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One of the local cinematic highlights of the year is the High Museum's French Films Yesterday and Today, with its self-explanatory examination of various generations of French film. First up is La Moustache (April 10 & 12), Forever (April 11), Gabrielle (April 18) and finally Jules and Jim (April 24 & 26).
There's an excellent article on 50 years of the French New Wave in general and the relationship between its twin towers â Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut â in this week's New Yorker. Unfortunately the article is unavailable online. But what is available is a 15-minute podcast interview with the author, Richard Brody. Great stuff unto itself, and a great way to get excited in particular about Truffaut's Jules et Jim.
In the Village Voice film critic Ed Gonzalez's excellent review (linked above), there is a superb take on the character Catherine, played with brio by Jeanne Moreau...
A woman is a woman to Godard, but Truffaut saw deeper. Catherine is autonomous, using her sex as leverage to claim a man's sense of freedom. Truffaut doesn't typecast Catherine as a feminist or a repudiation of one. She is wild, passionate, maybe even a little mad, but always straight â which is to say, she is more real than anyone in the film's carnival of souls.
There are scads of clips from the movie, but here's an interview with Truffaut â¦
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