François Truffaut: Delicate Revolutionary
For moviegoers unaccustomed to venturing beyond mainstream Hollywood, the term "French New Wave" tends to be regarded as an ominous portent of jarring perspective shifts, disjointed narratives, and ambiguous meanings. But while these traits undoubtedly abound in La Nouvelle Vague, the greatest of these films use the liberated stylization to evoke an emotional wallop unmatched by more predictably conventional works. Those seeking an accessible path to the New Wave should visit the Trylon Microcinema any weekend in March for a classic from François Truffaut, a director whose indelible works laid the very foundation of the style. For all his breakingwith standard modes, however, Truffaut's experimentation was always designed to lend emotional depth to tales that dwell in the complexity of human existence. Just try resisting the youthful exuberance and lost innocence of the love triangle at the core of Jules and Jim (1962), the defaulted aspirations of a faded musician in Shoot the Piano Player (1960), the restless desperation of a neglected child in The 400 Blows (1959), and the dire consequences of all-consuming desire via The Soft Skin (1964). While these films represent the first four in Truffaut's storied career, the series concludes with the director's final film, a Hitchcockian murder mystery, Confidentially Yours (1983), demonstrating once and for all Truffaut's dedication to creating work that defied simple categorization. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays through March 17; 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Sundays after. (Pictured: Confidentially Yours)
Fridays-Sundays. Starts: March 1. Continues through March 31, 2013
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