The Soft Skin

by François Truffaut 1h59min France 1963
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Ira Sachs

What strikes me most is how the film is linked to the interest of Truffaut for Hitchcock.

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The Soft Skin
by François Truffaut

A writer, Pierre Lachenay, a family man, falls in love with an air hostess during a lecture tour. He leaves his wife, lives alone, and visits, in turn, his wife and his mistress. Unable to face up to the situation, putting off the moment of choice, Pierre is killed in a restaurant by his wife just as he was considering returning to married life.

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  • Françoise Dorléac : Nicole
  • Jean Desailly : Pierre
  • Nelly Benedetti : Franca
  • And with: Jean Lanier, Daniel Ceccaldi, Sabine Haudepin, Maurice Garrel, Paule Emanuele, Dominique Lacarrière, Laurence Badie, Philippe Dumat, Olivia Poli


  • Director François Truffaut
  • Scenario Jean-Louis Richard, François Truffaut
  • Dialogs François Truffaut
  • Photo director Raoul Coutard
  • Costume Design Renée Rouzot
  • Editing Claudine Bouché
  • Original music Georges Delerue
  • Producer António da Cunha Telles
  • Production Compagny Les Films du Carrosse, SEDIF, Simar Films
  • Distributor MK2

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1.66:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1963
  • Release date for France05/20/1964
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorBlack and White
  • LanguageFrench
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