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L’enfance nue

Maurice Pialat

 
L’enfance nue (Criterion DVD)

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  • France
  • 1968
  • 83 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
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  • Spine #534

The singular French director Maurice Pialat puts his distinctive stamp on the lost-youth film with this devastating portrait of a damaged foster child. We watch as ten-year-old François (Michel Terrazon) is shuttled from one home to another, his behavior growing increasingly erratic, his bonds with his surrogate parents perennially fraught. In this, his feature debut, Pialat treats that potentially sentimental scenario with astonishing sobriety and stark realism. With its full-throttle mixture of emotionality and clear-eyed skepticism, L’enfance nue (Naked Childhood) was advance notice of one of the most masterful careers in French cinema, and remains one of Pialat’s finest works.

Cast

François FournierMichel Terrazon
Mrs. Thierry (Grandma)Marie-Louise Thierry
Mr. Thierry (Grandpa)René Thierry
NanaMarie Marc
RaoulHenri Puff
Simone JoignyLinda Gutemberg
Robby JoignyRaoul Billerey
JosettePierrette Deplanque

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • L’amour existe, director Maurice Pialat’s poetic 1960 short film about life on the outskirts of Paris
  • Autour de “L’enfance nue,” a fifty-minute documentary shot just after the film’s release
  • Excerpts from a 1973 French television interview with Pialat
  • New visual essay by critic Kent Jones on the film and Pialat’s cinematic style
  • Video interview with Pialat collaborators Arlette Langmann and Patrick Grandperret
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Phillip Lopate

    New cover by Steve Chow

Film Essays

L’enfance nue: The Fly in the Ointment

By Phillip Lopate August 17, 2010

In his defiantly maverick directing career, which yielded only ten features in thirty-five years, Maurice Pialat (1925–2003) was a stimulant and irritant, agitating the cozy pool of French . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: L’enfance nue

August 31, 2010

In a review for the Los Angeles Times, Dennis Lim provides some context for the work of Maurice Pialat, whose first film, L’enfance nue, is out on Criterion DVD: “Recognized in France as one of . . . Read more »


Film Essays

L’enfance nue: The Fly in the Ointment

By Phillip Lopate August 17, 2010

In his defiantly maverick directing career, which yielded only ten features in thirty-five years, Maurice Pialat (1925–2003) was a stimulant and irritant, agitating the cozy pool of French . . . Read more »


On Five

Leaving the Color in L’enfance nue

By Lee Kline August 13, 2010

One of the most challenging aspects of our work is to get accurate color for films when there are no filmmakers to consult with. This is especially true of films from the fifties and sixties, . . . Read more »