The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups)

The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups) France (1959) Dir. François Truffaut “Eureka! I’ve found it!” Regular readers of this site will know that French New Wave and I haven’t been the best of friends, with François Truffaut being one of the directors whose works has yet to move me in the same way it … Continue reading The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups)

Stolen Kisses (Baisers volés)

Stolen Kisses (Baisers volés) France (1968) Dir. François Truffaut I approach this film at a slight disadvantage, not just because I wasn’t overly enamoured with Truffaut’s celebrated Jules et Jim, but because Stolen Kisses is a continuation of the story begun in Truffaut’s debut film The 400 Blows, which I have not seen. This is … Continue reading Stolen Kisses (Baisers volés)

Breathless (À bout de souffle)

Breathless (À bout de souffle) France (1960) Dir. Jean-Luc Godard Popping my Godard cherry with his directorial debut and arguably most famous work, Breathless brings with it a personal trepidation spoken of before on this site, incurred by the mighty reputation of the film. Hailed as a “masterpiece” (a word I’ve come to loathe), there … Continue reading Breathless (À bout de souffle)

Jules et Jim

  Jules et Jim France (1962) Dir. Francois Truffaut Paris 1912 and two friends, shy Austrian Jules (Oskar Werner) and extroverted Frenchman Jim (Henri Serre) meet the enigmatic Catherine (Jeanne Moreau) who reminds them of a statue thery both were smitten with. A bond gradually forms between this threesome but, as Jim already has a … Continue reading Jules et Jim