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Twenty-six people - including two daughters, an ex-wife, his last lover, actors, fellow directors and writers, a neighbor, and boyhood friends - talk about François Truffaut. They discuss his attitudes toward wealth, his early writings about cinema, the undercurrent of violence in his films and his personality, the way he used and altered events in his life when making films, his search for a father (both artistic and biological), his relationship with his mother, the scenes in his films that cause a squirm of embarrassment, and his ultimate mysticism. Clips from a dozen of his films are included. Written by
As I watch this movie. I'm reminded of what Paul McArtney said about John Lennon "If what it takes to have that cerebral genius is to have had his childhood, then I wouldn't part of it". He is referring of course to a hard loveless childhood.
Watching this film was sad, revealing of the creative process. I take umbrage to the Washington Post's distaste for its Frenchness. We learn so much about Truffaut through the eyes of his friends that we are drawn into his life, like tracing someone footsteps on snow after they are no longer with us. Except, as I am exploring his films, and I compare them to the movies of today, it's nice to have a small map of intimates. This is one of the best, funniest and incisive documentaries I have seen about a filmmaker.
I appreciate Truffaut's honesty in his themes: his love of women and the downside of adultery; the open wounds of a troubled youth; the throwing of oneself into an obesessive work to the point of dying young at 52. All in 93 minutes! Well worth the time and I will probably spend a lifetime fitting the puzzles together. It was like seeing different sides of a New Wave Shakespeare in Paris.
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