired Nazis and heroin fixes. With a brilliant, sinister score by Pink Floyd that perfectly captures the dreamy paranoia of Schroeder’s early masterpiece.


THE VALLEY (OBSCURED BY CLOUDS)
LA VALLÉE
1972, Janus Films, 106 min, France, Dir: Barbet Schroeder

Viviane (Bulle Ogier) is in New Guinea looking for rare feathers when she meets four European hippies on a quest to find a mythical valley paradise. Joining the quartet, Viviane embarks on a journey of self-discovery, encountering free love, psychedelic drugs and indigenous Mapuga tribesmen along the way. Featuring gorgeous cinematography by Néstor Almendros and an appropriately enigmatic soundtrack by Pink Floyd.


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