François Truffaut (1932–1984)


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French director François Truffaut began to assiduously go to the movies at age seven. 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 became his protector. Bazin helped the delinquent Truffaut and also when he was put in ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 33 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

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Day for Night Writer
(1973)
The 400 Blows Writer
(1959)
Jules and Jim Writer
(1962)

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 2011 The Magic Skin (idea)
 1995 Belle Époque (TV Mini-Series) (2 episodes)
- Episode #1.2 (1995)
- Episode #1.1 (1995)
 1988 The Little Thief (original scenario)
 1983 The Man Who Loved Women (original screenplay - uncredited)
 1983 Confidentially Yours (adaptation - dialogue)
 1983 Breathless (story "A Bout De Souffle")
 1981 The Woman Next Door (original scenario)
 1980 The Last Metro (dialogue) / (scenario)
 1979 Love on the Run (scenario)
 1978 The Green Room (screenplay)
 1976 Small Change (original scenario)
 1975 The Story of Adele H (screenplay)
 1973 Day for Night (screenplay)
 1972 A Gorgeous Girl Like Me (adaptation and dialogue)
 1971 Two English Girls (adaptation & dialogue)
 1970 Bed & Board (scenario and dialogue)
 1970 The Wild Child (scenario, adaptation and dialogue)
 1969 Mississippi Mermaid (adaptation and dialogue)
 1968 Stolen Kisses (scenario and dialogue)
 1968 The Bride Wore Black (adaptation and dialogue)
 1966 Fahrenheit 451 (screenplay)
 1964 Mata Hari, agent H21 (dialogue) / (screenplay - as F. Truffaut)
 1964 The Soft Skin (original scenario - as F. Truffaut)
 1962 Antoine and Colette (Short) (writer)
 1962 Love at Twenty (segment "Antoine et Colette")
 1962 A Swelled Head (dialogue)
 1962 Jules and Jim (adaptation and dialogue)
 1961 Me faire ça à moi (uncredited)
 1961 A Story of Water (Short)
 1960 The Army Game (adaptation and dialogue)
 1960 Shoot the Piano Player (adaptation - as F. Truffaut) / (dialogue)
 1960 Breathless (original scenario)
 1959 The 400 Blows (adaptation - as F. Truffaut) / (scenario)
 1958 Les surmenés (Short) (writer)
 1957 Les Mistons (Short) (scenario - uncredited)
 1955 Une visite (Short)
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Other Works:

A compilation of some of his movies critiques "Les films de ma vie" (The movies of my life). See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 15 Print Biographies | 4 Interviews | 27 Articles | 4 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

François | F. Truffaut | Francois Truffaut

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Originally I didn't like [John Ford]--because of his material. For example, the comic secondary characters, the brutality, the male-female relationships typified by the man's slapping the woman on the backside. But eventually I came to understand that he had achieved an absolute uniformity of technical expertise. And his technique is the more admirable for being unobtrusive: His camera is ... See more »

Trivia:

Was rumored to be a contender to direct The Stunt Man (1980), and to have used elements from that film's source, the Paul Brodeur novel of the same name, in the story of Day for Night (1973), but he strenuously denied these rumors in correspondence published after his death, claiming that inspiration had come instead from Singin' in the Rain (1952), (1963), and The Bad and the Beautiful... See more »

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La Truffe See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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