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François Truffaut (February 6, 1932 - October 21, 1984) is an icon of the French film industry and one of the founders of the French "New Wave" in filmmaking. He wrote, directed, acted and produced.

François Truffaut was born out of wedlock in 1930s Paris, France where he was raised by his mother and his adopted father, Roland Truffaut. He never met his biological father. Truffaut had a difficult childhood which resulted in rebellion against his parents in particular and authority in general; Truffaut reported that his film The 400 Blows was largely autobiographical.

In 1957 he married Madeleine Morgenstern with whom he had two children. His father-in-law, a film producer and distributor, helped get Truffaut's career off the ground. In 1983, he had a daughter with actress and constant companion, Fanny Ardant.

The dynamics of relationships is a common thread throughout most of his films.

Truffaut was an expert on Alfred Hitchcock, he even published a book simply named Hitchcock recording interviews and conversations with Hitchcock. His last film "Vivement Dimanche", a comedy thriller in Black and White, is obviously a "fake Hitchcock".

François Truffaut won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film for his 1973 production of "Day for Night." He was also an actor he sometimes played in his own films and in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Truffaut suffered from a brain tumor which was diagnosed in 1983. He died shortly thereafter in an American hospital in Neuilly, France at the age of 52. He was buried in the Cimetière de Montmartre, Paris, France.

Works Among many films of Truffaut, one can detach the series putting in scene Antoine Doinel[?], under the features of the actor Jean-Pierre Léaud , who begin his career in The 400 Blows at the age of fourteen, fetish actor and "double" of Truffaut himself. The series which will continue until "Love on the Run" , while passing by "Stolen Kisses" and "Bed & Board".

Large reader, Trufaut will put in scene of many novels:

American detective novels ( "The Bride Wore Black" and "Mississippi Mermaid' of William Irish[?] , "Confidentially Yours" of Charles Williams , or "Shoot the Piano Player" from David Goodis and also "Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me" of Henry Farrell[?] ); novels of Henri-Pierre Roché Jules and Jim as well as two English and the continent ; the novel of Henry James the green room , his most serious film and deepest; the science-fiction novel "Farenheit 451" of Ray Bradbury . The other films of Truffaut result from original scenarios, often Co-writings with the scenario writers Suzanne Schiffman or Jean Gruault , films on the very diverse subjects, energy of the history of Adele H. , inspired of the life of the girl of Victor Hugo , with Isabelle Adjani , or "Day for Night" , put in abyme and anthem at the cinema rewarded at Hollywood ( Oscar of Best Foreign Film in 1973), or "The Last Metro" , being held during the German occupation in France, a film rewarded by ten Cesar Award[?] .


Filmography of François Truffaut

Written (W), Directed (D), Acted (A), Produced (P)
French Title U.S. Title Year
Vivement dimanche![?] Confidentially Yours[?] 1983 W D
La Femme d'à côté[?] The Woman Next Door[?] 1981 W D P
Le Dernier métro[?] The Last Metro[?] 1980 W D P
L'amour en fuite[?] Love on the Run[?] 1979 W D P
La Chambre verte[?] The Green Room 1978 W D A P
L'homme qui aimait les femmes[?] The Man Who Loved Women[?] 1977 W D A
Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 A
L'Argent de poche[?] Small Change[?] 1976 W D A P
L'Histoire d'Adèle H.[?] The Story of Adele H. 1975 W D A
La Nuit américaine[?] Day for Night 1973 W D A
Une belle fille comme moi[?] Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me[?] 1972 W D
Les deux anglaises et le continent[?] Two English Girls[?] 1971 W D A
Domicile conjugal[?] Bed & Board[?] 1970 W D
L'Enfant sauvage[?] The Wild Child[?] 1969 W D A
La Sirène du Mississippi[?] Mississippi Mermaid[?] 1969 W D
Baisers volés[?] Stolen Kisses[?] 1968 W D
La Mariée était en noir[?] The Bride Wore Black[?] 1968 W D
Fahrenheit 451 Fahrenheit 451 1966 W D
La peau douce[?] The Soft Skin[?] 1964 W D
L'Amour à vingt ans[?] Love at Twenty[?] 1963 W D
Jules et Jim[?] Jules and Jim[?] 1961 W D
Tire au flanc[?] Sad Sack, The[?] 1961 W D A P
Tirez sur le pianiste[?] Shoot the Piano Player[?] 1960 W D
Les quatre cents coups The 400 Blows 1959 W D A P
Les mistons[?] The Mischief Makers[?] 1957 W D
Une visite[?] 1955 W D

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