The Green Room

  • 1978
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Drama, War

Francois Truffaut's testimony of obsession, THE GREEN ROOM, is perhaps the most unheralded film of his career, and surely one of his most personal. Truffaut himself plays Julien Davenne, a secretive man who excels at writing obituaries for a fading journal and who's stubbornly obsessed with death, believing that the deceased are not given the love and attention...read more

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Francois Truffaut's testimony of obsession, THE GREEN ROOM, is perhaps the most unheralded film of his career, and surely one of his most personal.

Truffaut himself plays Julien Davenne, a secretive man who excels at writing obituaries for a fading journal and who's stubbornly obsessed with death, believing that the deceased are not given the love and attention they deserve. His reverence is inspired both by his guilt over returning from WWI

unharmed, while everyone he knew was killed or injured, and by the sudden death of his newlywed wife. In her memory, he constructs a shrine, complete with a frightening, life-size wax figurine. At the cemetary where she's buried he discovers an old chapel in need of restoration and remodels it as

an elaborate temple for the dead, filling it with photos of dead friends and acquaintances killed in the trenches.

On the surface, THE GREEN ROOM is an excessively depressing and strange portrait of a man who values death over life, but underneath it runs the study of a man driven by his obsessions. An interesting and atmospheric counterpoint to the numerous war films that pay tribute to those who died for

their country, THE GREEN ROOM concerns a man who lived through war, is tormented by survivor's guilt, and is driven to actively remember the dead.

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  • Released: 1978
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Francois Truffaut's testimony of obsession, THE GREEN ROOM, is perhaps the most unheralded film of his career, and surely one of his most personal. Truffaut himself plays Julien Davenne, a secretive man who excels at writing obituaries for a fading journa… (more)

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