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Book Title: Films in My Life (Touchstone Books, Paperback)|
The author of the book: François Truffaut
Edition: Simon & Schuster
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Date of issue: March 1st 1985
ISBN 13: 9780671246631
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Ah Truffaut or Godard, like Elvis and The Beatles, Goobers or Raisinettes it's one of those decisions that helps pinpoint where you are on the pop culture map.
I'm firmly a Truffaut man and this book is a good example why. Truffaut walks the walk not merely talks the talk. For all Godard's talk about love of cinema all I see in his films is contempt. Though I know intellectually he must have done so it's difficult for me to imagine him giving a film like Vera Cruz the time of day. The difference between the two reminds me of something that Ebert said, "Great writers (Nabokov, Dickens, Wodehouse) make it look like play. Almost-great writers (Mann, Galsworthy, Wolfe) make it look like Herculean triumph. It is as true in every field; compare Shakespeare to Shaw, Jordan to Barkley, Picasso to Rothko, Kennedy to Nixon. Salieri could strain and moan and bring forth tinkling jingles; Mozart could compose so joyously that he seemed, Salieri complained, to be "taking dictation from God."
While Godard's semi coherent oh so clever Marxist Pastiche's practically scream at the audience LOOK HOW ARTFUL I'M BEING. Truffaut's are content to merely flit along possessed with a verve and skill unmatched in modern cinema. Keaton is the only other filmmaker I can think of who even approaches his uninsistant grace.
The story of Godard and Truffaut is simply proof positive that the good die young and the bastards live forever.
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Read information about the authorFrançois Roland Truffaut was an award-winning and influential filmmaker, critically acclaimed worldwide. He was also a talented and sought-after film critic in France (most notably, his work for Cahiers du Cinema), and one of the founders of the French New Wave and the auteur theory; he remains an icon of the French film industry. In a film career lasting over a quarter of a century, he was also a screenwriter, producer or occasional actor in over twenty-five films.
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