Louis Malle’s critically acclaimed Murmur of the Heart gracefully combines elements of comedy, drama, and autobiography in a candid portrait of a precocious adolescent boy’s sexual maturation. Both shocking and deeply poignant, this is one of the finest coming-of-age films ever made. —The Criterion Collection
Louis Malle (born October 30, 1932, Thumeries, France—died November 23, 1995, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.) French motion-picture director whose eclectic films were noted for their emotional realism and stylistic simplicity.
Malle’s wealthy family resisted his early interest in film but allowed him to enter the Institute of Advanced Cinematographic Studies in Paris in 1950. After studying at the institute, he worked as an assistant to filmmaker Robert Bresson and codirected the documentary Le Monde du silence (1956; The Silent World) with underwater explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
Malle’s first feature film, Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (1957; Frantic), was a psychological thriller. His second, Les Amants (1958; The Lovers), was a commercial success and established Malle and its star, Jeanne Moreau, in the film industry. The film’s lyrical love scenes, tracked with exquisite timing, exhibit Malle’s typically bold and uninhibited treatment of sensual themes. Social alienation… read more
Simply LOVED the atmosphere! Malle's extremely talented at making the viewer feel part of this fun clan. I had a wonderful time with them, conspiratorial in the cheekiness, the playing up, and all the mayhem boys get up to. However, I still have a major problem accepting the moment of his sexual initiation. Whichever way you try to dress it, it's still a sick thing, and partly ruined it for me. It's just NOT right.
CC#328: Gregarious, discursive sexual awakening; jazz foremost in invoking the free spirit. Canonically, Malle’s Antoine Doinel: a mix of precociousness and regular pubescent prickery; innocence on the cusp of impudence. Simple, yet with such wonderfully authentic dynamics and endearingly corrosive generational recollection, rebellion - delivered within spotless print. Double up with Bertolucci’s La luna.