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A look back at Louis Malle’s Masterpiece ‘Murmur of the Heart’

2 April 2011 9:27 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Murmur of the Heart (Le souffle au coeur)

Directed by Louis Malle

France, 1971

Louis Malle’s first narrative feature-film was 1958′s Elevator to the Gallows. A jazzy, contribution to the late-noir period it placed Malle conveniently between the too-cool gangster pictures of Jean-Pierre Melville and the too-cool New Wave pictures of Jean-Luc Godard. Instead of continuing on this predetermined track, Malle took a left turn, and then another one. His refusal to be categorized is reminiscent of the varied work of an earlier auteur, the great John Huston.

After adding comedies, documentaries, and stark dramas to his repertoire, Malle turned to the film that, alongside 1974′s Lacombe, Lucien and 1987′s Au Revoir Les Enfants, would establish his reputation as a personal filmmaker, Murmur of the Heart.

Similar to Francois Truffaut’s Antoine Doinel films, Malle takes a look back at his childhood in a coming-of-age film that manages to be gentle, »

- Neal Dhand

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