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The Soft Skin

When: Fri., Feb. 10, 8 p.m. 2012

Continuing their "Mad About Mad Men" film series, the NCMA screens French New Wave master François Truffaut's 1964 film The Soft Skin (La Peau Douce). This is mid-career Truffaut, just two years removed from his sensational romp Jules and Jim. But The Soft Skin disappointed at the box office, picking up on the darker interpersonal notes that weren't sustained in that earlier, more popular film. A successful literary critic's fling with a stewardess extends into an affair that, far from a love-triangle romp, wrecks the lives of all involved. Intense and a bit more narrative than the loose drift of New Wave cinema, this film is notable for its parallel to Truffaut's own life: He had a string of affairs with several of his leading actresses, and his own marriage fell apart the year after this release. The film also features Françoise Dorléac—instantly recognizable as Catherine Deneuve's sister—whose career was cut short by a fatal car accident when she was just 25. Devin Orgeron, film studies professor at N.C. State, introduces the movie, shown in a new 35mm print. —Chris Vitiello

Price: $3.50-5

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