France was once in the leadership of many things: eccentricity, originality, cinema, music, technology, fashion, art, constructions, futuristic stuff, in their strange yet marvelous cars, in the peculiar personality of people, in their unique sense of humor This movie, is a representative of the bizarre generation of French. Even though Truffaut was and still is a very popular movie director, this one was always one of his lesser known works. That is not very surprising because, admittedly, this is not a film for everyone. It's dark, it's somber, it's very strange and its thematic is not only strong but also a bit disturbing and uncomfortable: a man obsessed with death and the dead. Definitely not an "easy" film... It's normal to honor the dead and remember them for life, but the lead character (Julien Davenne) tries too hard to honor them. After at least a decade, his obsession seems to grow stronger than ever. As a result, he develops a bitter temper (such as when he demands to destroy the statue of his deceased wife because he disliked what he got) and is so dead inside and obsessed with his dead ones that he almost completely forgets the people around him who are alive and that he himself is alive and has a life to live. Even so, this is one of Truffaut's great movies. It's very different from his other films, being unique in that way. Truffaut was a great director but also a great actor. His performance as the death-obsessed guy is admirable, but I wonder how would it have been like if Charles Denner had played the part. Truffaut originally wanted to cast him for that role, but he wasn't available back then, so Truffaut ended up playing the part himself. Title in Portugal: 'O Quarto Verde'.
The Green Room
The Green Room
A French little town, at the end of the twenties. Julien Davenne is a journalist whose wife Julie died a decade ago. He gathered in the green room all Julie's objects. When a fire destroys ...
January 28, 2021