For when that friend asks you to introduce him to some really great films. This list is not meant to…
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…
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…
Day #8 in my It's a Large World After All Challenge (AKA 30 Days, 30 Countries). Country: France
"Your parents say you're always lying."
"Oh, I lie now and then, I suppose. Sometimes I'd tell them the truth and they still wouldn't believe me, so I prefer to lie."
The 400 Blows is my second glimpse into the French New Wave, and is a much more compelling film for the genre for me than Breathless, the film I had seen prior. Through the incredibly compelling character of Antoine Doiniel, The 400 Blows paints an accurate and powerful picture of adolescence, a coming of age movie and an…
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…
I got to see this on a big screen in 4K. I don't miss film projection at all. I don't know why I keep watching this movie. I'm not sure I like it. I get bored and sleepy and think about doing something else instead. But he reminds me so much of myself. I guess I watch it for narcissistic reasons. The pov shot where he looks at his mother's hat is really great. I don't know why. The running at the end is great. I think about what he's going to do now. Every time I revisit the ocean I do the same thing. There are so many freeze frames of me at the beach!
This film allowed us to spend 100 minutes inside the mind of a neglected child. Misunderstood at home by his parents and tormented in school by his insensitive teacher, as Antoine frequently runs away from both places it leds to internal conflict for him and we came to understand why a boy would turn to mischief.
With its honesty, charm, psychological acuity, and freewheeling visual language, The 400 Blows embodies all the virtues of the French New Wave.
Oh to be wild and free like a child.
Just plain beautiful, The 400 Blows is a perfect cinematic achievement . I really love this one. It feels so real and genuine, the films emotional power is wonderfully subtle which gives the experience this truly special feeling. Once the credits roll you really do feel as if you've watched something astonishing, and that's by far the best thing I can say about The 400 Blows.
We all can relate to Antoine in some aspect or another. We've all had the feeling of wanting to run away and forget everything after handfuls of mistakes and bad choices. He is played masterfully by Jean-Pierre Leaud , he seems so natrual and at ease with the camera on him. The wonderful score…
The debut film of Truffaut, The 400 Blows is a bittersweet masterpiece. I've never seen a film portray adolescence so accurately. For films with children as the protagonists, one has to be very careful to not rely on nostalgia as a crutch; memory corrupts truth in favor of ideal remembrances. On the other hand you also have to be careful to not pander to children too much or else you get films like Home Alone where the adults are completely brainless. This film is a serious approach that tries to get both sides right. I could instantly relate to how mischievous Doinel and his peers were in school, looking for any chance to one up the teacher or crack a…
Fuckin grown ups!
"Maybe it's something in his glands?"
Yes indeed, maybe there's something in all our glands.
Jean-Pierre Léaud's earnest performance is mesmerizing. He's every teenage boy I have ever known.
The saddest moments come in a series of short monologues during an interview with a psychologist but they don't take away from the joie de vivre of the rest of the film, with several genuinely sweet and laugh-out-loud moments.
The point is, to quote the kids these days Antoine is "all of us."
powerful film about story and not exactly about plot
One of the best coming of age films. I loved how it didn't feel like a film or that it was acted it just felt as if I was witnessing life; almost like a documentary. I think it's based on the directors life so makes sense that it feels very personal and real.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…