An adolescent delinquent after the war, François Truffaut (1932-84) was taken under the wing of the great French film critic, André Bazin, to become a noted critic himself before plying his art as a filmmaker to become one of the founders of the French New Wave.
The three films scheduled are among his most iconic.
Les Quatre Cents Coups [The 400 Blows] (1959)
Truffaut’s first feature film also introduces Léaud as his alter ego, Antoine Doinel, alienated, rebellious and misunderstood. Lauded as one of the landmark films of the French New Wave, this autobiographical tale has enchanted decades of filmgoers.
Tirez sur le Pianiste [Shoot the Piano Player] (1960)
Aznavour just wants to escape his past and be left alone from the complications of life and people to play his cabaret piano. Alas, he discovers that no man is an island among the living. Truffaut’s most atmospheric film is based on David Goodis’s novel, Down There.
La Nuit Américaine [Day for Night] (1973)
A film director is in the process of completing a film with all the tempests, humor and obstacles that make the experience a microcosm of life.
Andrew Dickos is the author of Street with No Name: A History of the Classic American Film Noir and Intrepid Laughter: Preston Sturges and the Movies. His third book, Abraham Polonsky: Interviews, is just out from the University Press of Mississippi.
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