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. After a career of more than 25 years, 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 2,337,558 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). François Truffaut is the 20th most popular film director (up from 25th in 2019), the 201st most popular biography from France (up from 226th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular 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 20 out of 1,581Before him are Luchino Visconti, Luis Buñuel, Andrei Tarkovsky, Jean-Luc Godard, Sergio Leone, and Francis Ford Coppola. After him are Miloš Forman, Georges Méliès, Leni Riefenstahl, Pedro Almodóvar, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Michelangelo Antonioni.

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Among people born in 1932, François Truffaut ranks 8Before him are Jacques Chirac, Luc Montagnier, Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, Omar Sharif, and Andrei Tarkovsky. After him are Miloš Forman, Johnny Cash, John Williams, Cesare Maldini, Abebe Bikila, and Peter O'Toole. Among people deceased in 1984, François Truffaut ranks 5Before him are Michel Foucault, Richard Burton, Yuri Andropov, and Indira Gandhi. After him are Paul Dirac, Johnny Weissmuller, Martin Niemöller, Ray Kroc, Mikhail Sholokhov, Truman Capote, and Ed Gein.

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Among people born in France, François Truffaut ranks 201 out of 6,011Before him are Vilfredo Pareto (1848), Jean Racine (1639), Georges Pompidou (1911), Jacques de Molay (1243), Pope Clement VI (1291), and Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou (1113). After him are Henri de Saint-Simon (1760), Henri Rousseau (1844), Léon Foucault (1819), Richard II of England (1367), Nicéphore Niépce (1765), and Georges Méliès (1861).


Among film directors born in France, François Truffaut ranks 3Before him are Roman Polanski (1933) and Jean-Luc Godard (1930). After him are Georges Méliès (1861), Éric Rohmer (1920), Jacques Tati (1907), William Wyler (1902), Roger Vadim (1928), Claude Chabrol (1930), Luc Besson (1959), Jean-Jacques Annaud (1943), and Robert Bresson (1901).