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François Truffaut in One Shot

François Truffaut in One Shot

One Shot is a series that seeks to find an essence of cinema history in one single image of a movie. “A single frame is enough to show, from his [sic] choice and recording of matter, whether a director is talented, whether he is endowed with cinematic vision.”—Andrei Tarkovsky, Sculpting in TimeWe go to the films of Truffaut to enmesh ourselves in theories of love at its maximalist. That’s because Truffaut was such a romantic: timid, shy, yet unafraid of what he portrayed in the mirror of the big screen. He could look at his too-feeling soul straight on and diagnose for the world to see and to feel less lonely. In Stolen Kisses, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) looks at himself in a mirror. In his ratty bathroom, he chants the names of three people whom he adores—Fabienne Tabard, Christine Darbon, and himself—over and over and over again.

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