An Analysis Of Francois Truffaut 's ' An Attack On Hollywood ' Essay

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As classical Hollywood was hitting new limits in the 1950s, overseas French film buffs began to analyze films from a critical standpoint. Young Turks, as they would be called, featured those who would later become some of the earliest adopters of French New Wave Cinema. Francois Truffaut, one of these Young Turks, developed in his article “A Certain Tendency in French Film,” an attack on Hollywood directors who seemed to be more focused on creating a faithful adaption from literary sources instead of using films as a means of personal expression for its director (Cook, 11). He admired filmmakers like Welles, Ford, and Hitchcock who had developed a sense of authorship over there films by putting a more personal vision in them. Filmmakers who transcended the idea of director and instead looked to be auteurs. Moving into the 1960s, auteurs both in Hollywood and overseas developed film that broke conventions of how film is made and what is acceptable to show. Through films such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960), Jean Luc-Godard’s Contempt (1963), and Robert Drew’s Primary (1960) a new wave of cinema developed where filmmakers aimed to break classic Hollywood conventions with distinct styles of filmmaking playing with the idea of a voyeuristic audience and a new affection for taboo themes such as violence and sexuality. Alfred Hitchcock was already a well-respected filmmaker by the time his groundbreaking film Psycho hit theaters. As David Thomson points out in his book The

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