(aka "Angústia", or "Silken Skin" or " The Soft Skin")

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U.S. 1964

Known for his personal cinema, François Truffaut understood the territory explored in The Soft Skin intimately, even though he claimed that the story was based on newspaper accounts. Borrowing the surname of his best friend from childhood to serve as a tribute, protagonist Pierre Lachenay (Jean Desailly) could easily represent Truffaut's secret alter-ego, as the famous director discretely engaged in a number of adulterous affairs that eventually led to the breakup of his own marriage. The film follows a well-known publisher/scholar (specializing in Balzac), who becomes infatuated with an airline stewardess during a lecture tour in Lisbon and then hopelessly entangled as he pursues the doomed affair.

A classic case of mid life crisis, Lachenay has grown comfortable with his bourgeois lifestyle, despite having an attractive, adoring wife, Franca (Nelly Benedetti) and a responsive young daughter, Sabine (Sabine Haudepin). Ironically, his new mistress Nicole (Françoise Dorléac) is far cooler than his wife, frequently holding Pierre at arm's length whenever feeling their trysts too sordid. And this is most of the time since Paris isn't a safe location—they must travel to outlying towns and seek second rate hotels to avoid discovery.

Excerpt of John Nesbitt's review at CultureDose.net located HERE

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Theatrical Release: April 20th, 1964 - France

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No point in wasting time, just buy the 12 Truffaut DVD set - all with English subtitles and many extras with English subs. Includes - Jules et Jim, La Peau douce (The Soft Skin), Les Deux anglaises et le continent (Two English Girls), La Femme d'à côté (The Woman Next Door), Le Dernier métro (The Last Metro), Les 400 coups (The 400 Blows), Baisers volés (Stolen Kisses), Domicile conjugal (Bed and Board), L'Amour en fuite (Love on the Run), Vivement dimanche ! (Confidentially Yours), Tirez sur le pianiste (Shhot the Pianist), and Fahrenheit 451.

Distribution

Fox / Lorber

Region 0  - NTSC

mk2 
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:57:28 1:52:40 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.54:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.45 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.63:1 Slightly cropped 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.96
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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Bitrate:

Fox

 

Bitrate:

mk2

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)

French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)

Subtitles English (non-removable) English and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Fox Lorber

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterbox - 1.54:1

Edition Details:
• All Regions
• Black & White
• Production notes
• Vintage Truffaut Trailer Collection
• Widescreen letterbox format

 

DVD Release Date: April 23, 1999
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Release Information:
Studio: mk2

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.63:1


English language available for the complete program (menu, film, extras, commentary)

Studio: mk2, France

Special Features:
• Introduction to the film by Serge Toubiana
• Screenwriter Jean-Louis Richard talks about the film (commentary)
• Françoise Dorléac
• François Truffaut discusses selected scenes from the film (1965)
• Trailer
• The François Truffaut Collection trailers

DVD Release Date: Feb 20th, 2002
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Comments: The mk2 version is cropped a little more than slightly, but other than that it is far better... no burned in subs, sharper, better contrast. It is definitely the way to go with a commentary and solid extras. I do find those mk2 text menus a little stale.

- Gary W. Tooze




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Extras: mk2
Menu: Fox

 


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

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