‘Goodbye, boys’, a masterpiece by Louis Malle

While the ‘young Turks’ reflected on the pages of ‘Cahiers du Cinéma’, Louis Malle (1932-1995) tanned with the underwater camera together with Jacques Cousteau. Cinema was for him an adventure that did not understand borders or genres. Of course, Malle, unlike the bulk of his peers from the Nouvelle Vague, in which he never fitted himself, came from an upper-class family. In 1952, the weekly ‘L’Express’ asked several film students what movie they would make if they had 100 million francs. And Malle answers: “I have them.”

In his filmography we find three autobiographical titles: ‘The breath to the heart’ (1971), ‘Lacombe Lucien’ (1974) and ‘Goodbye, boys’ (1987), the latter two fruits of his memories of World War II. Awarded the Golden Lion in Venice and nominated for a non-English speaking Oscar, ‘Goodbye, boys’ takes place in the winter of 1943, during the German occupation of France. The film evokes the death of three Jewish classmates who shared a desk and accommodation with the principal at the Avon Carmelite College. The result is a moving and painful chronicle of learning, in which the adult world corrupts childhood. A whole treatise on the delation, the lie and the forced learning of the desire.

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