(aka "Small Change" or "Pocket Money")

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France 1976

The movie was filmed in the French provincial town of Thiers and uses non-professional children throughout. We view the activities of some ten kids in the closing weeks of the school year and during the summer vacation of camp. Truffaut does a marvelous job catching their spontaneity in the classroom, during recess, on the street, and at home.

We are treated to vignettes about a baby who prefers whistling to talking, a girl who makes an adventure out of her confinement at home, the activities of two pint-sized entrepreneurs, the touching saga of a twelve-year-old boy who becomes infatuated with his friend's mother, the account of a teen-age youth who is brutalized at home, and the earth-shaking first kiss of a girl while at camp. Through these episodes, we see just how resourceful and resilient children are. After experiencing Small Change, we are ready to agree with Charles Lam who said: "A child's nature is too serious a thing to admit of its being regarded as a mere appendage of another being." Kids as individuals are celebrated in this charming movie.

Excerpt from Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat's review located on the Spirituality & Health website located HERE
 

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Theatrical Release: March 17, 1976

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Runtime 1:45:08 1:41:12 (4% PAL speedup)
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1:66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.16 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio French Mono (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish Mono (DD 2.0)

French (DD 2.0 mono), German (DD 2.0 mono), Italian (DD 2.0 mono), Spanish (DD 2.0 mono)

Subtitles English, French, Spanish, none English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Greek, none
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Studio: MGM (US)

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Widescreen letterboxed - 1:66:1

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DVD Release Date: 2001
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DVD Release Date: August 4, 2003
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No significant cropping but there is a problem with the NTSC versions colors- they are off. It looks as if the Region 1 has had some digital manipulation and it has messed the color balance. I often wonder why DVD production feels the need to brighten an image - it can reek havoc on color. The darker PAL edition is superior. Most other factors are equal (PAL edition has more DUBs and subtitle options). Strangely enough the PAL version has a theatrical trailer as an extra - nada for the Region 1. Don't be fooled -  PAL all the way in this one.

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Recommended Reading on Truffaut /  French Cinema (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

The Films in My Life
by Francois Truffaut, Leonard Mayhew

François Truffaut
by Annette Insdorf
HITCHCOCK (REVISED EDITION)
by Helen G. Scott, Francois Truffaut
The French New Wave: An Artistic School
by Michel Marie, Richard John Neupert, Richard Neupert
A History of the French New Wave Cinema
by Richard Neupert
French New Wave
by Jean Douchet, Robert Bonnono, Cedric Anger, Robert Bononno
French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present
by Remi Fournier Lanzoni
Truffaut: A Biography by Antoine do Baecque and Serge Toubiana

Check out more in "The Library"


 

 

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