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Friday, April 4, 2008

Save the date(s): April 10-26, French film at the High

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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 — Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut — 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 — 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 …

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