“No filmmaker cared more and wrote better about his work than Francois Truffaut. Each of his films provoked interviews that open up past models, current trends, technological challenges, struggles with actors, the politics of criticism, and the quest for sublimity. Anne Gillain’s inspiring preface readies us for a vibrant, single-minded man, surprisingly timid, yet prepared to expose his values and the difficulties achieving them. Truffaut’s films are even more beautiful seen in light of his reflections on them.”
— Dudley Andrew, author of What Cinema Is!
“"Ably edited by Gillain and translated by Alistair Fox, the volume gathers nearly all of Truffaut’s writings on his own films, from his breakthrough with The 400 Blows in 1959 to his final film, Confidentially Yours (1983). The writings reveal a Truffaut who was as incisive and direct in assessing his own work as he was in assessing the work of other directors." -W.W. Dixon, University of Nebraska--Lincoln