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Before there was Boyhood, there was Antoine Doinel. Between 1959 and 1979, director François Truffaut and actor Jean-Pierre Léaud collaborated on four feature films and one short that followed the life of Antoine Doinel from his stormy teens through marriage, children, divorce, and adulthood. By turns funny, furious, deeply moving, desperately romantic and always enchanting, it’s a story that mirrors the lives, loves, debates and dilemmas of its creators, and an essential element of the French New Wave.

As part of our Liberté, Égalité, Hilarité celebration of French comedy, here’s a rare chance to see the complete adventures of Antoine Doinel. Programme supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.

the 400 blows

THE 400 BLOWS (1959)
Based on Trufaut’s own painful childhood, The 400 Blows is a tough, unsentimental look through a child’s eyes at a world of warring parents, punitive teachers and petty crime, ending with one of the the greatest shots in cinema history.

antoine and collette

The teenaged Antoine escapes from his oppressive family, discovers cinema and music, and falls in love for the first time. Based on the seventeen-year-old Trufaut’s infatuation with the beautiful Liliane Litvin.

stolen kisses

It’s 1968, and Antoine has been dishonourably discharged from the army. Released onto the streets of Paris, he embarks on a series of romantic misadventures in the lightest, most mischievous film of the series.

love on the run

In the final chapter of the saga, Antoine is enjoying success as a novelist. Newly divorced, he is once again free to fall in love, and in his search for new romance finds himself revisiting his past loves, and past choices.

bed and board

Antoine is now married, with a baby on the way, but still has one foot in adolescence. When he falls for a beautiful Japanese woman, he’s forced to decide where his priorities lie, as a series of comic catastrophes threatens to overwhelm him entirely.

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