Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Soft Skin

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 10, 2015
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

François Truffaut (The 400 Blows) followed up the international phenomenon Jules and Jim with 1964’s The Soft Skin, a tense tale of infidelity.

Françoise Dorléac in The Soft Skin

Françoise Dorléac in The Soft Skin

The unassuming Jean Desailly (Le doulos) is perfectly cast as a celebrated literary scholar, seemingly happily married, who embarks on an affair with a gorgeous stewardess, played by Françoise Dorléac (The Young Girls of Rochefort), who is captivated by his charm and reputation. As their romance gets serious, the film grows anxious, leading to a wallop of a conclusion.

Truffaut made the drama-romance The Soft Skin at a time when he was immersing himself in the work of Alfred Hitchcock, and that master’s influence can be felt throughout the film, an under-seen French New Wave treasure.

Presented in French with English subtitles, Criterion’s DVD and Blu-ray editions of the film include the following:

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Audio commentary by screenwriter Jean-Louis Richard and François Truffaut scholar Serge Toubiana
    • New video essay by filmmaker and critic Kent Jones
    • Interview with Truffaut from 1965 about the film
    • New English subtitle translation
    • An essay by critic Molly Haskell


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.