François Truffaut

2012 in Film: #111 – #160

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111. Tokyo Drifter (1966) | Directed by Seijun Suzuki – B+

112. Branded to Kill (1967) | Directed by Seijun Suzuk – B

113. Alien3: Work Print Cut (1992) | Directed by David Fincher – B+

114. Tiny Furniture (2008) | Directed by Lena Dunham – B-

115. Alien3: Theatrical Cut (1992) | Directed by David Fincher – C

116. Alien: Resurrection (1997) | Directed by Jean-Pierre jeunet – C+

117. Everything Must Go (2010) | Directed by Dan Rush – A-

118. The Seventh Seal (1957) | Directed by Ingmar Bergman – A

119. Cinema Verite (2011) | Directed by Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini – C

120. Shame (2011) | Directed by Steve McQueen – B

121. America Graffiti (1973) | Directed by George Lucas – A

122. Fatal Attraction (1987) | Directed by Adrian  Lyne – A-

123. Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) | Directed by Charles Reisner – A-

124. The Last Metro (1980) Directed by François Truffaut – A

125. Spy Kids (2001) | Directed by Robert Rodriguez – B

126. Help! (1965) | Directed by Richard Lester – D+

127. Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) | Directed by Ingmar Bergman – A-

128. The Terminator (1984) | Directed by James Cameron – B

129. Our Hospitality (1923) | Directed by John G. Blystone and Buster Keaton – A-

130. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) | Directed by Robert Wiene – A

131. Secret Sunshine (2007) | Directed by Lee Chang-dong – A

132. Mary and Max (2007) | Directed by Adam Eliot – B

133. Submarine (2010) | Directed by Richard Ayoade – B+

134. I Am Legend (2007) | Directed by Francis Lawrence – B

135. Mouse Hunt (1997) | Directed by Gore Verbinski – B+

136. The Avengers (2012) | Directed by Joss Whedon – B+

137. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962) | Directed Robert Enrico – B

138. Citizen Kane (1941) | Directed by Orson Welles – A

139. The People vs. George Lucas (2010) | Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe – B

140. Outrage (2009) | Directed by Kirby Dick – B

141. The Lady Eve (1941) | Directed by Preston Sturgess – B+

142. Manderlay (2005) | Directed by Lars von Trier – B+

143. Dancer in the Dark (2000) | Directed by Lars con Trier – A+

144. Jules and Jim (1962) | Directed by François Truffaut – B+

145. The Exterminating Angel (1962) | Directed by Luis Buñuel – B+

146. Friends with Benefits (2011) | Directed by Will Gluck – C+

147. Lars and the Real Girl (2007) | Directed by Craig Gilespie – A

148. FreeDogme (2000) | Directed by Roger Narbonne – B

149. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) | Directed by Joe Johnston – C

150. Blue Valentine (2010) | Directed by Derek Cianfrance – A

151. The Element of Crime (1984) | Directed by Lars von Trier – A-

152. Tranceformer: A Potrait of Lars von Trier (1997) | Directed by Stig Bjorkman – B+

153. Epidemic (1987) | Directed by Lars von Trier – D

154. Europa (1991) | Directed by Lars von Trier – A-

155. Do the Right Thing (1989) | Directed by Spike Lee – B

156. Heavenly Creatures (1994) | Directed by Peter Jackson – A-

157. Delicatessen (1991) | Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet – A-

158. An Andalusian Dog (1929) | Directed by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí – B+

159. Zéro de Conduite (1933) | Directed by Jean Vigo – B+

160. The Navigator (1924) | Directed by Donald Crisp and Buster Keaton – A

2012 in Film: #60 – The 400 Blows (Les Quatre Cent Coups)

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2012 in Film: #60

The 400 Blows (Les Quatre Cent Coups) (1959) | Directed by François Truffaut

Grade: A

Thoughts: Triffaut’s first film is his most personal, and I sound like the back of the Criterion Blu-ray I watched it on. They have a point though. Exploring adolescent angst on the screen is never easy, because it’ll almost always look totally ridiculous and trite on the screen, one notable exception being the films of John Hughes. So, I like to think of this film as the French New Wave John Hughes film. Of course, it’s much better than that. It’s tender, sensitive, and beautifully shot. What I like about Truffaut is that he seems to lack the inherent pretension of his nouvelle vague colleague Godard; Truffaut is just honest and wants to tell a story. One that’ll shatter your heart. (Yes, I cried at the end.)