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Les quatre cents coups

Jean-Pierre Léaud | Feature
D François Truffaut | France, 1959
L French
Tags: 35 mm, Auteur, Award Winner, Biography, Black and White, Coming of Age, Drama, Family, Feel Good, Films by Film Critics, Relationships

"One of the most tender and loving depictions of childhood in cinema." – Senses of Cinema

In 1959, a 27-year-old French film critic by the name of François Truffaut made his first full-length film: a warm, bittersweet tale of a marginalised, misunderstood adolescent whose inability to adhere to society's confines sees him pegged as a troublemaker.

One of the cornerstones of the French New Wave, a film that helped free mainstream art cinema from self-imposed stagnation, The 400 Blows remains a resonant depiction of rebellion and solitude. It also introduced the world to a then-teenaged Jean-Pierre Léaud, whose portrayal of youthful melancholy reflected the malaise of a generation and paved the way for a brilliant acting career.

Winner of the Best Director prize at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival.

"One of the most intensely touching stories ever made about a young adolescent." – Roger Ebert

For further information on The 400 Blows, read the Senses of Cinema dossier.

D/P/S François Truffaut Dist Umbrella Entertainment L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/1959

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