"I once had a dream, or a vision, and I imagined that dream to be of importance to other people, so I wrote the manuscript and made the film. But it is not until the moment when my dream meets with your emotions and your minds that my shadows come to life. It is your recognition that brings them to life. It is your indifference that kills them. I hope that you will understand; that you when you leave the cinema will take with you an experience or a sudden thought—or maybe a question. The efforts of my friends and myself have then not been in vain…" — Ingmar Bergman

"There have been two periods in my inner life, two idées fixes. The first period consisted of me working with directors with whom I totally identified, like François, like Jean Eustache. When I was working for François, I was like François. When I worked for Eustache, I was like Eustache. Same with Godard. In the second period, which I am living now, as we speak, I no longer identify with the director but with my character, and I get great pleasure working with someone like Olivier Assayas, who writes so well and is so intelligent. The third period I’m not so sure about—it could arrive any minute now." — Jean-Pierre Léaud

The 400 Blows (dir. François Truffaut - 1959)
Ako / White Morning (dir. Hiroshi Teshigahara - 1965)

Jean-Pierre Léaud, Madeleine and François Truffaut, and Jean Cocteau at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. Truffaut won Best Director honors for The 400 Blows.

Jean-Pierre Léaud, Madeleine and François Truffaut, and Jean Cocteau at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. Truffaut won Best Director honors for The 400 Blows.

Truffaut and Léaud on the set of The 400 Blows

Truffaut and Léaud on the set of The 400 Blows

The 400 Blows // dir. François Truffaut

The 400 Blows // dir. François Truffaut

The 400 Blows // François Truffaut

The 400 Blows // François Truffaut