Maurice Pialat

L’enfance nue

L’enfance nue

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.

Film Info

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

Special 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

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Special 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

L’enfance nue
Cast
Michel Terrazon
François Fournier
Marie-Louise Thierry
Mrs. Thierry (Grandma)
René Thierry
Mr. Thierry (Grandpa)
Marie Marc
Nana
Henri Puff
Raoul
Linda Gutemberg
Simone Joigny
Raoul Billerey
Robby Joigny
Pierrette Deplanque
Josette
Credits
Director
Maurice Pialat
Cinematography
Claude Beausoleil
Screenplay
Arlette Langmann
Screenplay
Maurice Pialat
Sound
Henri Moline
Sound
Gilbert Pereira
Producer
François Truffaut
Producer
Claude Berri
Producer
Jo Seritzky
Producer
Sami Seritzky
Producer
Mag Bodard

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