The two films by François Truffaut (1932-1984) that we'll watch in Languages 271 focus on moral development of children. How do children attain, as Itard put it, "the full stature of moral man"? To put it another way: how does society make them a part of itself? Truffaut's interest in this question was enlivened by his own difficult childhood, which included a stay in a reformatory, desertion from military service, and time spent in several prisons. In "The Wild Child," Truffaut plays Dr. Itard, but his heart is with Victor.