For his feature-film debut, critic-turned-director François Truffaut drew inspiration from his own troubled childhood. The 400 Blows stars Jean-Pierre Léaud as Antoine Doinel, Truffaut's preteen alter... read more
Directed by: François Truffaut
Release Date: November 16, 1959
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January 31, 2013
Francois Truffaut's directorial debut and great coming-of-age story 'The 400 Blows' stands as one of the best of its sub genre. With a great lead performance and assured direction, Truffaut handles this autobiographical film with remarkable ease and aesthetics. This film about a ...
June 28, 2012
Without a doubt, one of the best films ever made. This is Paris in 1968 before Paris in 1968. This is punk rock before punk rock, and what The Clash meant by "I wasn't born, so much as I fell out." This is New Wave before New Wave. This is existentialism, Camus from the mouth of ...
March 27, 2012
Along with maybe Saturday Night Fever, this is one of the best growing up stories ever put on film. I know that statement will probably send people through the roof and I'll get some hate mail for it, but oh well. The 400 Blows is one of cinema's true masterpieces, and this comin...
January 28, 2012
Most words are just too blank to define a film as mature, touching, poignant, and whole as THE 400 BLOWS. The film marks the directorial debut of FranÃ§ois Truffaut, who worked prior to being a filmmaker as a film critic. At that, he goes beyond perfection. Though his screenpl...
January 24, 2012
My bad; I should have known better. It's an enormous blow in the name of a film. But I've had worse that have enabled me to survive such blows.
January 23, 2012
This film marked the start of Francois Truffaut's careeer, as well as the start of the French New Wave of cinema. It's one of the most important and influentual films ever made, but, despite that, I found myself surpriused by the fact that I am unable to give it the "Full 5" I'v...
December 21, 2011
It's kind of hard to care about Antoine when he is so stupid, i guess that's part of the point, kids are stupid, but it doesn't help that every single adult is portrayed as some kind of ogre, or simplistic doofus. I also guess that i'm not suppose to sympathize with Antoine, but ...
November 6, 2011
Despite being made in 1959, the 50 years has done little to diminish this film's power or relevance. Full review later.
September 9, 2011fb1216165431
Despite in black and white, The 400 Blows is a vibrant and joyful depiction of youth delinquency and rebellion of and by the influential François Truffaut, pioneer of the French New Wave late 1950's. Timeless and honest, certainly one of world cinema's best. A joyous and purposef...
July 10, 2011
Antoine: I need some money for lunch, dad. Only 1,000 francs.
Julien: Therefore you hope for 500. Therefore you need 300. Here's 100.
The 400 Blows is undoubtedly a masterpiece. It's the first Francais Truffaut film I have seen and I was completely blown away by it. Leaud who ...
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