François Truffaut and Friends: Modernism, Sexuality, and Film Adaptationby Robert Stam
"An original and fascinating study that spins out from Truffaut's Jules and Jim to explore the world of literature, film, and avant-garde sexuality."--James
"Supple and sophisticated, Francois Truffaut and Friends tells an affecting story--several stories--and does so with verve."--Dudley Andrew, Professor of Comparative Literature and Film Studies, Yale University
"An original and fascinating study that spins out from Truffaut's Jules and Jim to explore the world of literature, film, and avant-garde sexuality."--James Naremore, author of More Than Night: Film Noir and Its Contexts
"A fascinating study. It won't be possible to watch Jules and Jim again without thinking of the complex layers of lived and imagined life that feed into Truffaut's classic film."--Annette Insdorf, author of Francois Truffaut
One of Francois Truffaut's most poignantly memorable films, Jules and Jim, adapted a novel by the French writer Henri-Pierre Roche. The characters and events of the 1962 film were based on a real-life romantic triangle, begun in the summer of 1920, that involved Roche, the German-Jewish writer Franz Hessel, and his wife, the journalist Helen Grund.
Drawing on Truffaut's Jules and Jim, Two English Girls, and The Man Who Loved Women, along with the various memoirs, journals, and novels written by the prototypes, Robert Stam provides the first in-depth examination of the multifaceted relationship between Truffaut and Roche. In the process, he provides a unique lens through which to examine transtextual adaptation across various genres and media. Truffaut's use of Roche's work, Stam suggests, demonstrates how adaptations can be more than simply copies of their originals; rather, they can be an immensely creative enterprise.
The book moves beyond Truffaut's films to explore the intertwined lives and works of other famous artist/intellectual friends of the threesome, including Marcel Duchamp, Walter Benjamin, and Charlotte Wolff. Along the way, the book explores the aesthetics of flanerie, the sexual politics of bohemia, and the ethics of anti-semitism and homoeroticism.
Robert Stam is University Professor at New York University. He has published widely on French and comparative literature, film, and theory.
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Robert Stam is University Professor at New York University, where he teaches a course on the French New Wave. He has published widely on French and comparative literature, film, and theory.
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