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Stolen Kisses - © Raymond Cauchetier

Stolen Kisses

A Feature film by François Truffaut

Produced by Les Productions Artistes Associés, Les films du Carrosse

Release in France : 04/09/1968

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Les Productions Artistes Associés, Les films du Carrosse

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United Artists

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Discharged from the army as unfit, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) seeks out his sweetheart, violinist Christine Darbon (Claude Jade). He has written to her voluminously (but, she says, not always nicely) while in the military. Their relationship is tentative and unresolved. Christine is away skiing with friends when Antoine arrives, and her parents must entertain him themselves, though glad to see him. After she learns that Antoine has returned from military service, Christine goes to greet him at his new job as a hotel night clerk. It is a promising sign that perhaps this time, the romance will turn out happily for Antoine. He is, however, quickly fired from the hotel job. Counting the army, Antoine loses three jobs in the film, and is clearly destined to lose a fourth, all symbolic of his general difficulty with finding his identity and "fitting in".


References to Other Truffaut Films
Early in the film Doinel can seen reading a French translation of the 1947 William Irish (Cornell Woolrich) novel Waltz into Darkness. This novel would be the source of Truffaut's next film, Mississippi Mermaid.
The character Colette Tazzi and her husband Albert make a brief cameo appearance. She chides Doinel for not contacting her, saying he didn't used to be "afraid of the telephone." This is a reference to the plot of the 1962 short Antoine and Colette.

Critical Reaction
Stolen Kisses was well-reviewed by critics all over the world. In an enthusiastic article from the New York Times (March 4, 1969) Vincent Canby comments:

With what can only be described as cinematic grace, Truffaut's point of view slips in and out of Antoine so that something that on the surface looks like a conventional movie eventually becomes as fully and carefully populated as a Balzac novel. There is not a silly or superfluous incident, character, or camera angle in the movie. Truffaut is the star of the film, always in control, whether the movie is ranging into the area of slapstick, lyrical romance or touching lightly on DeGaulle's France (a student demonstration on the TV screen). His love of old movies is reflected in plot devices (overheard conversations), incidental action (two children walking out of the shoe store wearing Laurel and Hardy masks), and in the score, which takes Charles Trenet's 1943 song, known here as "I Wish You Love," and turns it into a joyous motif.

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Full credits (12)

Assistant Director :

Jean-José Richer

Producers :

Marcel Berbert, François Truffaut

Director of Photography :

Denys Clerval

Camera Operator :

Jean-César Chiabaut

Continuity supervisor :

Suzanne Schiffman

Music Composer :

Antoine Duhamel

Dialogue Writers :

François Truffaut, Claude de Givray, Bernard Revon

Screenwriters :

François Truffaut, Claude de Givray, Bernard Revon

Sound Recordist :

René Levert

Editor :

Agnés Guillemot

Production Designer :

Claude Pignot

Still Photographer :

Raymond Cauchetier

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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1 h 27 min

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Festival Selections (2)

Academy Awards - 1969

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Awards (2)

Louis Delluc Prize - 1968

Louis Delluc Prize (France, 1968)


Louis Delluc Prize

French Syndicate of Cinema Critics - 1968

French Syndicate of Cinema Critics (1968)


French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Price