Film - Feature | July 17 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The fourth installment of the Antoine Doinel saga discovers our hero married and still living in that gorgeous Paris of Truffauts creation, where all is romance, light, and effortless élan, and where one can actually support a family by working as a flower dyer or a model-boat operator. Our hero may have gained petit-bourgeois status; like everything hes embraced, though, hes quite terrible at ithes got the conviction and the heart, but not the attention span, as his marriage and an affair with a Japanese woman attest. Truffaut invests the film with an anachronistic cheerfulness more attuned to Lubitsch and Tati than to reality; his love for his characters and for cinema itself pours from every frame. With a turbo-charged cerebral presence so large its nearly physical, Léaud is his perfect partner, a Buster Keaton of the mind, wearing his emotions on his sleeve, and constantly tripping over them.