THIS FRIDAY: The Green Room, Truffaut’s rarest masterpiece, on 35mm

Event time: 
Friday, January 27, 2023 - 7:00pm
Humanities Quadrangle (HQ), L02 See map
Event description: 
Join us this Friday, January 27th at 7 PM for a screening of the Green Room (La Chambre verte) by François Truffaut at Humanities Quadrangle (HQ), L02.
One of Truffaut’s most personal and beautiful films, photographed by Néstor Almendros, and one of the least known of his major works—audiences in 1978 weren’t ready for this stark rumination on death from a filmmaker known for his gentle humor and enchanting personability. Not far removed from his own premature end, Truffaut himself stars alongside Nathalie Baye in this adaptation of three Henry James short stories, most prominently “The Altar of the Dead,” about a newspaper obituary writer who has become obsessed with the memory of friends departed from this mortal coil—represented here by images of the director’s own deceased loved ones. A man tries to account for each dead intimate in his life, but can only adequately acknowledge their importance by building towards the one death that will make sense of it all: his own. Darkly life-affirming.
Alain Delon: “The Green Room, along with Clément, Visconti and very few others, is part of my secret garden.”
Rohmer: “I found the film deeply moving. I found Truffaut deeply moving.”
Isabelle Adjani, to Truffaut: “Of all your films, [The Green Room] is the one that most moved me and spoke to me, along with Two English Girls. It felt good crying in your presence.”