Heretofore full of free-wheeling inventiveness, Francois Truffaut now goes in for a clean, uncluttered study of a man's first extra-marital affair in 12 years that leads to tragedy.

Heretofore full of free-wheeling inventiveness, Francois Truffaut now goes in for a clean, uncluttered study of a man’s first extra-marital affair in 12 years that leads to tragedy.

Film details the matter-of-fact homelife of a semi-successful highbrow magazine editor and lecturer who one day becomes enamored of an airline hostess. He manages to get a date with her and love comes quickly, and is carried on when they get back to Paris. The wife senses something wrong and catches him in a lie.

One of the flaws in the pic is that the three rather colorless people suddenly do unusual things without any sort of preparation. The film’s almost classic treatment makes them jolting rather than dramatically right.

But Truffaut does show that he can make a solidly carpentered film like anybody else. There are some irrepressibly, witty scenes. Direction is sharp and lensing has the clear gradations and compositions to fit this prosaic pic. Francoise Dorleac has the feckless quality for the girl, while Jean Desailly has the reserve and phlegmatic qualities of a supposedly set man who succumbs to the flesh. Nelly Benedetti is more unlclear as the seemingly settled housewife.

La Peau Douce

France

Production

Films du Carrosse/SEDIF. Director Francois Truffaut; Screenplay Francois Truffaut, Jean-Louis Richard; Camera Raoul Coutard; Editor Claudine Bouche; Music Georges Delerue

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1964. Running time: 118 MIN.

With

Jean Desailly Francoise Dorleac Nelly Benedetti Daniel Ceccaldi Jean Lanier Paule Emanuele
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