Jonathan Ross on Truffaut

TV/Radio Presenter Jonathan Ross talks about director Francois Truffaut in anticipation of a two month Truffaut season at BFI Southbank in February and March 2011. He recalls trekking to the far depths of East London as a teenager for The 400 Blows (1959) and his first encounter with Truffaut's style, and acknowledges the resonating realism Truffaut reached through his camera placement. Ross reminisces about the difficulties he experienced in getting hold of other Truffaut greats as a young man, such as Day for Night (1973) and Jules et Jim (1962), and reveals that membership of the BFI opened up that possibility for him. Ross also talks about the qualities shared by his favourite directors, and admits that, although he loves the likes of Orson Welles, he sometimes finds directors can get in the way of storytelling with their flashiness. He suggests, however, that with Truffaut one feels they are watching something authentic unfold, without any jarring or over flamboyant shots.


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