François Truffaut

François Roland Truffaut (6 February 1932 – 21 October 1984) was an influential film critic and filmmaker and one of the founders of the French New Wave. In a film career lasting over a quarter of a century, he remains an icon of the French film industry. He was also a screenwriter, producer, and actor working on over twenty-five films. Along with Jean-Luc Godard, Truffaut was one of the most influential figures of the French New Wave, inspiring directors such as Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Brian De Palma, Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson.

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

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After an encounter with UFOs, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Richard Dreyfuss  •  François Truffaut  •  Teri Garr  •  Melinda Dillon

After an encounter with UFOs, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Richard Dreyfuss  •  François Truffaut  •  Teri Garr  •  Melinda Dillon

Day for Night (1973)

A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew.  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Jacqueline Bisset  •  Jean-Pierre Léaud  •  Jean-Pierre Aumont  •  Valentina Cortese

A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew.  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Jacqueline Bisset  •  Jean-Pierre Léaud  •  Jean-Pierre Aumont  •  Valentina Cortese

Jules and Jim (1962)

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In the carefree days before World War I, introverted Austrian author Jules strikes up a friendship with the exuberant Frenchman Jim. Both men fall for the impulsive and beautiful Catherine, but it's Jules who wins her hand. After the war, Jim visits Jules, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Jeanne Moreau  •  Oskar Werner  •  Henri Serre  •  Marie Dubois

In the carefree days before World War I, introverted Austrian author Jules strikes up a friendship with the exuberant Frenchman Jim. Both men fall for the impulsive and beautiful Catherine, but it's Jules who wins her hand. After the war, Jim visits Jules, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Jeanne Moreau  •  Oskar Werner  •  Henri Serre  •  Marie Dubois

The Man Who Loved Women (1977)

At Bertrand Morane's burial there are many of the women that the 40-year-old engineer loved. In flashback Bertrand's life and love affairs are told by himself while writing an autobiographical novel.  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Charles Denner  •  Brigitte Fossey  •  Nelly Borgeaud  •  Geneviève Fontanel

At Bertrand Morane's burial there are many of the women that the 40-year-old engineer loved. In flashback Bertrand's life and love affairs are told by himself while writing an autobiographical novel.  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Charles Denner  •  Brigitte Fossey  •  Nelly Borgeaud  •  Geneviève Fontanel

The Mischief Makers (1957)

A group of young boys have a collective crush on Bernadette. As a result of this, they have an unreasoning jealousy of Gérard, and do everything they can to disrupt their relationship. When Gérard catches one of the young boys spying on them, he thrashes him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Gérard Blain  •  Bernadette Lafont  •  Michel François  •  Alain Baldy

A group of young boys have a collective crush on Bernadette. As a result of this, they have an unreasoning jealousy of Gérard, and do everything they can to disrupt their relationship. When Gérard catches one of the young boys spying on them, he thrashes him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Gérard Blain  •  Bernadette Lafont  •  Michel François  •  Alain Baldy

Love on the Run (1979)

Antoine is now 30, working as a proofreader and getting divorced from his his wife. It being the first "no-fault" divorce in France, a media circus erupts, dredging up Antoine's past. Indecisive about his new love with a store clerk, he impulsively takes off with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Jean-Pierre Léaud  •  Marie-France Pisier  •  Claude Jade  •  Dani

Antoine is now 30, working as a proofreader and getting divorced from his his wife. It being the first "no-fault" divorce in France, a media circus erupts, dredging up Antoine's past. Indecisive about his new love with a store clerk, he impulsively takes off with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Jean-Pierre Léaud  •  Marie-France Pisier  •  Claude Jade  •  Dani

Small Change (1976)

Various experiences of childhood are seen in several sequences that take place in the small town of Thiers, France. Vignettes include a boy's awakening interest in girls, couples double-dating at the movies, brothers giving their friend a haircut, a boy dealing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Jean-François Stévenin  •  Virginie Thévenet  •  Chantal Mercier  •  Marcel Berbert

Various experiences of childhood are seen in several sequences that take place in the small town of Thiers, France. Vignettes include a boy's awakening interest in girls, couples double-dating at the movies, brothers giving their friend a haircut, a boy dealing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Jean-François Stévenin  •  Virginie Thévenet  •  Chantal Mercier  •  Marcel Berbert

