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François Truffaut's La peau douce come to BFI Blu-ray in June

17 May 2022

François Truffaut’s dissection of infidelity, La Peau douce [The Soft Skin], is a subtle, humane account of the relationship between married literary publisher Pierre (Jean Desailly) and Nicole (Françoise Dorléac), the air stewardess he meets on a conference trip to Lisbon. As their differing wants and expectations become apparent, the consequences of the affair grow to be ever more far-reaching and volatile.

This tender character study from 1964 is presented by the BFI on Blu-ray from a 2K restoration with special features including a feature commentary. It follows the new Blu-ray releases of Truffaut’s The 400 Blows (1959), Jules et Jim (1962) and The Last Metro (1980).


La peau douce Blu-ray cover art

La Peau douce will be released on Blu-ray by the BFI on 6 June 2022 at the RRP of £19.99.


  • Presented in High Definition from a 2K restoration
  • Feature commentary by La Peau douce co-writer Jean-Louis Richard, with contributions from film critic and journalist Serge Toubiana (2002)
  • Between Masters at War: Truffaut and the Lessons of Alfred Hitchcock and Roberto Rossellini (2022, 18 mins): film academic Pasquale Iannone considers how the work of Truffaut was influenced by two great directors
  • Paris Through the Lens (1900-1910, 9 mins): precious glimpses of the sprawling city Truffaut loved from the BFI National Archive
  • Old Portugal at the Ocean’s Edge (1896, 1 min): mesmerising early film fragments, shot near Lisbon long before it provided the setting for illicit love in La Peau douce
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • First pressing only: Illustrated booklet with essays by Catherine Wheatley and Kieron McCormack, credits and notes on the special features

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