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François  Truffaut
[1932-1984]

François Truffaut [1932-84] on the set          short profile

films by François Truffaut

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“Life is hard, but it's wonderful.”
— François Truffaut, in "Small Change" [1976]

“In love, women are professionals, men are amateurs.”
— François Truffaut

“When humor can be made to alternate with melancholy, one has a success, but when
the same things are funny and melancholic at the same time, it's just wonderful.”
— François Truffaut

Godard is about ideas, Melville is about style, and Truffaut is about people.”
— G.E. Nordell

“Making a film is like a stagecoach ride in the Old West. When you start, you are hoping
for a pleasant trip. By the halfway point, you just hope to survive.”
— François Truffaut, in "La Nuit Américaine" [1973]

“I always thought that cinema was great, but lacked sincerity, and we ought to do it better.
Like a documentary, with as little fiction as possible.” — François Truffaut, circa 1959

“But the cinephile is . . . a neurotic! (That’s not a pejorative term.) The Bronte sisters were neurotic, and it’s because they were neurotic that they read all those books and became writers. The famous French advertising slogan that says, 'When you love life, you go to the movies' – it’s false! It’s exactly the opposite: when you don’t love life, or when life doesn’t give you satisfaction, you go to the movies.” — François Truffaut


     B I O
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François Truffaut entry at Wikipedia

French New Wave {Nouvelle Vague} entry at Wikipedia


Oscar statuette is a trademark of A.M.P.A.S.    François Truffaut won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film
for "Day For Night" [1973] and was nominated 5 times (1960, 1968, 1975 & 1980)

He also received
two awards at Cannes (1959)
BAFTA Award for Best Direction (1974) plus 3 nominations
3 César Awards (1981) plus 3 nominations
Donatello/Visconti Award (1981)



Links

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François Truffaut posters category at AllPosters.com
François Truffaut credits at Internet Movie Database



Films  By  François  Truffaut

Francois Truffaut's Adventures of Antoine Doinel  "Francois Truffaut's Adventures of Antoine Doinel" [2003]
Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud

Home Vision color/b&w DVD [4/2003] 5 disks for $89.99
includes "The 400 Blows" [1959], "Antoine & Colette (from 'Love at Twenty')" [1962], "Stolen Kisses" [1968], "Bed and Board" [1970], "Love On The Run" [1979], with interviews & trailers
Truffaut Collection videos  Truffaut Collection [1999]
Volume 1: Fox/Lorber VHS [4/99] 6 tapes - out of prodn/rare
includes 6 features: "The 400 Blows" [1959], "Shoot The Piano Player" [1960], "Two English Girls and The Continent" [1971], "Love On The Run" [1979], "The Last Metro" [1980], and "Confidentially Yours" [1983]
Volume 2: Fox/Lorber VHS [8/99] 6 tapes - out of prodn/rare
includes 5 features & 2 short films: "Les Mistons" [1957 short], "The 400 Blows" [1959], "Love At Twenty" {aka "Antoine et Colette"} [1962 short], "Jules and Jim" [1962], "The Soft Skin" [1964], "Bed and Board" [1970], and "The Woman Next Door" [1981]

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"Les Mistons" short [France Nov 1957, USA July 1959]
Written & directed by François Truffaut; full credits from IMDb

part of the Antione Doinel series starring Jean-Pierre Léaud "The 400 Blows" aka "Les Quatre Cents Coups"
[France May 1959, USA Nov 1959]
Produced, co-written & directed by François Truffaut; starring Jean-Pierre Léaud; listed on
Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (5/2005); full credits from IMDb

"Shoot  The  Piano  Player"
aka "Tirez sur le Pianiste"
[France Nov 1960, USA July 1962]
Shoot the Piano Player video  After his wife's suicide, a virtuoso pianist gives up on life and takes a job playing piano in a bar. When his criminal brother takes refuge in the bar, chased by two gangsters, the piano player and the waitress who loves him are also placed in jeopardy. Co-written & directed by François Truffaut; adapted from a novel by David Goodis; starring Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Richard Kanayan, Claude Mansard, Daniel Boulanger, Nicole Berger, Michèle Mercier & Serge Davri
Fox/Lorber b&w DVD [5/99] out of prodn/used
Home Vision widescreen b&w VHS [4/98] out of prodn/used
Fox/Lorber widescreen b&w VHS [4/99] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
Shoot the Piano Player / novel  
"Down There" {aka "Shoot The Piano Player"} [1936]
by David Goodis

