L'Enfance Nue: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1968) / Region 1
LEnfance Nue: The Criterion Collection

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L'Enfance Nue: The Criterion Collection

The singular French director Maurice Pialat (Loulou, A nos amours) puts his distinct stamp on the lost youth film with this devastating portrait of a damaged foster child. We see Francois (Michel Terrazon), on the cusp of his teens, shuttled from one home to another, his behavior growing increasingly erratic, his bonds with his surrogate parents perennially fraught. In this, his feature debut, Pialat treats this potentially sentimental scenario with astonishing sobriety and stark realism. With its full-throttle mixture of emotionality and clear-eyed skepticism, L'enfance nue (Naked Childhood) was advance notice of one of the most masterful careers in French cinema, and remains one of Pialat's finest works.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added May 17 2010
  • Production Year 1968
  • Empire SKU 1533370
  • UPC Code 715515061612
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


L'Amour Existe, Director Maurice Pialat's Poetic 1960 Short Film About Life On The Outskirts Of Paris
Autour De "L'Emfance Nue," A Fifty-Minute Documentary Shot Just After The Film's Release
Excerpts From A 1973 French Television Interview With Pialat
New Visual Essay By Critic Kent Jones On The Film And Pialat's Cinematic Style
Video Interview With Pialat Collaborators Arlette Langmann And Patrick Grandperret
Plus: A Booklet Featuring An Essay By Critic Philip Lopate


  • Audio
    French Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.66:1 Color

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