Google Doodle spotlights filmmaker François Truffaut

6 Feb 2012

The Google Doodle honouring film critic and filmmaker François Truffaut

Internet search giant Google is celebrating what would have been the 80th birthday of François Truffaut, the filmmaker and film critic who also brought French New Wave to cinemas, with a slideshow Google Doodle on its homepage.

The Google Doodle features three images: The first depicts what looks like a figure standing on beach, with the figure in the place of the second g in Google. The company’s logo is in yellow on the black and white image.

The second image consists of three black and white figures running past a blue Google logo on what appears to be a tiled wall.

The final image is the only one in full colour. It features a cinema screen with a couple standing in front of a red Google logo.

Users can click on arrows on the side of the images to scroll through the slideshow.

Truffaut was born 6 February 1932 in Paris, France, and died in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France at the age 52 on 21 October 1984 after developing a brain tumour.

Truffaut used improvisation, location filming and small budgets when it came to making his films. His most well-known film, Jules et Jim, was released in 1961 and has since become a classic of French cinema.

He won an Oscar in 1973 for La nuit americaine, in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Google Doodles are stylised Google logos the search giant places on its homepage to mark anniversaries or particular events.

Google Doodle

Google Doodle

The images featured in the Google Doodle slideshow marking what would have been the 80th birthday of filmmaker François Truffaut