Truffaut on Cinema
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Between 1959 and 1984, French film director Francois Truffaut was interviewed over three hundred times. Each interview offers critical insight into the genesis of Truffaut's films as he shares the sources of his inspiration, the choice of his themes, and the development of his screenplays. In addition, Truffaut discusses his relationships with collaborators, actors, and the circumstances surrounding the shooting of each film. These texts, originally assembled by Anne Gillain and published in French in 1988, are presented here in a montage arranged chronologically by film. This compilation includes an impressive array of reflections on cinema as an art form. Truffaut defines the aims and practices of the French New Wave, comparing their efforts to the films made by their predecessors and including comments that encompass the entire history of cinema. Truffaut on Cinema provides commentary on contemporary events, a wealth of biographical information, and Truffaut's own artistic itinerary.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 404 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 26.92mm | 766.57g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253025753
  • 9780253025753

Review quote

"No filmmaker cared more and wrote better about his work than Francois Truffaut.Each of his films provoked interviews that open uppast models, current trends, technological challenges, struggles with actors, the politics of criticism, and the quest for sublimity. Anne Gillain's inspiring preface readies us for a vibrant, single-minded man, surprisingly timid, yet prepared to expose his values and the difficulties achieving them. Truffaut's films are even more beautiful seen in light of his reflections on them." -Dudley Andrew, author of What Cinema Is!show more

About Anne Gillain

Anne Gillain is Professor Emerita at Wellesley College. She is author of Francois Truffaut: The Lost Secret and is editor (with Dudley Andrew) of A Companion to Francois Truffaut. Alistair Fox is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Otago. He is author of Speaking Pictures: Neuropsychoanalysis and Authorship in Film and Literature, and Jane Campion: Authorship and Personal Cinema, and is translator of Francois Truffaut: The Lost Secret.show more

Table of contents

Preface to the English Edition (2017)Preface (1988)AcknowledgmentsA Note on the Translation1. Childhood2. The New Wave3. The Auteur Theory4. 1954: Une visite; 1957: Les Mistons; 1958: Histoire d'eau5. 1959: The 400 Blows6. 1960: Shoot the Pianist7. 1962: Jules and Jim8. 1962: Antoine and Colette9. 1966: The Soft Skin10. 1966: Fahrenheit 45111. 1967: The Bride Wore Black12. 1968: Stolen Kisses13. May 196814. 1959-1968: Overview 115. 1969: Mississippi Mermaid16. 1970: The Wild Child17. 1970: Bed and Board18. 1971: Two English Girls19. 1972: A Gorgeous Girl like Me20. 1973: Day for Night21. 1969-1974: Overview 222. 1975: The Story of Adele H23. 1976: Small Change24. 1977: The Man Who Loved Women25. 1978: The Green Room26. 1979: Love on the Run27. 1980: The Last Metro28. 1981: The Woman Next Door29. 1983: Confidentially Yours30. 1975-1984: Overview 3SourcesList of Films Discussed by Truffaut Indexshow more