Francois Truffaut

Director, Screenwriter, Critic
His academic demeanor and quiet professionalism masked a childhood scarred by abandonment and anger, but the films of Franois Truffaut - from his auspicious debut with "The 400 Blows" in 1959 to his stylish Hitchcock ... Read more »
Born: 02/06/1932 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Writer (36)

The Wild Child 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Little Thief 1989 (Movie)

from original screenplay (From Story)

Breathless 1983 (Movie)

(From Story)

Confidentially Yours 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Man Who Loved Women 1983 (Movie)

from film("L'homme qui aimait les femmes" (1977)) (Story By)

The Last Metro 1981 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

The Last Metro 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Woman Next Door 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Love on the Run 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Green Room 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Small Change 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Man Who Loved Women 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Story of Adele H. 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Day For Night 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bed and Board 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mississippi Mermaid 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Two English Girls 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stolen Kisses 1969 (Movie)

(From Story)

Stolen Kisses 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Bride Wore Black 1968 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

The Bride Wore Black 1968 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

The Bride Wore Black 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fahrenheit 451 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mata Hari, Agent H-21 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Army Game 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Soft Skin 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jules and Jim 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Love at Twenty 1962 (Movie)

("Paris--Antoine et Colette") (Screenplay)

Shoot the Piano Player 1960 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Shoot the Piano Player 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The 400 Blows 1959 (Movie)

(From Story)

The 400 Blows 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Mischief-Makers 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Visit 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Bride in Black (TV Show)

Source Material
Director (26)

The Wild Child 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Confidentially Yours 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

The Last Metro 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

The Woman Next Door 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Love on the Run 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

The Green Room 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Small Change 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

The Man Who Loved Women 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

The Story of Adele H. 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Day For Night 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Bed and Board 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Mississippi Mermaid 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Two English Girls 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Stolen Kisses 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bride Wore Black 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Fahrenheit 451 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

The Army Game 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

The Soft Skin 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Jules and Jim 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Love at Twenty 1962 (Movie)

("Paris--Antoine et Colette") (Director)

Shoot the Piano Player 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

The 400 Blows 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

A Story of Water 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The Mischief-Makers 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

A Visit 1954 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (12)

The Wild Child 2008 (Movie)

Dr Jean Itard (Actor)

Vivement Truffaut! 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 (Movie)

Claude Lacombe (Actor)

The Green Room 1977 (Movie)

Julien Davenne (Actor)

Small Change 1976 (Movie)

Martine's Father (Actor)

The Man Who Loved Women 1976 (Movie)

Man at Funeral (Actor)

Day For Night 1973 (Movie)

Ferrand--the Director (Actor)

Two English Girls 1970 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Langlois 1969 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Army Game 1963 (Movie)

(Actor)

Le Coup du Berger 1955 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Producer (4)

Confidentially Yours 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

Les Lolos de Lola 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

Naked Childhood 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Paris Nous Appartient 1959 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Music (1)

Frances Ha 2013 (Movie)

("L'ecole Buissoniere") (Song)
Editor (1)

A Visit 1954 (Movie)

(Editor)
Other (2)

Bossa Nova 2000 (Movie)

dedication (Other)

Breathless 1961 (Movie)

from idea (Other)

Biography

His academic demeanor and quiet professionalism masked a childhood scarred by abandonment and anger, but the films of François Truffaut - from his auspicious debut with "The 400 Blows" in 1959 to his stylish Hitchcock homage "Confidentially Yours" in 1983 - told the whole of the story through the protective prism of cinema. Born to an unwed mother and neglected in his adolescence, Truffaut took solace in the movie houses of Nazi-occupied Paris, where his psyche was sculpted by cinema. A high school dropout, he founded his own film society at the age of 16 and resorted to theft to feed his passion. Encouraged by film theorist André Bazin, Truffaut began contributing essays and reviews to the film magazine Cahiers du Cinéma, where he excoriated bourgeois French filmmakers while lauding certain Hollywood studio directors as true auteurs. Lauded at home alongside such other nouvelle vague figureheads as Jean-Luc Godard, Éric Rohmer, Claude Chabrol and Jacques Rivette, Truffaut was acclaimed also in the United States, where "Shoot the Piano Player" (1960), "Jules and Jim" (1962) and "Stolen Kisses" (1968) charmed American critics and art house audiences alike and where "Day for Night" (1973) and "The Story of Adele H." (1975) won Academy Awards. Truffaut's death from a brain tumor in 1984 robbed international cinema of one of its great practitioners, as well as a brilliant decoder of complex human emotions both writ large and up close and personal.

Relationships

Janine Monferrand

Mother

Roland Truffaut

Step-Father

Fanny Ardant Actor

Companion
one daughter with Truffaut, Josephine, born in 1983

Catherine Deneuve Actor

Companion

Jeanne Moreau Actor

Companion

Madeleine Morgenstern

Wife
married on October 29, 1957 divorced daughter of a French film producer

Marie-France Pisier Actor

Companion

Eva Truffaut

Daughter
born 1961 mother, Madeleine Morgenstern

Josephine Truffaut

Daughter
born 1983 mother Fanny Ardant

Laura Truffaut

Daughter
born 1959 mother, Madeleine Morgenstern

EDUCATION

Lycee Rollin

dropped out at age 14

Milestones

1983

Hospitalized with cerebral hemorrhage

1983

Directed last film, "Vivement Dimanche/Confidentially Yours"

1978

Last acting role in a feature film, "La Chambre Verte/The Green Room", which he also directed

1977

American film acting debut, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"

1969

Played first major acting role in a feature, "L'enfant sauvage/The Wild Child", which he also directed

1968

With Godard and Lelouche helped organized protests over dismissal of Henri Langlois, head of Cinematheque Francaise; instigated shutting down of Cannes Festival that year

1959

Feature film directing debut with "Les Quatre Cents Coups/The 400 Blows"

1959

Wrote original story and appeared in Jean-Luc Godard's "A bout de souffle/Breathless"

1958

Founded own film company, Les Films du Carrosse (named after Jean Renior's film, "Le Carrose d'Or")

1957

Directed first short film, "Les Mistons"

1956

Appeared as himself in the short film, "Le Coup de Berger", directed by Jacques Rivette

1954

Began directing amateur 16mm shorts with "Une viste"

1953

Employed by the Service Cinematographique of the Ministry of Agriculture; fired after few months

1951

Became film critic for Andre Bazin's "Cahiers du Cinema"

1951

Served in National Service from which he deserted, was caught and dishonorably discharged

1950

First film appearance (a bit part) in Rene Clement's "Le Chateau De Verre"

1950

Published first film article in "Bulletin of the Latin Quarter Cine-Club"

1949

Hired as reporter at "Elle" (date approximate)

1948

With Robert Lachenay formed own cine-club, Cercle Cinemane

Lived with grandmother until eight years of age; quit school at 14 and worked as messenger, then as sales clerk; joined Paris cine-clubs

Worked as assistant to Roberto Rossellini on three of his unreleased films

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