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FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT - Top 25 Directors



Date of birth 6 February 1932
Location Paris, France

Date of death 21 October 1984
Details Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France. (brain tumour)


FRANCOIS TRAFFAUT
François began to assiduously go to the movies at 7. He was also a great reader but not a good pupil. He left school at 14 and started working. In 1947, aged 15, he founded a film club and met André Bazin, a French critic, who becomes his protector. Bazin helped the delinquent Truffaut and also when he was put in jail because he deserted the army. In 1953, he published his first movie critiques in "Les Cahiers du Cinema." In this magazine, Truffaut and some of his friends as passionate as he is, became defender of what they call the "author policy". In 1954, as a test, Truffaut directed his first short film. Two years afterwords, in 1956, he assisted Roberto Rossellini with some later abandoned projects.

The year 1957 was an important one for him: he married Madeleine Morgenstern, the daughter of an important film distributor, and founded his own production company "Les Films du Carrosse"; named after Jean Renoir's Carrosse d'or, Le (1953)(The Golden Coach). He also directed Mistons, Les (1957), considered as the real first step of his cinematographic work. The other big year was 1959: the huge success of his first full-length film Quatre cents coups, Les (1959) (The 400 blows) was the beginning of the New Wave, a new way of making movies in France. This was also the birth year of his first daughter Laura Truffaut.

From 1959 until his death, Francois Truffaut's life and films are mixed up. Let's only note he had two other daughters Eva Truffaut (b. 1961) and Josephine (b. 1982 of French actress Fanny Ardant). Truffaut was the most popular and successful French film director ever. His main themes were passion, women, childhood and faithfulness.

Quotes


" Sometimes I force myself. In the case of Bed and Board I laid down certain laws for myself. Henri Langlois, who loved Stolen Kisses, said to me: Now you have to get Jean-Pierre Leaud and Claude Jade married."


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