The Green Room
Based on the Henry James short story "The Altar of the Dead", in which a man becomes obsessed with the many dead people in his life and builds a memorial to honor them. This film is also based on other short story by Henry James, "The Beast of the Jungle". It would be the last film Truffaut would act in.
Weird little movie. Truffaut's performance is incredible.
François Truffaut is known for telling excellent stories. In this adaptation of the Henry James anecdote ''The Altar of the Dead'', the Nouvelle Vagueish Frenchman finely manages to alter it into a ninety minute film about a middle-aged man who desires the afterlife.
I thought it was excellently executed. Thanks to the small amount of information he got from the source material, Truffaut was forced to implement many of his own ideals and philosophies about death, what gave a very personal touch to the story as a whole.
The performances were nowhere above average, Truffaut (who also plays the lead role) perfectly fits as Julien Davenne. He only shows interest in the dead and skillfully creates a distance between him…
Far too obsessively tedious.
Truffaut in his historical mode is not usually my cup of tea and this one isn't too different but I did find this one more interesting as a personal mediation on Truffaut's own authorial project. Worth seeing for Truffaut fans.