Kirk Axtell


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Jour de Fete (1949) - Nature's Been Generous With Him Director, star and co-writer Jacques Tati, in his first feature, has just been introduced as the mailman Francois in the tiny French village (the real Sainte-Sévère-sur-Indre), where Guy Decomble and Paul Frankeur have arrived with their carnival, and the famous bit with the flagpole begins, in Jour de Fete, 1949.
Jour de Fete (1949) - The Americans Have You Beat Tipsy and annoyed if not despondent, rural French mail carrier Francois (first-time director, co-writer and star Jacques Tati) has just seen an American newsreel about the dazzling advances in mail delivery in America, resulting in some inspired bumbling, in Jour de Fete, 1949.
Jour de Fete (1949) - Speed! Speed! Motivated now by the newsreel he saw about the American methods of delivery, rural French postman Francois (director Jacques Tati) sets about his rounds with new determination, with some of the best gags, in Tati’s first feature, Jour de Fete, 1949.
Four Hundred Blows, The (1959) - Better To Have Freedom With friend Rene (Patrick Auffay) after being caught cutting class, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud) works on a bigger lie, the teacher (Guy Decomble) and his father (Albert Remy) soon catching on, beginning a rapid descent in Francois Truffaut's celebrated The Four Hundred Blows, 1959.
Deathdream (a.k.a. Dead Of Night, 1972) - Kill Any Guys? (Warning to dog lovers!) Vietnam vet Andy (Richard Backus) hasn’t called his girlfriend, may have murdered a trucker, and now removes any hope that he’s okay, when his father (John Marley) brings the neighbor kids around, in Bob Clark’s Deathdream, (a.k.a. Dead Of Night), 1972.
Four Hundred Blows, The (1959) - No Recess For Three Days Opening scenes from director Francois Truffaut's pioneering feature debut, Jean-Pierre Leaud as protagonist "Antoine Doinel," Guy Decomble the dreaded instructor, in what is often cited as the definitive French New Wave film, The Four Hundred Blows, 1959.
Bob Le Flambeur - Legend Of The Recent Past The opening with the director's narration and credits, the Montmartre district of Paris and the loose introduction of the protagonist, Roger Duchesne, in New Wave forerunner Jean-Pierre Melville's, Bob Le Flambeur, 1955.
Possession (1981) - Think About Me Leaving a meeting in (desolate) West Berlin, Marc (Sam Neill) gazes across the wall, takes a tough phone call from estranged wife Anna (Isabelle Adjani), then discovers evidence of her affair, in director Andrzej Zulawski's Possession, 1981.

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