Francois Truffaut in conversation in 1977 with Richard Roud, then Director of the New York Film Festival. Truffaut, leading spokesman for the new French cinema, and director of "Jules and Jim," "The Four Hundred Blows," "Bed and Board," "The Story of Adele H.," etc. was in America for the premier of "The Man Who Loved Women" at the 15th New York Film Festival. It was Truffaut's first US television appearance. The conversation is in French, with voice-over translations.
Mr. Roud gives a brief biography of Truffaut and his career. This program includes clips from several Truffaut films, including his first, "Les Miston" ("The Mischief Makers", 1958.) The film director addresses many themes, including his childhood, the moral challenge of World War Two, the real meaning of the "auteur theory", how the conservative French film industry was forced to change, his status as a "culture hero" in the US, making a film that is as personal as a novel, the difference between French and American approaches to cinema, individual films seen in the totality of one's work, gaining understanding and sympathy for a character in a film, Alfred Hitchcock's relationship to his characters, and plot and story-telling.