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By Mark Cousins   April 2002

One of the first pronouncements made by the young Fran?ois Truffaut when he started directing films was that he would never work with two of the great ladies of French cinema, Danielle Darrieux and Michelle Morgan. At the time, the late 1950s, this seemed astonishingly arrogant, like a snotty Guy Ritchie type banishing Judi Dench from the films he might yet make. While the French film establishment’s response to Truffaut may well have been “he should be so lucky,” in retrospect, his lofty exclusion of Darrieux and Morgan seems like one of the great decisions in modern cinema. Truffaut burnt…

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