The 400 blows

The 400 blows

Les quatre cents coups

DVD - 1999 | French
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SUMMARY: Fourteen-year-old Antoine Doinet lives in a cramped apartment with his mother and stepfather, neglected by them and unlucky at school. Living an intense imaginative life of his own he gets into trouble and is finally committed to reform school from which he escapes and runs towards the sea, which he has never seen.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Fox Lorber, c1999.
ISBN: 9781572525320
Branch Call Number: DVD Four
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.


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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."

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


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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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