Francois Truffaut

Overview

Truffaut shot to fame in 1959 with his first film Les 400 Coups, a semi-autobiographical narrative shot in the low-budget neo-realist style of the emerging Nouvelle Vague. He went on to make twenty-three films in twenty-six years, films which have entertained, provoked debate and caused controversy. This fresh appraisal of his work provides a useful socio-political contextualization and gives an overview of his films and film-making methods, shedding new light on key aspects such as sexual politics, the ...

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Overview

Truffaut shot to fame in 1959 with his first film Les 400 Coups, a semi-autobiographical narrative shot in the low-budget neo-realist style of the emerging Nouvelle Vague. He went on to make twenty-three films in twenty-six years, films which have entertained, provoked debate and caused controversy. This fresh appraisal of his work provides a useful socio-political contextualization and gives an overview of his films and film-making methods, shedding new light on key aspects such as sexual politics, the construction of masculinity, the exploitation of genre and the tension throughout the films between the "absolute" and the "provisional."

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This is an eminently accessible study of Truffaut and an excellent addition to the French Film Directors series. Modern and Contemporary France
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719045547
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Series: French Film Directors
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana Holmes is Professor of French at Keele University.

Robert Ingram is Associate Dean in the School of Languages and European Studies at the University of Wolverhampton.

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Table of Contents

Preface
• Les Mistons: An Introduction
• The Context: Cinema Saved my Life
• A Career in Cinema
• The Genre Films
• Magic Mothers: The Sexual Politics of Truffaut’s Films
• Where is the Father? Masculinity and Authorship
• The Definitif and the Provisoire (The Absolute v. the Provisional)
• Filmography
• Bibliography

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