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STOLEN KISSES
BAISERS VOLÉS
1968, Janus Films, 90 min, France, Dir: François Truffaut

In the third Antoine Doinel film, Antoine (Jean-Pierre Léaud) returns to Paris after a dishonorable discharge from the army. He finds himself trying a series of ridiculous jobs (including private detective) as he falls hopelessly in love. Lyrical and nostalgic, this is one of Truffaut’s most romantic films, which is really saying something. With Delphine Seyrig. In French with English subtitles.


THE 400 BLOWS
LES QUATRE CENTS COUPS
1959, Janus Films , 99 min, France, Dir: François Truffaut

Jean-Pierre Léaud plays a young boy struggling against the constrictions of bourgeois conformity in this deeply personal masterpiece. Both a coming-of-age classic and the greatest feature debut since Welles’ CITIZEN KANE 18 years earlier, this, along with Godard’s BREATHLESS, is one of the films that announced the arrival of the French New Wave to an international cinema audience. Edited by Marie-Josephe Yoyotte.


SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER
TIREZ SUR LE PIANISTE
1960, Janus Films, 92 min, France, Dir: François Truffaut

Director François Truffaut once said that every filmmaker’s first movie is a mad rush of ideas, while every second movie is an exercise in style. This, his own second movie, is both: a stylistic tour de force filled with innovative visual ideas but also a longing, bittersweet character study of uncommon depth and resonance. Charles Aznavour is a washed-up concert pianist unable to return to his former glory due to connections with gangsters and other nefarious types; Marie Dubois is the woman who loves him. A long confession scene is Truffaut’s tribute to Ingrid Bergman’s 10-minute confession in Hitchcock’s UNDER CAPRICORN. Adapted from the great novel Down There by David Goodis (who also wrote DARK PASSAGE). In French with English subtitles.


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