first work

Just as we say a person is fully formed between the ages of seven and twelve, so we can also say that a filmmaker shows what his career will be in his first 150 feet of film. His first work is himself, and what he does later will also be himself, always the same thing, sometimes a masterpiece, sometimes something less good, even some failures. All of Orson Welles is in the first reel of Citizen Kane, Bunuel in Un Chien Andalou, Godard in Une Jeune Coquette; and all of Jean Vigo is in A propos de Nice. 

-François Truffaut The Films in My Life

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