New Movies: The Persistence of Memory

Each film by François Truffaut is a paradigm of innocence. The 400 Blows and Jules and Jim were about the destruction of innocence. Shoot the Piano Player and The Soft Skin described its dangers, and Fahrenheit 451 was its vindication. Even last year's The Bride Wore Black (TIME, July 5), a hard-edged homage to Hitchcock, contained much of the director's characteristic compassion for its driven, doomed characters. Stolen Kisses is Truffaut's newest and gentlest film, a lovely memory of adolescence that begins with the delight of youth and ends with the promise...

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