In Hitchcock/Truffaut, top directors put their spin on a legendary interview

A Who’s Who of movie-buff directors (David Fincher, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Richard Linklater, Arnaud Desplechin, Martin Scorsese, etc.) schmoozes about one of the few really essential books ever published about film in Hitchcock/Truffaut, a snappy talking-head documentary by critic and New York Film Festival head…

François Truffaut’s Day For Night is a gooey valentine to filmmaking itself

François Truffaut loved movies, and he loved making movies. That’s apparent in virtually every movie he ever made, no matter the subject, so there was no particular need for him to conduct a feature-length, behind-the-scenes tour of his professional life. Nonetheless, that’s exactly what he did in Day For Night …

Cannes impresses with a War On Drugs thriller and a Hitchcock doc

8:30 a.m. Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario (Grade: B+) is another arty potboiler in the vein of Prisoners, but though it lacks the eccentric performances of the earlier film, it’s more accomplished and narratively fluid. Emily Blunt stars as Kate Macer, an FBI hostage specialist drafted into a possibly extra-legal…

In style but not story, The Soft Skin is Truffaut going Hitchcock

After kicking off his filmmaking career with three consensus masterpieces—The 400 Blows, Shoot The Piano Player, and Jules And Jim—François Truffaut finally whiffed with his fourth feature, The Soft Skin, which chronicles the adulterous affair between a celebrated academic and a much younger flight attendant. That’s…