Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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The Woman Next Door (1981)
Directed by Francois Truffaut
The heroes of Truffaut films strive to preserve their ideal loves. Teenager Antoine Doinel creates a candlelit room to honor Balzac in The 400 Blows, and the adult Julien Davenne devotes a chapel to his beloved dead in The Green Room; the members of the love triangles in Jules and Jim and The Soft Skin pursue romance from this life into the next, as do the main characters of this, Truffaut’s penultimate film. Gérard Depardieu and Michèle Baumgartner play a comfortable couple in suburban Grenoble whose mutual life is dislodged by the arrival of new neighbors, played by Fanny Ardant and Henri Garcin. Depardieu and Ardant’s characters share a secret history of past attractions, present-day passion, and undying love to be indulged posthaste. Their spouses encircle their tight pas de deux, whose story is narrated by Madame Jouve (played by Véronique Silver), an older Grenoble woman with secret ghosts of her own. Aaron Cutler (Apr 3 at Film Forum, part of its Tout Truffaut series)

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