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On Wed, 3 Mar 1999, Donald Larsson wrote:

> That was my thought, as well, related to the hearing aid worn by
> Truffaut's character.  I could be quite wrong, but I tend to assume
> that the motif of deafness was most likely contributed by Truffaut.  It
> also bears on his Dr. Itard character in THE WILD CHILD.  I wonder if
> anyone knows why deafness was of such interest to Truffaut.

According to Annette Insdorf's book, Truffaut suffered hearing loss in one
ear during his youth and in the other during his service in the French
artillery.  In this regard (and many others, no doubt), he is very similar
to his character, the director Ferrand, in _Day for Night_.  One
difference, though, is that Ferrand wears a hearing aid whereas Truffaut
never did in public.

--Marty Norden
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