that being said, I hit up BAM’s Isabelle Adjani series today for The Story of Adele H., both because I love Adjani, and because whenever I get a chance to see a Truffaut film on the big screen, I try to take it. Really good, beautiful photography and Adjani throws herself into the role, quiet tears one second and feral animal screaming the next. Next weekend, we’re seeing Possession & Nosferatu the Vampyre, can’t wait.
"At one point—I’m sure I’ve said this in my book, and three or four thousand times already—Truffaut said for him there were literally two things that interested him in all of his movies. That was it. He said life was short—how prescient he was, because he died eight years later. But he said, “I’m never going to have enough time to make all of the movies I want. So I can only make movies about men and women and their relationships, and children and their relationships. That’s it, that’s all that interests me.” That’s everything in the world, but it also rules out a huge amount of things. It mostly rules out anything mechanical. At one point, he was asked to direct Bobby Deerfield, I think. He said, “Too much ‘vroom vroom.’” What he really meant was it wasn’t about men and women falling in love, or children."
"…actually making films has taught us a lot:
It is as much trouble to make a bad film as a good one.
Our most sincere films can seem phony.
The films we do with our left hands may become worldwide hits.
A perfectly ordinary movie with energy can turn out to be better cinema than a film with “intelligent” intentions listlessly executed.
The result rarely matches the effort.
Cinematic success is not necessarily the result of good brain work, but of a harmony of existing elements in ourselves that we may not have even been conscious of: a fortunate fusion of subject and our deeper feelings, an accidental coincidence of our own preoccupations at a certain moment of life and the public’s.
Francois Truffaut, “What Do Critics Dream About?”
doing a little homework for a blog post on truffaut. look for it soon.