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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Thursday To-Do: 'The Story of Adele H.'

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2011 at 11:34 AM


'THE STORY OF ADELE H.'
7 p.m., Arkansas Arts Center. Free.

No doubt, the celluloid legacy of 1975 belongs to a flesh-eating shark, a pair of Brooklyn bank robbers and a sweet transvestite. But the high-water year, rounded out by intimate, contemporary dramas, saw three Greats make a turn for the uncharacteristic by plucking themselves out of their familiar modern-day settings to release ambitious, comedic period pieces: Stanley Kubrick with "Barry Lyndon," Woody Allen with "Love and Death" and, across the pond, New Wave spearhead Francois Truffaut with "The Story of Adele H."

The French icon spent six years researching and adapting the diaries of Adele Hugo (daughter of Victor), written as the teen-ager falls obsessively in love with a British lieutenant and stalks him across the globe, adopting a series of pseudonyms along the way so as not to freak-out the officer any more than he already, rightly, is. The screening is the next-to-last installment of the Arkansas Arts Center and UALR Department of World Languages' "Fete du Film" series.

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