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Google doodle marks Francois Truffaut’s 80th birthday

A new Google doodle has been launched today, marking the 80th birthday of one of the 20th century’s greatest film-makers. Francois Truffaut, who died in 1984 aged just 52, was a key figure of the French New Wave of the 1960s and has influenced a number of others, most notably Martin Scorsese.

After meeting film critic and theorist Andre Bazin, Francois Truffaut went to work at the Cahiers du Cinema magazine. It was from the staff at Cahiers du Cinema that some of the key French New Wave figures, such as Truffaut, Eric Rohmer and Jean-Luc Godard, eventually emerged. Disparaging much of what had gone before them in French cinema and embracing the auteurs of America such as Nicholas Ray and Alfred Hitchcock, these directors defined not only French cinema of the second half of the 20th century but also, arguably, much of US and European cinema as well.

Truffaut’s first film as director, 1959’s Les Quatre Cent Coups (The 400 Blows) remains one of the greatest French films of all time. Although he had to work with a very low budget, Truffaut showed evidence of great stylistic innovation, the freeze-frame ending of Les Quatre Cent Coups becoming an iconic image (and one that is linked to the Google doodle). For US audiences, Truffaut is perhaps best known for his acting role as scientist Claude Lacombe in Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind.


About Michael R. Gideon

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5 thoughts on “Google doodle marks Francois Truffaut’s 80th birthday

  1. They should have had the Google logo disappear into a tiny circle… then “Fin”

    Posted by David | February 6, 2012, 5:27 am
  2. Google shows three Doodles to remebmber Francois Truffaut. Here is a short video, containing all three Doodles.

    Posted by Michael | February 6, 2012, 7:10 am
  3. Queen Elisabeth 60th anniversary of ascension is today. Bad decision??

    Posted by St Paddy | February 6, 2012, 7:50 am
  4. the first one is “400 Blows”
    the second is “Jules et Jim”
    what is the third one?

    Posted by imogen lime | February 6, 2012, 1:31 pm
  5. “the last metro”, duh.

    Posted by imogen lime | February 6, 2012, 1:33 pm

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