The 400 blows

The 400 blows

DVD - 2008 | French
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Sensitively recreating the trials of Truffaut's own childhood, portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, petty crime, and a friendship that would last a lifetime.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2008]
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781604651300
160465130X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 99 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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Green_Seastar_14
Dec 04, 2017

The 400 Blows is a brutally honest coming of age story set in 50s Paris, where normal and educated people begin to rebel and crumble at different speeds. Our protagonist and alter ego of Truffaut himself is Antoine Doinel, one of the best characters ever brought to screen, and his debut proves it. HIs passionlessness is amplified by the backdrop of the perceived high society of Paris and magnified by his equally apathetic but desperate parents. And the final scene is cinematic brilliance. This is a must for fans of foreign film.

From way back in 1959, it is one of the great classics of world cinema. This 2006 re-issue is particularly good, as it has all kinds of bonus features. I really enjoyed watching the audition of 14-year-old Jean-Pierre Leaud, who is the star of the movie (the title of which should be translated as something like "Sowing Wild Oats," rather by the literal, and nonsensical "400 Blows"). Leaud would go on to become Truffaut's favourite actor. Be sure to see him in «La Nuit Américaine», or "Day for Night."

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Monolith
Sep 04, 2013

Truly a touching piece. Truffaut's presentation of young Antoine's troubles was so heartfelt it made me wonder if I was witnessing his own biopic. And Antoine's portrayer, Jean-Pierre Léaud, was amazingly mature and gifted. A very good film.

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ncs1961
Jul 27, 2013

a must see for every classic movie lover

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Sep 04, 2013

Psychiatrist: "Your parents say you're always lying." Antoine Doinel: "Oh, I lie now and then, I suppose. Sometimes I'd tell them the truth and they still wouldn't believe me, so I prefer to lie."

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