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The 400 Blows
Angel faces hell-bent for violence.
Intensely touching story of a misunderstood young adolescent who left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.
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…
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.
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Ever since I first noticed Francois Truffaut in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I quickly figured out that he was a famous French director....but his movies were not known to me at the time. Well over the years I have watched a few of his movies....it took watching The 400 Blows to finally find one of his movies that I liked.
In this one....a 13 year old boy is having a difficult childhood. It seems that he is always getting in trouble. When we first meet him, he is in trouble for passing notes in school....by the end of the movie he is in a detention home for boys. The movie is shot in black and white…
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 to let that affect my viewing…
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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…
9/10 or A-
An often humorous, well shot and acted look at the consequences of the bad choices a minor may make that may steer him down the wrong path. Funny, harsh, and honest. Unfortunately, the film is slightly longer than it needs to be. I found at least three spots where the film could have ended, yet it kept going on.
Riveting in a funny sort of way. I really felt like I did when I saw "The Bicycle Thief"; that this is so realistic. The protagonist, although a little toerag really, endeared himself to me.
My first Truffaut film and a must see for any film lover. I relate to Antoine the fact that what parents say goes, but still have an imagination of what else is out in the world. My heart broke when they finally caught him stealing the typewriter and he shed a tear when he was at the police station getting his fingerprints, through out the whole film Antoine didnt show any signs of beign a whiny kid but more of a hustler. This is a film that is gonna get stuck with me for a long time, and that's fine by me.
"Poor France will be in sorry shape in ten years!"
The 400 Blows is one of cinema's greatest depictions of a growing adolescent, a seminal coming-of-age work that demonstrates the great ambiguity in the line between adulthood and childhood. Reading like a good book, The 400 Blows moves equally as slow and features as much action as one might expect in a lengthy novel about childhood. Truffaut executes the coming-of-age narrative excellently but his greatest flaw, as one might expect with a director's feature debut, was not willing to move beyond the limitations of the established genre.
The greatest limitation being that watching a child growing into an adult is both a slow process and one that features very few…
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The 400 Blows is one of those film debuts of a director that literally blew my mind when I had saw them for the first time and whenever this happens, I cherish it because magical moments that are timeless like this is pretty rare to see in anyone life time when it comes to exploring a film debut of a director's filmography for the first time.
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Loses a bit of...something on rewatch. Still one of the best ever child performances and I love the final scene. The second half felt rather slow this time around, with the final segment in the delinquent school making up for it, but just barely. The most resonant segments in THE 400 BLOWS are the ones with a crowded, rambunctious classroom all acting out, annoying an aggravated old-school teacher. Not to mention that legendary scene where the class is brought out for recess, with small groups breaking off into the streets of Paris, unbeknownst to the teacher. The stuff with Antoine's friend Renee are uninteresting beyond the aspect of their camaraderie. Though, Antoine's relationship with his parents still manages to intrigue…
the best movie to re-watch, bursting with great moments
'whenever I would cry, my father would imitate me on his fiddle' I cannot even begin to describe how much laughed imagining that scene
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