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The Soft Skin

Francois Truffaut's fourth feature, La peau douce (1964), was widely criticized when it first came out as a comedown from his first three (which it is in certain ways) and as a banal, conventional melodrama about bourgeois adultery (which it isn't, despite some familiar aspects). Jean Desailly plays a boyish, middle-aged, and highly successful literary critic who falls hopelessly in love with a stewardess (Francoise Dorleac) on a trip to Portugal, yet strives to keep his passionate wife (Nelly Benedetti). Not a total success perhaps, but still a striking and sensitive effort. It is also the first of Truffaut's features in which his preoccupation with Hitchcock becomes fully apparent.



  • François Truffaut


  • Jean Desailly
  • Françoise Dorléac
  • Nelly Benedetti
  • Daniel Ceccaldi
  • Laurence Badie
  • Jean Lanier
  • Paule Emanuele

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