As a famous director of suspense/thriller films in England and the U.S. Alfred Hitchcock probably needs no introduction. Francois Truffaut was equally accomplished as a filmmaker, but because he worked pretty much in French in France, he’s less well-known — at least in the English-speaking world.
Truffaut died of a brain tumour at the age of 52 in 1984, so his career didn’t run as long as Hitchcock’s. But as a critic, actor and director he’s regarded as one of the leading figures in the New Wave movement that dominated French cinema from the late 1950s through the 1960s.
In 1962, Truffaut conducted over 50 hours of interviews with Hitchcock for a book project about his approach to filmmaking that proved hugely influential for later generations of filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson.
Directed by Kent Jones, Hitchcock/Truffaut is a documentary that explores the historical legacy of those interviews and the book that followed. It screens at the RPL Theatre Thursday Feb. 18 and Saturday Feb. 20 at 9 p.m., Friday Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. and Sunday Feb. 21 at 2:30 p.m. Here’s the trailer: