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Stolen Kisses (Baisers volés) (1968, 90 min.). After being discharged from the army for insubordination, Antoine Doinel tries to manage a job and a relationship, first with Christine, then with the married Fabienne. The film maintains a delightful improvisation feel, particularly as Antoine tries different jobs: night clerk, detective, TV repairman. Whimsical, nostalgic, and irrepressibly romantic, Stolen Kisses is Truffaut’s timeless ode to the passion and impetuosity of youth.

Antoine and Colette (Antoine et Colette) (1962, 30 min.). Finally free from his parent’s control, Antoine is a music-obsessed adolescent who falls in love with Colette, but his possessiveness causes a rift between them. “The half-hour . . . is among the most beautiful things Truffaut ever committed to film” (Film Comment).