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François Truffaut

FULL NAME François Roland Truffaut
BORN 6 February 1932, Paris, France
DIED 21 October 1984, Neilly-sur-Seine, France
ASSOCIATION Director, Writer, Producer (Actor)
NATIONALITY French
REVIEWED ENTRIES 6
MAX. RATING
MIN. RATING
AVERAGE RATING 3.58

 

FILMMAKER FILMOGRAPHY (ONLY REVIEWED ENTRIES)

YEAR TITLE ROLE FILM RATING
1959 A Bout de souffle Story

1959 Les quatre cents coups Director/Writer/Producer

1962 Jules et Jim Director/Writer

1966 Fahrenheit 451 Director/Writer

1970 L'enfant sauvage Director/Writer

1976 L'argent de poche Director/Writer/Producer

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ACTOR FILMOGRAPHY (ONLY REVIEWED ENTRIES)

YEAR TITLE ROLE RATING
1970 L'enfant sauvage Le Dr Jean Itard

1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind Claude Lacombe

 

PORTRAIT

One of a handful of film critics turned filmmakers and thus establishing the French Nouvelle Vogue (New Wave) together with the likes of Jean-Luc Godard, Jean Renoir and Eric Rohmer. Truffaut was in many ways the logical heir to André Bazin's humanistic tradition in film criticism and approach, and it was perhaps he who most fully translated this theory to his own films, often concerned with the depth and measures of interpersonal relationships and the effects of upbringing and childhood. The latter was definitely the basis for his breakthrough film, Les quatre cents coups (The Four Hundred Blows) in 1959, incidentally the same year in which Jean-Luc Godard made a Truffaut story into the landmark film A Bout de souffle. As Godard and Truffaut progressed, they contributed to the self-fulfillment of Truffaut's article "Une Certaine Tendance du Cinéma Francais" (A Certain Tendency in French Cinema) in Bazin's journal Cahiers du Cinéma in which he put forward the "auteur theory", arguing for more personal and influential approach from directors.

 

WHAT DO THE CRITICS SAY?

Jules et Jim (1962)

"Elliptical, full of wit and radiance, this is the best movie ever made about what most of us think of as the Scott Fitzgerald period (though the film begins much earlier); Truffaut doesn't linger—nothing is held too long, nothing is overstated, or even stated. He explores the medium and plays with it." - Pauline Kael