FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT (2014)
by Lillian Ross
Film Desk's first monograph.
This volume of 40 pages contains five New Yorker "Talk of the Town" pieces by Lillian Ross, each of which follow François Truffaut during five visits to New York between 1960 and 1976 on occasions of the New York Film Critics Circle Awards and New York Film Festivals.
Lillian Ross was a staff writer at The New Yorker. She wrote often about moviemakers - including Clint Eastwood, Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa, Oliver Stone, Tommy Lee Jones, Wes Anderson, and Francis Ford Coppola. John Huston was the main character in her classic book, Picture, about the making of the 1951 film The Red Badge of Courage. The book, still in print, is generally acknowledged to be the first time a long factual story was written -- the interrelationship of Huston, the director, Gottfried Reinhardt, the producer, Dore Schary, the MGM production head and Louis B. Mayer, head of the studio as the main novelistic characters -- in fictional form. Ross lived in Manhattan and passed away in 2017 at the age of 99.
"As modest in appearance as it is auspicious in substance." -- Richard Brody, The New Yorker