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Your Favorite François Truffaut Film Is:

The 400 Blows
18 (48.6%)
Shoot the Piano Player
6 (16.2%)
Jules and Jim
1 (2.7%)
The Soft Skin
0 (0%)
The Bride Wore Black
0 (0%)
Fahrenheit 451
1 (2.7%)
The Bride Wore Black
1 (2.7%)
Stolen Kisses
1 (2.7%)
Mississippi Mermaid
0 (0%)
The Wild Child
0 (0%)
Bed & Board
0 (0%)
Two English Girls
0 (0%)
A Gorgeous Bird Like Me
0 (0%)
Day for Night
4 (10.8%)
The Story of Adele H
0 (0%)
Small Change
2 (5.4%)
The Man Who Loved Women
0 (0%)
The Green Room
0 (0%)
Love on the Run
0 (0%)
The Last Metro
0 (0%)
The Woman Next Door
0 (0%)
Confidentially Yours
1 (2.7%)
haven't seen any
2 (5.4%)
don't like any
0 (0%)
other
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 36

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Re: Directors Best Poll - François Truffaut
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2012, 11:52:47 AM »
Too flowery, too literary (couldn't absorb the subtitles fast enough basically). I like Oskar Werner quite a lot. He was in The Man Who Came In From The Cold, but the film feels atypical for Truffaut, as if he was trying hard to be highbrow rather than the humanist he settled into being. I, of course, shouldn't judge films I have seen once, after the light dawned on me watching Out of the Past recently.
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Re: Directors Best Poll - François Truffaut
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2012, 12:11:06 PM »
I, of course, shouldn't judge films I have seen once, after the light dawned on me watching Out of the Past recently.

I'm glad to hear this, I remember recommending it to you when I first joined, and I felt kind of like a fool when you gave it such a lukewarm response.

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Re: Directors Best Poll - François Truffaut
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2012, 08:57:45 PM »
1. The 400 Blows
2. Day for Night
3. Jules and Jim
4. The Last Metro
5. The Story of Adele H.
6. Fahrenheit 451
7. Shoot the Piano Player
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Re: Directors Best Poll - François Truffaut
« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2012, 07:26:32 PM »
Who else voted for Day for Night?

Mystery guy/girl and I are the cool Truffaut fans here.  8)

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Re: Directors Best Poll - François Truffaut
« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2012, 10:59:40 PM »
Who else voted for Day for Night?

Mystery guy/girl and I are the cool Truffaut fans here.  8)

Hardly a mystery. Day for Night is my #63 film of All Time. 400 Blows is #79. I'll do a full color-coded list after my marathon.
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Re: Directors Best Poll - François Truffaut
« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2012, 11:57:18 PM »
Thanks for the link. I got an extra bonus by reading on and catching your West Side Story review. It was a skilled summation!
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« Reply #16 on: July 10, 2012, 11:27:03 AM »
1. Day For Night (#63 Film of All Time)
2. The 400 Blows (#80 Film of All Time)
3. Stolen Kisses
4. Antoine and Colette
5. Jules and Jim

6. Bed and Board
7. The Story of Adele H.
8. Love on the Run
9. Mississippi Mermaid
10. The Man Who Loved Women
11. Les Mistons
12. Fahrenheit 451
13. The Soft Skin

14. Small Change
15. The Bride Wore Black
16. Two English Girls
17. Confidentially Yours
18. The Last Metro
19. The Wild Child
20. The Woman Next Door
21. Shoot the Piano Player
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Re: Directors Best Poll - François Truffaut
« Reply #17 on: July 10, 2012, 03:30:26 PM »
Fahrenheit 451, the only one I have seen

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Re: Directors Best Poll - François Truffaut
« Reply #18 on: December 14, 2012, 02:50:58 AM »
Who else voted for Day for Night?

Mystery guy/girl and I are the cool Truffaut fans here.  8)

Hardly a mystery. Day for Night is my #63 film of All Time. 400 Blows is #79. I'll do a full color-coded list after my marathon.

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Day for Night (A)
Shoot the Piano Player (A-)
Jules & Jim (B+)
Stolen Kisses (B+)
Confidentially Yours (B+)
Antoine et Colette (B)
The 400 Blows (B)
The Last Metro (B)

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Re: Directors Best Poll - François Truffaut
« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2013, 04:37:01 PM »
A 640 page book of 34 essays on Truffaut and his films will be released in May.  I'm familiar with the work of only a few of the contributors.  Table of contents: link.

Arnaud Desplechin had some interesting things to say about Truffaut and some of his films in an interview, and some of it was published in Cineaste's Winter '12 issue:

Quote from: Desplechin
What strikes me is a paradox-that Truffaut could have ever seemed like un notable [a dignified bourgeois]. Given his films, that's idiotic, since the films always favor those who aren't part of society. Always, always. It's a moral point of view, not at all an auteurist pose, really a moral and artistic point of view on the world. It's from the margins that the best of society comes.

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For so long I hadn't seen the brûlant [burning] side of him, thinking of him instead as tiède [lukewarm]-which is an adjective people applied to Truffaut-but he's just the opposite. All his characters burn with a very, very strong passion.

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We can say that Truffaut is on the other side and became a victim of the fact that he was working with this paradox of quiet violence. Still, he affected a lot of people, we who feel elected to a sort of secret club. We don't form a majority, even with his successful films, because Truffaut speaks to a very secret part within each one of us, and the kind of feeling we get from him is not a feeling that we can share as a group.

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Maybe I was a little hasty when I said Truffaut is calmly scandalous; in fact he is resolutely scandalous. This is indisputable in all his films. For instance, consider a scene from L'Argent de poche (and remember this is a film that is not easy for me politically, given my age when I saw it):

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True, his art is allusive, complicated, full of implications that create double, triple, and quadruple meanings, because he took the question of cinema so seriously. Still each film presents itself as naked and going straight toward one emotion; yes, more toward an emotion rather than toward plot.

He also talked about The Wild Child (e.g. comparing it to Straub and Huillet's Magdalena Bach), Mississippi Mermaid, Two English Girls, and The 400 Blows.
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