Truffaut, François

BORN 6 Feb 1932, Paris - DIED 21 Oct 1984, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine: American Hospital
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière de Montmartre, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 21)

François Truffaut was the son of Janine de Montferrand. She married Roland Truffaut, who adopted him. He lived with his grandmother until she died when he was eight years old. During his youth he avoided his home as much as possible. He befriended Robert Lacheney who was a close friend until his death. He often visited Henri Langlois' Cinémathèque Française.

In 1950 he joined the army, but soon he tried to get out and was arrested. His friend André Bazin helped him out and employed him at this new film magazine Cahiers du cinéma. In 1954 he savagely attacked the French movie scene in the article "Une Certaine Tendance du Cinéma Français" in Cahiers du cinéma in which he attacked Jean Renoir, Jean Cocteau, Jacques Tati and others. Later he created his author theory in which hestated that great directors such as Hitchcock have distinctive styles and in this sense they are the authors of their works.

In 1955 he started making movies himself. "Les Quatre Cents Coups" won a prize at the festival in Cannes. He married Madeline Morgenstern, the daughter of film distributor Ignace Morgenstern, in 1957. They had two daughters, but they divorced in 1965. In 1968 he as engaged to the actress Claude Jade. In 1971 he released "Les Deux Anglaises et le Continent" ("Two English Girls") and in 1985 Isabella Adjani was nominated for an Oscar for best actress for her part in his "The Story of Adele H.".

As an actor, he appeared in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" in 1977. In 1981 he started living with the actress Fanny Ardant and their daughter Joséphine was born in 1983. In 1983 he had a stroke and he was was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He was preparing further several movies when he died in 1984.

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The grave of François Truffaut at the Cimetière Montmartre, Paris.
Picture by Androom (20 Feb 2016)


François Truffaut - Wikipedia

Tschechowa, Olga

Published: 18 Mar 2018
Last update: 19 Apr 2022