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The Soft Skin (1964)

La peau douce (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 20 April 1964 (France)
Pierre Lachenay is a well-known publisher and lecturer, married with Franca and father of Sabine, around 10. He meets an air hostess, Nicole. They start a love affair, which Pierre is hiding, but he cannot stand staying away from her.

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Cast

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Nicole (as Françoise Dorleac)
Nelly Benedetti ...
Daniel Ceccaldi ...
Clément
Laurence Badie ...
Ingrid
Philippe Dumat ...
Directeur cinéma Reims
Paule Emanuele ...
Odile
Maurice Garrel ...
Bontemps
Sabine Haudepin ...
Sabine Lachenay
Dominique Lacarrière ...
La secrétaire Dominique
Jean Lanier ...
Michel
Pierre Risch ...
Chanoine
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Maurice Magalon
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Pierre Lachenay, a middle-aged, well-known publisher and lecturer, is married to Franca, an unbalanced woman, and father of Sabine, a 10-year-old girl. While traveling to Lisbon for a lecture, Pierre Lachenay has a one night stand with Nicole, the Panair do Brasil air stewardess. He wants to see her again and again, they travel to Reims together, and Pierre hides the affair from his family, mostly to spare his daughter the anguish of a separation. Nicole is taking it lightly but Pierre, misunderstanding her feelings and expectations, decides to live with her. The couple's break-up leads to a tragic end. Written by Artemis-9

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The Eternal Triangle At Its Most Eternal

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

The film's seemingly melodramatic concluding incident is actually based on a real event which François Truffaut read about in a newspaper. See more »

Goofs

Pierre and Nicole are in a hotel elevator approaching the 8th floor, Pierre is on the right side. The following shot from outside the elevator shows Pierre on the opposite side. See more »

Connections

Featured in François Truffaut: Portraits volés (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphonie de Jouets (Toy Symphony)
by Leopold Mozart (as Haydn)
(Vogue EXTP 1.039)
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A beautiful gem
28 September 2005 | by (Europe) – See all my reviews

Very poetic, early Truffaut, but already at his best. This story of a middle-aged intellectual man who certainly should not have too much to complain about in his life, but wants to give it a try for whatever reasons (mid-life crisis? vanity? play instinct? the beginnings of some sort of amour fou on his part?), thus bringing about a catastrophe, is brought to the screen in a powerful and masterly way.

It's all been described in large part by other users so far: Raoul Coutard's impressive black-and-white cinematography, the acting by Dorléac, Desailly and Benedetti, it all fitted very well.

What's more to mention, however, is a beautiful soundtrack by Georges Delerue, in my opinion a true masterpiece of film scoring, with a haunting main theme.

This is really a film I shall keep in my heart for a long time. I certainly prefer it to "Jules et Jim".


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