Masculine Feminine, February 14
Aki Kaurismäki's update of Henri Murger's novel is “a fine, deceptively querulous comedy that mocks the conventions of art and romantic love while . . . exalting them as the only means of salvation.”-N.Y. Times. Léaud puts in a brief but pivotal appearance.
Olivier Assayas casts Hong Kong icon Maggie Cheung as an actress suffering through ego battles and other disasters on a French indie film shoot, with a classically irascible Léaud as director.
The 240-minute “short” version of Jacques Rivette's legendary epic, with Léaud as a self-styled detective.
“Godard's vision of bourgeois cataclysm. . . . A savage Swiftian satire, it traces a new Gulliver's travels through the collapsing consumer society as a married couple set out for a weekend jaunt.”-Time Out. Léaud has a revolutionary cameo.
Léaud stars as one of Godard's “children of Marx and Coca-Cola”-the young people of Paris in 1965, choosing between la tendresse and politics.
Léaud gives perhaps his greatest performance as a castaway from the sixties and the sexual revolution, waffling between two women, in Jean Eustache's chronicle of disenchantment in post-1968 Paris.
Léaud is a French writer entangled with two English sisters at the turn of the 20th century. “One of Truffaut's most tantalizing romances. . . . Simultaneously introspective and passionate.”-Time Out. From a story by the author of Jules and Jim.
In 1979, Truffaut and Léaud return for a final look at Antoine Doinel, now thirty-something, but perennially adolescent.
Léaud joins an ensemble cast for a behind-the-scenes romantic comedy in which the love interest is cinema itself. “Truffaut's droll and generous celebration of filmmaking remains an enchanting experience.”-N.Y. Times
See Friday, January 18.
In this bittersweet fourth installment in Truffaut's Antoine Doinel saga, Léaud's character endures the travails of young married life.
Léaud as Truffaut's quintessential dreamer Antoine Doinel, flitting through 1968 Paris in search of love and livelihood. With short Antoine and Colette.
Introduced by Laura Truffaut. A 15-year-old Léaud made his debut as François Truffaut's alter ego Antoine Doinel in the quintessential coming-of-age film, a lyrical but unsentimental portrait of adolescence and of Paris.
A new print of Godard's 1967 Pop-agitprop portrait of revolutionary youth, including an ardent Léaud. “Feels like a trial run for the May 1968 revolution. See it by any means necessary!”-Time Out N.Y. Repeated on Wednesday, January 23.