September 27th, 2012
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
• interesting clip, when you keep saying the same thing over and over again until it loses
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
• 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
• 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)