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    Movie Recommendations - should I go see...

    Planning out my next few months with regard to a local Art House type theater
    (they schedule films 2 months at a time - with sometimes only one time slot to see a specific film).

    And in a different thread Juke brought up Director Francios Truffaut....
    One of his films is coming up soon.

    So I thought rather than derail a thread -
    maybe start one where anyone can ask if they should see something specific (opportunity presenting itself locally to said person)

    So...

    Should I go see "The 400 Blows" by Francois Truffaut?
    (1959)

    The write up is as follows:

    One of the key works of the French New Wave. Francois Truffaut's fluid, funny and poignant, semi-autobiographical film follows a rebellious 12-year-old troublemaker at home, at school, at play, at reform school, and beyond. Always listed among the 100 best films ever made. (subtitles)

    Was going to pass over it when I noticed Truffaut's name -
    so Juke or anyone else - is it what it's cracked up to be?

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    Go see "Notting Hill" with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant!

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    If you like French New Wave cinema, 400 Blows is a must-see movie. I think I have seen it at least 4-5 times.

    (KLD)

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfgangf
    Go see "Notting Hill" with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant!
    Thanks Wolfgang - I have seen that film and enjoyed it.

    Don't know if it was a whimsical offer (that matches well your whimsical avatar)

    or if my thread isn't actually clear....

    Next week Thursday or Sunday (specifically) are my chances of seeing the film in question The 400 Blows projected on a movie house screen (as opposed to DVD television format). Should I see it or pass it by?

    After the 20th - an answer won't matter since the opportunity will have passed by then.

    Juke may be the only one who knows this film (if he knows of it at all).
    It's his mentioning the director's name in another thread that gives me reasons to consider seeing it.
    By all means if others are aware of the film and have comments - please share.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse
    If you like French New Wave cinema, 400 Blows is a must-see movie. I think I have seen it at least 4-5 times.

    (KLD)
    Thanks - I hadn't seen your post while I was responding to Wolfgang.

    I'll read up on French New Wave cinema first - I don't know if I like it yet.

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    The 400 Blows is excellent and well worth watching. It was the movie that initially got me interested in Truffaut and French cinema in general. My favorite movie of Truffaut's is Shoot the Piano Player but The 400 Blows comes a close second. It's been a long time since I have seen it but I always enjoy it.

    The 400 Blows starts the story of an adolescent Antoine Doinel. The movie is a character study of him. Truffaut later follows Antoine's life over 20 or so years in 4 more movies which you might want to check out if you like the 400 Blows. The later movies are not as good as the first one and some of them are better than others. But they are interesting to watch nevertheless to see where both Antoine and Truffaut end up.

    Why would you assume that one particular member might be the only person here to have heard of this movie? There are thousands of members here and The 400 Blows is not really an obscure film among those who enjoy so called "foreign" cinema.

    Switching the topic a bit, if any movies by the Spanish director Pedro Almodovar play at your local art house theatre I highly recommend watching them. He has too many films to list here but he is another favorite director of mine. He's a bit crazy and can offend easily though, just a warning lol.
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    if any movies by the Spanish director Pedro Almodovar play at your local art house theatre I highly recommend watching them
    Orangejello, I agree! Which is your favorite? I have a hard time choosing between Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, All About My Mother, Talk to Her, and Volver. I think his films just keep getting better and better! He shows a particular sensibility for women and their feelings and issues, even when the main characters may be male.

    If you don't have a good art house nearby, or they don't play older films, you can at least depend on Netflix for most of his films.

    (KLD)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse
    Orangejello, I agree! Which is your favorite? I have a hard time choosing between Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, All About My Mother, Talk to Her, and Volver. I think his films just keep getting better and better! He shows a particular sensibility for women and their feelings and issues, even when the main characters may be male.

    If you don't have a good art house nearby, or they don't play older films, you can at least depend on Netflix for most of his films.

    (KLD)
    I agree KLD, Orangejello, Almodovar is GREAT!! He is even funnier in Spanish.. With time, I feel his understanding of human emotions is getting deeper and deeper. Out of his, my favorite movie is "All about my Mother", although when I watched "Talk to her" I was seriously impressed.

    Last night I watched a film I recommend, if you are into Art House movies. It is "Lust, Caution" by Ang Lee. Very good, the main female character is the best part I have seen written for a woman in a long time. The actress who plays it is brilliant. Excellent music, photography,... It was seriously worth it..

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    Well I haven't seen The 400 Blows but as it's autobiographical and my favorite professional film reviewer, James Berardinelli gives it an unheard of (for him) **** I heartily recommend it. I'll put it in my queue and watch it soon.
    http://www.reelviews.net/movies/f/400_blows.html

    Regarding Pedro Almodovar, if you've seen nothing by him I recommend you try at least one film - he's not for everyone and tends to hammer the same theme to death. He does have a "special" understanding of women and his "Women On The Edge Of A Nervous Breakdown" is well worth seeing.
    "The world will not perish for want of wonders but for want of wonder."
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    My apologies - I shouldn't have made such a limitation on who would know of films like I did.
    And foreign films to people in the US are not foreign to the people of that film's country
    (the wonders of an international forum)

    PEDRO ALMODOVAR is a favorite !!!
    I attended a Pedro Seminar the Cinematheque put on in 2006 to coincide with Sony's re-release of his films.
    I shamefully haven't seen Volver yet. Penelope is a favorite as well

    My favorite of his films is "Bad Education".
    I could talk for hours about that film.
    (for example) The visual comparison of how he frames Fele Martinez's face and then Daniel Gimenez Cacho's as they read Ignacio's script
    (both horrified for different reasons at the pain Ignacio endured).
    Uuuh - makes me want to watch it a-g-a-i-n......

    I think I own 3 copies.
    I lend them out to friends but always have one in case they don't find their way back.

    Anyone else own this one? Anyone else like this film?

    If I ever met Pedro in person, I think I'd be compelled to hug him before saying anything to him.

    Orangejello - your description of 400 Blows is much more compelling than the blurb they gave in the program. I will go see it.

    EDIT: noticed when I previewed my post - - -
    while typing this Juke wrote in - good to know your recommendations as well.

    Why is James Berardinelli your favorite reviewer? Same tastes / opinions?
    Not knocking your favorite - just curious
    I don't have a favorite reviewer -
    I used to like Siskle (maybe because their show was designed to have opposing view points)

    And as far as Pedro again - maybe Bad Education can shed some light into why he (a - man) is so tuned into the "female" when there isn't any 'real' female characters in the storyline. It is interesting a film maker known so well for his understanding of the "female" to make such a great film like Bad Education as well.

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