François Truffaut

1932 - 1984

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François Roland Truffaut (UK: TROO-foh, TRUUF-oh, US: troo-FOH; French: [fʁɑ̃swa ʁɔlɑ̃ tʁyfo]; 6 February 1932 – 21 October 1984) was a French film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film critic. He is widely regarded as one of the founders of the French New Wave. In a career lasting over a quarter of a century, he remains an icon of the French film industry, having worked on over 25 films. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of François Truffaut has received more than 1,822,878 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). François Truffaut is the 25th most popular film director, the 226th most popular biography from France (down from 209th in 2019) and the 4th most popular French Film Director.

François Truffaut is most famous for his contribution to the French New Wave movement. He is also known for being the first person to write a book on Alfred Hitchcock.

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Among film directors, François Truffaut ranks 25 out of 1,580Before him are Luis Buñuel, Miloš Forman, Jean-Luc Godard, Bernardo Bertolucci, Georges Méliès, and Konstantin Stanislavski. After him are Michelangelo Antonioni, Pedro Almodóvar, David Lynch, Quentin Tarantino, George Lucas, and Ken Loach.

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Among people born in 1932, François Truffaut ranks 10Before him are Debbie Reynolds, Jacques Chirac, Andrei Tarkovsky, Omar Sharif, Miloš Forman, and Luc Montagnier. After him are John Williams, Cesare Maldini, Abebe Bikila, Peter O'Toole, Gerhard Richter, and Anouk Aimée. Among people deceased in 1984, François Truffaut ranks 6Before him are Michel Foucault, Richard Burton, Yuri Andropov, Indira Gandhi, and Ray Kroc. After him are Paul Dirac, Johnny Weissmuller, Ed Gein, Truman Capote, Martin Niemöller, and Mikhail Sholokhov.

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Among people born in France, François Truffaut ranks 226 out of 5,234Before him are Gérard Depardieu (1948), Louis VIII of France (1187), Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou (1113), Luc Montagnier (1932), Georges Clemenceau (1841), and Gilles de Rais (1405). After him are Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot (1796), Philip III of France (1245), Charles XIV John of Sweden (1763), Léon Foucault (1819), Jacques de Molay (1243), and Charles Fourier (1772).


Among film directors born in France, François Truffaut ranks 4Before him are Roman Polanski (1933), Jean-Luc Godard (1930), and Georges Méliès (1861). After him are Jacques Tati (1907), Éric Rohmer (1920), Roger Vadim (1928), William Wyler (1902), Claude Chabrol (1930), Alain Resnais (1922), Luc Besson (1959), and Jean-Jacques Annaud (1943).