Tag Archives: Truffaut

À bout de souffle – At breaths End – Breathless 52 years on.

I watched Breathless (again) last week. I know – lucky lucky me. Of course it inspired me to buy myself a New York Herald Tribune T-shirt. I vowed to only ever wear stripes again. I almost cut all my hair and went back to being a blonde – Almost. So what is there to say […]

Les Cousins – Chabrol takes the French New Wave on a descent to Hell.

Backed with money inherited by his wife, Chabrol wrote, produced and directed Le Beau Serge in 1958, a film often cited as the first New Wave feature. Shot over nine weeks in Sardent, using natural light and real locations, the film portrays a detailed picture of working class life in a bleak provincial village. Reflecting the influence of both […]

Céline and Julie go boating – The quiet achiever of the French new wave goes epic.

How does one describe a film that encompasses the entire world in its enormity? This is easily one of my all time favourite films.  I love it for nostalgic reasons and I love it for itself. It is a holy epic, pure in its revelations, uncompromising in its commitment to its own depth. There is so much to say […]

FFF: The last Metro – Truffaut and the mightiest of tensions

I was so lucky last night! Closing night of the French Film festival , and I was handed a very nice glass of wine, told to sit back and enjoy one of Francois Truffaut’s greatest films. This is pure heaven for little Lisa. Here’s the thing. As far as French New Wave goes (and for me […]

Restless: Gus Van Sant’s take on death.

Ok. I have a confession to make. Everyone who reads this blog is no stranger to the fact that I adore film.  No – let’s do a take two on that – I adore good film. I’m not willing to say (as a very dear writer friend says to me regularly) that film has replaced […]