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New Wave auteur François Truffaut was an award-winning film director and screenwriter known for key works like The 400 Blows and Jules and Jim.
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Night was followed by The Story of Adele H. (1975) along with several more works like the comedic The Man Who Loved Women (1977) and the World War II drama The Last Metro (1980), starring Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu.
Truffaut was an actor as well,
having appeared in some of his own films in addition to Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)as a thoughtful, kindhearted scientist. And Truffaut published books such as 1967's Hitchcock, where the French filmmaker interviewed the London-born, U.S.-based director, and The Films in My Life (1975), a hand-picked collection of Truffaut's earlier criticism.
Truffaut's last film was 1983's Confidentially Yours, a thriller starring Fanny Ardant. He was also romantically involved with the actress, with the couple having a daughter. (Truffaut, who had other children as well, had been married and divorced previously.)
Unable to direct due to illness, Truffaut died on October 21, 1984, at the age of 52, from brain cancer in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a Parisian suburb. He left behind a film legacy of more than two dozen works revered by an array of critics and countless general moviegoers. Posthumous works on his life include the documentaries François Truffaut: Stolen Portraits (1993) and Two in the Wave (2010, which also profiles director Jean-Luc Godard) as well as the 1999 biography Truffaut.
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