Boccaccio’s Decameron without sex may seem surprising, but desire, delight and the beauty of youth are everywhere here. A tapestry of colour and the supreme natural beauty of the medieval Italian countryside, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s resplendent work, set in 1348, features ten young Florentines who hide from the plague in a country villa. To pass the time, they tell stories "that seem to vibrate with erotic passions inflamed by the presence of death."New Yorker
Truffaut channels Hitchcock (and foreshadows Tarantino’s Kill Bill) in this primary coloured revenge saga with Jeanne Moreau calling the shots. It’s based on a novel by Cornell Woolrich (Rear Window) and Bernard Herrmann contributes a signature score.
François Truffaut’s first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut’s cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. The film marked Truffaut’s passage from leading critic to trailblazing auteur of the French New Wave. 35mm print.
François Truffaut is drunk on the possibilities of cinema in this, his most playful film. Part thriller, part comedy, part tragedy, Shoot the Piano Player relates the adventures of mild-mannered piano player Charlie (Charles Aznavour, in a triumph of hangdog deadpan) as he stumbles into the criminal underworld and a whirlwind love affair. Loaded with gags, guns, clowns, and thugs, this razor-sharp homage to the American gangster film is pure nouvelle vague. 35mm print
Truffaut’s last film is a valentine to Hitchcock’s mystery thrillers and to director’s last great love, actress Fanny Ardant. Shot in gorgeous black and white by Nestor Almendros, it’s the story of an older, hapless real-estate agent, Vercel (Jean-Louis Trintignant), under suspicion for murder. The agent’s beautiful, intelligent secretary (Ardant) conspires to hide him from the cops and solve the crime. It’s light but piquant; a fond farewell.
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Nesrin is an urban, middle-class woman recovering from a divorce. She’s quit her office job, abandoned her house in Istanbul, and come to the village house of her deceased grandmother to finish a novel and live out her childhood dream of being a writer. When her conservative and increasingly unhinged mother turns up uninvited and refuses to leave, Nesrin’s writing stalls and her fantasies of village life turn bitter as the two are forced to confront the darker corners of each other’s inner worlds.