STOLEN KISSES (François Truffaut, 1968)

The third of the five films in François Truffaut’s Antoine Doinel cycle, Baisers volés picks up on Antoine, now in his early twenties, as he is let out of the brig (for going AWOL repeatedly) and kicked out of the service. His first stop of freedom: a brothel—not just for the sex but also to […]

GERVAISE (René Clément, 1956)

From Émile Zola’s novel L’Assomoir, Gervaise takes place in a nineteenth-century Parisian working-class neighborhood. Their gray, dilapidated, circumscribed existence makes inhabitants accomplices to one another’s dreams, but also the jealous inhibitors and ambushers of these dreams. Disappointments deepen capacities to behave recklessly against oneself and others. Environment feeds disappointments, which in turn tighten the environment’s […]