Date of Degree


Document Type


Degree Name



Liberal Studies


Robert Singer

Subject Categories

Film and Media Studies


coming-of-age, adolescence, Truffaut, Ray, Linklater, masculinity


This thesis will identify how the principle male character in select film narratives transforms from childhood through his adolescence in multiple locations and historical eras. The primary film narratives include Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy: Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956), and Apur Sansar (1959), François Truffaut’s "Antoine Doinel" cycle: Les Quatre cents coups (1959), Antoine et Colette (1962), Baisers volés (1968), Domicile conjugal (1970), and L’Amour en fuite (1979), and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (2014). These images of experience/maturation in motion are all intended to exemplify how the boy physically and psychologically changes over an extended period of time. The concept of the time-image will be shown to be an essential principal in passages from innocence to experience. I will establish how traditional characterizations of the young male as aggressive, unruly, and power-oriented individuals are refuted in alternative “takes” in these coming-of-age films, as a counter- genre cinema.



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