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François Truffaut
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For François Truffaut, the lost secret of cinematic art is in the ability to generate emotion and reveal repressed fantasies through cinematic representation. Available in English for the first time, Anne Gillain's François Truffaut: The Lost Secret is considered by many to be the best book on the interpretation of Truffaut's films. Taking a psycho-biographical approach, Gillain shows how Truffaut's creative impulse was anchored in his personal experience of a traumatic childhood that left him lonely and emotionally deprived. In a series of brilliant, nuanced readings of each of his films, she demonstrates how involuntary memories arising from Truffaut's childhood not only furnish a succession of motifs that are repeated from film to film, but also govern every aspect of his mise en scène and cinematic technique.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface to the English Edition of François Truffaut: The Lost Secret
  2. pp. ix-xxiii
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  1. Emotion and the Authorial Fantasmatic: An Introduction to the English Edition of Anne Gillian’s François Truffaut: The Lost Secret
  2. pp. xxv-xxxvi
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  1. Preface to the Original French Edition: One Secret Can Hide Another
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Introduction: The Secret of the Art
  2. pp. 5-18
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  1. 1. Family Secrets: The 400 Blows (1959), The Woman Next Door (1981)
  2. pp. 20-49
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  1. 2. Deceptions: Shoot the Piano Player (1960), The Soft Skin (1964)
  2. pp. 50-78
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  1. 3. Queen-Women: Jules and Jim (1962), The Last Metro (1980)
  2. pp. 80-109
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  1. 4. Sentimental Educations: Stolen Kisses (1968), Two English Girls (1971)
  2. pp. 110-139
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  1. 5. Criminal Women: The Bride Wore Black (1967), A Gorgeous Girl Like Me (1972)
  2. pp. 140-158
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  1. 6. In Search of the Father: Fahrenheit 451 (1966), Day for Night (1973)
  2. pp. 160-186
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  1. 7. Marriages: Mississippi Mermaid (1969), Bed and Board (1970)
  2. pp. 188-205
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  1. 8. Words and Things: The Wild Child (1970), The Story of Adèle H. (1975)
  2. pp. 206-233
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  1. 9. The Child King: Small Change (1976), Love on the Run (1979)
  2. pp. 234-248
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  1. 10. Fetishism and Mourning: The Man Who Loved Women (1977), The Green Room (1978)
  2. pp. 250-274
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  1. 11. The Role of Play: Confidentially Yours (1983)
  2. pp. 276-282
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  1. Conclusion: The Art of the Secret
  2. pp. 283-292
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 293-317
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  1. Filmography
  2. pp. 319-323
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 325-328
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 329-334
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