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Hitchcock + Truffaut Double Features

“In American, you call this man ‘Hitch.’ In France, we call him ‘Monsieur Hitchcock.’ You respect him because he shoots scenes of love as if they were scenes of murder. We respect him because he shoots scenes of murder like scenes of love!” - François Truffaut.

The American Cinematheque is hosting a series of Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut double features, running from Fri, March 1 to Wed, March 20 at the Aero Theatre. Kicking off the series this weekend is Truffaut’s French New Wave crime drama Shoot the Piano Player, with Charles Aznavour as a concert pianist unable to return to his former glory due to connections with gangsters. Then in Hitchcock’s Rope, James Stewart faces off against a pair of Leopold & Loeb-like thrill killers. The series also includes Jules and Jim paired with MarnieThe Man Who Knew Too Much and The Bride Wore Black... and more!

François Truffaut was among the most famous directors of the French New Wave, but he was also famous as a student of film. As a frequent attendee of the Cinémathèque Française and a top critic at the Cahiers du Cinema magazine, Truffaut gained an appreciation for classic cinema including the work of such legendary filmmakers as John Ford, Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock. The master of suspense was a particular favorite, and in 1962 Truffaut and Hitchcock met for a marathon series of interviews about the movie-making process. The interviews resulted in Truffaut’s landmark book Hitchcock/Truffaut. That legendary summit meeting is indicative of how its lessons reverberate in a new generation of directors.

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