Remembering Towering Filmmakers Fuller and Truffaut

October 22, 2014 3:11 PM

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Remembering Towering Filmmakers Fuller and Truffaut

It's timely that A Fuller Life -- a documentary celebrating Samuel Fuller's career -- opens Friday at the Laemmle Noho 7 in Los Angeles, and that the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris has just mounted a massive retrospective of Francois Truffaut's work. The internationally revered French filmmaker died thirty years ago on October 21 -- at the age of 52 -- while the 17th anniversary of Fuller's passing (at 85) is October 30.

The two directors -- who often expressed mutual admiration -- were fiercely independent, making movies that were often deeply personal. Truffaut wrote in 1960 -- just after directing his first feature, The 400 Blows -- "I always come away from Samuel Fuller films both admiring and jealous." And when...

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