THE ADVENTURES OF ANTOINE DOINEL
The saga in 5 films by François Truffaut
by Antoine de Baecque
Book offered in the December 2021 Monthly Pack ,
in the François Truffaut Christmas Pack or with the UHD or Blu-ray Box
Without doubt he is one of the most famous characters in world cinema. "Antoine Doinel, Antoine Doinel, Antoine Doinel, Antoine Doinel, Antoine Doinel,...", as in this sequence where Jean-Pierre Léaud repeats his name until he becomes dazed, comes back five times: born at 13 during the filming of Quatre Cents Coups (1958), he returned at 17 in Antoine et Colette (1962), grew up and married at 23 in Stolen Kisses (1968), became a father and argued with his wife, Christine, at 26. in Marital home , then divorced and disappeared at the age of 34 in L'Amour enfuge (1979).
François Truffaut not only found a double who carries his autobiographical story, he discovered, revealed, trained, followed, offered to French cinema, an immense actor, Jean-Pierre Léaud, who not only grows old with the character but takes it more and more in hand. Thus, Antoine Doinel, whose birth, adventures, then obliteration can be followed, in a tone that varies from the drama of childhood to the comedy of marriage, ultimately belongs as much to its creator, François Truffaut, as to his incarnation, Jean-Pierre Léaud.
Antoine de Baecque is a film historian and critic. He directed the Cahiers du cinema and the cultural pages of Liberation. Author of numerous works on history and cinema, in particular biographies of Truffaut, Godard, Rohmer, Melville, and essays: La Nouvelle Vague, portrait d'une jeunesse or L'Histoire-caméra. He is a professor of film studies at the Ecole Normale Supérieure on rue d'Ulm. His biography of Claude Chabrol was published by Stock last fall.