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The 400 Blows:... In 1959, François Truffaut burst upon the scene, heralding the French New Wave... more info $19.95was $19.95 Buy Now

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Also Known As: Died: October 21, 1984
Born: February 6, 1932 Cause of Death: brain tumor
Birth Place: Paris, FR Profession: Writer ...
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Lived with grandmother until eight years of age; quit school at 14 and worked as messenger, then as sales clerk; joined Paris cine-clubs
1948:
With Robert Lachenay formed own cine-club, Cercle Cinemane
1949:
Hired as reporter at "Elle" (date approximate)
1950:
Published first film article in "Bulletin of the Latin Quarter Cine-Club"
1950:
First film appearance (a bit part) in Rene Clement's "Le Chateau De Verre"
1951:
Became film critic for Andre Bazin's "Cahiers du Cinema"
1951:
Served in National Service from which he deserted, was caught and dishonorably discharged
1953:
Employed by the Service Cinematographique of the Ministry of Agriculture; fired after few months
1954:
Began directing amateur 16mm shorts with "Une viste"
1956:
Appeared as himself in the short film, "Le Coup de Berger", directed by Jacques Rivette
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Worked as assistant to Roberto Rossellini on three of his unreleased films
1957:
Directed first short film, "Les Mistons"
1958:
Founded own film company, Les Films du Carrosse (named after Jean Renior's film, "Le Carrose d'Or")
1959:
Feature film directing debut with "Les Quatre Cents Coups/The 400 Blows"
1959:
Wrote original story and appeared in Jean-Luc Godard's "A bout de souffle/Breathless"
1968:
With Godard and Lelouche helped organized protests over dismissal of Henri Langlois, head of Cinematheque Francaise; instigated shutting down of Cannes Festival that year
1970:
Played first major acting role in a feature, "L'enfant sauvage/The Wild Child", which he also directed
1977:
American film acting debut, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
1978:
Last acting role in a feature film, "La Chambre Verte/The Green Room", which he also directed
1983:
Directed last film, "Vivement Dimanche/Confidentially Yours"
1983:
Hospitalized with cerebral hemorrhage

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