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François Truffaut's The Soft Skin -- NEW 35mm PRINT!
Grand Illusion Cinema
Seattle, WA
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François Truffaut's The Soft Skin -- NEW 35mm PRINT!
Limited Engagement
September 911, 2011

François Truffaut , France 1964, 119 min

Daily: 630pm & 845pm
plus 4pm Sat/Sun

A haunting score by Georges Delerue enhances the mood in The Soft Skin, François Truffaut's dark and suspenseful follow-up to Jules and Jim. While on a business trip, married literary critic Pierre Lachenay (Jean Desailly) meets a beautiful airline hostess (Françoise Dorleac) and begins an affair. As Pierre's behavior becomes increasingly impulsive, his infidelity sparks a devastating act of jealousy and revenge. A mixture of Hitchcockian suspense motifs and acutely observed drama, The Soft Skin is one of Truffaut's most penetrating works. Janus Films is proud to present this long-underrated film in a new 35mm print.


"RIPE FOR REAPPRAISAL! One of his best  Truffaut treats it like a crime film - low-key yet tense, filled with carefully planted potential 'clues' and an undercurrent of anxiety." - J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

"Stands as one of [Truffaut's] most emotionally sophisticated  Françoise Dorléac gives one of the best performances in her too-short career." - Melissa Anderson, Artforum

"A masterwork of erotic frenzy, humiliation, and self-loathing  the plot spirals into Hitchcockian suspense, which Truffaut evokes through a kind of visual music, featuring tense and rapid camera moves, desperate point-of-view shots, and frozen gestures." - Richard Brody, The New Yorker

"François Truffaut's fourth feature, The Soft Skin, is easily one of his best  a relentlessly paced, breathtakingly intense thriller." - Nelson Kim, Hammer to Nail

"An 'antipoetic' (per Truffaut) response to the director's Jules and Jim, this extramarital tragedy in the key of thriller is no less stylish." - Henry Stewart, The L Magazine

"GRADE: A  The Soft Skin is the Truffaut masterpiece you haven't seen." - Eric Kohn, indieWIRE

"THREE STARS ... The Soft Skin is being revived at the very moment when it seems uncannily prophetic." - Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times


Grand Illusion Cinema
1403 NE 50th Street
Seattle, WA 98105
United States


Film > Movies

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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