Throughout May, the IFI is delighted to celebrate the work of François Truffaut, one of the most influential filmmakers of his generation, and a founding member of the French New Wave. After years working as a film critic at publications like Cahiers du Cinema, along with peers such as Jean-Luc Godard and Eric Rohmer, Truffaut became a key figure of the French New Wave of the 1950s and 1960s. This seminal, hugely influential movement rejected the outmoded tropes of traditional French cinema in favour of a loose, formally inventive approach, with contemporary thematic concerns, and authentic location shooting.

Truffaut’s debut feature, The 400 Blows (1959), introduced us to love-struck Antoine Doinel, a recurring character – in many respects the director’s alter-ego – portrayed by Jean-Pierre Léaud, whose romantic entanglements and hapless attempts at maturity were expanded by Truffaut in three subsequent films and one short, all of which are included in this season. A versatile director, Truffaut’s infectious sense of fun is evident in Shoot the Pianist (1960), an affectionate pastiche of American gangster films, and a classic piece of Nouvelle Vague playfulness. A more reflective side to the director can be seen in Fahrenheit 451 (1966), his cerebral adaption of Ray Bradbury’s revered dystopian sci-fi novel.

Truffaut’s death at the age of 52 in 1983 came after a fertile period that saw the release of his most internationally renowned films, Day for Night (1973), and The Last Metro (1980), both of which received Academy Award nominations, as well as a memorable supporting role in Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).

Selected films will screen online on IFI@Home.

Multi-film passes are available – 4 films for €40, 9 films for €80 – from the IFI Box Office, and over the phone at (01) 679 3477.




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