Slob vs Snob 

So last week, my buddy Donald and decided that his pick should, from now on, be watched first on our High Brow/Low Brow Fridays, since after a wacky 80’s comedy, it’s pretty hard to keep the momentum going with a French film from the 60’s. Which is not to say that one is more entertaining than the other, but well…you get it..

 

 

So Donald’s pick was Stolen Kisses, the third in Truffaut’s Antoine Doinel cycle. I am a BIG Jean Pierre Leaud fan (Masculin Feminin ROCKS) and think he is about one of the most charming men to ever appear on the big screen, so I was game. It was adorable – Jean Pierre Leaud is one of those actors who I could watch do absolutely anything and be enthralled – I just love his face. (Simon Pegg and John Simm are two other examples). Donald explained to me the history & background of the film -summed up nicely by this passage from Cinelogue –

 

 

“A frequently unsung hero of the French New Wave was Henri Langlois, who founded the Cinémathèque Française in 1936. The Cinémathèque was a Paris-based theater and, more importantly, a film museum. Langlois devoted much of life to saving films and even preserving other cinematic items like cameras and costumes. The French New Wavers were all consciously aware of Langlois’ importance, and were frequently found in the front row of packed screenings. In 1968, French culture minister André Malraux attempted to fire Langlois by stopping the funding. In response, an enormous film community rose up in protest (eventually getting the ’68 Cannes Film Festival shut down), but none louder than French New Wavers, and none more so within that group than Truffaut. The experience had a profound effect on Truffaut, and it’s apparent in the film and audio clips available from time just how determined—even militant—Truffaut was in getting Langlois and the Cinémathèque reinstated.”

 

 

 

 

Hey! That sounds pretty familiar !! I was so thrilled and inspired by how passionate the directors were about this movie theater! It made me feel like I wasn’t doing enough in my quest to help save revival cinemas & 35mm. I guess Truffaut will do that to you.

 

 

 

The In Crowd was my choice for the day. A lost 80’s classic, the In Crowd stars the gorgeous Donovan Leitch (another one of those faces I could watch forever) in a kind of gender swap Hairspray -minus the racial tension. Leitch plays Del, a good smart kid who longs to DANCE! He races home after school every day to watch Perry Parker, the local teen dance show and practice his own moves. (Leitch, tall and lanky as they come is a surprisingly great dancer). Then, one day, by a nutty turn of events, Del lands his spot on Perry Parker (who is played by Joey Pants at his smarmiest) AND gets to dance with Vicky, the girl of his dreams. But, as Del finds out, even teenage fame has its drawbacks.

 

 

 

Lets face it, Truffaut it ain’t, but the In Crowd is so much fun, how can you complain? The actors are having a blast and the dancing and music alone enough reason to watch this flick. Donald pointed out how HARD the actors dance in this film (especially in a have to see to be believed dance off scene) – like they are giving it 110% at all times. I rebutted that the only other person I could think of that is trying to dance this hard on film is Elizabeth Berkley in Showgirls – except she was trying so hard to make up for the fact that she really can’t dance…

 

 

ANYWAY. Two beautiful boys, two great flicks….both highly recommended.

 

 

 

Next week – because Stolen Kisses was so wonderful and because I could endlessly watch Jean Pierre Leaud, we are breaking protocol a bit. Leaud starred in 5 films for Truffaut as Antoine Doinel – The 400 Blows, Antoine & Collette, Stolen Kisses, Bed & Board and Love on the Run – and we are going to watch them all! Maybe the week after we will have to do an all low brow day?!