A Companion to Franois Truffaut

A Companion to Franois Truffaut

by Dudley Andrew
     
 

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The 34 essays of this collection by leading international scholars reassess Truffaut's impact on cinema as they locate the unique quality of his thematic obsessions and his remarkable narrative techniques.  Almost 30 years after his death, we are presented with strikingly original perspectives on his background, influences, and importance.Bridges a gap in film

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The 34 essays of this collection by leading international scholars reassess Truffaut's impact on cinema as they locate the unique quality of his thematic obsessions and his remarkable narrative techniques.  Almost 30 years after his death, we are presented with strikingly original perspectives on his background, influences, and importance.Bridges a gap in film scholarship with a series of 34 original essays by leading film scholars that assess the lasting impact of Truffaut’s work

  • Provides striking new readings of individual films, and new perspectives on Truffaut’s background, influences, and importance
  • Offers a wide choice of critical perspectives ranging from current reflections in film theories to articles applying methodologies that have recently been neglected or considered controversial
  • Includes international viewpoints from a range of European countries, and from Japan, New Zealand, and Brazil
  • Draws on Truffaut’s archives at the BiFI (Bibliotheque du film) in Paris
  • Includes an extended interview with French filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin concerning Truffaut’s shifting stature in French film culture and his manner of thought and work as a director

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A superb compendium of 34 critical essays on the late French film director ... Truffaut's deeply human and penetrating films come alive for the reader. A splendid 'companion' offering fresh insight and thoughtful analysis on every page. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above."  (Choice, 1 September 2013)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405198479
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/06/2013
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Companions to Film Directors Series, #1
Pages:
640
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.30(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher

“An unprecedented critical tribute to the director who, in France, wound up becoming the most controversial figure of the New Wave he helped found.”
Raymond Bellour, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

“This exciting collection breaks through the widely-held critical view that Truffaut abandoned the iconoclasm of his early work for an academicism he had consistently railed against in his own film criticism. Indeed, if ‘fever’ and ‘fire’ were Truffaut's most consistent motifs, the essays in this collection live up to his life-long, burning passion for the cinema. Written by world-famous scholars, the essays exhaustively explore the themes and styles of the films, as well as Truffaut's relationships to Andre Bazin, Alfred Hitchcock, and the directors of the New Wave, his ground-breaking and controversial film criticism, and his position in the complex politics of French cultural life from the Popular Front to 1968 and after.”
Angelo Restivo, Georgia State University

Meet the Author

Dudley Andrew is the R. Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature at Yale. He is the author or editor of nine books, including The Major Film Theories, Popular Front Paris and the Poetics of Culture (2005), What Cinema Is! (2010), and Opening Bazin (2011), which won the SCMS Best Anthology Award for 2011. 

Anne Gillain is a Professor Emeritus at Wellesley College. She is known for her work on French cinema, particularly Francois Truffaut, in books that include Le Cinéma selon François Truffaut (1988), Les 400 Coups (1991) and François Truffaut: The Lost Secret (2013).

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