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The Films of François Truffaut

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From his years as a mauvais garçon in the streets of Paris to his position as a film critic in the Cahiers du Cinéma, and subsequently with his prominent role in the French New Wave, François Truffaut has become one of the seventh art’s most celebrated auteurs. Grappling with the intricacies of love and the complexities of human relationships, the films of Antoine Doinel’s creator always strike a balance between lightness and tragedy, the philosophical and the ordinary. Beginning with his 1957 short film Les Mistons and finishing with his last film Vivement Dimanche!, we are proud to present a retrospective of his work ranging across the whole breath of his 26-year-long career.

Love on the Run

François Truffaut France, 1979

The next film in our Truffaut focus welcomes back the character of Antoine Doinel, this time as the ultimate intellectual womanizer. Running to the four corners of Paris to escape from or fall into his many lovers’ arms, this is Doinel at his dazzling best, accompanied by a wonderful female cast.

The Woman Next Door

François Truffaut France, 1981

The next film in our Truffaut retrospective is the ardent yet subdued The Woman Next Door, starring Gérard Depardieu and Fanny Ardant, in her first collaboration with the director. The film portrays two lovers in the midst of a passionate dilemma, neither able to be with nor without the other.

The Last Metro

François Truffaut France, 1980

One of the most acclaimed works in Truffaut’s career, Le Dernier Métro swept 10 French film awards and was a huge commercial success upon its release. By recreating the oppressive atmosphere of daily life in occupied Paris, the film delivers a humanist message of tolerance and resistance.

Confidentially Yours

François Truffaut France, 1983

Our François Truffaut retrospective comes to an end with his last film, made before his premature death at 52. A homage to Hitchcock’s cinema, for whom he held a long lasting admiration, this murder mystery with a love/hate relationship at its heart stars a bewildered Jean-Louis Trintignant.

A Gorgeous Bird Like Me

François Truffaut France, 1972

Our Truffaut retrospective presents an anomaly of sorts in the director’s filmography… Une belle fille comme moi tells the story of a woman with loose morals but sparkling humor, in a brilliant and vertiginous performance by Bernadette Lafont.

Two English Girls

François Truffaut France, 1971

We continue our focus on Truffaut with his second adaptation of Henri-Pierre Roché’s literary work, exploring love’s many dualities: between intellectual and physical love; between joy and pain. Jean-Pierre Léaud delicately embodies the figure of the romantic dandy, torn between two English sisters.

The Soft Skin

François Truffaut France, 1964

Before starting one of his most personal works, Truffaut writes to his close friend Helen Scott, “The film will be indecent, completely shameless, quite sad; but very simple.” Shot very quickly in Truffaut’s own apartment in melancholic B&W, La Peau Douce deals with the throes of passionate love.

Antoine and Colette

François Truffaut France, 1962

As part of our François Truffaut focus, we are proud to present this short film commissioned to be the Parisian addition to the 1964 omnibus Love At Twenty. Featuring the semi-autobiographical character of Antoine Doinel (The 400 Blows) as a mischievous and tormented adolescent.

Jules and Jim

François Truffaut France, 1962

Next in our retrospective dedicated to the French director, we are excited to present this classic from the French New Wave, starring the unforgettable Jeanne Moreau in one of her most notorious and spellbinding performances. “Elle avait des bagues à chaque doigt…”

Shoot the Piano Player

François Truffaut France, 1960

As part of our Truffaut retrospective we are proud to present his second feature, starring French singer Charles Aznavour as a pianist turned crook. Shot in B&W by Raoul Coutard, and with exquisite music from George Delerue, this is the director’s ode to the film noir genre.

The 400 Blows

François Truffaut France, 1959

One year after being banned from the Cannes Film Festival for his virulent critiques, François Truffaut was invited to present The 400 Blows in official competition, for which he won the Best Director award. 59 years later, it is still regarded as one of the most iconic films in cinema’s history.

Les mistons

François Truffaut France, 1957

We are proud to begin our François Truffaut retrospective with one of his first films–_Les Mistons_. This short is a teaser for the youthful style of his subsequent works, ready to blow up the traditional ‘cinéma de papa’ and pave the way for the revolutionary French New Wave to come to existence.

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