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 Posted:   May 26, 2013 - 11:33 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

I've seen every film by this French master who died way too young. (It will have been 30 years next year since his passing. That is more time than he had to direct his films.) Actually, there is only one of his works I have yet to watch - "Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me," which seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth.

I like all of his films, but my favorites are -

DAY FOR NIGHT

THE 400 BLOWS -

(and the others in the Antoine Doinel series)

THE MAN WHO LOVED WOMEN

SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER

THE BRIDE WORE BLACK

POCKET CHANGE

JULES AND JIM

 
 Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 12:07 AM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

  • THE 400 BLOWS
  • SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER
  • JULES AND JIM
  • MISSISSIPPI MERMAID
  • DAY FOR NIGHT
  • THE STORY OF ADELE H

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     Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 12:35 AM   
     By:   dogplant   (Member)

    Know and love five of your six favorites, Essankay, but I would have to add "The Wild Child" as a favorite.

    "400 Blows" is probably one of my all-time desert island picks.

     
     
     Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 1:49 AM   
     By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

    I'm ashamed to admit, I've only seen two; "The 400 Blows" and "Jules and Jim". Of the two, I preferred "The 400 Blows"....

     
     Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 9:42 AM   
     By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

    I should also mention "The Green Room." Not very well-known, but a somber and moody gem starring Truffaut himself as a man obsessed with the dead.

     
     Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 9:48 AM   
     By:   solium   (Member)

    All I know him from is Close Encounters of the Third Kind. At the time I didn't even know he was a famous director in his own rights.

     
     
     Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 10:58 AM   
     By:   Ado   (Member)

    It is so bittersweet, but 400 Blows. Really touching, and sad.

     
     Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 3:08 PM   
     By:   Mike_J   (Member)

    I'm a big Truffaut fan and he is probably the only foreign language director who'swork I rewlly know. I like the majority of his movies (I've not seen any of his shorts) although Fay For Night and Jules And Jim are my favorites.

    I'd actually not seen anythi he directed until I saw CE3K as a kid. That film opened up the door for me becoming interested in all aspects of film more than any other.

     
     Posted:   May 27, 2013 - 3:28 PM   
     By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

    Can't contribute much to this, as hardly seen any of his films.

    That said, Fahrenheit 451 affected me quite deeply as a kid, and sent me on a hunt for the book - which is still a favourite of mine to this day, as is the film.

     
     
     Posted:   May 28, 2013 - 11:17 AM   
     By:   Ado   (Member)

    Can't contribute much to this, as hardly seen any of his films.

    That said, Fahrenheit 451 affected me quite deeply as a kid, and sent me on a hunt for the book - which is still a favourite of mine to this day, as is the film.


    It has a lovely score. I liked this film too.

     
     Posted:   May 28, 2013 - 4:37 PM   
     By:   ToneRow   (Member)

    Truffaut doesn't figure much onto my favorites lists.

    The one I like most is LA PEAU DOUCE (THE SOFT SKIN);
    2nd favorite = LA SIRENE DU MISSISSIPPI.

     
     
     Posted:   May 28, 2013 - 5:45 PM   
     By:   dan the man   (Member)

    How could a TRUFFAUT film ever be that bad when you have a certain composer working with him RIGHT MALEFICIO?

     
     Posted:   May 30, 2013 - 3:40 PM   
     By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

    Speaking of music in Truffaut films, I just got back from seeing Noah Baumbach's FRANCES HA (cowritten by him and star Greta Gerwig) and most of the score is taken from Truffaut films - lots of Delerue, and also some Constantin and Duhamel. The two cues from Truffaut's SUCH A GORGEOUS LIKE ME have me really wanting to see that now. Too bad it's not easily available.

    FRANCES HA is really delightful, by the way. Filmed in beautiful b&w, it is, as one critic said, a mix of a New York indie film and a throwback to the French nouvelle vague. Gerwig is great as an "adorkable" young woman in her late 20s trying to get her act together. The previous sentence makes it sound tiresome and cute. It's not. It's very wise and funny.

