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A Critic is Born

What can we learn from Truffaut other than it's not as hip to know who Truffaut is in 2018?

Jean-Pierre Léaud as Antoine Doinel the semi-autographical alter ego of François Truffaut.


In the film L'amour en fuite, a father, Antoine, is sending his son, Alphonse, off to music camp for the summer. From the platform Antoine calls out to Alphonse encouraging him to practice hard so that Alphonse can become a great musician. As is developmentally appropriate (and often annoying), Alphonse asks "but what if I don't practice hard?" Antoine's answer is short and yet instructive, "then you'll become a critic."


Dedication to a craft not only provides an appreciation for the craft itself, but it can inform our appreciation of those things that don't interest us as much. A good friend of mine once told me that even the most horrible movie (by whatever standard) was a lot of work. You don't have to like it but it doesn't mean that you can't appreciate it.

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