HITCH­COCK/TRUF­FAUT

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ñDOCS D: Kent Jones. U. S./France. 80 min. Sep 10, 6:30 pm Sco­tia­bank 14; Sep 11, 11:30 am Jack­man Hall (AGO); Sep 19, 9:45 pm TIFF Bell Light­box 2. Rat­ing: NNNN Soon af­ter The Birds was com­pleted in 1964, François Tru faut sat down with Al­fred Hitch­cock to dis­cuss the master of sus­pense’s il­mog­ra­phy. Jones uses footage of their week-long en­counter as the ba­sis for a riv­et­ing doc­u­men­tary that cap­tures the per­son­al­i­ties of the two men, as well as the im­pact Tru faut’s sub­se­quent book on Hitch­cock’s ilms, had on other ilm­mak­ers. (Martin Scors­ese found the book “rev­o­lu­tion­ary,” and for Olivier As­sayas it was “es­sen­tial.”)

The doc o fers up the unique ex­pe­ri­ence of re­dis­cov­er­ing Hitch­cock through the per­cep­tive and elo­quent voice of Tru faut and be­ing in the same room with two mas­ters of cin­ema as Hitch­cock un­spools a seem­ingly end­less stream of bon mots.

SP D: Natalie Port­man. Is­rael/U.S. 97 min. Sep 10, 7 pm Win­ter Gar­den; Sep 11, 9:45 am Bloor Hot Docs Cin­ema; Sep 20, 9:30 am Is­abel Bader. Rat­ing: NNN A vi­gnette-laden biopic based on Is­raeli writer Amos Oz’s au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal novel, Port­man’s a fec­tion­ate por­trait of the artist as a young boy verges on ha­giog­ra­phy.

Her own per­for­mance as Oz’s lov­ing mother is the real thing, though, a com­pas­sion­ate char­ac­ter who was also a ro­man­tic fan­ta­sist, and she fully brings it to life. The ilm is illed with voice-overs from Oz’s book. The de­scrip­tion of how he learned to con­sider the mean­ing and con­nec­tiv­ity of words from his aus­tere fa­ther while life lessons came from his mother may be poetic, but it’s not cin­e­matic.

Still, there’s much to ad­mire in this irst fea­ture set in 1947, a piv­otal mo­ment in Is­rael’s history, when Oz’s left­ist hu­man­ism was also tak­ing shape.

Natalie Port­man di­rects and stars

in A Tale Of Love And Dark­ness.

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