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The 400 Blows
Angel faces hell-bent for violence.
Intensely touching story of a misunderstood young adolescent who delves into a life of petty crime.
How do you explain what it's like to lose yourself in a film? The 400 Blows describes it particularly well. Francois Truffaut was an expert cinephile, after all: sneaking into theaters via washroom windows, gravitating closer and closer toward the screen so that for a few hours his world was only moving images shedding diffused light on hundreds of faces turned up to the screen.
But perhaps Truffaut wasn't intent on forgetting the rest of the world when he started sitting so close to the screen; perhaps he was simply dealing with weakening eyesight. That would be quite like him and his work, anyway: mundane realities finding their way into cinema in a manner that renders them achingly poetic.
François Truffaut's feature film debut is an intensely touching portrait of our adolescent years which beautifully captures the day-to-day activities we spent doing for hours despite it being deemed useless by our parents & teachers, the classes we bunked to go for movies or play, the teachers we loved to hate and the many times we were 'disciplined' for the smallest of things.
The 400 Blows is my first stint with this director's works & the elegant manner in which he has unfolded this story before our eyes is sheer poetry. Set in early 1950s Paris, the film is an expertly crafted character study of a young adolescent who's often misunderstood by his peers &, after being left with no attention, delves…
I've been hemming and hawing over this film all day. Having only seen Fahrenheit 451, I hesitate to comment on Truffaut's work. It's as if I were to say about Hitchcock's Rear Window, "Hey, have you noticed that everything is through that nosy Jeff's point of view?" It's laughable. I mean books have been written on 400 Blows and now I get to say something new? :)
So, here's my idea. If all of you Truffaut connoisseurs don't mind, I'm going to go over here and talk to my imaginary friend. You know, the one who knows as little as I do. And then I'll come back and mingle... (much less embarrassing this way)
Hey Jack, do you remember when…
Film 10/30 of the Travel Around the World Scavenger Hunt
Task #22: A movie with a sex pun title
Nope, this is not an artsy porno about explicit sex. Rather, this is that acclaimed French film from director Francois Traffault (who some of you kiddies might know from that supporting role as the foreign agent in Close Encounters). It's a beautifully shot tragic work of art about the downfall of morality in a young little French boy, a kid so naughty, neglected, and misunderstood by his parents and his schoolteacher that he slowly turns into a criminal.
You know, for a film released in the 50's, it feels like a 70's New Age drama, doesn't it? With little experience…
Review In A Nutshell:
So far I have seen only two French New Wave films, and both of them were from Francois Truffaut. The first I have seen was Jules and Jim, which I felt was a bit of a disappointment due to its lack of empathetic characters and lack of drama. The second would be The 400 Blows. I came into this film not knowing how I would feel as my feelings towards the director's works have been like a see-saw, and the hype for this was large but I tried my best not…
Part of Lise and Jonnie’s What A Wonderful World: May 30 days, 30 countries.
I came out of this morning’s screening of The 400 Blows rather cold and unaffected. It’s not that I didn’t like it or appreciate its style; it’s just that I didn’t have any feeling for Antoine. A few hours have passed now, and I think that may be exactly what Truffaut wanted me to feel, or not feel.
The young Jean-Pierre Leaud gave a brilliant, unaffected, performance. His character never asked for sympathy. When he was recounting his childhood to the psychologist near the end of the film, his delivery was very matter of fact. Absence of malice. At the beginning of the film we…
wish i was a little boy living in paris
Beautiful film. Even though it's France in the late 50's there are so many familiar moments. Few films can capture the dynamics of famliy and childhood like this one.
As a French Literature student, I was completely amazed at my luck when I saw this movie just beginning while randomly clicking through channels on TV with my grandpa. Truffaut's first movie I ever saw was 'Breathless' and I remember I didn't quite like it that much at first, I thought the camera action was too dynamic and the story incoherent, which is why I didn't instantly make the connection when I was watching this one. The first feature of Truffaut, this movie is about the life of a boy in Paris (which almost completely mirrors Truffaut's own life) in the 1960's. The slow camera takes were so refreshing for me given that me and my family usually watch shitty Hollywood blockbusters where explosions and sudden cuts between scenes almost completely ruin the experience for me. I definitely recommend this movie to any amateurs of French cinema and culture in general.
Game on French New Wave Movie Series.
Hear our full review on #179.
iMDB Top 250 #212
Man some kids can be assholes!
On a du mal à comprendre, avec le recul, en quoi ce film fut une révolution en son temps, jetant les bases de la Nouvelle vague.
Prochain arrêt ? Sans doute.
Six-o-meter : 2/6
Perfection on film. Everyone should be forced to watch this at some point in their life.
Worth checking out.
Movies that have such a powerful/memorable/weird/insane/awesome/surprising last scene (or shot) that made you say "THAT ENDING!!!!!" or variations
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