A Companion to Fran?ois Truffaut

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Dudley Andrew, Anne Gillain
John Wiley & Sons, Feb 11, 2013 - Performing Arts - 640 pages
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The 34 essays of this collection by leading international scholars reassess Truffaut's impact on cinema as they locate the unique quality of his thematic obsessions and his remarkable narrative techniques.  Almost 30 years after his death, we are presented with strikingly original perspectives on his background, influences, and importance.Bridges a gap in film scholarship with a series of 34 original essays by leading film scholars that assess the lasting impact of Truffaut’s work

  • Provides striking new readings of individual films, and new perspectives on Truffaut’s background, influences, and importance
  • Offers a wide choice of critical perspectives ranging from current reflections in film theories to articles applying methodologies that have recently been neglected or considered controversial
  • Includes international viewpoints from a range of European countries, and from Japan, New Zealand, and Brazil
  • Draws on Truffaut’s archives at the BiFI (Bibliotheque du film) in Paris
  • Includes an extended interview with French filmmaker Arnaud Desplechin concerning Truffaut’s shifting stature in French film culture and his manner of thought and work as a director

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Notes on Contributors
Truffaut and His Doubles
Aesthetic Affinities
Interview with Arnaud Desplechin Part II
Flashes of Happiness
Truffaut and the Photographic
The Paradox of Familiarity
Cain and Abel
Friction Failure and Fire
Growing Up with the French New Wave
Bad Obiects
Between Renoir and Hitchcock
Truffaut in the Mirror of Japan

The Impasse of Intimacy
A Fine Madness
The Ecstatic
The Untimely Moment and the Correct Distance
Every Teacher Needs a Truant
Certain Tendencies of Truffauts Film Criticism
The Elegist
La Chambre verte and the Beating Heart of Truffauts
Le Dernier Metro
Disillusionment and Magic in La Nuit américaine and

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About the author (2013)

Dudley Andrew is the R. Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature at Yale. He is the author or editor of nine books, including The Major Film Theories, Popular Front Paris and the Poetics of Culture (2005), What Cinema Is! (2010), and Opening Bazin (2011), which won the SCMS Best Anthology Award for 2011. 

Anne Gillain is a Professor Emeritus at Wellesley College. She is known for her work on French cinema, particularly Francois Truffaut, in books that include Le Cinéma selon François Truffaut (1988), Les 400 Coups (1991) and François Truffaut: The Lost Secret (2013).

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