Was there ever a cinema de papa Part 2
I began my previous post on the subject of the term “cinema de papa” by asking you to google <<“Francois Truffaut” “cinema de papa”>> and request English language only. This time the query is google <<“Francois Truffaut” “cinema de papa” site:fr>>. That query will retrieve sites that emanate from France.
I just conducted that search and had forty-two sites retrieved for my that after eliminating duplicates, Google reduced to thirty.
Of those thirty:
In five, the terms “Francois Truffaut” and “Cinema de Papa” appear in links only. Six sites used the term “cinema de papa” as a synonym for “tradition of quality” but do it in a generally way, never claiming that Truffaut himself used the term. Only one,from the newsmagazine Marianne, attempts to put the term in Truffaut’s mouth. The writer then goes on to demonstrate that he has not a clue what he is discussing by imply that Truffaut critiques of the films “Casque d'Or”, Lola Montes and La Traversee de Paris were “assassines et méprisantes” ("murderous and contemptful"). An idea which will not stand simple research. The other eighteen hits – and indeed the first twelve hits – deal with a film released in 1969 which was titled “Le Cinema de Papa”. And as the saying goes thereby hangs a tale.
Around 1968, Eric Rohmer went to François Truffaut looking for help in financing his film Ma Nuit Chez Maud. Truffaut put together a group of investors, including himself to back the project. He also asked an actor who had recently turned to directing and who had won an Academy Award for Best Short Subject in 1966 to come on as his assistant in getting the film produced. That young actor-director was named Claude Berri. Truffaut and Berri quickly became very close. Before Truffaut died, his last two visitors were Robert Lachenay and claude Berri. In his memoirs Autoportrait, Berri reveals quite quickly that in his personal chambre verte, Truffaut holds one of the places of honor. The Rohmer film was a great success and Truffaut began to put together ad-hoc production groups to make films that otherwise might not get financing. Berri continued as his assistant. In 1970, Berri wrote and directed the aforementioned film Le Cinema de Papa which is so often (60 %) linked to Truffaut in fr (French) web-sites. That film was produced by a one-time only producing partnership called Papas Cinema. So was Truffaut a partner in the company Papas Cinema? Well since it is evident that on a morale level Truffaut was one hundred per-cent behind Berri and since Truffaut was just coming off helping to finance films for Eric Rohmer and for Berri's brother-in-law, Maurice Pialat. one would have to suppose that, if Truffaut did not pitch in with financial support, then Berri was able to put the financing together without Truffaut's help. In 1971, Truffaut wrote a review of the film for Pariscope which he reprinted in his collection The Films in My Life.