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The Man Who Loved Women

The Man Who Loved Women

Original Title: L’ homme qui aimait les femmes
Director: François Truffaut
France | French
1977 | 120min.
Subtitles: English
Format: DCP
Theme: A
18+
“Women's legs are like compass points, circling the globe,' declares Bertrand Morane (Charles Denner) in François Truffaut’s romantic tragicomedy. A safety engineer by day, in his off hours Morane follows those gams through the streets of Montpellier with reckless abandon. Though hardly a Lothario, his trysts are many and short-lived, a state of affairs he never examines until he suffers the rare rejection that compels him to investigate his life by writing a memoir. Brigitte Fossey, Leslie Caron, Nelly Borgeaud, Geneviève Fontanel, and Natalie Baye head a large supporting cast of women in this tale told mostly in flashback and related by the memoir's editor Geneviève Bigey (Fossey). Like Jean-Pierre Léaud in the Antoine Doinel films, Denner is clearly a stand-in for the director, the skein of autobiography most pronounced in Morane’s relationship with his mother (Marie-Jeanne Montfajon). Like Truffaut’s parent, Mme. Morane would prefer not to have a child, making her rejection plain as she parades around in her lingerie pretending that he is not there. Those memories haunt Morane who longs for female companionship within self-imposed limits that preclude actual relationships. He truly does love women as the title suggests, but his feelings are complicated in a film that celebrates women even as it explicates the way they can drive a man to distraction. —Pam Grady

Director,  François Truffaut

Director,  François Truffaut

François Truffaut made his cinematic mark as a fiery, contentious critic for Cahiers du cinéma in the 1950s. He soon took the directing reins himself, starting with The 400 Blows, which won the best director award at Cannes and led the French New Wave charge. Truffaut continued to reinvigorate cinema throughout the ’60s, with such thrilling works as Shoot the Piano Player and Jules and Jim. He also continued to follow the adventures of 400 Blows protagonist Antoine Doinel—embodied by Jean-Pierre Léaud—through the ’70s (Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board, Love on the Run), while directing such other classics as Day for Night and The Last Metro, which showed his undying love for cinema and life.

Cast and Crew

Director
François Truffaut
Cast
Charles Denner, Brigitte Fossey, Nelly Borgeaud, Nathalie Baye, Genevieve Fontanel, Leslie Caron
Production Company
Les Films du Carrosse
Producer
Marcel Berbert
Screenwriter
Michel Fermaud, Suzanne Schiffman, François Truffaut
Editor
Martine Barraqué-Curie
Cinematographer
Néstor Almendros
Production Designer
Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko
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