1932 - 1984
The young François Truffaut left school at the age of 14 against the will of his parents and scraped through with casual works. Cinema visits soon became the most important thing in his life. After a time in a child-raising home he organised on the critic André Bazin's advice film shows for workers. In the Cinématheque he met Alain Resnais, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette and Erich Rohmer.
After the dishonorable release from the army he got a job in the film department of agricultural ministry by Bazin.
The film director François Truffaut set new priorities to the French film as very few other directors. He soon was regarded as a child prodigy of the French film. Truffaut realised his first movies - who also was active as an actor, producer and writer - with „Une visite“ (55) and already his third movie „Les quatre cents coups - Sie küssten und sie schlugen ihn“ (59) was a great success. In this movie his cooperation with the actor Jean-Pierre Léaud turned out to be stimulating and they worked together in some other movies.
François Truffaut created a poetic and living masterpiece with „Jules und Jim“ (61). With the support of the filmcomposer Georges Delerue and the actors Oskar Werner and Jeanne Moreau he realised a classic.
Another very individual movie he shot with the science fiction movie „Fahrenheit 451“ (66), again with Oskar Werner as leading actor.
In 1969 he realised the movie „L'enfant sauvage - Der Wolfsjunge“ which is based on a true story. Truffaut impersonated the role of the teacher. With this movie he denounced the brutality and nonsense of the civilizing process.
Movies like „Tirez sur le pianiste - Schiessen Sie auf den Pianisten“ (60), „La nuit américaine - Die amerikanische Nacht“ (73), "L'histoire d'Adéle H." (75) or „Le dernier métro - Die letzte Metro“ (80) - for which he was awarded with a César - were also so-called classics which influence the French cinema. He got another nomination for a César in 1984 for "Vivement dimanche!" (83).
In 1977 he surprisingly played in Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Unheimliche Begegnung der dritten Art" (77) the role of "Claude Lacombe".
François Truffaut died in 1984 because of a cerebral tumor.
Other movies from François Truffaut (Director):