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.
Table of Contents
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