François Truffaut: Interviews

François Truffaut: Interviews


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François Truffaut: Interviews by Ronald Bergan

The French New Wave was one of the most seismic events in cinema's history, and among its contributors François Truffaut (1932-1984) was a key figure. Along with Jean-Luc Godard, Eric Rohmer, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Rivette, and others, Truffaut helped to form the New Wave's aesthetics and vision and was the first to conceptualize the auteur theory. He made films that reflected his three professed passions: a love of cinema, an interest in the difficulties of male-female relationships, and a fascination with the problems of children.

As this collection of interviews progresses, we follow Truffaut's creative evolution almost as much as we follow his alter-ego Antoine Doinel (actor Jean-Pierre Léaud) through Truffaut's semi-autobiographical series that begins with his first feature The 400 Blows (1959) and ends with Love on the Run (1978).

Truffaut, a perceptive film critic for Cahiers du Cinéma before becoming a director, was able to be objective about his own and other people's films. Always concerned with the process as well as the product of his profession, Truffaut maintained his role as critic and commentator throughout his career and remained equally as good an interviewer as an interviewee.

Ronald Bergan is the author of several books on film, including biographies of directors Francis Ford Coppola, Jean Renoir, Sergei Eisenstein, and the Coen brothers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934110140
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 01/01/2008
Series: Conversations with Filmmakers Series
Pages: 150
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     vii
Chronology     xxiii
Filmography     xxvii
Crest of the New Wave   Louis Marcorelles     3
"It's the Universe of Simenon"   Yvonne Baby     6
Francois Truffaut: Film-Struck Truant   Lee Langley     8
A Problem of Calculating the Dose between the Everyday and the Extraordinary   Yvonne Baby     13
Truffaut's Bride Wore Black$dSight and Sound     16
The Cinema according to Truffaut   Peter Lennon     20
The Bride Wore Black Is a Film of Pure Sentiment   Yvonne Baby     24
The 400 Blows of Francois Truffaut   Gilles Jacob     28
Life Style of Homo Cinematicus   Sanche de Gramont     33
The Story of the Degradation of Love by Passion   Yvonne Baby     48
Truffaut's Tenderness Tames His Wolf Boy   Claude Veillot     52
Francois Truffaut   Charles Thomas Samuels     55
A Wild Boy Civilized   Derek Malcolm     75
If One Doesn't Like to Hear Talk of Love   Yvonne Baby     78
Intensification   Gordon Gow     82
Truffaut in London   Chris Petit   Verina Glaessner     90
Adele H   Gilbert Adair     96
Isabelle A Plays Adele H   Patrick Thevenon     99
Kid Stuff   Joseph McBride   Todd McCarthy     102
Francois T$dL' Express     114
Truffaut: Twenty Years After   Don Allen     128
How Truffaut's The Last Metro Reflects Occupied Paris   Annette Insdorf     142
Index     147

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