August 26, 1986 |
"The 400 Blows." Key. $59.98. Francois Truffaut's semiautobiographical debut feature (made in 1959, when he was 29) was one achievement he never topped: It is by far the best of all his films dealing with children. Truffaut gives us the sad part of his boyhood here: tyrannical teachers, loveless parents, a roguish buddy, petty theft and, finally, reform school and escape.
September 16, 1995
Charles Denner, 69, an actor best known in the United States for his starring role in "The Man Who Loved Women." Denner was the hero of the original 1977 film directed by Francois Truffaut, with whom he worked frequently. The film was remade in 1983 with Blake Edwards directing and Burt Reynolds in the leading role. Born in Tarnow, Poland, Denner studied acting in Paris and then joined the National Popular Theater.
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February 15, 2003 |
Daniel Toscan du Plantier, 61, a film producer who promoted French cinema abroad, died of a heart attack Tuesday while attending the Berlin International Film Festival. From the mid-1970s to the mid-'80s, he was director-general of Gaumont Films, one of France's main production companies. There he produced Ingmar Bergman's "Fanny and Alexander," Federico Fellini's "City of Women" and Francois Truffaut's "The Last Metro," among other films.
April 8, 1993 |
"Love the Whole World Round" April 9: "That Obscure Object of Desire" (1977) by Luis Bunuel. April 16: "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967) by Stanley Kramer. April 23: "Tampopo" (1986) by Juzo Itami. April 30: "The Blue Angel" (1930) by Josef von Sternberg. May 7: "Raise the Red Lantern" (1991) by Zhang Yimou. May 14: "Harold and Maude" (1972) by Hal Ashby. May 21: "Stolen Kisses" (1968) by Francois Truffaut. May 28: "Law of Desire" (1987) by Pedro Almodovar.
October 18, 2003
I found it odd that reviewer Manohla Dargis named many films from which Quentin Tarantino nicked ideas for "Kill Bill" ("It's Bloody Tarantino," Oct. 10) but left out the most obvious one, from which Tarantino has stolen his entire plot: Francois Truffaut's "The Bride Wore Black" (1968), in which Jeanne Moreau obsessively hunted and killed each of the five men who, minutes after her fairy-tale wedding, had murdered her new husband. Alane Vouras Los Angeles AFTER all the uproar about "Kill Bill" is over, I hope audiences will find out that it is a very obvious remake of the brilliant and underrated Sam Peckinpah movie "The Killer Elite."
October 7, 1994
A collection of student films by some of Hollywood's most successful filmmakers will be screened Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Mann Festival Theatre in Westwood, sponsored by the Future of Hollywood in association with Back to Film School. The early works of Martin Scorsese, Robert Zemeckis, Francois Truffaut and other filmmakers will be spotlighted. Roger Corman will receive the Future of Hollywood Inspiration Award, presented by actress Sally Kirkland.
November 26, 1987
Helen G. Scott, 72, the former director of public relations for the French Film Office in New York who introduced the New Wave and other French directors to the American public. She was the force responsible for presenting the work of such directors as Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Tati and Alain Resnais to U.S. audiences.
December 12, 2011
A pair of new Blu-ray releases might make the perfect gifts for the cinephile on your list. Gary Cooper, Fredric March and Miriam Hopkins star in Ernst Lubitsch's "Design for Living," a pre-code comedy adapted from Noel Coward's play "Brief Encounter. " The 1933 classic centers on a beautiful commercial artist courted by a dashing painter (Cooper) and a dashing playwright (March) that she meets on a train trip to Paris. Another train-centered film fan favorite, Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 comic thriller "The Lady Vanishes," stars Margaret Lockwood as a woman traveling across Europe when she encounters a spinster (Dame May Whitty)
January 14, 2010
No one needs to be told the importance of Jean-Paul Belmondo, the great French actor of his generation and the star of films such as "Breathless," "Pierrot le Fou" and "That Man From Rio." The 76-year-old veteran rarely visits Los Angeles but he is here this weekend to receive the L.A. Film Critics Life Achievement Award and as part of his trip he has agreed to introduce the LACMA screening of "Mississippi Mermaid," the 1969 Francois Truffaut-directed film in which he costars with Catherine Deneuve.