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Stephan Chodorov <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 21 Oct 1998 09:12:49 EDT
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Interesting documentary information on Truffaut is scarce, possibly because he
shunned interviews.  But in 1977, when he was in America for the premier of
his film "The Man Who Loved Women" at the 15th New York Film Festival, he
agreed to be filmed for a half-hour conversation with Richard Roud, then
Director of the Festival.   It was Truffaut's first (only?) US television
We now provide this program.
The conversation was in French, with a very competent voice over translation.
(Roud dubs himself.) It includes a brief biography of Truffaut and his career,
and several clips from his films, including his first, "Les Miston" ("The
Mischief Makers", 1958.)
Truffaut speaks of his childhood,  the moral influence of World War Two, how
the French film industry was forced to change, the real meaning of the "auteur
theory", making a film that is as personal as a novel, the difference between
French and American audiences, individual films versus the totality of one's
work, gaining understanding and sympathy for a character in a film, and many
other themes.
Creative Arts Television has an extensive list of documentaries in cinema
studies, which we will e-mail on request. Just type "Cinema" and send to
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