The 400 Blows (1959) France
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Director:François Truffaut
Producer:François Truffaut
Writer:François Truffaut, Marcel Moussy
Rating:8.0 (12,553 votes)
Date Added:2007-10-19
Awards:Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations
Picture Format:Anamorphic Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
Languages:French, Dolby Digital 1.0
Features:Commentary by film scholar Brian Stonehill
Rare audition footage of young actors Jean-Pierre Leaud, Patrick Auffay, and Richard Kanayan
Excerpts from French TV interview with Truffaut discussing his youth, critical writings and the origins of Antoine Doinel
François Truffaut  ...  (Director)
François Truffaut, Marcel Moussy  ...  (Writer)
Jean-Pierre Léaud  ...  Antoine Doinel
Claire Maurier  ...  Gilberte Doinel, the Mother
Albert Rémy  ...  Julien Doinel
Guy Decomble  ...  'Petite Feuille', the French teacher
Georges Flamant  ...  Mr. Bigey
Patrick Auffay  ...  René
Daniel Couturier  ...  Les enfants
François Nocher  ...  Les enfants
Richard Kanayan  ...  Les enfants
Renaud Fontanarosa  ...  Les enfants
Michel Girard  ...  Les enfants
Henry Moati  ...  Les enfants
Bernard Abbou  ...  Les enfants
Jean-François Bergouignan  ...  Les enfants
Michel Lesignor  ...  Les enfants
Serge Moati  ...  Un enfant / Child (as Henry Moati)
Albert Remy  ...  
Jeanne Moreau  ...  
Comments: Angel faces hell-bent for violence.

Summary: A young Parisian boy, Antoine Doinel, neglected by his derelict parents, skips school, sneaks into movies, runs away from home, steals things, and tries (disastrously) to return them. Like most kids, he gets into more trouble for things he thinks are right than for his actual trespasses. Unlike most kids, he gets whacked with the big stick. He inhabits a Paris of dingy flats, seedy arcades, abandoned factories, and workaday streets, a city that seems big and full of possibilities only to a child's eye.