This draws from the soundtracks of five movies by the great French director: The 400 Blows, Love At 20, Stolen Kisses, Bed And Board, and Love On The Run. Filmed over a period of 20 years (1958-1978), these pictures traced the life and loves of Truffaut's most famous character, Antoine Doinel, who was portrayed in all the movies by Jean-Pierre Leaud. First appearing as a juvenile deliquent in The 400 Blows, this tragicomic series follows Antoine as he falls in love, marries, divorces, and becomes a novelist. The music, scored by three separate composers, reflects both the different eras in which the movies were made and the different phases of Antoine's adolescence and adulthood. The 400 Blows is bouncy and sentimental; Love At 20 is lush and symphonic; Bed And Board, during which Antoine takes a Japanese lover, is colored by sparse Japanese motifs. The accompanying booklet features a detailed synopsis of the Antoine Doinel saga and thorough liner notes about the scores and their composers. Francophiles and cinemaphiles alike should get a kick out of this.
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AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger