chapter  15
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• François Truffaut: Celebrate the Child

Truffaut, like Hitchcock, became a character in his films, although he took it a step further. Truffaut played the director in “Day for Night” (1972) and the doctor in “The Wild Child” (1970). Steven Spielberg, who often chooses the child’s point of view in his more personal work, cast Truffaut in his inner-space/outer-space epic, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977). In this sense, Truffaut became both a director and a star identified for a particular approach to his work. That approach, simply put, was his celebration of and empathy for the child.