The 400 Blows, François Truffaut (1959) [99 minutes]
Before working as a director, François Truffaut was a rebellious, brilliant film critic (I can’t help but love him a little for that :P). He and some other critics, all working for Cahiers du Cinéma, were fed up with the stuffy academicism that had taken over French film. They wanted to make movies that people could connect to; so the audience could feel that the film spoke to their problems and sensibilities. They decided to make these movies themselves. These films are fun, yet poignant; they are made by movie lovers, for movie lovers.
Their movement, titled the French New Wave, was thrust into the spotlight by this little film, The 400 Blows. This film centers around a young boy, Antoine Doinel, played fantastically by Jean-Pierre Léaud. Attending a strict all-boys school in Paris, he doesn’t fit the mold…
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