The Soft Skin The Soft Skin

The Soft Skin

François Truffaut

 
The Soft Skin (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

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  • France
  • 1964
  • 117 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • French
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  • Spine #749

François Truffaut followed up the international phenomenon Jules and Jim with this tense tale of infidelity. The unassuming Jean Desailly is perfectly cast as a celebrated literary scholar, seemingly happily married, who embarks on an affair with a gorgeous stewardess, played by Françoise Dorléac, who is captivated by his charm and reputation. As their romance gets serious, the film grows anxious, leading to a wallop of a conclusion. Truffaut made The Soft Skin at a time when he was immersing himself in the work of Alfred Hitchcock, and that master’s influence can be felt throughout this complex, insightful, and underseen French New Wave treasure.

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary by screenwriter Jean-Louis Richard and François Truffaut scholar Serge Toubiana
  • New video essay by filmmaker and critic Kent Jones
  • Monsieur Truffaut Meets Mr. Hitchcock, a 1999 documentary by film historian Robert Fischer
  • Interview with Truffaut from 1965 about the film
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Molly Haskell

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

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The Soft Skin: Love and Betrayal on the Lecture Circuit

By Molly Haskell March 09, 2015

François Truffaut’s adultery drama is at times corrosively funny and at others frighteningly tense, but it’s always incisive and humane. Read more »

Photo Galleries

In the Mood for Love

February 14, 2016


On Five

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From the Truffaut Archives

February 06, 2016

Today marks what would have been the eighty-fourth birthday of French New Wave pioneer François Truffaut. In celebration of his incredible life and body of work, revisit a selection of essays . . . Read more »


Dispatches

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Flashback: François Truffaut

By Peter Cowie March 19, 2015

The author recalls his encounters and correspondence with the filmmaker. Read more »


Photo Galleries


Video


Film Essays

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The Soft Skin: Love and Betrayal on the Lecture Circuit

By Molly Haskell March 09, 2015

François Truffaut’s adultery drama is at times corrosively funny and at others frighteningly tense, but it’s always incisive and humane. Read more »

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