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Truffaut: A Biography

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Here is the definitive story of one of the most celebrated filmmakers of our time, an intensely private individual who cultivated the public image of a man consumed by his craft. But as this absorbing biography shows, Truffaut's personal story—from which he drew extensively to create the characters and plots of his films—is itself an extraordinary human drama.
Paperback, 476 pages
Published September 4th 2000 by University of California Press (first published 1996)
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Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I hope I never outgrow my love for Jules et Jim. There's something about François Truffaut the man I admire regardless of Truffaut the artist. It's his combination of high intelligence and sweet innocence, so extremely rare, and all the more remarkable when you discover in this biography that the difficult childhood portrayed in Les Quatre Cents Coups (The 400 Blows) is not only almost entirely autobiographical, it had been much more desperate and traumatic. How did he maintain such a sweet natu ...more
Bob Wake
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[Reviewed in 1999]

French film director François Truffaut died from a brain tumor in 1984 at the all-too-early age of 52. His legacy is substantial: 21 feature films; published collections of correspondence, film reviews, and screenplays; and an influential 1967 book based on interviews he conducted with director Alfred Hitchcock. Truffaut’s career as a journalist began when he was still in his teens. He was directing movies by his mid-twenties. It comes as no surprise that his biography is a ric
Chanhee Lee
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
평론가 시절부터 <400번의 구타>까지는 매우 좋고, <쥘과 짐>까지는 속도감을 잃지 않지만, 그 이후의 영화 제작에 관해서는 조금 지루하다.
영화에 관해 이해하기에는 아주 좋은 싲가점
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It's probably the best biography I've read about François Truffaut, and one of the best I'eve ever read.
The authors of this biography has been very thorough, all Francois Truffaut's life and work are in this book.
It starts with his unhappy childhood, the revelation that he is a illegitimate child, his first wedding to a wealthy young women, his first work as a cinema's critics in "les cahiers du cinema" in where in met most of his future colleagues, his fascination for the work of Alfred Hitchco
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Very informative and obviously researched meticulously; however, de Baecque's biography is so stultifyingly conventional as to recall the interminable works of the positivist historians of the 19th century. It is not enough to be merely informative, and to record the happenings between birth and death, especially with a subject as beguiling as Truffaut. A biographer who wants his work to be worthwhile should dare not just to record the life of his subject, but to assess the scope of his subject' ...more
Paul Secor
A story - perhaps not THE story, time will tell - about my favorite film maker.
Dec 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Truffaut when I read this book.
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Biography is a genre I always like to turn for reminders of the fundamentally flawed nature of humanity, affirmations that once people's most notoriously praiseworthy accomplishments are enumerated, the subjects of biographies, even the most esteemed public figures, are not so fundamentally different from their readers, which is to say subject to deep moral failings and personal misgivings (and if a biography doesn't happen to mention this, it can't be a very honest account). Sometimes, I will f ...more
Jun 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
I can't remember the last time I read a big long biography in its entirety, but I should really read them more often because I enjoyed this one a lot. To the extent that since I finished it a few days ago, I've been kinda missing my ol' buddy Francois and a few times have caught myself absentmindedly wondering what project and/or love affair he is in the middle of today. Though he (SPOILER! LOLZ) died pretty young, he lived a really full, accomplished life and really put his whole heart into eve ...more
B.Z.R. Vukovina
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is one of my favourite film biographies. It's impossible not to fall in love with Truffaut even if you don't love his films (though, really, who could be ambivalent about The 400 Blows?), and it's pretty hard to dislike this book even if you don't particularly like life stories. I picked it up in an online bargain bin and have been recommending it ever since. Too many biographies are either nasty or make saints of their subjects. This one does neither, is clear, well-written and more solid ...more
Sep 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Or at 4.25 stars. Definitely for French New Wave geeks.

Everything on the first decade of Truffaut's career is excellent (especially Fahrenheit 451) and worth the purchase alone. Major problem was a bit too much emphasis on his critical career and not enough on basically every film from Mississippi Mermaid on (Small Change barely gets a few pages).
Matt Micucci
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Though I knew a lot of what is said in this book, I can identify this as the best Truffaut biography translated in the English language. Therefore, I recommend it to any fan of the cinema of the times, cinema in general, and of course of the great Truffaut.
Richard Lynn
Aug 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Truffaut's films
Truffaut made one of the best 5 films of all time - "The 400 Blows". This book is very interesting and informative regarding his entire life, recommended for fans of film.
Ju Ribeiro
May 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I think it's complete. All we need to know.
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Why did I read this? I don't even really like Truffaut. Trying to be intellectual or continental or something.
Kim Forsythe
May 17, 2007 marked it as to-read
Shelves: biography, film, french
This is on my summer reading list... thanks to Cara-Mia
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