Vintage 8x5¼ pb [10/90] for $9.80
script, with critical text by Peter Brunette [1993]
Rutgers Univ Press 9x6 pb [6/93] for $17.00

part of the Antione Doinel series starring Jean-Pierre Léaud "Antoine & Colette"
(from 'Love at Twenty' aka "L'Amour à Vingt Ans")

[France June 1962, USA Feb 1963]
Segment written & directed by François Truffaut; starring Jean-Pierre Léaud & Marie-France Pisier
full credits from IMDb

"Jules and Jim" [France Jan 1962, USA April 1962]
Co-produced, co-written & directed by François Truffaut; starring Jeanne Moreau,
Oskar Werner & Henri Serre; full credits from IMDb

"The Soft Skin" [France April 1964, USA Oct 1964]
Co-produced, co-written & directed by François Truffaut; starring Jean Desailly
& Françoise Dorleac; full credits from IMDb

"Fahrenheit  451"
[Universal France Sept 1966, USA Nov 1966]
Fahrenheit 451 movie   Co-written & directed by François Truffaut; based on the 1953 book by Ray Bradbury; cinematography by Nicolas Roeg; starring Oskar Werner, Julie Christie & Cyril Cusack
Universal widescreen color DVD [4/2003] for $9.99
Image Ent. letterbox color DVD [10/2000] out of prodn/used
Universal color VHS [6/96] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
Fahrenheit 451 audio   Ballantine pb [2/95] for $6.29
Ballantine 8¼x5½ trade pb [8/96] for $9.60
Simon & Schuster hardcover [9/93] for $14.70
audio read by Ray Bradbury [1920-2012]
Harper UNABR audio [10/2001] 6 tapes for $20.97
Harper ABR audio [10/2001] for $18.16
Harper ABR audio CD [10/2001] for $20.96

"The Bride Wore Black" [France April 1968, USA June 1968]
Co-written & directed by François Truffaut; starring Jeanne Moreau; full credits from IMDb

part of the Antione Doinel series starring Jean-Pierre Léaud "Stolen Kisses" [France Sept 1968, USA Feb 1969]
Co-produced, co-written & directed by François Truffaut; starring Jean-Pierre Léaud,
Claude Jade, Michel Lonsdale & Delphine Seyrig; Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Film
full credits from IMDb

"The Wild Child" [France Feb 1970, USA Sept 1970]
Co-written & directed by and starring François Truffaut; also starring Jean-Pierre Cargol
full credits from IMDb

part of the Antione Doinel series starring Jean-Pierre Léaud "Bed and Board" [France Sept 1970, USA Jan 1971]
Co-produced, co-written & directed by François Truffaut; starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claude Jade
& Hiroko Berghauer; full credits from IMDb

"Two English Girls"
aka "Two English Girls and The Continent" [France Nov 1971, USA Oct 1972]
Co-written & directed by François Truffaut; starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Kika Markham
& Stacey Tendeter; full credits from IMDb

"Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me"
[France Sept 1972, USA March 1973]
Co-written & directed by François Truffaut; starring Bernadette Lafont,
André Dussollier, Charles Denner & Guy Marchand; full credits from IMDb

won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film     "Day For Night"
aka "La Nuit Américaine"
[France May 1973, U.S.A. Sept 1973]

Co-written & directed by François Truffaut; starring Jacqueline Bisset, Valentina Cortese, Dani, Alexandra Stewart, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Jean Champion, Jean-Pierre Léaud, François Truffaut, Nike Arrighi & Nathalie Baye; won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Oscar nominated for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (VC); listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (5/2005); full credits at IMDb

"Small Change" [France March 1976, USA Oct 1976]
Co-written & directed by François Truffaut; full credits from IMDb

"The Man Who Loved Women"
[France April 1977, USA Oct 1977]
Co-produced, co-written & directed by François Truffaut; starring Charles Denner,
Brigitte Fossey, Leslie Caron & Nathalie Baye; full credits from IMDb

