5 Lessons for Writers from François Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows”

the-400-blowsFrançois Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows” is a staple of film courses, the frontrunner in the French New Wave Cinema. Not surprisingly, I watched it in class when I was in college. Our analysis now escapes me, but I remember getting teary-eyed while watching it. The 12-year-old protagonist, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), is one of the most unforgettable characters ever created in film. He has stayed with me for decades. (more…)

Celluloid vs. Real London: Young Victoria’s Hyde Park, James Bond’s MI6

Tower Bridge crosses the River Thames.

Tower Bridge crosses the River Thames.

Movies like “The Young Victoria,” “Skyfall,” and “King’s Speech” made me feel like I’ve been to London. And when I did go to London, I felt like I was on a movie set. (more…)