Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve star as members of a French theater company living under the German occupation during World War II in François Truffaut’s gripping character study. Equal parts romance, historical tragedy, and even comedy, this is Truffaut’s tribute to art overcoming adversity.
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This is a great film from Francois Truffaut that captures his love for the cinema of his childhood and at the same time being as sexy and fresh as his earlier films. Denevue and Depardieu are an absolute delight in this.
The fact that it credits Truffaut as the person in charge of the mise en scene rather than the direction should tell you a lot about what kind of film this is. Despite its very un-cinematic nature I found myself engaged by the theatricality of it. The plot and characters were also well realised though I found the critic to be a bit uncertain in his morality. The film cant quite decide if it should humanize him or not
Truffaut really does pull phenomenal colors with this exquisitely paced film. It reads like a novel on screen, its understated nature allowing the viewer to be engulfed by the simplicity of the narrative. It might not be the suspense-thriller-esque film most would expect by reading a synopsis, and it didn't have to be. Ultimately it goes to show that there were other relevant stories during Nazi occupied France.
A film about Paris under the Occupation that is slow,without drama and almost no character development.Plus,most glaring,an underused Gerard Depardieu. As if Truffaut thought celebrating theatre and Catherine Deneuve's beauty were enough.
Not my favourite from the Great Truffaut.
Deneuve et sa froideur intimidante auront eu raison du supplément d'âme que l'on distingue habituellement chez Truffaut. Le théâtre n'est pas l'abri où l'on souffle mais le terrain de batailles internes en tout genre (censure, amour, argent) qui deviennent éprouvantes pour le spectateur, essoufflé dès le début de la seconde partie. Depardieu en ressort toutefois sans égratignure grâce à sa justesse enivrante
If you go in with way different expectations the result is much more pleasurable; would definitely benefit from a second viewing for most people. A lot of my initial issues have already been listed but looking back at it it seems that's most only because I was looking at it from the wrong viewpoint throughout much of it.
Am I the only one that sees shades of Inglourious Basterds in this? Surely Tarantino drew inspiration from this, it'd be farfetched to say that he copied it because he didn't at all but drew inspiration - sure, Laurent looks a bit like Laurent, it's a theater instead of a cinema but the color palette and style is often the same even if this is far more withdrawn and doesn't really have a Brad Pitt scalping nazis.