Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Bed and Board (François Truffaut, 1970)

***½
France



The fourth instalment in the increasingly artificial and superficial Antoine Doinel series tracks the early days of his marriage to the safer of his conquests from Stolen Kisses. Most of the scenes are structured around a cute, quirky joke rather than the more substantial impulses you imagine would be playing a role in Doinel's behaviour. But the movie can be a happy enough experience if you divorce it in your mind from the context of The 400 Blows.

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2 Comments:

At 8:57 PM , Anonymous PB said...

i have the entire "set" but it's hard for me to see antoine all grown up. i definitely keep my 400 blows separate from the rest of the series.

 
At 5:59 PM , Blogger Y Kant Goran Rite said...

How do you feel about Love on the Run, where you're forced to view the film in relation to 400 Blows? I keep reading mixed reviews branding it the weakest of the series, but I thought it was easily the strongest and most moving of the sequels.

 

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