Tire au flanc 62 (The Army Game/The Sad Sack). 1960. France. Directed by Claude de Givray. Screenplay by de Givray, François Truffaut. With Christian de Tillière, Ricet Barrier, Jacques Balutin. 35mm. In French; English subtitles. 97 min.
After the success of The 400 Blows, François Truffaut tried to turn his production company Les Films du Carrosse into a mini studio dedicated to New Wave filmmaking. With this goal in mind, and in support of his close friend Claude de Givray (later to write Stolen Kisses), Truffaut cowrote and produced de Givray’s first film. This contemporary adaptation of a comical play that had been brought to the screen on several occasions, including by Jean Renoir, is an amusing pochade full of cinephilic nods and winks. Courtesy Cinémathèque québécoise