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Film Comment (1976) - Jonathan Rosenbaum from London and New York




Apart from offering a veritable film festival to the spectator who wants to wallow in self-pity and call it literary, the camera's habit of cutting away to another quaintly posed set-up every time the heroine's perversity starts to become interesting only underlines how steadily Truffaut has been veering away from any serious risks. Much as his collected movie pieces (Les Films de ma vie, published by Flammarion last year) exclude all his polemical writing, and his editing of Bazin has tended to follow suit - with comparable implications of historical whitewash - this takes the tang out of its heroine's' madness by giving us a healthy, talented ingenue in place of an actress.