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4.0 out of 5 stars Tout Truffaut, 14 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: Francois Truffaut: The Complete Films of France's Favorite Director (Basic Film Series) (Paperback)
Together with Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, fifty years later, remains the leading light of the French Nouvelle Vague, a film reform movement that started around 1958. Truffaut, despite his early death from a brain tumour at 52, had directed and also partly acted in some of his 22 movies.

For his first feature, Les 400 Coups, 1959, Truffaut received a Best Director award from the Cannes Film Festival. The film follows the character of Antoine Doinel through his misadventures in school, his unhappy home and later reform school life. Truffaut cast Jean-Pierre Léaud as Antoine Doinel, in which role Léaud should continue in the later follow-ups: Antoine et Colette, Baisers volés, Domicile conjugal, and L'amour en fuite.

A second line follows detective movies of the film noir type with Tirez sur le pianiste, La mariée était en noir, La sirène du Mississippi, Une belle fille comme moi, and Vivement dimanche.

La nuit américaine, 1973, in English known as Day for Night, its equivalent English expression, got an Oscar as best foreign language film. One of Truffaut's final films, Le dernier Métro, 1980. gave him an international revival, with ten César Award wins, including Best Director. Among his many other films, most notable are La peau douce and Jules et Jim.

With the emphasis of Taschen Publishers on pictures, the book on Truffaut is remarkably strong on text, though reading around the picture make-ups and colour contrasts is a bit tiresome. One might have wished a bit more on Truffaut's different film types, notably his série noire; else, the book is excellent.

fbuk - 14 March 2011
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 30 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Francois Truffaut: The Complete Films of France's Favorite Director (Basic Film Series) (Paperback)
Indeed a thorough overview of all of the film by Truffaut. Absolutely beautiful pictures -and many of them.
A true inspiration for selecting more films to see by him.
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