Stolen Kisses (1968)

The third in a series of films featuring François Truffaut's alter-ego, Antoine Doinel, the story resumes with Antoine being discharged from military service. His sweetheart Christine's father lands Antoine a job as a security guard, which he promptly loses. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Jean-Pierre Léaud  •  Claude Jade  •  Delphine Seyrig  •  Michael Lonsdale

The third in a series of films featuring François Truffaut's alter-ego, Antoine Doinel, the story resumes with Antoine being discharged from military service. His sweetheart Christine's father lands Antoine a job as a security guard, which he promptly loses. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Jean-Pierre Léaud  •  Claude Jade  •  Delphine Seyrig  •  Michael Lonsdale

The 400 Blows (1959)

For young Parisian boy Antoine Doinel, life is one difficult situation after another. Surrounded by inconsiderate adults, including his neglectful parents, Antoine spends his days with his best friend, Rene, trying to plan for a better life. When one of their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Jean-Pierre Léaud  •  Claire Maurier  •  Albert Rémy  •  Georges Flamant

For young Parisian boy Antoine Doinel, life is one difficult situation after another. Surrounded by inconsiderate adults, including his neglectful parents, Antoine spends his days with his best friend, Rene, trying to plan for a better life. When one of their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Jean-Pierre Léaud  •  Claire Maurier  •  Albert Rémy  •  Georges Flamant

The Bride Wore Black (1968)

Julie Kohler is prevented from suicide by her mother. She leaves the town. She will track down, charm and kill five men who do not know her. What is her goal? What is her purpose?  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Jeanne Moreau  •  Jean-Claude Brialy  •  Charles Denner  •  Claude Rich

Julie Kohler is prevented from suicide by her mother. She leaves the town. She will track down, charm and kill five men who do not know her. What is her goal? What is her purpose?  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Jeanne Moreau  •  Jean-Claude Brialy  •  Charles Denner  •  Claude Rich

The Last Metro (1980)

In occupied Paris, an actress married to a Jewish theater owner must keep him hidden from the Nazis while doing both of their jobs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Catherine Deneuve  •  Gérard Depardieu  •  Jean Poiret  •  Andréa Ferréol

In occupied Paris, an actress married to a Jewish theater owner must keep him hidden from the Nazis while doing both of their jobs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Catherine Deneuve  •  Gérard Depardieu  •  Jean Poiret  •  Andréa Ferréol

The Story of Adele H. (1975)

Adèle Hugo, daughter of renowned French writer Victor Hugo, falls in love with British soldier Albert Pinson while living in exile off the coast of England. Though he spurns her affections, she follows him to Nova Scotia and takes on the alias of Adèle Lewly. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Isabelle Adjani  •  Bruce Robinson  •  Sylvia Marriott  •  Joseph Blatchley

Adèle Hugo, daughter of renowned French writer Victor Hugo, falls in love with British soldier Albert Pinson while living in exile off the coast of England. Though he spurns her affections, she follows him to Nova Scotia and takes on the alias of Adèle Lewly. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Isabelle Adjani  •  Bruce Robinson  •  Sylvia Marriott  •  Joseph Blatchley

The Wild Child (1970)

In 1798, a feral boy is discovered outside the town of Aveyron, France. Diagnosed as mentally impaired, he is relegated to an asylum. A young doctor named Jean Itard becomes convinced that the boy has normal mental capacity, but that his development was hindered by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Jean-Pierre Cargol  •  François Truffaut  •  Françoise Seigner  •  Jean Dasté

In 1798, a feral boy is discovered outside the town of Aveyron, France. Diagnosed as mentally impaired, he is relegated to an asylum. A young doctor named Jean Itard becomes convinced that the boy has normal mental capacity, but that his development was hindered by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Jean-Pierre Cargol  •  François Truffaut  •  Françoise Seigner  •  Jean Dasté

Two English Girls (1971)

At the beginning of the 20th century, Claude Roc, a young middle-class Frenchman meets in Paris Ann Brown, a young Englishwoman. They become friends and Ann invites him to spend holidays at the house where she lives with her mother and her sister Muriel, for whom ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Jean-Pierre Léaud  •  Kika Markham  •  Stacey Tendeter  •  Philippe Léotard

