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François Truffaut (1932 - 1984)

Related: auteur theory - French cinema - Nouvelle Vague

Key films: Jules et Jim (1962)

Along with his colleagues of the Cahiers du cinéma, including Jean-Luc Godard and Éric Rohmer, Truffaut was enamoured with Hollywood filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock, Nicholas Ray and Howard Hawks, then often dismissed as mere genre film makers. In a 1954 article, Truffaut expounded the politique des auteurs, or auteur theory of cinema which championed the idea that movies should reflect the personal vision and preoccupations of the director. [May 2006]

"I detest Truffaut, all that cinema of self-regard." --Catherine Breillat, June 2003

Jules et Jim (1962) - François Truffaut [Amazon.com]


François Roland Truffaut (February 6, 1932–October 21, 1984) was one of the founders of the French "New Wave" in filmmaking, and remains an icon of the French film industry. He wrote, directed, acted in and produced over thirty films. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francois_Truffaut [Dec 2004]

La Nuit américaine/Day for Night (1973) - François Truffaut

Often cited example of metafilm.

The Story of Adele H (1975) - François Truffaut

  • The Story of Adele H (1975) - François Truffaut [Amazon.com]
    François Truffaut's dramatization of the true story of Adele Hugo, the daughter of French author-in-exile Victor Hugo, and her romantic obsession with a young French officer is a cinematically beautiful and emotionally wrenching portrait of a headstrong but unstable young woman. Adele (Isabelle Adjani, whose pale face gives her the quality of a cameo portrait) travels under a false name and spins a half-dozen false stories about herself and her relationship to Lieutenant Pinson (Bruce Robinson), the Hussar she follows to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Pinson no longer loves her, but she refuses to accept his rejection. Sinking farther and farther into her own internal world, she passes herself off as his wife and pours out her stormy emotions into a personal journal filled with delusional descriptions of her fantasy life. Beautifully shot by Nestor Almendros in vivid color, Truffaut's re-creation of the 1860s is accomplished not merely in impressive sets and locations but in the very style of the film: narration and voiceovers, written journal entries and letters, journeys and locations established with map reproductions, and a judicious use of stills mix old-fashioned cinematic technique with poetic flourishes. The result is one of Truffaut's most haunting portraits, all the more powerful because it's true. --Sean Axmaker for Amazon.com [...]

    The Wild Child (1970) - François Truffaut

    The Wild Child (1970) - François Truffaut [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

    The Wild Child (title of the film in the United States; it was released in the United Kingdom as The Wild Boy; originally released in France as L'Enfant sauvage) was a film by the French director François Truffaut, which was released in 1970.

    The film is set in the 18th century. A young boy is found in the forest near Aveyron. The child is mute, so it is placed under the supervision of Dr. Jean Itard. Itard names the boy Victor and observes the child's attempt to survive in its new, unknown world.

    The screenwriter Jean Gruault and the director François Truffaut were inspired by the novel by Jean Itard, which was based on true events surrounding The Wild Boy of Aveyron, as the novel was called. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wild_Child [May 2006]

    See also: wild - child - François Truffaut - 1790s - 1800s - 1810s - 1820s - French cinema - 1970

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