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 Posted:   Jun 13, 2014 - 11:54 AM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Ron: I feel very fortunate about this Demy set as, for once and imo, it truly contains his "essential" movies leaving out his disappointments such as Model Shop, The Pied Piper, and A Slightly Pregnant Man. Have you ever seen Donkey Skin? Like Umbrellas and Rochefort it's a color-saturated musical starring Deneuve. Very delightful, with Legrand's best score for Demy.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2014 - 3:08 PM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

My 5 favourite films by François Truffaut, not including the obvious out-of-competition status for
LES DEUX ANGLAISES ET LE CONTINENT, are :

BAISERS VOLES
LA FEMME D'A COTE
LA NUIT AMERICAINE
LA PEAU DOUCE
UNE BELLE FILLE COMME MOI

















 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2014 - 3:14 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

UNE BELLE FILLE COMME MOI

This still remains the only Truffaut film I've never seen - and I fear I never will. Hello, Criterion?

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2014 - 3:32 PM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

UNE BELLE FILLE COMME MOI

This still remains the only Truffaut film I've never seen - and I fear I never will.



It's a movie nobody expected from that film director at that time and it got stupid bad reviews because the critics, with their narrow-minded auteur perspective, asked themselves : "why" this movie ?
That's unfair : it's a real good "free" movie, very fun.

And there's a runnin' wild Bernadette Laffont in it !

 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2014 - 4:05 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

I've seen the trailer for "Une Belle Fille..." on YouTube and it looks great. And, yes, it looks much more sassy and screwball than what one expects from Truffaut.

I just looked and found no Region 1 DVDs of this film on Amazon. Amazing after all of these years. I once had an opportunity about ten years ago to see this at a local revival house, but passed it up telling myself that, "Well, surely this movie will be out on home video eventually. " embarrassment

 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2014 - 12:53 PM   
 By:   nuts_score   (Member)

I love the Antoine Doinel films very much, the best of which remains The 400 Blows. I also enjoy The Last Metro and many other Truffaut films. I have been dying to see The Bride Wore Black for many years, after reading the Cornell "William Irish" Woolrich novel which it is based upon.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2014 - 10:41 PM   
 By:   Richard-W   (Member)

Francois Truffaut was the darling of NY film critics when I was growing up. I made a point of seeing his latest films as they were released in the 1970s and 1980s. Saw some of his early films in repertory theaters. Never got to see Fahrenheit 451 in a theater.

The Story of Adele H (1975) and The Man Who Loved Women (1977) are my favorites.

Truffaut and Néstor Almendros made such a good team.

Truffaut has not been well-served on DVD or blu-ray in the USA, I'm sorry to say.

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2014 - 4:10 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Mark: Re: Ron: I feel very fortunate about this Demy set as, for once and imo, it truly contains his "essential" movies leaving out his disappointments such as Model Shop, The Pied Piper, and A Slightly Pregnant Man. Have you ever seen Donkey Skin? Like Umbrellas and Rochefort it's a color-saturated musical starring Deneuve. Very delightful, with Legrand's best score for Demy.

Yes, I'm sure I saw "Donkey Skin," but have no memory of it and am unsure how I felt about it at the time. I'll have to check it out again. But I'd hate to shell out for the big Demy set and only like 1 or 2 of its movies. Thanks. Incidentally, here's just one of the Netflix reviews, which I think is helpful:

You might say (I sure do) that Jacques Demy never made anything but fairy tales, whether he was filming “Bay of Angels,” “Lola,” “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” or “The Young Girls of Rochefort.” With his simply ravishing DONKEY SKIN, he tackles an actual fairy tale—-French, and similar to “Cinderella”—-and comes up with one of his most wonderful concoctions. He gives it a few modern–day (circa the 1970s) twists which do no harm and add some delight, and he is blessed to have an array of actors like the young and never-more-beautiful Catherine Deneuve, Jacques Perrin (who can be seen in his adulthood as the graying conductor in the recent French import “The Chorus”), Micheline Presle, Delphine Seyrig and especially the leonine Jean Marais. How Demy chooses to tell his story, his use of color in everything from the costumes to the horses, the lovely musical score from Michel Legrand—-all of it adds up to enchantment. In this day of overused, nonstop special effects, treat your kids (and yourself) to a movie that captivates and beguiles in simple, classic fashion. Demy’s widow Agnes Varda helped restore the film to its brilliant state, and the DVD transfer looks (to my recollection) even more gorgeous than the original. I want to see this one again—-and soon.

You've sold me!

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2014 - 3:46 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Ron - I know what you mean about the costs of some of these sets. The Criterion Demy package contains 13 discs combining both DVDs and Blu-Rays. That really jacks up the price. Unfortunately, Criterion has just announced they're abandoning dual-format packages and are going back to separate sets for B-Rs and DVDs -that's fine, but only after the Demy set comes out so that will still have the dual format.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2014 - 3:54 AM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

I've seen the trailer for "Une Belle Fille..." on YouTube and it looks great. And, yes, it looks much more sassy and screwball than what one expects from Truffaut.

I just looked and found no Region 1 DVDs of this film on Amazon. Amazing after all of these years. I once had an opportunity about ten years ago to see this at a local revival house, but passed it up telling myself that, "Well, surely this movie will be out on home video eventually. " embarrassment


And it was out on home home video eventually ! So you were right after all. But next time you tell yourself something choose carefully your words, like when you make a contract : you should have told yourself "Well, surely this movie will be out on home video Region 1 featuring english subtitles very soon" !

 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2014 - 1:40 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)


And it was out on home home video eventually ! So you were right after all. But next time you tell yourself something choose carefully your words, like when you make a contract : you should have told yourself "Well, surely this movie will be out on home video Region 1 featuring english subtitles very soon" !


Arrrggghh, hahahaha! Well, I know that eventually I'll catch up with that elusive Camille Bliss. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2014 - 4:05 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

FAHRENHEIT 451

That film has always moved me.

Maybe because of the use of color and, of course, a Bernard Herrmann masterpiece of a score, which is second only to my favorite of his, THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR.

(Although, "The Road and Finale," as re-recorded by Herrmann on the old Phase 4 lp actually sounds better than the music tracks in the film, which are 2 separate cues.)

 
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