Truffaut on Cinema

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CHAPTER 17
1970: BED AND BOARD

I am about to turn thirty-eight, and I feel as if I am fifty. I
began to live actively at the age of twelve and, what’s more,
around 1944 and 1945, I watched many films and read many
pre-War plays, meaning that my personal folklore focuses
on France during the 1930s and 1940s. I would have loved to
go to the dress rehearsals for Amphitryon, La guerre de Troie
n’aura pas lieu, Le Soulier de satin
.1 I feel as if I belong to that
generation.

Interview with Pierre Loubière and Gilbert Salachas,
Télé-Ciné 23, no. 160, March 1971

Currently, a new categorization is emerging in cinema: people are placing
“bourgeois filmmakers” on one side, and “nonbourgeois filmmakers” on
the other. Your detractors put you in the first category. What do you think
about that?

Frankly, I don’t know what to say … That is not a perspective with which I am familiar, either in my life or my work. Almost everyone feels insulted if someone refers to them as bourgeois, but I myself do not take this as an insult. In fact, I don’t feel at all concerned, probably because I participate so little in ordinary life. In general, the designation “bourgeois” is an attack on a certain way of living. I have no particular lifestyle (I don’t live outside of cinema), and

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