It seems completely befitting for the inaugural post of the relaunched Hope Lies at 24 Frames Per Second to be one paying homage to Francois Truffaut on what would have been his birthday. He is as great an influence on my own cinema going as there is, and I always spare a few moments to mark his anniversary every year.
His landmark essay, ‘A Certain Tendency Of The French Cinema’, published in Cahiers du Cinéma in 1954, changed the face of French, and in-turn international cinema, and remains the go-to polemic for many a young cinephile. I’ve often cited an early encounter with the director’s autobiographical debut, The 400 Blows as a major formative experience, and it’s remained a favourite movie ever since.
The complete text of Certain Tendency can be found here.
Here’s a clip of Truffaut discussing the concept of the auteur theory on French television. I’ll be publishing a piece on Truffaut’s 1972 film A Gorgeous Girl Like Me later today.