While Spirits Die in Ecstasy


“Men die in despair, while spirits die in ecstasy.”

Honoré de Balzac

 
 

Still of Jean-Pierre Léaud in The 400 Blows (François Truffaut, 1959). Antoine Doinel, like Truffaut, a great reader, is enamored of Balzac. He places a Picture of Balzac in a makeshift shrine in his apartment and lights a candle to him.

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