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on 14 March 2011
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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on 21 January 2010
An entertaining and informative biography of one of France's best loved film directors. Packed with superb stills from his films and on-set photographs it chronicles Truffaut's life and work up to his untimely death at the age of 52.For those unfamilier with his films this makes an excellent introduction and is a useful addition to the more informed admirer. Truffaut was a 1960s New-Wave master yet developed his filmaking into the 1970s and 80s always conscious of the prevailing mood. Expounding his own style of comedy, satire, romance, absurdity and politics with his very individual blend of Gallic magic he can be seen as a pre-curser to today's postmodern cinema.
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on 30 January 2013
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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