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La chambre verte

François Truffaut Perancis, 1978

dionysus67's rating of the film The Green Room

Truffaut's danse macabre turns out, even since the opening credits and the carnage of WWI, to a masterly diatribe on human finitude, loss, and the dialectic of life and death. The fetishistic obituarist is played with waxlike apathy by Truffaut himself with a gorgeously nuanced Bayle next to him striking a chord of life's joy in the grand mausoleum to which he succumbs. Profound, funereal, desperate, and redeeming.