French moviemaker FranÃ§ois Truffaut was born this day in 1932. Famous for being part of the French New Wave, the writer-director originally found himself a member of the French Army. After deserting early and a resulting prison sentence, Truffaut began dedicating his life to film. To this day, his contributionsâ€”including the script for Jean-Luc Godardâ€™s Breathless and the semi-autobiographical The 400 Blowsâ€”remain some of the most memorable to emerge from the period.
Factoid: The movies of FranÃ§ois Truffaut are still studied today, but the creative mind is also noted as the first advocate of the popular â€œauteur theory.â€ The theory, first published AndrÃ© Bazin in Cahiers du Cinema, is said to be the start of the French New Waveâ€”pressing directors to imprint a unique signature to their work.