Behind the Scenes

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François Truffaut

François Roland Truffaut (1932 – 1984) was a French film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film critic. Truffaut was adopted by his future step-father, but spent much of his time until his grandmother died living with his grandmother. The boy was eight when he began living with his parents. Truffaut is widely regarded as one of the founders of the French New Wave. In a career lasting over a quarter of a century, he remains an icon of the French film industry, having worked on over 25 films. Truffaut's film The 400 Blows is a defining film of the French New Wave movement, and has four sequels. Truffaut's 1973 film Day for Night earned him critical acclaim and several accolades, including the BAFTA Award for Best Film and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.