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Fri, Mar 1, 2019 - Wed, Mar 20, 2019
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HITCHCOCK, TRUFFAUT AND JONES

“In American, you call this man ‘Hitch.’ In France, we call him ‘Monsieur Hitchcock.’ You respect him because he shoots scenes of love as if they were scenes of murder. We respect him because he shoots scenes of murder like scenes of love!” - François Truffaut.

François Truffaut was among the most famous directors of the French New Wave, but he was also famous as a student of film. As a frequent attendee of the Cinémathèque Française and a top critic at the Cahiers du Cinema magazine, Truffaut gained an appreciation for classic cinema including the work of such legendary filmmakers as John Ford, Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock. The master of suspense was a particular favorite, and in 1962 Truffaut and Hitchcock met for a marathon series of interviews about the moviemaking process. The interviews resulted in Truffaut’s landmark book Hitchcock/Truffaut.

That legendary summit meeting – and how its lessons reverberate in a new generation of directors – is the focus of Kent Jones’ HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT. In the documentary such leading filmmakers as Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader weigh in on Hitchcock’s techniques and how they influence contemporary cinema.

The Hitchcock influence can be seen in many of Truffaut’s films. The underworld milieu of SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER echoes the criminal fascinations of ROPE (and both feature keyboards prominently). Bernard Hermann provided the scores to such Hitchcock favorites as THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, and Truffaut also enlisted the composer to supply the music to his mystery THE BRIDE WORE BLACK. Pulp novelist Cornell Woolrich also serves as a point of connection, penning the source material for both REAR WINDOW and MISSISSIPPI MERMAID. The theme of a man wrongly accused was one that Hitchcock returned to regularly in such films as THE 39 STEPS and SABOTEUR, and in one of Truffaut’s most direct homages to his idol, Jean-Louis Trintingnant is mistaken for a murderer in CONFIDENTIALLY YOURS. While Hitch rarely dealt with romance along the lines of JULES AND JIM, MARNIE offers a fascinating look at a (rather twisted) relationship.

To cap off our series, we return to Kent Jones; the esteemed documentarian turns his hand to narrative film with DIANE. The new drama stars Mary Kay Place in the title role as a woman who struggles to care for a drug-addicted son and come to terms with past life choices. While there are no mysterious murders or cliff-hanging set-pieces in DIANE, the absorbing tale makes it clear that Jones has learned much from the masters he profiled in his previous film.

Series compiled by Grant Moninger. Program notes by John Hagelston.

We are thrilled to welcome Kent Jones to the Aero Theatre!
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Films in this Series at the Aero

Fri, Mar 1, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Sat, Mar 2, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Sun, Mar 3, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Fri, Mar 8, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Sat, Mar 9, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Mon, Mar 18, 2019 - 7:30pm
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Kent Jones & Mary Kay Place In Person!
Wed, Mar 20, 2019 - 7:30pm
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