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6 films by François Truffaut in February

Cinema Club have announced the UK DVD release of 6 films by director François Truffaut on 19th February 2007. An influential director who represented New Wave French cinema, Truffaut remains an icon of the French film industry. With a film career lasting just over a quarter of a century, he fulfilled the functions of screenwriter, director, producer or actor in over twenty-five films.

Priced at £19.99 each are:

Stolen Kisses (Baisers volés)
Truffaut’s bittersweet Stolen Kisses is the third episode in the director's partly autobiographical Antoine Doinel series following on from The 400 Blows and also starring Jean-Pierre Léaud. Set in Paris, twenty-year-old Antoine is discharged from the army after going AWOL far too often and arguing with his long-term girlfriend Christine. After several unsuccessful career attempts as a hotel porter and a detective Antoine becomes a TV repair-man, through which he is reunited with Christine.

Features include:

  • 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • French DD2.0 with optional English subtitles
  • “Love At Twenty”, a compilation of five short films including “Antoine and Colette” the story that precedes Stolen Kisses (30mins, 2.35:1 Anamorphic w/ French DD2.0 audio and optional English subtitles)
  • Introduction
  • Audio Commentary by Actress Claude Jade and Writer Claude de Givray
  • Original theatrical trailer

Bed and Board (Domicile conjugal)
The sequel to Stolen Kisses, Christine and Antoine are now married living in a Parisian apartment. Antoine dabbles with a career in floral artistry and starts work on his first novel. His wife gives birth to their first child, but Antoine is still not quite content and shortly afterwards has an affair with a Japanese admirer. Out of his depth and thrown out of his home Antoine must choose between his two lovers.

Features include:
  • 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • French DD2.0 with optional English subtitles
  • Introduction
  • Audio Commentary by Actress Claude Jade and Writer Claude de Givray
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

Love On The Run (L'amour en fuite)
This was François Truffaut's last film in the Antoine Doinel series (the character followed from The 400 Blows to Bed and Board). Doinel is again played by Jean-Pierre Léaud as a bad boy whose own obsessions with his mother greatly affects his relationships with women. Antoine Doinel is now more than thirty and divorced from Christine. He is a proofreader, and is in love with Sabine, a record seller. Colette, his childhood love, is now a lawyer. She buys Antoine's first published autobiographical novel. They meet in a station and all over again Antoine faces temptation.

Features include:
  • 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • French DD2.0 with optional English subtitles
  • Introduction
  • Audio Commentary by Actress Marie-France Pisier
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

The Soft Skin (La Peau Douce)
The Soft Skin is François Truffaut's fourth feature-length film. Author Jean Desailly becomes entranced with a beautiful flight attendant (Françoise Dorleac), although seemingly happy with a wife and daughter he begins an affair. Torn between his wife and child and his younger lover, his life rapidly becomes unbearable. Once again the man with childlike traits is at the centre of Truffaut’s story and there is a surprise end sequence which Truffaut builds up with Hitchcockian precision.

Features include:
  • 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • French DD2.0 with optional English subtitles
  • Introduction
  • Audio Commentary by Screenwriter Jean-Louis Richard
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

The Last Metro (Le Dernier Métro)
Set during World War II while the Germans occupied Paris, The Last Metro tells the story of a Jewish theatre director, Lucas Steiner, and his gentile wife, Marion (Catherine Deneuve), who struggles to keep him concealed from the Nazis in their cellar while she performs his former job. While Marion stars in the theatre’s latest production, she becomes enamored with leading man Bernard Granger (Gerard Depardieu) and he with her.

Features include:
  • 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • French DD2.0 with optional English subtitles
  • Introduction
  • Audio Commentary by Historian Jean-Pierre Azéma featuring Gérard Depardieu
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

A Gorgeous Girl Like Me (Une belle fille comme moi)
Camille Bliss (Bernadette Lafont) is a crafty murderess who traps innocent males into helping her. Stanislas Previne is a young sociologist; he meets Camille, who is in prison, when he interviews her as research for a book entitled Women Criminals. Camille is accused of having murdered her lover Arthur and her husband Clovis. She tells Stanislas her life and her love affairs. In the end, he is as "hooked" as all of the other men in the girl's life. Based on the novel by Henry Farrell.

Features include:
  • 1.33:1 Full Frame
  • French DD2.0 with optional English subtitles
  • ‘The Making of’ featuring François Truffaut and Actress Bernadette Lafont (11mins)
  • Francois Truffaut and Bernadette Lafont (2mins)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer






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