American remake [Columbia Dec 1983]
Co-written & directed by Blake Edwards; starring Burt Reynolds & Julie Andrews
full credits from IMDb

'urban' remake [release in 2013?]  
Announced 6/2012: Writer-director J. Kevin Swain has signed Chicago-bred rapper Common for the title role,
and is pursuing Alicia Keys, Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington, Frida Pinto & Eva Marcelle to play the various
women in Common’s life; story will be set in Buenos Aires • not yet listed at IMDb

"The Green Room" [France April 1978, USA Sept 1979]
Produced, co-written & directed by and starring François Truffaut; full credits from IMDb

part of the Antione Doinel series starring Jean-Pierre Léaud "Love On The Run" [France Jan 1979, USA April 1979]
Produced, co-written & directed by François Truffaut; starring Jean-Pierre Léaud,
Marie-France Pisier, Claude Jade, Dani & Dorothée; full credits from IMDb

"The Last Metro" [France Sept 1980, USA Feb 1981]
Produced, co-written & directed by François Truffaut; starring Catherine Deneuve, Gérard
Depardieu & Heinz Bennent; Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Film; full credits from IMDb

"The Woman Next Door" [studio mo 1981]
Produced, co-written & directed by François Truffaut; starring Gérard Depardieu, Fanny Ardant,
Henri Garcin, Michèle Baumgartner & Véronique Silver; full credits from IMDb

"Confidentially Yours" [France Aug 1983, USA Jan 1984]
Co-produced, co-written & directed by François Truffaut; starring Fanny Ardant, Jean-Louis
Trintignant, Caroline Sihol & Jean-Pierre Kalfon; full credits from IMDb



Books  By  François  Truffaut

browse books by/about François Truffaut

Films In My Life / Truffaut  
"The Films In My Life" [1981]
by François Truffaut, translated by Leonard Mayhew

Da Capo Press 8¼x5½ pb [9/94] for $11.53
French-language edition cover of Truffaut by Truffaut coffee-table book   "Truffaut By Truffaut" [1985]
Edited by Dominique Rabourdin, translation by Robert Erich Wolf

Harry N. Abrams 12¾x10½ hardcover [9/87] out of print/used



Works  About  François  Truffaut

Deux de la Vague / Two In The Wave documentary film  "Deux de la Vague (Two In The Wave)" [Lorber Films France 2009, USA May 2010]
Godard & Truffaut were friends during the creation of the French New Wave {Nouvelle Vague} cinema of the 1950s and 1960s – after the success of "the 400 Blows", Truffaut gave Godard the script for "Breathless". But they split over France's political changes in 1968; actor Léaud had worked for them both, and was torn between them, much like a child with divorced parents • 91-minute documentary produced & directed by Emmanuel Laurent; written & narrated by Antoine De Baecque; featuring directors Jean-Luc Godard & François Truffaut, and actor Jean-Pierre Léaud
Lorber Films widescreen color DVD [2/2011] for $22.99
full credits at IMDb
François Truffaut biography by Cyril Neyrat  
"Collection Grandes Cineastes: Truffaut" [2007]
by Cyril Neyrat

Cahiers du Cinéma hardcover [12/2007] for €6,66 via Amazon France
Francois Truffaut at Work book by Carole Le Berre   "Francois Truffaut At Work" [2005]
by Carole Le Berre

Phaidon Press 11¼x9½ pb [12/2005] for $51.06
François Truffaut biography by Antoine de Baecque & Serge Toubiana   "Truffaut: A Biography" [1999]
by Antoine de Baecque & Serge Toubiana

Univ CA Press 8¾x6 pb [9/2000] for $18.96
Knopf 9½x6½ hardcover [4/99] out of prodn/many used
Francois Truffaut biography by Diana Holmes & Robert Ingram  "François Truffaut (French Film Directors Series)" [1998]
by Diana Holmes & Robert Ingram

Manchester Univ Press 7½x5 pb [10/98] for $18.66
Taschen 10x8 pb [6/2004] for $19.99
Manchester Univ Press 8x5¼ hardcover [10/98] out of print/used
François Truffaut biography by Annette Insdorf  "François Truffaut" [orig 1978; rev 1995]
by Annette Insdorf

Cambridge Univ Press 8¼x5½ pb [1/95] for $26.90



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