Compelling to watch such delicate, reflexive and thorough direction giving life to an apparent criminal cat-and-mouse storyline. There, it continues to engage through the dreams and hopes of Charlie. However, it knows what it wants to be about but has a hard time focusing throughout.
Truffaut is a filmmaker with a great sense of style and movie making in general, and it shows in his composition, pacing, and all around direction of this magnificently filmed noir. It is made with a confident grip on the craft at hand, showing that Truffaut is virtuoso auteur who knows how to wield a camera to evoke that intangible feeling of cinema itself.
The perfect balance between exuberance and seriousness. Truffaut effortlessly jumps between comedy, film noir, drama and romance. With lots of beautiful, engaging shots and jump cuts that really break up the pace of the film in an dramatic way. A truly flawless example of French New Wave Cinema.