At the beginning of the 20th century, Claude Roc, a young middle-class Frenchman meets in Paris Ann Brown, a young Englishwoman. They become friends and Ann invites him to spend holidays at the house where she lives with her mother and her sister Muriel, for whom ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Jean-Pierre Léaud  •  Kika Markham  •  Stacey Tendeter  •  Philippe Léotard

A Story of Water (1961)

Godard narrates the loosely constructed story of a young woman attempting to make her way from her home in the country to Paris, amid a massive flood.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Luc Godard  •  François Truffaut
CAST:  Jean-Claude Brialy  •  Caroline Dim  •  Jean-Luc Godard

Godard narrates the loosely constructed story of a young woman attempting to make her way from her home in the country to Paris, amid a massive flood.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Luc Godard  •  François Truffaut
CAST:  Jean-Claude Brialy  •  Caroline Dim  •  Jean-Luc Godard

Confidentially Yours (1983)

Claude Massoulier is murdered while hunting at the same place as Julien Vercel, an estate agent who knew him and whose fingerprints are found on Massoulier's car. As the police discover that Marie-Christine Vercel, Julien's wife, was Massoulier's mistress, Julien ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Fanny Ardant  •  Jean-Louis Trintignant  •  Philippe Laudenbach  •  Jean-Pierre Kalfon

Claude Massoulier is murdered while hunting at the same place as Julien Vercel, an estate agent who knew him and whose fingerprints are found on Massoulier's car. As the police discover that Marie-Christine Vercel, Julien's wife, was Massoulier's mistress, Julien ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Fanny Ardant  •  Jean-Louis Trintignant  •  Philippe Laudenbach  •  Jean-Pierre Kalfon

The Soft Skin (1964)

Pierre Lachenay is a well-known publisher and lecturer, married with Franca and father of Sabine, around 10. He meets an air hostess, Nicole. They start a love affair, which Pierre is hiding, but he cannot stand staying away from her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Françoise Dorléac  •  Jean Desailly  •  Nelly Benedetti  •  Daniel Ceccaldi

Pierre Lachenay is a well-known publisher and lecturer, married with Franca and father of Sabine, around 10. He meets an air hostess, Nicole. They start a love affair, which Pierre is hiding, but he cannot stand staying away from her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Françoise Dorléac  •  Jean Desailly  •  Nelly Benedetti  •  Daniel Ceccaldi

Mississippi Mermaid (1969)

Adapted from a story by William Irish, it's a noirish tale of a man who orders a mail-order bride but receives instead a con woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Jean-Paul Belmondo  •  Catherine Deneuve  •  Michel Bouquet  •  Nelly Borgeaud

Adapted from a story by William Irish, it's a noirish tale of a man who orders a mail-order bride but receives instead a con woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Jean-Paul Belmondo  •  Catherine Deneuve  •  Michel Bouquet  •  Nelly Borgeaud

Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

In the future, the government maintains control of public opinion by outlawing literature and maintaining a group of enforcers, known as “firemen,” to perform the necessary book burnings. Fireman Montag begins to question the morality of his vocation…  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Oskar Werner  •  Julie Christie  •  Cyril Cusack  •  Bee Duffell

In the future, the government maintains control of public opinion by outlawing literature and maintaining a group of enforcers, known as “firemen,” to perform the necessary book burnings. Fireman Montag begins to question the morality of his vocation…  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  Oskar Werner  •  Julie Christie  •  Cyril Cusack  •  Bee Duffell

The Green Room (1978)

Inspired by three Henry James short stories, this is the story of a World War I veteran who works as an obituary writer at the newspaper. Worshipping his deceased wife, he is obsessed with the dead people in his life and soon intends to build a memorial to all of them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  François Truffaut  •  Jean Dasté  •  Patrick Maléon  •  Nathalie Baye

Inspired by three Henry James short stories, this is the story of a World War I veteran who works as an obituary writer at the newspaper. Worshipping his deceased wife, he is obsessed with the dead people in his life and soon intends to build a memorial to all of them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Truffaut
CAST:  François Truffaut  •  Jean Dasté  •  Patrick Maléon  •  Nathalie Baye
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