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Quentin Tarantino attacks François Truffaut: “A Clumsy Amateur”

Director Quentin Tarantino he often talks a lot about his film lovers, but even when it comes to disaffection he certainly does not hold back: this is the case with the works of the French …

Director Quentin Tarantino he often talks a lot about his film lovers, but even when it comes to disaffection he certainly does not hold back: this is the case with the works of the French filmmaker Francois Truffautwhose films are not at all part of the predilections of the author of pulp Fiction And Inglourious Basterds.

Tarantino spoke about it during an interview with leading British film magazine Sight & Sound addressed to him and the co-host of the director’s new podcast, Video Archives Podcast, aka Roger Avary’s longtime companion. Bylando by another key New Wave author, Claude ChabrolTarantino reported the following, referring in particular to the thrillers that characterized the latter part of Truffaut’s filmography: His thrillers [di Chabrol, ndr] are much better than Abyssal Truffaut-Hitchcock films, which I find simply horrible. Anyway, I’m not a fan of François Truffaut. There are a few exceptions, the main one Adele H., a love story. In general for the most part I feel for Truffaut what I feel for Ed WoodI think so a really passionate and clumsy amateur“.

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In Tarantino’s novel based on the film Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood certain unflattering judgments on Truffaut were entrusted to the character of cliff cabinplayed in the film version by Brad Pitt, who went to the cinema to see two of the director’s films and perhaps his most famous masterpieces, The 400 blows And Jules and Jim, expressing unflattering opinions about him. Tarantino had clarified that the cinephile opinions expressed in the book by the character did not necessarily reflect his own, but many couldn’t help but notice how Tarantino was likely using these pages to speak through them and make his own voice heard.

“He tried Truffaut twice, but he didn’t react. Not because the movies were boring (they were), but that wasn’t the only reason Cliff didn’t react. The first two films he saw (in a double feature by Truffaut) did not captivate him. The first film, “Les 400 coups”, left him cold. He didn’t really understand why that kid did half the shit he did – read in the novel – And he thought the nonsense in ‘Jules and Jim’ was a hell of a nuisance.”.

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