CONFIDENTIALLY YOURS
VIVEMENT DIMANCHE!
1983, Janus Films, 110 min, Dir: François Truffaut

In François Truffaut’s delightfully entertaining tribute to Hitchcock, a businessman (Jean-Louis Trintingnant) is wrongly accused of murder, and while he goes on the lam his secretary (Fanny Ardant) tries to find the real killer. Gorgeous black-and-white photography by Nestor Almendros and a witty screenplay (by Truffaut and frequent collaborators Suzanne Schiffman and Jean Aurel, adapting hardboiled American writer Charles Williams’ The Long Saturday Night) make this one of the director’s most enjoyable efforts.


RED (1994)
TROIS COULEURS: ROUGE
1994, Janus Films, 98 min, France, Poland, Switzerland, Dir: Krzysztof Kieślowski

In the trilogy’s final installment, Valentine, a Swiss model (played by Irène Jacob, from THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE) meets an embittered former judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who spies on his neighbors, and crosses paths with an intriguing young law student (Jean-Pierre Lorit). In a wonderful piece of cosmic stage-managing, Kieślowski brings together the main characters from all the THREE COLORS stories during a storm-tossed ferry ride. In French with English subtitles.


AND HOPE TO DIE
LA COURSE DU LIÈVRE À TRAVERS LES CHAMPS
1972, CCFC, 99 min, France, Dir: René Clement

This adaptation of David Goodis’ novel Black Friday concerns a crook on the lam (Jean Louis Trintignant) who crosses paths with a Montreal gang plotting a big score - led by noir stalwarts Robert Ryan and Aldo Ray. “Froggy” (as Ryan dubs our hero) decides to join in the heist and, of course, ends up neck-deep in danger. An odd and invigorating French-Canadian-American production, this is a rarely screened homage to noir on both the page and screen, sparked by a devilish script from author Sébastien Japrisot (The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun). English dubbed version.


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