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The second film to feature Doinel, "Antoine and Collette" (1962) was originally made for the omnibus film Love at Twenty but has outlived its companion shorts. As romantic and gently ironic as The 400 Blows is harsh and haunting, this modest 20-minute lark finds a teenage Antoine pursuing the lovely, lithe 20-year-old Colette (Marie-France Pisier) like a lovesick puppy. The comic sweetness of this episode sets the tone for all future Doinel films, and Léaud, who matured into the poster boy for the French new wave, displays the lanky charm and self-effacing egotism that propelled him through some of the greatest films of the next two decades.
Stolen Kisses (1968) opens with the now-grown Doinel sprung from military prison with a dishonorable discharge. He woos the perky but unresponsive object of his affections, Christine (Claude Jade), while he engages in a series of professions--hotel night watchman, private investigator, TV repairman--with mixed success and comic entanglements. But when he falls in love with the elegant wife of his client (Delphine Seyrig), Christine realizes she misses Antoine's persistence and clumsy passes, so she embarks on a seductive plan of her own.
Bed and Board (1970) finds Doinel married to Christine and still plugging away at odd jobs. He learns of his impending fatherhood, but then throws a monkey wrench into his new happiness when he becomes obsessed with a beautiful young Japanese woman (Hiroku Berghauer). Truffaut enlivens Doinel's courtyard apartment with the bustle and business of neighbors and pays homage to comic auteur Jacques Tati. However, he tempers the giddy screwball kookiness with a less forgiving disposition toward Antoine's passionate irresponsibility and emotional impulsiveness.
Love on the Run (1979) was Truffaut's last film in the series. Here, our compulsive liar and general scamp is found out time and time again, but, as the women of the film find, it's impossible to blame him entirely. The film stands on its own as a light comedy but carries much more resonance if watched in its proper place in the series.
Why not own all the adventures of Antoine Doinel, instead of just one or two? Truffaut's greatest stuff! Read morePublished 14 months ago by JJSerge
For the most part, I enjoyed these movies, but I have to say that Love on the Run just plain sucked.Published 16 months ago by rob layzod
I didn't see The 400 Blows until 2010, and I've been interested in seeing the other four films featuring the character of Antoine Doinel ever since. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Steven Aldersley
Francois Truffaut starts his story of pre-pubescent love and angst with his Cannes Film Festival favorite sans 1959 of youthful, angry Antoine in the 400 Blows and walks his... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Russell E. Scott
A fantastic collection of Truffaut's Doinel series of films by the always excellent Criterion. A must-have for any Truffaut fan!Published on December 12, 2012 by Alan N.
Why settle for piecemeal parts when you can follow in depth the unfolding saga of Antoine Doinel's life and adventures. Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by OKrevrun
If you are into french cinema, I highly recommend these films. Antoine Doinel is a classic charachter in french cinema history and it would be a sin not to get to know him, all his... Read morePublished on March 5, 2008 by Cristina Hid
In the early Fifties, Francois Truffaut and other important critics and soon-to-be-filmmakers (such as Godard and Varda) contributed to the film journal "Cahiers de Cinema". Read morePublished on July 19, 2007 by Trevor Seigler