• Sundays and Cybèle—Serge Bourguignon’s searing French drama about an unorthodox relationship between a traumatized war veteran and a young girl—was not an easy film to market. Its subject matter is difficult, and the complexity of its characters’ lives and motivations is tough to convey snappily. But the original trailer for this best foreign-language Academy Award winner does a great job of expressing the film’s emotional tenor while not spoiling the film’s plot, and smartly uses the text of a New York Times review to do the heavy lifting. The trailer, which you can watch below, also affords glimpses of the film’s extraordinary cinematography by Henri Decaë (Elevator to the Gallows, The 400 Blows, Purple Noon).

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  • By FredO
    October 02, 2014
    11:28 AM

    And, speaking of Bosley Crowther and The New York Times: http://www.criterion.com/lists/88579-the-nyt-best-1-000-movies-ever-made
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  • By David Carpenter
    July 09, 2015
    09:38 PM

    Great film....but on a whim I turned on the Closed Captions for the trailer and the trailer became somewhat comical. Obviously, the CCs are messed up, but I couldn't help but laugh when critic Bosley Crowther was translated into "Balls Lick Rather"!!
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