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Film Studies
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FS243
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Glen Norton

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September 27th, 2012 Lecture 6 Truffaut: The Antoine Doinel Series - he doesnt want to create cinema of quality - he wants to go against the traditional Actor Jean-Pierre Leaud through the years. Clip of Antoine Doinel: him saying his name and the names of all the women he loves. • he is able to show emotion for so many times • clip is all about him convincing himself of who he is an actor or as the character • Character and Actor becoming one. He seems to not be acting, and to be being himself. • interesting clip, when you keep saying the same thing over and over again until it loses its meaning 5 Films of Antoine Doinel - We’re looking at 2 today. Truffaut: A Short Biography - Real father was unknown - until later in his life, where he found out he was a dentist - Took stepfather’s last name - Shame of illegitimacy - Sent first to live with a nanny, then with maternal grandparents - parents dont want much to do with him, due to this illegitimacy. - he didnt like his mother very much and his mother didn’t either. - Moved back with mother and stepfather at age 10 - Skipped school throughout early teens; snuck into movies - stayed away from home • age 14 • drops out of school • age 16 • meets bAZIN • Becomes regular at the Cinametheque Francaise, seeing 3 times a day • watching movies becomes his lifestyle • he had a certain attitude about showing films. He watched silent times, and didn’t really like musicals. - Back then they were (Truffaut and Godard) more interested in the way film was made, and kid of obsessed with it, instead of the story itself • Steals typewriter to finance film club: Cercle cinemanie • form stepfathers work • Bazin is taken aback from Truffaut’s • Stepfathers sends him to reform school for three months • Bazin agrees to give him a job as his personal secretary to obtain his release • as his assistant, writing articles.. • Bazin becomes a surrogate father, teacher, mentor • the day he starts shoot his first movie, the day after, Bazin dies from leukemia. • Death is a very tragic and reoccurring, traumatizing theme • Age 17 (1949) • attends Birritz Film Festival • when Truff. starts to realize that there is more to cinema than just the details of how the film is made, and the stories behind it • Meets Godard and others • Starts writing for various journals • * getting small jobs here and there, still young. • July 1949 • becomes obsessed with Liliane Litvin • Truffaut was a womanizer, he had affairs with every single of his leading ladies of movies he did. He was married twice with 3 kids. And not very into the con- cept of traditional love. • went to prostitutes for sex from age of 14. • went to hospital for syphilis twice • Moves into an apartment across from her family, and tries to approach Liliane, then gets depressed • tried suicide because of rejection • joins army due to depression and despair • May 1951 • goes AWOL • spends a month in hospital for syphilis, then army prison (bc of escape) • 2nd suicide escape • has very peculiar and obsessive view of world and women • Early 1952 • Bazin arranges release and Truffaut lives in Bazin family attic • after this we know his story as a filmmaker. Truffaut: Major Themes • Obsessive men/boys and unobtainable women • women are on a pedestal • arent really equal to men in these films • sexist attitude - in roles • women are chased after and men are chasers • Tragic romance • Existential angst and obsession with death • one is born alone and dies alone, and has to find their own values and substance in life • death: no parents at early age - suicide attempt • Love and respect for children/permanence of childhood • men are still immature, and they might be married, but still with obsessive and im- mature love/emotions for women and decisions.. • Truff still respects this childish behavior and way of thought • Love and respect for literature • clip: lighting candle from Balzac • - tragedy, always falls a part in the end • Love for cinematic history • illusion of numerous homages to cinema • “Cinema is more important than life” (Truffaut as the director in Day For Night)
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