6 Shots From 6 Films: Special François Truffaut Edition

4 (or more) Shots From 4 (or more) Films is just what it says it is, 4 (or more) shots from 4 (or more) of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 (or more) Shots From 4 (or more) Films lets the visuals do the talking.

The great François Truffaut was born 89 years ago today, in Paris, France.  This French director would go on to prove that cinema is a universal language and it’s hard not to think about what type of films Truffaut would have gone on to make, if not for his tragically early death at the age of 52.  As far as I am concerned, today is a holiday dedicated to one of the most important cinematic voices of all time.

In honor of the life and legacy of François Truffaut, here are:

6 Shots From 6 François Truffaut Films

The 400 Blows (1959, dir by François Truffaut, DP: Henri Decae)

Shoot the Piano Player (1960, dir by François Truffaut, DP: Raoul Coutard)

Fahrenheit 451 (1966, dir by François Truffaut, DP: Nicolas Roeg)

Day For Night (1973, dir by François Truffaut, DP: Pierre-William Glenn)

The Story of Adele H. (1975, dir by François Truffaut, DP: Nestor Almendros)

The Last Metro (1980, dir by François Truffaut, DP: Nestor Alemndros)

Artwork of the Day: Tough Guy (Artist Unknown)

Artist Unknown

In 1938, writer A.I. Bezzerides sold his first novel.  It was called Long Haul and it was about the dangerous lives of truckers.  In 1940, it was turned into a movie called They Drive By Night and, when the original novel was republished, it was renamed so that the book’s title matched the movie’s title.  Then, for some reason, in 1953, the book’s title was again changed.  When Lion Books republished Long Haul, they changed the title to Tough Guy.

The cover for Tough Guy features someone doing something that no one should ever do — wear a fedora with jeans!  It also features a woman hitchhiking in high heels, which is something else you should never do.  A trucker should know better than to pick up a hitchhiker but, in this case, he was probably more busy thinking about the cleavage than the potential danger of letting a stranger into his cab.  I do like the beret.

Unfortunately, the identity of this cover’s artist is unknown.

Music Video of the Day: Can’t Get Enuff by Winger (1991, directed by Michael Bay)

Winger’s the worst but this video for Can’t Get Enuff is interesting just because it was directed by Michael Bay, before he started his feature film career.

Everything about this video identifies it as being a Michael Bay production.  It takes place on a hot day and it features a lot of sexy people finding ways to deal with the heat.  The camera lingers on the sun, the bodies, and the city.  It looks great even if it’s hard to imagine that any of the people in the video would actually be listening to Winger.  The video was so popular that, even though Winger’s style of music was being overshadowed by newcomers like Nirvana, Can’t Get Enuff was still a hit for the band.  Of course, just two years later, Beavis and Butthead premiered on MTV and viewers met Stewart, the loser wearing a Winger t-shirt.  Whatever chance Winger had ever being considered cool in even a retro fashion pretty much ended as soon as Stewart said, “Hey, guys.”