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  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: DaCapo Press; New Ed edition (1 Aug. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306805995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306805998
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.2 x 21.9 cm
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This book 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 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.

About the Author

François 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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A film critic and director, Francois Truffaut, brings the reader into an almost literary expositon on films and how they affect us. He takes film beyond its bounds by noting the joys and sorrows directors have put into their creations. Truffaut, as a great director himself, discusses directors and actors like Hitchcock, Renoir, Bergman, Kazin, Welles, Wilder, and many others. What impressed me about the book was the compassion Truffaut has for film making. He brings out the nuances that I failed to notice in great films. For instance, in his discussion of Citizen Kane, he brings out the parallelism between Charles Foster Kane's mother and his love for Susan Alexander by saying Alexander was areplacemnent for his separated mother. And of course rosebud and the snow dome create the crux for such parallels to show uo. In his review for Kane, he brings out such nuances that only a well-carved critic and director could do. Those out there who enjoy film and all its! ! complexities will enjoy this book. A Frenchman discovers what made such films great in so many people's eyes: Rear Window, 8 1/2, The Seven Year Itch, and many other great films. I love Truffaut, so reading what he likes and dislikes was a sheer pleasure - sumptuous at times!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love the films by Francois Truffaut 25 Jun. 2015
By Olga Zakharova - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the films by Francois Truffaut. I think he is probably one of the best directors of French NEW WAVE. That's why it is so interesting to get to know his own views on cinema.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely! 18 July 2016
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A precious, enjoyable book from the director of "The 400 Blows". He was a fabulous storyteller, especially when he talked about his passion: the films in his life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Short Pieces From Truffaut, But Some Real Gems Hidden Amongst 24 Feb. 2013
By Ron Foley Macdonald , . - Published on Amazon.com
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Truffaut's Reviews, Book Introductions, and short program pieces. Buried inside are all of his approaches and attitudes, and
even a description of how the New Wave got up and running. I recently referenced this work extensively for a lecture on the
New Wave for a Gallery Retrospective. Going to the source is sometimes the best place to start.
5.0 out of 5 stars super cool 27 Mar. 2016
By Mr.T BeSomebody83 - Published on Amazon.com
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Very interesting to see these reviews from Truffaut. Definitely worth checking out. His thoughts on some classic films are really priceless.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for film buffs 26 Nov. 2000
By M. Maynard - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this entire book on a flight from London back to the U.S. When I got home, I rented/watched several of the movies mentioned by Truffaut (Rear Window, etc.) watching for the points he made. Many people don't know Truffaut was a journalist as well as a filmmaker. He was able to write as desriptively as his films were imaginative. My only complaint is that this is a book for serious film fans who have already seen the movies he reviews. If you haven't seen the films, his comments aren't referential enough to include you. But, that said, it will help you see many titles in a new way.
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