The genre films
in François Truffaut
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François Truffaut's attitude to genre and the questions it posed for French film-makers is neatly summed up at a very early point of his career in the juxtapositioning of two short sequences in Les Mistons. Truffaut's exploitation of genre is not as straightforward as it at first appears. If his genre films are, with one exception, films noirs or thrillers, this is attributable in large part to the influence of the films of Alfred Hitchcock. The first two films, Les Mistons and Les 400 Coups, although they contain references to genre, are resistant to classification by genre. Tirezis the first of his genre films, it is equally one of his most artistically successful and one of his most innovative. The last of the three genre films which Truffaut produced between 1964 and 1967 was another film noir, La Marìée était en noir (the second film in the group, Fahrenheit 451).

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