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An Appreciation of the Films The Wild Child, Starring Francois Truffaut, and Barry Lyndon, Starring Ryan O'Neil

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The first of these two remarkably good films -- The Wild Child -- came out in 1970, and the second -- Barry Lyndon -- came out in 1975.   The Wild Child starred Francois Truffaut and was in black and white, and the first time I saw it, it recalled for me the black and white films of Ingmar Bergman.  

 


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The second of these two remarkably good films, Barry Lyndon, starred Ryan O'Neal and was in color, and the first time I saw it, I thought its director Stanley Kubrick had lost his mind.

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The last time I saw the films, I appreciated their directorial art and their acting more, but I thought the film Nell (1994) starring Jodie Foster

 

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should be seen and compared with The Wild Child (1970), whereas Tom Jones (1963) starring Albert Finney

 

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