|Truffaut in Close Encounters of the Third Kind|
being physically abused at home. The children are delightful in approaching life and one another with budding curiosity and hope, but it doesn’t break new ground in his career. However, it was the first of his films that I saw when I was in high school and it was an invitation to see more.
|Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Deparadieu in The Last Metro|
|Truffaut as the French Scientist |
in Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Americans probably know Truffaut best as the French scientist researching the UFO activity in the U.S. in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). He was conscientious, intense, and completely connected to Richard Dreyfuss even with the language barrier. He makes sense in a Spielberg movie because Spielberg is almost a later American version of Truffaut. After all, he also has a light touch, a sense of charm, and is great with child actors. He’s moved between genres, but Truffaut’s artistic root is literature, whereas Spielbergs artisitic root is the genre movie.
|Spielberg and Truffaut|