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TIREZ SUR LE PIANISTE
1960, Janus Films, 92 min, France, Dir: François Truffaut

Director François Truffaut once said that every filmmaker’s first movie is a mad rush of ideas, while every second movie is an exercise in style. This, his own second movie, is both: a stylistic tour de force filled with innovative visual ideas, but also a longing, bittersweet character study of uncommon depth and resonance. Charles Aznavour is a washed-up concert pianist unable to return to his former glory due to connections with gangsters and other nefarious types; Marie Dubois is the woman who loves him. A long confession scene is Truffaut’s tribute to Ingrid Bergman’s 10-minute confession in Hitchcock’s UNDER CAPRICORN. Adapted from the great novel Down There by David Goodis (who also wrote DARK PASSAGE). In French with English subtitles.


CONTEMPT
LE MEPRIS
1963, Rialto Pictures, 103 min, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

The brilliantly vivid color palette is almost as ravishing as Brigitte Bardot in this masterpiece by Jean-Luc Godard. Bardot plays Camille, a woman whose marriage to her screenwriter husband comes to a swift, inevitable end over the course of a day on the Isle of Capri. With a score of aching beauty by Georges Delerue. In French with English subtitles.


BIUTIFUL
2010, 147 min, France, Dir: Alejandro González Iñárritu

This is a story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife, Uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two who's sensing the danger of death. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate that works against him in order to forgive, for love, and forever.


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