SMALL CHANGE (François Truffaut, 1976)

L’argent de poche (literally, Pocket Money) is François Truffaut’s attempt at “a Chabrol,” but without adultery or murder. Working from his and Suzanne Schiffman’s episodic script, Truffaut has brought his crew into a provincial town, in this case, Thiers, and mixed professional actors, mostly adults, and nonprofessionals, mostly the town’s own kids. It is an […]

THE LAST METRO (François Truffaut, 1980)

François Truffaut’s Le dernier métro opens promisingly. Accompanying newsreels, Truffaut’s voiceover (which will return later on) provides facts and figures about the German occupation of parts of France. The title is explained. Because of the curfew that the occupiers have imposed, it was important not to miss the day’s last train. The setting here is […]

THE STORY OF ADELE H. (François Truffaut, 1975)

Why did François Truffaut cast a teenaged actress in L’histoire d’Adèle H. when the real Adèle Hugo was 33 at the time—1863—when this poignant, beauteous film is set? This was in the period of her family’s exile in Guernsey owing to her father’s opposition to dictator Louis Napoléon. Adèle’s father was the great poet, novelist […]