Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, June 25, 2010 – Sunday, June 27, 2010

(France/2009—directed by Emmanuel Laurent)
The French New Wave crashed onto international shores when François Truffaut’s debut feature, The 400 Blows, premiered at Cannes in 1959, followed by Jean-Luc Godard’s equally thrilling Breathless (at the DFT starting July 23rd), based on a Truffaut story. The two filmmaking rebels, friends and graduates of Cahiers du Cinema, for which both wrote extensively, hailed from different sides of the tracks: Truffaut, a poor reform-school boy, and Godard, a Swiss haute-bourgeois. Both cast Jean-Pierre Léaud in many of their movies (for Truffaut, as his alter-ego, Antoine Doinel) and led the movement to save the Cinemathèque Française in ’68. Two in the Wave hauntingly melds revealing footage of both men (and of Léaud, torn between father-figures) with moments from their greatest films, as it moves inexorably toward their bitter falling-out. In French with English subtitles. (93 min.)
“Transmutes the New Wave from contemporary explosion into a historical event.” Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
Friday, June 25 at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 26 at 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 27 at 4:30 p.m.