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Stolen Kisses (1968)

Baisers volés (original title)
After being discharged from the army, Antoine Doinel centers a screwball comedy where he applies for different jobs and tries to make sense of his relationships with women.

Director:

François Truffaut

Writers:

François Truffaut (scenario and dialogue), Claude de Givray (scenario and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Antoine Doinel
Delphine Seyrig ... Fabienne Tabard
Claude Jade ... Christine Darbon
Michael Lonsdale ... Georges Tabard (as Michel Lonsdale)
Harry-Max Harry-Max ... Monsieur Henri
André Falcon André Falcon ... Monsieur Blady
Daniel Ceccaldi ... Lucien Darbon
Claire Duhamel Claire Duhamel ... Madame Darbon
Catherine Lutz ... Catherine
Martine Ferrière ... La chef-vendeuse du magasin de chaussures
Jacques Rispal Jacques Rispal ... Monsieur Colin
Serge Rousseau Serge Rousseau ... Le type qui suit Christine
Paul Pavel Paul Pavel ... Julien
François Darbon François Darbon ... L'adjudant-chef Picard
Albert Simono Albert Simono ... Albani, le client de l'agence (as Simono)
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Storyline

Antoine Doinel joined the army but has just been discharged. The film tells his reunion with Christine Darbon, the girl he was in love with before the beginning of the film, and his adventures in his jobs : first as a night watchman, then as a private investigator, especially during one investigation within Mr Tabard's shoes-shop... Mme Tabard is so fascinating... Written by Yepok

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Antoine knows what he wants to do...his problem is doing it

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

February 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

When Antoine kisses Christine in the basement, he pushes her back against the wall. The walls are dirty and leave black stains across the back of her sweater. When they leave and she reaches the top of the stairs the stains are gone. See more »

Quotes

Georges Tabard: Do you speak English, Antoine?
Antoine Doinel: I'm learning from records, but it's not easy.
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Fabienne Tabard: Like Hitler.
Georges Tabard: Don't ever say Hitler was a housepainter. That's slander. Hitler painted landscapes.
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Referenced in The Tracey Ullman Show: Two Lost Souls (1989) See more »

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Que Reste-t-il de nos Amours ?
Music by Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Charles Trenet
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One of the most beautiful and funniest films of all time.
10 January 2001 | by jack_94706See all my reviews

There were three films in this series, beginning with the less well-known, but excellent "Soft Skin" -- a beautiful title in English, but even more beautiful in French. "Stolen Kisses" -- remembered now almost thirty years since I first saw it -- tops the others. "Bed and Board" is the third; amusing, even wise, in a way, but not nearly in the same league with either "Skin" or "Kisses."

This film is one of a handful which confirmed me as a life-long cinephile; first seen in my early twenties. It's Truffaut's happiest film, which might damn it to many people in a way, prevent it from being regarded as a great film. Who cares? It's tremendously amusing, the young actors are beautiful to watch (women may find other leading men more handsome than Leaud, but men won't other young ladies more beautiful than Claude Jade, to my mind). But -- even better -- this baby moves. It's lively and full of great, odd plot developments. It's easy to miss the sheer genius of the writing, the filming -- tremendous inventiveness is evident in both. This film led the way; it's as wild as some of Woody Allen's goofier earlier films, but without anywhere near the level of neuroticism. I could go on and on. I've seen it at least six or seven times. There's nothing else like it, truly. A few of Alan Rudolph's films begin to explore this vein a bit, but then they came much later. "Stolen Kisses" -- a beautiful film for young lovers to see, for a first date, perhaps, and for more mature lovers, too. For everybody, young and old. A perfect Valentines' Day film, but not mere fluff, either. There's Paris, women's shoes, detectives, lots of scheming, a triumph over shyness, lots of flirting, and plenty of stolen kisses, of many varieties, including a few to be kept and sealed away forever.


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