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Wed, Feb. 3rd, 2010 10:11 am
"If I commit suicide with someone, I'd like it to be you"

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thomascott
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Thomas Scott
Wed, Feb. 3rd, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)

Truffaut has, by increments, slipped in my estimation over the past few years.
His tendency to over-simplify, present slightly ridiculous situations as 'cinematic realism' and a curiously consistent inability to create believable female characters get my goat - Domicile Conjugal and Jules et Jim both being cases in point.
The character of Kyoko is as you say "Frankly bizarre, a bore and a bitch; both stereotypical and weird, gracious and rude."
Meanwhile the character of Catherine in Jules et Jim fails to evince the enigma which she is purported to possess, certainly not to the degree to provoke that level of juvenile obsession in two grown men
Finally many of Truffaut's films tend to pride technique over narrative, I couldn't care less about wipes, dolly-shots or nods-to-cinematic-heritage if the film is being posited as narrative-driven and fails to deliver an engaging story.
I still very much like Les Quatre Cent Coups however, whilst La Nuit Américane is my favourite from his filmography.


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Feb. 7th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)

"Finally many of Truffaut's films tend to pride technique over narrative, I couldn't care less about wipes, dolly-shots or nods-to-cinematic-heritage"

Then go read.


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