Francois Truffaut

Francois Truffaut

Born in Paris on 6 February 1932. His mother Janine is a single mother and marries Roland Truffaut who agrees to adopt the child. He receives his passion for books and music from his grandmother, with whom he lives up to eight years. From eight years onwards it is possessed by Cinema. He attended Cinemateque, met Andre’ Bazin, a famous film historian, who protected him as a friend and guardian. He also helps him when Truffaut escapes from the army in the early 1950s and manages to get him into the editorial office of the Cahiers du cinema. In 1955 Truffaut makes his first short film and in 1959 the first long-feature film , The 400 blows, which among other prizes received an Oscar nomination for the best original screenplay. In the sixties he made at least three masterpieces, Jules et Jim, Farenheit 451 and The Bride Wore Black. He also follows the character of Antoine Doinel played by Leaud in two other films, Stolen Kisses and Bed and Board. Day for Night released in France in 1973 was nominated for two Oscars, best director and best original screenplay, two years later. Two other films of great importance in the second half of the seventies are The Story of Adele H and The Man Who Loved Women. In The Green Room, besides directing, he also plays the leading role for the second and last time (he was in fact the director portrayed in Day by Night). He concludes his career with two memorable films, The Woman Next Door and Confidentially Yours, both played by Fanny Ardant, his last companion.



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