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THE LAST METRO
LE DERNIER METRO
1980, Janus Films, 131 min, France, Dir: Francois Truffaut

During the German occupation of Paris, a theater company struggles to produce a new play while its director is forced to hide in the basement, leaving his wife (Catherine Deneuve) to carry on an affair with the new leading man (Gerard Depardieu). This meditation on the ultimate powerlessness of the artist is surprisingly charming given its heavy subject matter, and Deneuve is as elegant and compelling as ever. In French with English subtitles.


JULES AND JIM
JULES ET JIM
1962, Janus Films, 105 min, France, Dir: François Truffaut

In one of the greatest films of the French New Wave, Truffaut elevates the material of old-fashioned melodrama into high art: Two friends are forced to fight on different sides during World War I and then fall in love with the same woman during peacetime. The film follows the shifting relationships and affections among the three characters over the course of many years, creating a powerful emotional experience that is both intimate and epic. With Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner and Henri Serre. In French with English subtitles.


THE BRIDE WORE BLACK
LA MARIEE ETAIT EN NOIR
1968, FilmDesk, 107 min, France, Dir: François Truffaut

In Francois Truffaut's delightfully Hitchcock-esque crime comedy, the ever-appealing Jeanne Moreau stars as Julie Kohler, whose betrothed was murdered on her wedding day. In seductive, methodical fashion, she locates each of the men responsible for her husband's death and gives them a taste of their own medicine.


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