Wild Child, Movie Master

François Truffaut: 1932-1984

Ten years ago, François Truffaut stood in the wings of Avery Fisher Hall at Manhattan's Lincoln Center, chatting with an admirer while waiting to go onstage to speak at a tribute for Alfred Hitchcock. On cue the lights went down and scenes from Hitchcock films flared onscreen. Stopping himself in, midsentence, Truffaut exclaimed, "Oh! La projection!" and turned, eyes bright, to a peephole that gave access to the magic images. The old lure was irresistible for this French movie master who was, first and forever, a child of the American...

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