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
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 Cinema selon Francois Truffaut (1988), Les 400 Coups (1991) and Francois Truffaut: The Lost Secret (2013).
Acknowledgments viii Notes on Contributors ix Preface xv Filmography xxiii Part I La Planete Truffaut 1 1. Interview with Arnaud Desplechin, Part I: Truffaut and His Position 3 Anne Gillain and Dudley Andrew 2. Truffaut and His Doubles 23 Martin Lefebvre 3. Aesthetic Affinities: Francois Truffaut, Patrick Modiano, Douglas Sirk 71 Anne Gillain 4. Interview with Arnaud Desplechin, Part II: Truffaut and His Methods 105 Anne Gillain and Dudley Andrew Part II Style and Sensibility 125 5. Flashes of Happiness 127 Alain Bergala 6. Truffaut and the Photographic: Cinema, Fetishism, Death 137 Junji Hori 7. The Impasse of Intimacy: Romance and Tragedy in Truffaut s Cinema 153 John Orr 8. A Fine Madness: Digressions on Pathologies in Truffaut s Films 173 Francis Vanoye 9. The Ecstatic Pan 184 Phil Powrie 10. The Untimely Moment and the Correct Distance 205 Adrian Martin Part III The Making of a Filmmaker 219 11. Every Teacher Needs a Truant: Bazin and L Enfant sauvage 221 Dudley Andrew 12. Certain Tendencies of Truffaut s Film Criticism 242 Richard Neupert 13. Truffaut Hitchcock 265 Jonathan Everett Haynes 14. The Paradox of Familiarity : Truffaut, Heir of Renoir 283 Ludovic Cortade 15. Cain and Abel: Godard and Truffaut 300 Michel Marie 16. Friction, Failure, and Fire: Truffaut as Adaptive Auteur 317 Timothy Corrigan Part IV Truffaut and His Time 333 17. Growing Up with the French New Wave 335 James Tweedie 18. Bad Objects: Truffaut s Radicalism 356 Sam Di Iorio 19. Between Renoir and Hitchcock: The Paradox of Truffaut s Women 375 Ginette Vincendeau 20. Truffaut in the Mirror of Japan 388 Kan Nozaki Part V Films 401 21. Directing Children: The Double Meaning of Self-Consciousness 403 Angela Dalle Vacche 22. Jules et Jim et Walter Benjamin 420 Dudley Andrew 23. Digging Up the Past: Jules et Jim 434 Elizabeth Ezra 24. The Elevator and the Telephone: On Urgency in La Peau douce 448 Michel Chion 25. La Peau douce: A Psychogeography of Silky Cinephilia 454 Tom Conley 26. La Peau douce: Francois Truffaut s Passionate Object 469 Hilary Radner 27. An Unsettling Passage: From Les Deux Anglaises et le continent to La Chambre verte 489 Carlos Losilla 28. The Structural Role of Intervals in L Argent de poche 507 Alain Bergala 29. To Die or to Love: Modern Don Juans in Truffaut and Oliveira 517 Luiza Jatoba 30. Film as Literature: or the Truffaldian Malaise (L Homme qui aimait les femmes) 530 Lucia Nagib 31. The Elegist: Francois Truffaut inside La Chambre verte 546 Philip Watts 32. La Chambre verte and the Beating Heart of Truffaut s Oeuvre 561 Francoise Zamour 33. Le Dernier Metro: An Underground Golden Coach 571 Jean-Michel Frodon 34. Disillusionment and Magic in La Nuit americaine and Le Dernier Metro 584 Marc Vernet Index 594