In Their Words — Saturday, April 6, 2013

Francois Truffaut - 400 Blows
François Truffaut and Jean-Pierre Léaud making The 400 Blows (1959)

Ultimately one makes the films one can love as a viewer. The cinema helped me endure life when I was an adolescent, it pleased me as an escape. That escape could only work through identification. I had a horror of costume films, for instance. Well, as a filmmaker I make the films I saw when I was thirteen, fourteen years old, that’s to say, with people in the wrong, weak, all fouled up, hiding out, always keeping aloof from groups, films with which it is easy to identify and which drag you into a kind of escapism that is nonetheless quite close to real life.

François Truffaut