Stolen Kisses (1968)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.

Original title:  Baisers Voles

France, 1968.  , .  Scenario and dialogue by Francois Truffaut, , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Francois Truffaut.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1968.  Golden Globe Awards 1968National Board of Review Awards 1969.  New York Film Critics Awards 1969.    Podcast: My Criterions.

The second feature concerning Antoine Doinel, the hero of The 400 Blows and the short film Antoine Et Colette, this marvelous comedy starts with the optimistic Doinel () being released from prison on a dishonourable discharge. Now an adult, his first step as a man-about-town is to find the nearest whorehouse and enjoy an afternoon with the world’s oldest profession. Then he goes looking for work, and throughout the film takes on a disparity of charmingly adventurous jobs. Meanwhile, his quest to succeed with the ladies continues, this time involving a beautiful young woman () with whom he has been longtime friends, and a stunning lady ( at her most bewitching) whose husband owns the shoe store that Doinel works in for a while. This film is so airy and enjoyable you’ll hardly even notice the time go by.

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