MISSISSIPPI MERMAID
LA SIRÈNE DU MISSISSIPI
1969, The Film Desk, 123 min, France/Italy, Dir: François Truffaut

One of Francois Truffaut’s least-known films stars Jean-Paul Belmondo as a wealthy industrialist living on a remote island in the Indian Ocean who summons a mail-order bride and gets the lovely, double-crossing Catherine Deneuve. When she empties his bank account and disappears, Belmondo follows her back to Europe and straight into a whirlpool of murder and deceit. Based on the Cornell Woolrich novel Waltz Into Darkness, the film is dedicated to Truffaut’s idol, Jean Renoir. “This visually elegant yet frankly emotional romance is about why the best reply to ‘I love you’ might finally be ‘I believe you,’ as it is here." – Janet Maslin, The New York Times.


THE GLASS WEB
1953, Universal, 81 min, USA, Dir: Jack Arnold

Before emerging as one of the 1950s’ top sci-fi directors, Jack Arnold (CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON) turned his attention to film noir for this tense drama set in the then-new world of television. John Forsythe and Edward G. Robinson star as head writer and researcher, respectively, on a true-crime TV program. Both men are involved with femme fatale Kathleen Hughes; when she is murdered, the case is chosen for the season finale – but will the script reveal her real killer?


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.


Syndicate content