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François Truffaut

Truffaut in 1965.
Born François Roland Truffaut
(1932-02-06)6 February 1932
Paris, France
Died 21 October 1984(1984-10-21) (aged 52)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Occupation Actor, film critic, filmmaker, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1955–1984
Movement French New Wave
Spouse(s) Madeleine Morgenstern
(1957-1965, 2 daughters)
Partner(s) Fanny Ardant
(1981-1984, 1 daughter)
Children 3 daughters
Parent(s) Janine de Montferrand
Roland Truffaut (stepfather)

An actor is never so great as when he reminds you of an animal – falling like a cat, lying like a dog, moving like a fox.
Francois Truffaut
In love, women are professionals, men are amateurs.
The film of tomorrow will resemble the person who made it, and the number of spectators will be proportional to the number of friends the director has.
Francois Truffaut
The film of tomorrow will not be directed by civil servants of the camera, but by artists for whom shooting a film constitutes a wonderful and thrilling adventure.
Francois Truffaut
Hitchcock loves to be misunderstood, because he has based his whole life around misunderstandings.
Francois Truffaut
The film of tomorrow appears to me as even more personal than an individual and autobiographical novel, like a confession, or a diary.
Francois Truffaut
During the war, I saw many films that made me fall in love with the cinema.
Francois Truffaut
I've always had the impression that real militants are like cleaning women, doing a thankless, daily but necessary job.
Francois Truffaut
When humor can be made to alternate with melancholy, one has a success, but when the same things are funny and melancholic at the same time, it's just wonderful.
Francois Truffaut
What switched me to films was the flood of American pictures into Paris after the Liberation.
Francois Truffaut
Some day I'll make a film that critics will like. When I have money to waste.
Francois Truffaut
Taste is a result of a thousand distastes.
I had thought of writing, actually, and that later on I'd be a novelist.
Francois Truffaut
I have always preferred the reflection of the life to life itself.
At first, I wasn't sure whether I'd be a critic or a filmmaker, but I knew it would be something like that.
Francois Truffaut
I'd skip school regularly to see movies – even in the morning, in the small Parisian theaters that opened early.
Francois Truffaut
Film lovers are sick people.
The film of tomorrow will be an act of love.
I have always preferred the reflect of the life to life itself.
Is the cinema more important than life?
I prefer to be busy all day long, and when you work for someone else, you're not busy enough.
Francois Truffaut