Quote: “A film director’s total work is a diary kept over a lifetime.”

Known as: The romantic of the French New Wave. Captivated by cinema from a very young age, Francois Truffaut began his professional career as a film critic. His 1959 classic, The 400 Blows, is considered the seminal film of the New Wave. Primarily concerned with autobiographical themes related to passion, childhood, and faith, the prolific director created a catalogue of delicate and innovative films before his untimely death.

Debut: The 400 Blows (1959)
Breakthrough: The 400 Blows (1959)
Masterpieces: Shoot the Piano Player (1960); Two English Girls (1971)
Biggest Failures: Fahrenheit 451 (1967); The Green Room (1978)
Overlooked Gem: The Bride Wore Black (1967); The Wild Child (1970)

Influences: Alfred Hitchcock, Jean Renoir, Roberto Rossellini
Disciples: Paul Mazursky, Claude Miller, Diane Kurys

Francois Trauffaut (1932-1984)