Robert Lachenay

Robert Lachenay (1930–2005) was a French film critic and film crew member. He was François Truffaut's childhood friend and the inspiration for the character René Bigey in the first two films of the Antoine Doinel film series.

Robert Lachenay
Born(1930-05-27)27 May 1930
Paris, France
Died11 October 2005(2005-10-11) (aged 75)
Andeville, France
OccupationProduction Assistant, Film Critic
Years active1955–1961 (?)

Lachenay attended the same schools as Truffaut, and often let Truffaut stay at his family's home. When interviewed in the documentary François Truffaut: Portraits volés, Lachenay claimed that, unlike the film The 400 Blows, he was more often the leader and troublemaker, with Truffaut as his sidekick.

Lachenay was credited as a film critic who wrote articles for Cahiers du cinéma. However, Truffaut occasionally published under the alias "Robert Lachenay".

Lachenay later worked as a crew member on the early films of Truffaut and Jacques Rivette. He wrote and directed one short film, Le scarabée d'or in 1961, based on an Edgar Allan Poe story.

He died of a heart attack at the age of 75.


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