Egyptian Theatre
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Sun, Dec 4, 2011
7:30pm
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THE FILM LOVER: A FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT RETROSPECTIVE
Double Feature!
SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER / THE LAST METRO
Co-presented by the French Film and TV office in Los Angeles, French Embassy
SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER
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.


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.


Screening formats: 35mm
Egyptian Theatre • Sun, Dec 4, 2011 • 7:30pm
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