Truffaut’s cinematic figurehead, Jean-Pierre Léaud, is living a childhood populated with absent or oppressive role-models and petty crime. Based on the trials and tribulations of the directors own experiences this was part of the cinematic innovation that birthed the New Wave.
My all-time favorite movie, which I can really watch over and over again. The close claustrophobic interior shots are contrasted by the wide exterior shots, in which Truffaut catches , for me, the most beautiful impressions of Paris in black and white. This is cinema made with a lot of love and passion.
One of the best films about the universal topic of misunderstood youth.Made over 50 years ago,it holds up because the situations seem real,based partly on Truffaut's childhood.Antoine Doinel is one of the most appealing characters in cinema history. Brilliant performance by Jean Pierre Leaud.
One of the most important films of the "french new wave." Truffaut offers up an honest portrayal of boyhood life merging with adult hood. It's final shot, which for a time became a cliche style, is one of the most haunting and truthful of any film.