Francois Truffaut at Work (英語) ハードカバー – 2005/12/1
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Truffaut at Work explores the career of leading French director and screenwriter Francois Truffaut (1932-84). This comprehensive study examines Truffaut's entire oeuvre and provides an in-depth exploration of his films and methods, including early films such as his first feature film Les Quatre Cents Coups (The 400 Blows, 1959) and Jules et Jim (Jules and Jim, 1961), the award-winning La Nuit americaine (Day for Night, 1973) and Truffaut's last film Vivement dimanche! (Finally Sunday), which he made in 1983.
'It is fascinating to learn how works that flow easily and lightly on the screen were often born of pain and conflict.'
'...extends far beyond the scope of a common-or-garden account of Truffaut's life...if you have an interest in either Truffaut himself or simply filmmaking, this is a crucial book. Truffaut fans will savour and enjoy every page.'
'Meticulous...not only is Truffaut at Work good on uncovering the works in progress, it is also adept at joining the dots between projects...you can't fault [Le Berre's prose] for thoroughness and informed enthusiasm...and a plethora of behind-the-scenes black-and-white images that make the director look like the coolest man who ever walked the earth.'
There have been lots of books on Truffaut over the years, and most of them covering his personal life, and in depth anlaysis of all his films, but this is the first I've seen to focus strictly on what it took for Truffaut to get each of his film's made. It certainly isn't a photo book, as there's tons of text accounting the many facets of a man who loved his craft. Everything from how certain actors came to get parts in his film, to how Truffaut would invent scenes in his films, right in the middle of production.
I certainly haven't read it all yet, but what I have I found very intriguing, and between the in depth stories behind the films, and the great pictorial history, this book is certainly a keeper.