As a belated celebration of 50 years of films at RFT, we continue to show some of the films our members voted as their favourite films from each decade of RFT. This classic from French director François Truffaut was released in 1962 during the creative explosion of Godard, Chabrol, Rohmer and other New Wave directors.
The film is set before, during and after the Great War in several different parts of France, Austria, and Germany. Jules (Oskar Werner) is a shy writer from Austria who forges a friendship with the more extroverted Frenchman Jim (Henri Serre). They share an interest in the world of the arts and the Bohemian lifestyle. At a slide show, they become entranced with a bust of a goddess and her serene smile, and travel to see the ancient statue on an island in the Adriatic Sea. After encounters with several women, they meet the free-spirited, capricious Catherine (Jeanne Moreau), a doppelgänger for the statue with the serene smile.
Directed by François Truffaut and starring Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner and Henri Serre
France 1962 | In French with English subtitles | 105 min | Cert 12A
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