Collection of eight films directed by François Truffaut. In 'Shoot
the Pianist' (1960), Charles Aznavour stars as a famous concert
pianist who leaves his former life behind to play in a sleazy
Parisian bar where he gradually becomes involved in the criminal
activities of the big-city underworld. 'Jules et Jim' (1962) takes
place over 20 years, both before and after World War I. Jeanne
Moreau stars as Catherine, the beautiful and unpredictable woman
who maintains a delicate relationship with two friends, the quiet
German Jules (Oskar Werner) and the romantic Parisian Jim (Henri
Serre). The war intervenes and drives the men to the opposing
fronts; afterwards, the two quickly resume their friendship, but
the balance of their relationship with Catherine is now upset by
more adult concerns. In 'The Soft Skin' (1964), Jean Desailly stars
as Pierre Lachenay, a successful middle-aged novelist and
broadcaster who begins an affair with Nicole (Francoise Dorleac), a
pretty young air hostess he meets on a flight to Lisbon while en
route to deliver a lecture. Despite having little in common with
Nicole, Pierre is enraptured and continues the affair on his return
to France. But when his wife Franca (Nelly Benedetti) discovers his
infidelity, she becomes consumed with a desire for revenge, and a
tragic denouement unfolds. 'Anne and Muriel' (1971), set in
nineteenth century Wales, follows Claude (Jean-Pierre Léaud), an
aspiring young French writer, who spends a holiday on the Welsh
coast with an English family and falls in love with the two
daughters, Ann (Kika Markham) and Muriel (Stacey Tendeter). 'A
Gorgeous Girl Like Me' (1972) follows Stanislas Prévine (André
Dussollier), a sociologist, who, while researching a book,
interviews murderess Camille (Bernadette Lafont), who tells him the
story of her life. Put in a reform school as a child for suspected
patricide, and later transferred to an orphanage, Camille escaped
and tricked a young man called Clovis (Philippe Leotard) into
marrying her. After attempting to kill Clovis' mother (Gilberte
Geniat), she fled to Paris, where she began an affair with a
night-club singer. Camille has left a trail of destruction and
deceit in her wake, which now threatens to engulf Stanislas... In
'The Last Metro' (1980), the year is 1942, and Paris is occupied by
German forces. Jewish theatre owner Lucas Steiner (Heinz Bennent)
has handed over the control of his theatre to his actress wife
Marion (Catherine Deneuve) while he hides out in the cellar. During
rehearsals for the next production, the presence of a womanising
actor (Gérard Depardieu) and a Nazi-sympathising journalist cause
many difficulties for Marion. Eventually, she is forced to decide
between her loyalty to her husband and her love for her countrymen,
and acts out her solution in the production she has been
rehearsing. In 'The Woman Next Door' (1981), the ghost of a
tempestuous affair is reawakened when the two lovers, estranged for
10 years and now both newly married, coincidentally move next door
to each other. In 'Finally Sunday' (1983), a company boss is
accused of murdering his wife and her lover, and the evidence seems
to support this. Whilst he is hiding from the police, his secretary
takes on the role of detective and she uncovers illicit love
affairs, prostitution rings and skeletons in everyone's closets
before she uncovers the real culprit.
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