BAISERS VOLES/STOLEN KISSES (15) 1968 FRANCE TRUFFAUT, FRANCOIS DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Sweet, madcap romantic comedy set in 1960s Paris. Filmed in 1968 during political turbulence in France which culminated in the Paris riots, this is ironically one of Truffaut’s most playful and lighthearted films. The third in a series featuring Truffaut’s cinematic alter-ego Antoine Doinel, which began with ‘Les Quatre Cents Coups’, it follows Antoine (Jean-Pierre Léaud) who, having received a dishonourable discharge from the army at the age of 20, works his way through a series of unsatisfactory jobs, as well as a number of transient relationships.
DOMICILE CONJUGAL (PG) 1970 FRANCE TRUFFAUT, FRANCOIS DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Francois Truffaut’s alter ego, Antoine Doinel (first seen in ‘Les Quatre Cents Coups’), is once again the subject in this fourth of a series of five films. Antoine experiences the early years of marriage, and faces fatherhood and adultery with a beautiful Japanese girl.
JULES ET JIM (PG) 1961 FRANCE TRUFFAUT, FRANCOIS DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Classic tale of a love triangle which takes place over 20 years, both before and after World War I. Jeanne Moreau stars as Catherine, the beautiful and unpredictable woman who maintains a delicate relationship with two friends, the quiet German Jules (Oskar Werner) and the romantic Parisian Jim (Henri Serre). The War intervenes and drives the men to the opposing fronts; afterwards, the two quickly resume their friendship, but the balance of their relationship with Catherine is now upset by more adult concerns.
LA PEAU DOUCE/SOFT SKIN (PG) 1964 FRANCE TRUFFAUT, FRANCOIS DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
French New Wave auteur Francois Truffaut directs this study of a Parisian affair. Jean Desailly stars as Pierre Lachenay, a successful middle-aged novelist and broadcaster who begins an affair with Nicole (Francoise Dorleac), a pretty young air hostess he meets on a flight to Lisbon while en route to deliver a lecture. Despite having little in common with Nicole, Pierre is enraptured and continues the affair on his return to France.
But when his wife Franca (Nelly Benedetti) discovers his infidelity, she becomes consumed with a desire for revenge, and a tragic denouement unfolds.
LES QUATRE CENTS COUPS/LES MISTONS/FOUR HUNDRED BLOWS (PG) 1959 FRANCE TRUFFAUT, FRANCOIS DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Francois Truffaut’s semi-autobiographical first feature stars Jean-Pierre Léaud as Antoine Doinel, an unruly young Parisian whose unhappiness leads him into trouble. Frequently running away from school and home, Antoine spends much of his time playing with his friends on the steets of the city; but events take a more serious turn when an accusation of plagiarism leads him to quit school and the theft of a typewriter lands him in trouble with the police. Léaud was to reprise his role as Doinel in four further Truffaut-directed adventures: ‘Antoine et Colette’ (1962), ‘Baiser volés’ (1968), ‘Domicile conjugal’ (1970), and ‘Love on the Run’ (1979).
TIREZ SUR LE PIANISTE/SHOOT THE PIANIST (15) 1960 FRANCE TRUFFAUT, FRANCOIS DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Francois Truffaut portrays a film noir world of gangsters and intrigue, with Charles Aznavour as a famous concert pianist who leaves his former life behind to play in a sleazy Parisian bar. He gradually becomes involved the the criminal activities of the big-city underworld.
In French with English subtitles
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