1959 ****1/2 99 mins.
Francois Truffaut's first feature film still stands today as a fascinating and very well made motion picture. Inspired by Truffaut's own childhood, the film centers around Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud), who, for lack of better terminology, is a juvenile delinquent. The film is frustrating at times, the the closing shot is just plain horrible, but otherwise the film is still very fantastic. The film is a bit tough to get through the first time, but the second time is much more enjoyable and rewarding.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Dyaliscope)
The Criterion Collection Spine #5
Original Story by
Marcel Moussy and Francois Truffaut