Among the most iconic of film directors, Sir Alfred Hitchcock was meticulous and clear about his aesthetic and technical choices. In 1962, Hitchcock granted noted French director Francois Truffaut a week of interviews at L.A.'s Universal Studios. "Hitchcock/Truffaut," the title of the subsequent 1966 book and a new documentary featuring those interviews, proves as insightful and revealing today as then.
The Classic French Film Festival concludes its annual celebration from Thursday, June 27th through Sunday, June 30th at Webster University. The five different programs present a diversity of styles and topics in five feature films and one short subject. Director Francois Truffaut is represented with two films; Pierre Étaix, Max Ophuls and Jean-Pierre Melville with one each.
Beginning appropriately on July 14th, Bastille Day, Cinema St. Louis and Webster University's Film Series launch the Third Annual Classic French Film Festival. Over three weeks, the festival will present twelve films, each screening once. Seven great French directors are represented: Francois Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Demy, Agnes Varda, Robert Bresson, and Jean-Paul Rappeneau.
Webster University's Thursday night Cinephelia series continues September 9th with the documentary Two in the Wave. Movie lovers who care about film history, especially the influential French New Wave, will welcome this rich addition to our knowledge. Through superb archival footage, director Emmanuel Laurent begins with early theoretical writings for Cahiers du Cinéma and traces the close friendship and eventual estrangement of Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. With the expert contributions of writer/narrator and former Cahiers du Cinéma editor Antoine de Baecque, Laurent includes their early short films and their first features, putting them in historical context.