Celebrated author Serge Toubiana, president of Unifrance and former director of the Cinematheque française, will discuss the life and work of Helen Scott, subject of his latest book, L’amie américaine. A legendary figure for film buffs on both sides of the Atlantic, Helen Scott is perhaps best known for her passionate work and friendship with François Truffaut, but she led a fascinating and mysterious life all her own. A book signing with Toubiana will follow the talk. Presented in collaboration with Albertine Books.


  • Moderator: Annette Insdorf, Columbia University Film Professor and author of books including Francois Truffaut and Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes.
  • Serge Toubiana, author of L’Amie Américaine
  • Molly Haskell, American feminist film critic and author of books including From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies
  • Robert Benton, Director of Kramer vs. Kramer and screenwriter of Places in the Heart
  • Adeline Monzier, US representative of UniFrance

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