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Throughout May, IFI is delighted to celebrate the work of François Truffaut, one of the most influential filmmakers of his generation, and a founding member of the French New Wave.

After years working as a film critic at publications like Cahiers du Cinema, along with peers such as Jean-Luc Godard and Eric Rohmer, Truffaut became a key figure of the French New Wave of the 1950s and 1960s. This seminal, hugely influential movement rejected the outmoded tropes of traditional of French cinema in favour of a loose, formally inventive approach, with contemporary thematic concerns, and authentic location shooting.

Truffaut’s debut feature, The 400 Blows (1959), introduced us to love-struck Antoine Doinel, a recurring character – in many respects the director’s alter-ego – portrayed by Jean-Pierre Léaud, whose romantic entanglements and hapless attempts at maturity were expanded by Truffaut in three subsequent films and one short, all of which are included in this season.

Truffaut’s death at the age of 52 in 1983 came after a fertile period that saw the release of one of his most internationally renowned films, The Last Metro (1980).

François Truffaut: For the Love of Cinema is available in-cinema and on IFI@Home for a limited time only.

Films are available for pre-sale now, to watch from May 7th to June 7th or you can purchase one of our Seasons Passes and enjoy for the month.


Season Passes

Season Pass: François Truffaut: For the Love of Cinema
Season Pass: The Adventures of Antoine Doinel
Season Pass: Jazz, Noir and Romance

Films available May 7th - June 7th

The 400 Blows
1h 39m Crime, Drama 1959
Shoot The Pianist
1h 18m Crime, Drama 1960
Jules et Jim
1h 46m Drama, Romance 1962
Double Bill: Love at Twenty (Antoine et Colette) and Stolen Kisses
1h 27m Comedy, Drama 1962
Bed and Board
1h 37m Drama, Romance 1970
Love on the Run
1h 34m Comedy, Drama 1979

Films available May 30th - June 7th

Soft Skin
1h 58m Drama, Romance 1964
The Last Metro
2h 11m Drama, Romance 1980

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