Stolen Kisses

  • 1968
  • Movie
  • R
  • Comedy, Romance

Sadly complacent comedy of French charm, and Paris was never so beguiling. STOLEN KISSES covers the installment in the life of Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud), which began in THE 400 BLOWS and continued through the LOVE AT TWENTY episode entitled "Antoine and Colette." The film picks up as Doinel is discharged from the army at age 20. Unable to make...read more

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Sadly complacent comedy of French charm, and Paris was never so beguiling. STOLEN KISSES covers the installment in the life of Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud), which began in THE 400 BLOWS and continued through the LOVE AT TWENTY episode entitled "Antoine and Colette." The film picks up

as Doinel is discharged from the army at age 20. Unable to make Christine (Claude Jade) love him, he continues his search for the perfect woman. In the process Doinel lands a job with a detective agency, where the rookie Sherlock Holmes bungles every case he investigates. He finally gets a simple

assignment in a shoe store after demonstrating his "technical proficiency" by wrapping a shoe box. Doinel is supposed to discover why the store's owner, M. Tabard (Michel Lonsdale), feels hated and whether there is a conspiracy against him; but while working late one night, he begins an affair

with Tabard's wife, Fabienne (Delphine Seyrig). Dismissed, as Truffaut's work often is, as overly charming and simplistic, STOLEN KISSES was oddly enough made during a time of extremely intense political crisis in Paris, with a sidebar of artistic controversy. Dedicated to Henri Langlois and his

Cinematheque Francaise, STOLEN KISSES was made while Truffaut worked with a defense committee that fought for the reinstatement of the Cinematheque director. Langlois, who in his lifetime was probably responsible for the film education of every aspiring director in France, was ordered removed by

Minister of Culture Andre Malraux--a move met with opposition by the entire international film community. Truffaut stated, "If STOLEN KISSES is good, it will be thanks to Langlois." As violence erupted in the streets of Paris, Truffaut continued his filming, but, instead of making the political

film one might expect to emerge from a period of revolt, the director chose to reaffirm his belief in cinema.

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