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Who takes the train?

Michael Wood, 8 February 1990

Letters 
by François Truffaut, edited by Gilles Jocob, Claude deGivray and Gilbert Adair.
Faber, 589 pp., £17.50, November 1989, 0 571 14121 8
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... in films, there is no dead time. Films move like trains, like trains in the night.’ Il n’y pas de temps mort. Truffaut is paraphrasing Hitchcock who (in the book he did with Truffaut) called his films slices of cake rather than slices of life, and said drama was ‘life with the dull bits cut out’. Of course the fictional director is wrong in a serious ...

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