UW Cinematheque - The Soft Skin (La Peau Douce)
Friday, March 30, 7:00 p.m.
The Soft Skin
(La Peau Douce)
France | 1964 | 35mm | 113min | Subtitled
Director: François Truffaut
Cast: Jean Desailly, Françoise Dorléac, Nelly Benedetti What starts as an intense one night stand turns into a passionate and tragic love affair between middle-aged publisher Pierre (a fascinating Desailly) and Stewardess Nicole (Catherine Deneuve’s real-life sister Dorléac). Truffaut’s smooth direction turns the basic plot into a moving, brilliantly acted adultery drama with Hitchcockian suspense. Poorly received when it premiered at Cannes in 1964 (it was deemed Truffaut’s bid for commercial success), it is time for this unjustly neglected, lesser-known New Wave work to finally get the praise it deserves. “One of his best.” (J.Hoberman, The Village Voice).