François Truffaut

François Truffaut

Screenwriter + Director + Producer Or Actor
Born Feb 6, 1932

François Roland Truffaut was an influential film critic and filmmaker, one of the founders of the French New Wave. In a film career lasting over a quarter of a century, he remains an icon of the French film industry. He was also a screenwriter, producer, and actor working on over twenty-five films.… Read More

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1932 Birth Truffaut was born in Paris on 6 February 1932. … Read More
1939 7 Years Old He was eight years old when he saw his first movie, Abel Gance's Paradis Perdu (Paradise Lost) from 1939. … Read More


1948 16 Years Old After starting his own film club in 1948, Truffaut met André Bazin, who would have great effect on his professional and personal life. … Read More
1950 18 Years Old Truffaut joined the French Army in 1950, aged 18, but spent the next two years trying to escape. … Read More


1954 22 Years Old In 1954, Truffaut wrote an article called "Une Certaine Tendance du Cinéma Français" ("A Certain Trend of French Cinema"), in which he attacked the current state of French films, lambasting certain screenwriters and producers. … Read More
1955 23 Years Old After having been a critic, Truffaut decided to make films of his own. He started out with the short film Une Visite in 1955 and followed that up with Les Mistons in 1957.
1957 25 Years Old Truffaut was married to Madeleine Morgenstern from 1957 to 1965, and they had two daughters, Laura (born 1959) and Eva (born 1961). … Read More
1959 27 Years Old After seeing Orson Welles' Touch of Evil at the Expo 58, he was inspired to make his feature film debut in 1959 with Les Quatre Cents Coups (The 400 Blows). … Read More


1962 30 Years Old In 1962, Truffaut directed his third movie, Jules and Jim, a romantic drama starring Jeanne Moreau. … Read More
1963 31 Years Old In 1963, Truffaut was approached to direct an American film called Bonnie and Clyde, with a treatment written by Esquire journalists, David Newman and Robert Benton intended to introduce the French New Wave to Hollywood. … Read More
1966 34 Years Old As for Truffaut, his first non-French film was an 1966 adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic science fiction novel Fahrenheit 451, showcasing Truffaut's love of books. … Read More
1968 36 Years Old He had affairs with many of his leading ladies: in 1968 he was engaged to actress Claude Jade; Truffaut and actress Fanny Ardant lived together from 1981 to 1984 and had a daughter, Joséphine Truffaut (born 28 September 1983). … Read More


1973 41 Years Old Day for Night won Truffaut a Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1973. … Read More
1975 43 Years Old In 1975, Truffaut gained more notoriety with The Story of Adele H. Isabelle Adjani in the title role earned a nomination for a Best Actress Oscar.
1976 44 Years Old Truffaut's 1976 film Small Change gained a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Foreign Film.
1980 48 Years Old One of Truffaut's final films gave him an international revival. In 1980, his film The Last Metro garnered twelve César Award nominations with ten wins, including Best Director. … Read More


1983 51 Years Old In July 1983, Truffaut rented France Gall and Michel Berger's house outside Honfleur, Normandy (composing for Philippe Labro's film, Rive droite, rive gauche) when he had a first stroke and was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
1984 52 Years Old He was expected to attend his friend Miloš Forman's Amadeus premiere when he died on 21 October 1984, aged 52, at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine in France. … Read More
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