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Fan of French New Wave? One of the greatest films, now shamefully

forgotten, is now available on Youtube--- with subtitles!
"The Mother and the Whore," one of the best films of what the European experience of the late sixties was like for young, educated French. Not a "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," type film: think "Last Tango in Paris" for the younger crowd: it's all about the sexual revolution and the impact it had on relationships.
A young man (Jean-Pierre Leaud who also starred in "Last Tango," interestingly) has an older, well-off lover--- and a young girlfriend whom he wishes to marry. She, however, breaks up with him and he meets another young woman who not only isn't concerned about his love life, she's frankly bored about it.
This film won the top prize at Cannes simply because there hadn't (and hasn't since) been anything like this. The dialogues between the characters is mesmerizing, making most other film's seem trite and boring.
This is a long film so, perhaps, plan an intermission or schedule a couple of nights.
The director, Jean Eustache, was an avatar, with totally fresh ideas and vision--- his documentary
centering on his grandmother is just now being hailed as an influence on "docudramas."

Critic Andrew Johnson's experience: "One of the great, if all-too-infrequent, pleasures of being a film critic is having your mind blown by a film you didn't expect much from. Such an incident occurred in December 1997, when I was assigned to review Jean Eustache's 1973 film The Mother and the Whore, then beginning a revival engagement at Film Forum. Yes, I'd heard that it was a classic of French cinema, but I wasn't exactly thrilled at catching an early-morning screening of a three-hour-and-thirty-five-minute black-and-white foreign-language film that reportedly consisted of little more than people sitting around and talking. Frankly, I was a lot more excited about seeing Scream 2 that evening. Little did I know, as I eased into my seat, that I was in for one of the most memorable cinematic experiences of my life."[11] wikipedia

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Topic - Fan of French New Wave? One of the greatest films, now shamefully - tinear 09:28:53 02/27/21 (8)


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