The Reflection of Life: The Films of François Truffaut
Arguably the most humanistic directors to come out of the French New Wave, François Truffaut is the kind of director whose films ran deep with a love of cinema. It’s impossible to talk about the French New Wave without mentioning him, and unfortunately, he is mostly remembered today for the films he made that adhered to all the qualities of that era (400 Blows, Shoot the Piano Player, Jules and Jim). Looking beyond that, though, his filmography runs deep with fascinating characters, terrific performances, and one of the most strong loves of humanity that I think the cinema has ever seen. If you’ve never seen anything beyond his New Wave works, treat yourself to some, and if you’ve never seen ANY film of his, now’s a great time to start.
Les Quatre Cents Coups (The 400 Blows) | 1959
Tirez sur le pianiste (Shoot the Piano Player) | 1960
Jules et Jim (Jules and Jim) | 1962
Le Peau douce (The Soft Skin) | 1964
Baiser volés (Stolen Kisses) | 1968
Domicile conjugal (Bed and Board) | 1970
La Nuit américane (Day for Night) | 1973
L’Argent de poche (Pocket Money a.k.a. Small Change) | 1976
L’Homme qui aimait les femmes (The Man Who Loved Women) | 1977
Le Dernier métro (The Last Metro) | 1980
(Note: This is just a small gathering of the final images of Truffaut’s films, there’s still plenty out there worth checking out!)
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