Truffaut and Rivette spent the whole morning of January 20, 1954, taping a long conversation with Jacques Becker. While this method seems obvious today, at the time it was deeply innovative and would radically change the approach to films. The twelve-page spread that appeared the following month would be the first such piece to be published by Cahiers du cinema. The form was not new — Truffaut himself had been very impressed by the publication of Paul Leautaud’s radio interviews with Robert Mallet — but to date it had been used only in magazines to report the comments of stars, the moods of producers, or anecdotes about film directors. Truffaut and Rivette had a completely different, very specific goal: to become intimately acquainted with a filmmaker by inviting the auteur to talk freely about himself, his work methods and his career.

— Antoine de Baecque, Serge Toubiana (translated by Catherine Temerson) Truffaut: A Biography


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