     
     Posted:   Jun 11, 2014 - 5:41 PM   
     By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

    British distributors Artificial Eye have officially announced and detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of Fran├žois Truffaut's Shoot the Piano Player (1960) and Jules and Jim (1962). The two releases will be available for purchase on July 28th.

    Shoot the Piano Player

    Francois Truffaut portrays a film noir world of gangsters and intrigue, with Charles Aznavour as a famous concert pianist who leaves his former life behind to play in a sleazy Parisian bar. He gradually becomes involved the the criminal activities of the big-city underworld. Charlie is the piano player in a rundown jazz bar, he used to be Edouard Saroan a gifted classical pianist, but after suffering his wife's suicide gave up his rising fame. He's miserable, lonely and so self-absorbed that he can't see that Lena, the bars' waitress is in love with him. Whe Chico, Charlie's crooked brother, uses the bar as a refuge from two gangsters he's double-crossed. Charlie becomes embroiled in the mayham. Will the resulting events awaken Charlie's emotions again?

    Special Features:
    Presentation of the film by Serge Toubiana
    Audio Commentary with Marie Dubois
    Audio Commentary with Raoul Coutard
    Marie Dubois's screen tests
    Jules et Jim

    Francois Truffaut's classic tale of a love triangle which takes place over 20 years, both before and after World War I. Jeanne Moreau stars as Catherine, the beautiful and unpredictable woman who maintains a delicate relationship with two friends, the quiet German Jules (Oskar Werner) and the romantic Parisian Jim (Henri Serre). The War intervenes and drives the men to the opposing fronts; afterwards, the two quickly resume their friendship, but the balance of their relationship with Catherine is now upset by more adult concerns.

    Special Features:
    Presentation of the film by Serge Toubiana
    Audio Commentary with Jean Gruault

    http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=14215

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 11, 2014 - 6:34 PM   
     By:   dan the man   (Member)

    Both GEORGES and FRANCOIS MADE A GREAT COMBO, They are both long gone now but their efforts will continue to shine.

     
     Posted:   Jun 13, 2014 - 1:53 AM   
     By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

    While I enjoyed some of his movies in the 1960s and 1970s, particularly his Antoine Doinel series as well as "Day For Night," I was never a huge fan of his and haven't cared to re-watch any of his movies in years. In comparison, I find Claude Lelouch more interesting. I never tire of "A Man And A Woman" or, for that matter, Jacques Demy's "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

     
     Posted:   Jun 13, 2014 - 3:44 AM   
     By:   Anabel Boyer   (Member)

    I find Claude Lelouch more interesting.


     
     Posted:   Jun 13, 2014 - 8:49 AM   
     By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

    Well excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me! I realize that there are a lot of Francois Truffaut fans out there who will strongly disagree with me, but I was merely posting how, decades later, I now feel about his movies. But for those who still love them, they'll remain a special joy, and in no way did I mean to denigrate anyone's affection nor admiration for them. Truffaut was a great filmmaker and his movies will still be with us after ALL of us are gone.

     
     Posted:   Jun 13, 2014 - 9:34 AM   
     By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

    I haven't had access to much Lelouch, although I want to see more of his films especially Robert et Robert.

    I most certainly am an admirer of Demy however and am looking forward to the new THE ESSENTIAL JACQUES DEMY package from Criterion this summer.

     
     Posted:   Jun 13, 2014 - 9:43 AM   
     By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

    Mark: Re: I most certainly am an admirer of Demy however and am looking forward to the new THE ESSENTIAL JACQUES DEMY package from Criterion this summer.

    I've been torn about that one. I'm mad to have "Cherbourg" on Blu-ray and wouldn't mind having "The Young Girls of Rochefort," even though I'd probably never watch it again. But don't have much interest in the many other titles in that fairly large set. Wish some Demy aficionados would tell us about the rest of his output. Any thoughts on that? I keep buying these very large and elaborate Blu-ray boxed sets, such as the ones for Alfred Hitchcock and James Bond (and others) and then end up only watching a couple of the movies, if that! Wouldn't want to do that with the Demy set if I can just buy 1 or 2 of them separately.

     
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