Film Studies: The Soft Skin (La Peau Douce) 12A

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From the archive

This film was last shown on 24 April 2024

Like its British equivalent, the French New Wave had washed ashore by 1964 and the movement’s key filmmakers now sought to tackle fresh challenges. Truffaut’s fourth feature deserves to be better known: a sympathetic exploration of the extra-marital affair between a middle-aged publisher (Jean Desailly) and a much younger air hostess (Françoise Dorléac). More classical in style than the films that had made the director’s name, it is nonetheless a worthy successor to The 400 Blows and Jules et Jim.

Screening as part of Film Studies: Sixty Years Ago, presented in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University. The film will be preceded by a short introduction from Sheldon Hall.

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Francois Truffaut
1 hour 53 minutes
French with English Subtitles
Françoise Dorléac, Jean De Sailly , Nelly Benedetti


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