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Director François Truffaut makes a rare on-screen appearance in one of his most unusual films. Based on a true story, the film follows the discovery of a feral child (Jean-Pierre Cargol) who's grown up wild in the forest in late-18th-century France. Truffaut plays Dr. Jean Itard, the deaf specialist who tries to civilize the boy, teaching him to walk, speak and read; the screenplay was adapted fro...

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Directed by

François Truffaut

Written by

François Truffaut (Screenplay)
Jean Gruault (Screenplay)
Jean Itard (Novel)

Runtime

83 minutes

Country

France

Language

French

Tagline

At last an adult film to which you can take your children.

Cast

Keywords

doctor experiment sign language 18th century learning based on memoir or autobiography feral child reward tantrum punishment wild child

Lists

#664 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?