Though Truffaut (like Chabrol and early Godard) flirted with genre, he was essentially (like Rohmer) a humanist. For all his cinephilia and abiding interest – whether playful or allusive – in film form, his movies were primarily about people, particularly their emotional lives and their relationships with one another. Love, loss, loneliness; desire, doubt, disappointment; trust, betrayal, guilt: these preoccupations permeate his work. A former critic who felt his life had been transformed by the arts, he imbued his films with personal passions.

This retrospective divides his work into four (inevitably overlapping) categories. January features the films about the (initially semi-autobiographical) character Antoine Doinel, and those displaying the influence of Truffaut’s beloved Jean Renoir. February will highlight literary adaptations and movies influenced by another hero, Alfred Hitchcock. Such groupings aside, everything here is, finally, un film de François Truffaut.

Geoff Andrew

The Antoine Doinel cycle

Following the fortunes of the protagonist of The 400 Blows.

Stolen Kisses + Antoine et Colette

Further adventures in the life of Antoine Doinel, protagonist of Truffaut’s earlier The 400 Blows.

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Bed and Board

Antoine Doinel finds that he may not be mature enough for marriage and parenthood.

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Love on the Run

Now a novelist, Antoine Doinel encounters the erstwhile girl-of-his-dreams, with intriguing consequences.

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The 400 Blows

From 7 January

One of the greatest films about childhood, François Truffaut’s first feature is also profoundly moving.

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The Renoir Truffaut

Compassion, community, humanity – and rebellion.

L’ Enfant sauvage

Truffaut’s marvelous recreation of a scientist’s attempts to educate a feral child in 1790s France. Plus two rare early shorts.

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Une Belle fille comme moi

Truffaut’s black comedy about a murderously ambitious young woman, plus a wonderful short film.

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Day for Night

Truffaut’s love-letter to the illusionist magic of filmmaking.

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Pocket Money

Truffaut’s characteristically serio-comic look at the lives of schoolchildren in a small French town.

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The Man Who Loved Women

Charles Denner stars in Truffaut’s cool, partly comic critique of a compulsive womaniser.

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The Last Metro

Catherine Deneuve shines as the director and lead actor of a Parisian theatre struggling to survive under the Nazi Occupation.

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The Literary Truffaut

Films inspired by books, films about books, films about writing and storytelling.

Fahrenheit 451

Truffaut’s imaginative adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s novel about a society where books are banned.

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Anne and Muriel

Truffaut’s delicate account of a young Frenchman’s encounter with two English sisters in the early 1900s.

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Anne and Muriel + intro by actor Kika Markham

Truffaut’s delicate account of a young Frenchman’s encounter with two English sisters in the early 1900s.

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The Story of Adèle H

Truffaut’s tale of deranged romantic obsession centres on an extraordinarily intense performance by Isabelle Adjani.

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The Green Room

Truffaut adapts Henry James, and plays the lead in a sombre but lyrical study of morbid marital devotion.

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Jules et Jim

From 4 February

Truffaut’s classic account of a ménage-à-trois is a bittersweet ode to romantic idealism.

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The Hitchcock Truffaut

Films displaying the influence (thematic and stylistic) of ‘the master of suspense’.

Shoot the Pianist

Truffaut’s highly influential blend of pastiche gangster movie and romantic reverie was a landmark New Wave movie.

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La Peau douce

Truffaut’s classic account of an ill-starred adulterous affair boasts Hitchcockian precision and pitch-perfect performances.

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The Bride Wore Black

Jeanne Moreau delights in Truffaut’s tale of a woman savouring the taste of murderous revenge.

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Mississippi Mermaid

Deneuve and Belmondo excel in Truffaut’s crime mystery about an arranged marriage going catastrophically off the rails.

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The Woman Next Door

Truffaut’s cautionary tale about the unexpected encounter of former lovers now married.

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Finally Sunday!

Truffaut’s final film is a light-hearted thriller, as an estate agent’s secretary investigates the murder of her boss’s wife.

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Talks and events

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For the Love of People... The Films of François Truffaut

Join us for an introduction to our major season, lavishly illustrated with clips.

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François Truffaut’s Cinematic and Literary Influences

Our guest speakers will trace the many influences on Truffaut’s cinema – a must for all film fans.

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Seniors’ free talk: François Truffaut on TV

A rare screening of François Truffaut on primetime UK TV.

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Relaxed screening: L’Enfant sauvage + intro and discussion

François Truffaut’s film is an important representation of neuro-diversity in cinema.

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Philosophical Screens: Jules et Jim

Join our esteemed panellists as they discuss the many facets of love in Truffaut’s film.

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The Representation of Women in Truffaut’s Films

A richly illustrated talk from Professor Ginette Vincendeau of King’s College London.

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BFI Course

BFI Course: François Truffaut

A six-session course, for beginners and aficionados alike, that explores Truffaut's journey from critic to filmmaker, his role in the French New Wave and more.

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See our Truffaut-themed big screen classics.

Coming in February: Jules et Jim, Fahrenheit 451, The Bride Wore Black and many more...

A selection of 10 Truffaut films will be available on BFI Player Subscription from January, and a selection of Truffaut films will screen around the UK.

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