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Directed by François Truffaut

1970, in French with English subtitles

France

B/W

83 minutes

35mm

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TRUFFAUT: ON CHILDHOOD

The Wild Child

L'Enfant sauvage

A brilliant depiction of the real-life diaries of a 19th-century physician (played by François Truffaut) who attempts to educate and civilize a young boy found living in the wilderness without comprehension of human life.

“It has a miraculous kind of balance: between freedom and control, originality and homage, the discovery of new experience and the contemplation of the past . . . Truffaut gives us an image of himself as both master and student, the image that contains all we need to know of him.” —The New Yorker