SOFT SKIN, THE
Following his classic Jules and Jim, Francois Truffaut consolidated his rank as the rising master of French cinema with The Soft Skin (1964), a sometimes neglected but integral film to the Truffaut canon. Starring the gorgeous Francoise Dorlac (Cul-de-sac) - older sister of Catherine Deneuve - in one of her finest roles, this controversial study of love and betrayal follows a famous scholar (Jean Desailly - Le Professionnel) as he becomes infatuated with an airline stewardess during a lecture tour and hopelessly pursues the doomed affair. Famously echoing Truffaut's own life - he engaged in numerous affairs that caused the breakup of his marriage - the film is expertly carried by stage actor Desailly, who combines charming aloofness with quiet desperation as he falls into a maze of lust and deceit.
- Francois Truffaut talks about Francoise Dorlac
- Francois Truffaut discusses selected scenes from the film
- The Truffaut Trailer Collection
- Francoise Dorlac
- Jean Desailly
- Francois Truffaut