The 400 Blows (4K Remaster)

400 . hits, 1959.

Directed by Francois Truffaut.
Starring Jean-Pierre Laude, Albert Remy, Claire Maurier, Patrick Offy.


A young boy, left without a care, plunges into a life of petty crime.

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Along with the likes of Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Demy, and Jean-Pierre Melville, François Truffaut was one of the pioneers of the French New Wave of the 1960s and 1970s that produced some of the best and most innovative films of the era. Directors who are grateful for the era include Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Francis Ford Coppola. Truffaut’s career got extensive retrospective compliment from BFI in January and February and his first movie 400 . hits It is still one of his defining works.

The semi-autobiographical film tells the story of Antoine Doinel, a troubled teenager who is constantly in harm’s way. Doinel would become a recurring feature in the Truffaut filmography with three other feature films depicting his story, culminating in 1979. love on the run (There was also a short film featuring Doinel called Antoine and Colette).


Jean-Pierre Laud’s performance is amazing and it is remarkable that he was only 15 years old when the movie was released. He excels at selling the nuances of Doinel’s character, and his dissatisfaction at home leads him to cause trouble for himself. Much of the film’s strength depends on Léud and he manages to capture the joys and struggles of growing up. Doinel is an alter ego of Truffaut himself and clearly dates back to the director’s troubled youth, and here we can see glimpses of what led to Truffaut’s love of cinema through the big screen proving Antoine’s runaway entertainment.

As with many French New Wave classics, 400 . hits It captures the hustle and bustle of Paris as well as its beauty and mystery. The film’s cinematography is visually striking but captivating in a post-war city, as well as gloomy. Henri Deca was one of France’s most popular cinematographers and ensured the film would feature in the part with several notable sequences including the Death Wheel sequence and the iconic beach closing scene. In just over 90 minutes, Truffaut manages to capture a clear sense of the young Parisian personality of the late 1950s.

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A movie released over 60 years ago 400 . hits It still stands impressively and many of the films to come in the decades since clearly owe it a debt of gratitude. Kenneth Branagh Belfast He feels deeply indebted to the movie, although that’s not slander Belfast In itself, this is an obvious veneration of this classic. The film did not lose any of its power, it is full of imagination, emotion and acted wonderfully. It’s all the more cool considering it was Truffaut’s first movie and he probably couldn’t escape his shadow completely; Although later it works like Jules and Jim, And day at night Also loved in circles, nothing launched by Truffaut has had quite the same effect.

400 . hits It still retains much of its prestige, past the time when it emerged as one of the best French films of its era. Jean-Pierre Laud remains an astonishing presence giving one of the best children’s shows of all time and leaving an indelible mark on the French cinema scene. This classic is only recommended on the big screen as it is currently available alongside many of Truffaut’s other best works and we can only hope that this will introduce many new audiences to the work of one of France’s best directors.

Flickering legend evaluation: Movie: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Chris Connor

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