INTIMACY (Patrice Chéreau, 2001)

Uncommonly bold in its depictions of the sexual intercourse that Jay and Claire, its two lead characters, have each Wednesday afternoon in Jay’s London ghetto flat, Intimacy rivets much of our attention. I did not feel like a voyeur during these potent scenes, despite the fact that, clearly, the two lead actors, Mark Rylance and […]

DAY FOR NIGHT (François Truffaut, 1973)

The term la nuit américaine—what in Hollywood is called day for night—refers to the practice, originating in Hollywood, of shooting night scenes in daylight, wherein a gradient tint over the image generates the appearance of moonlit night. The title of François Truffaut’s tragicomic La nuit américaine (Day for Night)—a film about the shooting of a […]

THE BRIDE WORE BLACK (François Truffaut, 1968)

Following publicity at the time of its release, many commentators took François Truffaut’s formally breathtaking The Bride Wore Black (La mariée était en noir) as an Hitchcockian exercise—a practical coda to Truffaut’s book of conversations with “the master of suspense.” Truffaut himself, though, described the film in terms incompatible with this, as his attempt, in […]