The Adventures of Antoine Doinel

Edition no. 185

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Bed and BoardLove on the RunStolen KissesThe 400 BlowsAntoine and Colette
Directed by: François Truffaut
The release of François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows in 1959 shook world cinema to its foundations. The now-classic portrait of troubled adolescence introduced a major new director in the cinematic landscape and was an inaugural gesture of the revolutionary French New Wave. But The 400 Blows did not only introduce the world to its precocious director—it also unveiled his indelible creation: Antoine Doinel. Initially patterned closely after Truffaut himself, the Doinel character (played by the irrepressible and iconic Jean-Pierre Léaud) reappeared in four subsequent films that knowingly portrayed his myriad frustrations and romantic entanglements from his stormy teens through marriage, children, divorce, and adulthood. With The Adventures of Antoine Doinel, Criterion is proud to present Truffaut’s celebrated saga in its entirety: the feature films The 400 Blows, Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board, and Love on the Run, and the 1962 short subject, Antoine and Colette, in a special edition five-disc box set.

Technical Specifications

Format: DVD
Region: 1
Discs: 5 Discs |  DVD-5/DVD-9

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  • Audio commentary by film scholar Brian Stonehill
  • Audio commentary by director François Truffaut’s lifelong friend Robert Lachenay
  • Rare audition footage of Jean-Pierre Léaud, Patrick Auffay, and Richard Kanayan
  • Newsreel footage from the film’s showing at Cannes
  • Excerpt from a 1965 interview with François Truffaut in which he discusses his youth, his critical writings, and the origins of the character Antoine Doinel
  • Excerpt from a 1960 interview with François Truffaut about the global reception of The 400 Blows and his own critical view of the film
  • Theatrical trailer for The 400 Blows
  • Introduction by film historian Serge Toubiana, discussing the genesis of the film and the tumultuous events surrounding the 1968 removal of Henri Langlois as director of the Cinémathèque française
  • Excerpt from the TV show Cinéastes de notre temps: François Truffaut, dix ans, dix films in which François Truffaut discusses his vision of the Doinel cycle, and the complex relationship between Doinel and actor Jean-Pierre Léaud
  • Archival newsreel footage of the "Langlois Affair," documenting protests by Truffaut and other French film industry luminaries against the removal of Cinémathèque française director Henri Langlois
  • Promotional spot featuring Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut appealing for public support of Henri Langlois
  • Newsreel footage of François Truffaut
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Rare behind-the-scenes footage with François Truffaut at work on the Bed and Board set, and being interviewed along with actress Claude Jade
  • Excerpt from the 1970 TV program Cinéastes de notre temps: François Truffaut, dix ans dix films, in which François Truffaut and co-writer Bernard Revon reveal their methods for generating scripts and developing ideas
  • Rare television interview with Jean-Pierre Léaud discussing his feelings about Truffaut and Antoine Doinel, and his thoughts about "ending" the series
  • Excerpt from the 1972 documentary Approches du cinéma: François Truffaut ou la nouvelle vague, in which François Truffaut addresses the complexities of Antoine Doinel
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Rare television interview excerpt of François Truffaut and actress/co-writer Marie-France Pisier discussing their working styles and their feelings about Love on the Run
  • Excerpt from the 1980 TV show Cinescope in which François Truffaut addresses his misgivings about his finale to the Doinel series, and illuminates his feelings about Jean-Pierre L
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Truffaut's early short film, Les mistons
  • Audio commentary for Les mistons by assistant director and future co-writer Claude de Givray
  • Audio/visual "primer" for Les mistons by film historian Serge Toubiana
  • Working with François Truffaut: Claude de Givray and Bernard Revon, An exclusive re-edited version of a 1986 interview with Truffaut co-writers Claude de Givray and Bernard Revon, originally conducted for Rainer Gansera's documentary Arbeiten mit François Truffaut
  • Excerpt from the rare documentary François Truffaut (1961) featuring François Truffaut discussing his influences and beginnings, along with Les mistons and The 400 Blows
  • Interview from the 1981 French TV show Champ contre champ in which François Truffaut discusses Jean-Pierre Léaud, and the challenges of creating films that are intensely personal, yet popular in appeal
  • Promotional art gallery for The 400 Blows, Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board and Love on the Run
  • 72-page book, featuring a comprehensive assortment of François Truffaut's own notes, outlines, and treatments for the five Doinel films, along with essays by Annette Insdorf, Kent Jones, Andrew Sarris, Noah Baumbach, and Chris Fujiwara

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Producer: Curtis Tsui

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