Detroit Film Theatre


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Friday, March 20, 2009

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

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(France/1960-directed by François Truffaut)

“Often overlooked, Truffaut’s wonderful second film – sandwiched between art-house evergreens The 400 Blows and Jules and Jim – stars Charles Aznavour, master of the chanson, in his only collaboration with the director. The slight singer-songwriter, playing Charlie, an ivory-tickler at a dive, who abandoned his career as a celebrated concert pianist after a family tragedy, may not be so indelibly associated with Truffaut as Jean-Pierre Léaud’s Antoine Doinel, but he’s just as heartbreaking. An adaptation of David Goodis’s 1965 novel Down There, this film more than nods to noir: Charlie is on the lam because he killed in self-defense. Truffaut said he made it in reaction to The 400 Blows, (DFT March 27-29) which he deemed ‘so French,’ adding that he ‘needed to show that he was influenced by American cinema.’” –Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York  

In French with English subtitles. (82 min.)

“The most purely enjoyable film Truffaut ever made!” –J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

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