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FS243 Lecture Notes - Antoine Doinel, Bazin Family, Kuselan

Film Studies
Course Code
Glen Norton

of 6
September 27th, 2012
Lecture 6
Truffaut: The Antoine Doinel Series
-he doesnt want to create cinema of quality
-he wants to go against the traditional
Actor Jean-Pierre Leaud through the years.
Clip of Antoine Doinel: him saying his name and the names of all the women he loves.
he is able to show emotion for so many times
clip is all about him convincing himself of who he is an actor or as the character
Character and Actor becoming one. He seems to not be acting, and to be being
interesting clip, when you keep saying the same thing over and over again until it loses
its meaning
5 Films of Antoine Doinel - We’re looking at 2 today.
Truffaut: A Short Biography
-Real father was unknown
-until later in his life, where he found out he was a dentist
-Took stepfather’s last name
-Shame of illegitimacy
-Sent first to live with a nanny, then with maternal grandparents
- parents dont want much to do with him, due to this illegitimacy.
-he didnt like his mother very much and his mother didn’t either.
-Moved back with mother and stepfather at age 10
-Skipped school throughout early teens; snuck into movies
-stayed away from home
age 14
drops out of school
age 16
meets bAZIN
Becomes regular at the Cinametheque Francaise, seeing 3 times a day
watching movies becomes his lifestyle
he had a certain attitude about showing films. He watched silent times, and
didn’t really like musicals.
-Back then they were (Truffaut and Godard) more interested in the way film was made,
and kid of obsessed with it, instead of the story itself
Steals typewriter to finance film club: Cercle cinemanie
form stepfathers work
Bazin is taken aback from Truffaut’s
Stepfathers sends him to reform school for three months
Bazin agrees to give him a job as his personal secretary to obtain his release
as his assistant, writing articles..
Bazin becomes a surrogate father, teacher, mentor
the day he starts shoot his first movie, the day after, Bazin dies from leukemia.
Death is a very tragic and reoccurring, traumatizing theme
Age 17 (1949)
attends Birritz Film Festival
when Truff. starts to realize that there is more to cinema than just the details of how
the film is made, and the stories behind it
Meets Godard and others
Starts writing for various journals
* getting small jobs here and there, still young.
July 1949
becomes obsessed with Liliane Litvin
Truffaut was a womanizer, he had affairs with every single of his leading ladies
of movies he did. He was married twice with 3 kids. And not very into the con-
cept of traditional love.
went to prostitutes for sex from age of 14.
went to hospital for syphilis twice
Moves into an apartment across from her family, and tries to approach Liliane, then
gets depressed
tried suicide because of rejection
joins army due to depression and despair
May 1951
goes AWOL
spends a month in hospital for syphilis, then army prison (bc of escape)
2nd suicide escape
has very peculiar and obsessive view of world and women
Early 1952
Bazin arranges release and Truffaut lives in Bazin family attic
after this we know his story as a filmmaker.
Truffaut: Major Themes
Obsessive men/boys and unobtainable women
women are on a pedestal
arent really equal to men in these films
sexist attitude - in roles
women are chased after and men are chasers
Tragic romance
Existential angst and obsession with death
one is born alone and dies alone, and has to find their own values and substance
in life
death: no parents at early age - suicide attempt
Love and respect for children/permanence of childhood
men are still immature, and they might be married, but still with obsessive and im-
mature love/emotions for women and decisions..
Truff still respects this childish behavior and way of thought
Love and respect for literature
clip: lighting candle from Balzac
- tragedy, always falls a part in the end
Love for cinematic history
illusion of numerous homages to cinema
“Cinema is more important than life” (Truffaut as the director in Day For Night)
Truffaut: The Antoine Doinel Series
-Les Catre Cent Coup
-* being bad ass, french expression, getting into trouble
-First film
-nothing really happens
-film for french back then were just scenes where nothing really happens, just a
-new cinematic technique, of putting camera in middle
-omitting both joy and agony of childhood
-dualism of childhood