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
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 99 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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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."

Dec 02, 2013

This art-house piece by Francois Truffaut is probably his best known film. Shot in black-and-white and with a great child cast, this film portrayed a troubled youngster and the social system that mistreated him. The title is misleading after translation from French - it has nothing to do with corporal punishment. A good reference film for serious film fans.

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.

Jul 27, 2013

a must see for every classic movie lover

May 16, 2011

all parents should watch this to see that the don't go down the road of abuse by misunderstanding. and how love is available if one just looks and a second look could make things okay ie. the mother was evil but the boy would've made a good stepson.


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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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