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Francois Truffaut

Francois Truffaut

François Truffaut (February 6, 1932 - October 21, 1984) is an icon of the French film industry and one of the founders of the French New Wave in filmmaking. He wrote, directed, acted and produced.

François Truffaut was born out of wedlock in 1930s Paris, France where he was raised by his mother and his adopted father, Roland Truffaut. He never met his biological father. Truffaut had a difficult childhood which resulted in rebellion against his parents in particular and authority in general; Truffaut reported that his film The 400 Blows was largely autobiographical.

In 1957 he married Madeleine Morgenstern with whom he had two children. His father-in-law, a film producer and distributor, helped get Truffaut's career off the ground. In 1983, he had a daughter with actress and constant companion, Fanny Ardant.

The dynamics of relationships is a common thread throughout most of his films.

Truffaut was an expert on Alfred Hitchcock, he even published a book simply named Hitchcock recording interviews and conversations with Hitchcock. His last film Vivement Dimanche, a comedy thriller in Black and White, is obviously a fake Hitchcock.

François Truffaut won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film for his 1973 production of Day for Night. He was also an actor he sometimes played in his own films and in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Truffaut suffered from a brain tumor which was diagnosed in 1983. He died shortly thereafter in an American hospital in Neuilly, France at the age of 52. He was buried in the Cimetière de Montmartre, Paris, France.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Francois Truffaut Facts

OccupationDirector, Actor
BirthdayFebruary 6, 1932
BirthplaceParis, France
Date of deathOctober 21, 1984 (age 52)

Selected Filmography

Fahrenheit 451
The 400 Blows
Day for Night
Jules and Jim
The Last Metro
400 Blows
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