The Discreet Bourgeois

Possessed by an urgency to make sure all this stuff I love doesn't just disappear


The Last Ten Films I’ve Seen

  1. Dark Shadows  (Tim Burton)
  2. Dog Day Afternoon  (Sydney Lumet)
  3. Mare Nostrum (Rex Ingram)
  4. Miss You Can Do It (Ron Davis)
  5. Late Autumn (Yasujiro Ozu)
  6. The Loves of Pharaoh  (Ernst Lubitsch)
  7. Antoine et Colette (François Truffaut)
  8. Stolen Kisses (François Truffaut)
  9. Ornamental Hairpin (Hiroshi Shimizu)
  10. The Searchers (John Ford)


I had pretty much written off Truffaut after trying to rewatch some of his films that I liked  when I was younger.   I found Jules et Jim really grating and couldn’t finish watching it. The Bride Wore Black was fun, but The Story of Adele H. , a film I really loved when it came out, got tedious very quickly. Turner Classic Movies has been devoting their Friday Night Spotlight to a survey of Truffaut’s works so I figured I would try again. I watched the two Antoine Doinel films Antoine et Colette and Stolen Kisses and was delighted. However, Such A Gorgeous Kid Like Me lost me after a half hour.  I find his films to be really sloppy and amateurish. For some reason, the Doinel stories lend themselves to this breezy, Nouvelle Vague-y treatment where others of his films just become tiresome. I welcome any words of encouragement in regard to the pursuit of more Truffautiana.  I will try The Wild Child and Day For Night, but I am not expecting much. The two remaining Doinel films Bed and Board and Love on the Run hold out more promise.

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