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François Truffaut's
BED AND BOARD

Tuesday, October 11
5:10 
 

BED AND BOARD
(France, 1970)
Directed by François Truffaut
Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud
New 4K DCP Restoration. Approx 100 min.

She’s reading a Nureyev bio, while he peruses Les femmes japonaises: marital bliss at last -- at the suggestion of Cinémathèque’s Henri Langlois -- as Jean-Pierre Léaud’s Antoine Doinel has finally married Claude Jade’s Christine -- but the exotic East beckons, and those gags (including a Métro encounter with a Monsieur Hulot lookalike) keep on coming until it’s finally fatherhood for Antoine. But ultimately the simple difficulty of communication proves paramount: Antoine spouting ludicrous English phrases to a potential American employer; trying to reach his impassive Japanese mistress; or simply relating to the fellow habitants -- including an Antoine-obsessed barmaid, a suspected serial killer, and Daniel Boulanger’s perpetually impatient, purse-flinging husband -- of his René Clair-like courtyard.

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