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Big screen classics

Silken Skin

La peau douce

One of Truffaut’s greatest films, about a ‘casual’ affair that risks becoming one-sided.

Image from Silken Skin

France 1964
Dir François Truffaut
With Jean Desailly, Françoise Dorléac, Nelly Benedetti
118min
35mm
English subtitles
Certificate PG

Weary of his wife’s moods, an academic (Desailly) casually begins an affair with an air stewardess (Dorléac); soon, however, he feels more intensely about the relationship. One of Truffaut’s greatest films, this was made just after he’d been working on his book on Hitchcock – and it shows, not least in the meticulous mise-en-scène, the steadily mounting tension and the cool dissection of desire and guilt.

The screening on Wednesday 18 July will be introduced by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large.


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