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Description - The Films in My Life by Francois Truffaut

Francois Truffaut (1932-1984), perhaps the most respected member of the New Wave group of French moviemakers, left a legacy of beloved and influential films that include The 400 Blows, Jules and Jim, Stolen Kisses, Day for Night, and The Story of Adele H. Equally fascinating is the very large body of film criticism Truffaut wrote over many years for Cahiers du Cinema and other leading film journals. Wonderfully varied, personal, and informal, these reviews all communicate unabashed love for and an enormous excitement about the movies. The Films in My Life is Truffaut's own selection of more than one hundred essays that range widely over the history of film and pay tribute to Truffaut's particular heroes, among them Hitchcock, Welles, Chaplin, Renoir, Cocteau, Bergman, and Bunuel.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306805998
ISBN-10: 0306805995
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 25mm)
Pages: 358
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1994
Country of Publication: United States

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US Kirkus Review » Before The Four Hundred Blows thrust him into New Wave filmmaking, Francois Truffaut was the enfant terrible of French film criticism: disciple to Andre Bazin, staunch defender of the American "auteur" (a term he coined) from Hitchcock to Welles, and - as he recalls - reputed "demolisher of French cinema." Interwoven with more equable recent tributes, and preceded by an introduction weighing the relative merits of art and criticism, the bulk of Truffaut's reviews, originally printed in the Fifties, recall the heyday of "Cahiers du Cinema" with prose that is vivid, ebullient, breezy, frequently hyperbolic, and - as he is wont to say at the close of a notice - "never boring." Truffaut once insisted that he's never loved a person the way he loved Citizen Kane, and it is with this singular intensity that he confronts movies from L'Atalante to The Birds, and directors from Jean Renoir to John Ford, the latter an acquired passion. Although shot through with allusions (often strained) to literature and philosophy as well as cinema, Truffaut's articles are far from academic and frequently antic or piquant. In the midst of a tirade against Mervyn Leroy's The Bad Seed, for instance, Truffaut pauses to recommend the food at the director's luncheon; and his response to The Big Secret is distress at the quality of fiber selected to shield Jane Russell's bosom. "Was I a good critic?" inquires Truffaut. An interesting one always, and on the subject of Lubitsch, Welles, Chaplin, Hitchcock, or Ophuls - excellent. Replete with autobiographical cullings, this sampling of Truffaut's criticism - like his interviews with Hitchcock - is ever alert to the craft as well as the art of the director and would be intriguing even if he had not thus evolved himself. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Francois Truffaut

Francois Truffaut (1932-1984), left a legacy of beloved and influential films that include The 400 Blows, Jules and Jim, Stolen Kisses, Day for Night, and The Story of Adele H.

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