France, 1962 / 1968, 122 min (combined), 35mm, Dir. François Truffaut, Not Rated, French with English subtitles, Janus Films
“A movie so full of love that to define it may make it sound like a religious experience, which, of course, it is - but in a wonderfully unorthodox, cockeyed way.” – Vincent Canby, The New York Times
Truffaut returned to the life of Antoine Doinel three years after The 400 Blows in this short made for the omnibus film Love at Twenty, in which Antoine falls madly and obsessively in love with a music student (Marie-France Pisier), but spends the evening with her parents while she goes out on a date with another suitor.
Jean-Pierre Léaud returns in the delightful Stolen Kisses, the third installment in the Antoine Doinel series. It is now 1968, and the mischievous, perpetually love-struck Doinel has been dishonorably discharged from the army and released onto the streets of Paris, where he stumbles into the unlikely profession of private detective and embarks on a series of misadventures. Whimsical, nostalgic, and irrepressibly romantic, Stolen Kisses is Truffaut’s timeless ode to the passion and impetuosity of youth.
The release of François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows in 1959 shook world cinema to its foundations. The now-classic portrait of troubled childhood introduced a major new director in the cinematic landscape and was an inaugural gesture of the revolutionary French New Wave. But The 400 Blows did not only introduce the world to its precocious director - it also unveiled his indelible creation: Antoine Doinel. Initially patterned closely after Truffaut himself, the Doinel character (played by the irrepressible and iconic Jean-Pierre Léaud) reappeared in four subsequent films that knowingly portrayed his myriad frustrations and romantic entanglements from his stormy teens through marriage, children, divorce, and adulthood. With The Adventures of Antoine Doinel, CGAC is proud to present - in 35mm - the celebrated saga in its entirety: the feature films The 400 Blows, Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board, and Love on the Run, and the 1962 short subject Antoine and Colette.
A $36 series pass that grants admission for one person to all four films is available here.