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one to ones with directors, actors, academics and others connected with the nouvelle vague.
  • Alain Jessua talks to one of France's most innovative directors in an exclusive interview about his life and work. (translated from French.)
  • Raymond Cauchetier talks to the legendary photographer whose photographs defined and documented the French New Wave. (translated from French.)
  • Serge Toubiana
    Ahead of the release in cinemas of the documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut, for which he co-wrote the screenplay, spoke to M. Toubiana about the film and his friendship with Francois Truffaut.
  • Kent Jones on 'Hitchcock/Truffaut'
    Ahead of its cinema release we talk to director Kent Jones about his film Hitchcock/Truffaut, a documentary about the seminal book of interviews between Truffaut and his hero, Alfred Hitchcock.
  • Geoff Andrew on Francois Truffaut interviews Head of the Film Programme at the BFI, Geoff Andrew, who discusses Truffaut's enduring appeal, his influences, and what makes him one of cinema's greatest and most fascinating directors.

  • Geoff Andrew on Eric Rohmer again interviews Head of the Film Programme at the BFI, Geoff Andrew, who talks about Rohmer’s films and his own personal recollections of the director.

  • Michael Witt on Jean-Luc Godard
    In conjunction with the BFI’s major retrospective of Jean-Luc Godard’s 60-year career, we asked the season’s co-curator Michael Witt for his thoughts on what makes Godard such a unique and important filmmaker.

  • Peter Hames on Vera Chytilová
    To celebrate the BFI’s season Defiance and Compassion: The Films of Vera Chytilová, we asked film scholar Peter Hames for his insights into the life and career of one of the defining figures of the Czechoslovak New Wave.
Classic Interviews

Truffaut and Hitchcock

  • Hitchcock/Truffaut
    In late August 1962, Francois Truffaut carried out a week of all day interviews with Alfred Hitchcock covering his life and work in cinema. The tapes, re-discovered by Serge Toubiana in the 1990s, can be heard here in full, in audio format.
  • In this excerpt from the TV show Cinépanorama from February 20, 1960, host France Roche interviews François Truffaut after his return from New York, where Les Quatre cents coups (The 400 Blows) was named Best Foreign Film by the New York Film Critics Circle.
  • Jean-Luc Godard interviewed by Tom Milne prior to the first screening of Vivre sa vie (1962) at the London Film Festival.

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