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    DescriptionFrancois Truffaut (1932-1984), perhaps the most respected member of the New Wave group of French moviemakers, 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. Equally fascinating is the very large body of film criticism Truffaut wrote over many years for Cahiers du Cinema and other leading film journals. Wonderfully varied, personal, and informal, these reviews all communicate unabashed love for and an enormous excitement about the movies. The Films in My Life 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 particular heroes, among them Hitchcock, Welles, Chaplin, Renoir, Cocteau, Bergman, and Bunuel.


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    Title
    The Films in My Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Francois Truffaut
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 358
    Width: 136 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 440 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780306805998
    ISBN 10: 0306805995
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    B&T General Subject: 221
    B&T Approval Code: C07590000
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    BISAC V2.8: PER004030, PER004010
    DC22: 791.43/75
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: PER004020
    LC classification: PN1995 .T713 1994
    DC20: 791.430904
    LC classification: PN1995.T71
    Thema V1.0: DNL, ATF
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    The Perseus Books Group
    Imprint name
    Da Capo Press Inc
    Publication date
    21 August 1994
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, MA
    Author Information
    Francois 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.
    Review text
    Before The Four Hundred Blows thrust him into New Wave filmmaking, Francois Truffaut was the enfant terrible of French film criticism: disciple to Andre Bazin, staunch defender of the American "auteur" (a term he coined) from Hitchcock to Welles, and - as he recalls - reputed "demolisher of French cinema." Interwoven with more equable recent tributes, and preceded by an introduction weighing the relative merits of art and criticism, the bulk of Truffaut's reviews, originally printed in the Fifties, recall the heyday of "Cahiers du Cinema" with prose that is vivid, ebullient, breezy, frequently hyperbolic, and - as he is wont to say at the close of a notice - "never boring." Truffaut once insisted that he's never loved a person the way he loved Citizen Kane, and it is with this singular intensity that he confronts movies from L'Atalante to The Birds, and directors from Jean Renoir to John Ford, the latter an acquired passion. Although shot through with allusions (often strained) to literature and philosophy as well as cinema, Truffaut's articles are far from academic and frequently antic or piquant. In the midst of a tirade against Mervyn Leroy's The Bad Seed, for instance, Truffaut pauses to recommend the food at the director's luncheon; and his response to The Big Secret is distress at the quality of fiber selected to shield Jane Russell's bosom. "Was I a good critic?" inquires Truffaut. An interesting one always, and on the subject of Lubitsch, Welles, Chaplin, Hitchcock, or Ophuls - excellent. Replete with autobiographical cullings, this sampling of Truffaut's criticism - like his interviews with Hitchcock - is ever alert to the craft as well as the art of the director and would be intriguing even if he had not thus evolved himself. (Kirkus Reviews)
    Back cover copy
    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.
    Table of contents
    * What Do Critics Dream About? The Big Secret * Jean Vigo is Dead at Twenty-nine * Abel Gance: Napolon; La Tour de Nesle * A Jean Renoir Festival * The Whiteness of Carl Dreyer * Lubitsch Was a Prince * Charlie Chaplin: The Great Dictator; A King in New York; Who Is Charlie Chaplin? * God Bless John Ford * Fritz Lang in America * Frank Capra, the Healer * Howard Hawks: Scarface; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; Land of the Pharaohs * Joseph Von Sternberg: Jet Pilot * Alfred Hitchcock: Rear Window; To Catch a Thief; The Wrong Man; The Birds; Frenzy The Generation of the Talkies: The Americans * Robert Aldrich: Kiss Me Deadly, Vera Cruz, The Big Knife * William Beaudine: The Feathered Serpent * Budd Boetticher: The Killer Is Loose * George Cukor: It Should Happen to You * Samuel Fuller: Verboten * Elia Kazan: Baby doll; A Face in the Crowd * Stanley Kubrick: Paths of Glory * Charles Laughton: The Night of the Hunter * Mervyn LeRoy: The Bad Seed * Anatole Litvak: Anastasia * Joshua Logan: Picnic * Sidney Lumet: Twelve Angry Men * Joseph Mankiewicz: The Barefoot Contessa * Anthony Mann: Men in War * Robert Mulligan: Fear Strikes Out * Otto Preminger: Bonjour Tristesse * Nicholas Ray: Johnny Guitar; Bigger Than Life * Douglas Sirk: Written on the Wind * Frank Tashlin: The Girl Cant Help It; Hollywood or Bust * Edgar Ulmer: The Naked Dawn * Charles Vidor: Love Me or Leave Me * Billy Wilder: The Seven Year Itch; Stalag * Robert Wise: So Big; Destination Gobi The Generation of the Talkies: The French * Claude Autant-Lara: La Traverse de Paris; En Cas de Malheur * Jacques Becker: Casque dOr; Touchez Pas au Grisbi; Arsne Lupin; Le Trou; Jacques Becker, A Year After His Death * Robert Bresson: Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne; Un Condamn Mort SEst chapp * Ren Clment: Monsieur Ripois * Henri-Georges Clouzot: Le Mystre Picasso * Jean Cocteau: Le Testament dOrphe * Jules Dassin: Le Refifi Chez les Hommes; Celui Qui Doit Mourir * Sacha Guitry: Assassins et Voleurs; Sacha Guitry the Villain * Albert Lamorisse: Le Ballon Rouge * Jean-Pierre Melville: Les Enfants Terribles * Max Ophuls: Lola Monts; Max Ophuls Is Dead * Jacques Tati: Mon Oncle Hurrah For The Japanese Cinema * Kenji Mizoguchi: The Street of Shame * Kon Ichikawa: The Burmese Harp * Yasushi Nakahira: Juvenile Passion * Keisuke Kinoshita: The Legend of Nayarama Some Outsiders * Ingmar Bergman: Bergmans Opus; Cries and Whispers * Buuel the Builder * Norman MacLaren: Blinkety Blank * Federico Fellini: The Nights of Cabiria; 8( * Roberto Rossellini Prefers Real Life * Orson Welles: Citizen Kane, the Fragile Giant; Confidential Report; Touch of Evil * A Portrait of Humphrey Bogart * James Dead Is Dead My Friends in the New Wave * Alain Resnais: Nuit et Brouillard * Alexandre Astruc: Les Mauvaises Rencontres * Agns Varda: La Pointe Courte * Roger Vadim: Et Dieu Cra La Femme * Claude Chabrol: Le Beau Serge * Louis Malle: Les Amants; Le Feu Follet * Jean-Luc Godard: Tous les Garons Sappellent Patrick; Vivre sa Vie * Jacques Rivette: Paris Nous Appartient * Jacques Rozier: Adieu Philippine * Pierre Kast: Vacances Protugaises * Alain Resnais: Muriel * Jean-Pierre Mocky: Les Vierges * Claude Berri: Le Vieil Homme et LEnfant; Le Cinma de Papa * Grard Blain: Les Amis * Laszlo Szabo: Les Gants Blancs du Diable * Claude Sautet: Vincent, Franois, Paul et les Autres * Jazques Doillon: Les Doigts dans la Tte