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Cinemasters: François Truffaut

On 15 May 1959, the announcement of the major prizes at Cannes heralded the start of a new era when The 400 Blows, the directorial debut of 27-year-old François Truffaut, carried off the award for Best Director. Truffaut, a provocative young film critic for the controversial Cahiers du cinéma, had previously been banned from attending the festival. The triumph of The 400 Blows, described in Cahiers itself as ‘the rocket that burst right in the middle of the enemy camp’, marked the arrival of the French New Wave on the world stage.

With a career lasting over a quarter of a century, Truffaut remains an icon of the French film industry. We’re excited to bring you a season of this Cinemaster’s greatest works, including screenings of the new 4K restoration of The 400 Blows as well as Shoot the Pianist, La Peau Douce, The Bride Wore Black, Jules et Jim, Mississippi Mermaid and The Last Metro.

Explore the programme in the links below and read our Programme Notes for the season here.

Films in this Season

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23-26 January

La peau douce (N/C 15+)

One of Truffaut’s subtlest and most richly rewarding films, this account of an extra-marital affair displays the influence of two of the director’s idols: Renoir and Hitchcock.

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Shoot the Pianist (12) is Sold out 19 January

Shoot the Pianist (12)

Celebrated French chanteur Charles Aznavour stars in François Truffaut's whip-smart, scintillating second film.

As per Scottish Government restrictions, seats available for all shows from 27 December to 23 January will be capped to meet the 1m social distancing requirement.

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