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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.
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…
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…
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…
Usually considered the first of La Nouvelle Vague, Truffaut's "400 Blows" is a fictionalized "re-examination" of his own troubled youth.
Edging close to 60 years old, it remains a powerful film. It is hard to believe that this movie came out of the 1950's. While it is "dated" -- what happens in the film and the way it happens and concludes is very "current."
This is a simple and yet complexly masterful film.
It is because of this film that I had a hard time actually enjoying the more recent Linklater film, "Boyhood" which seems to share some similar aspirations.
This film manages to explore more about the ways damaged parental relations impact a child's views and expectations of his world.
Unforgettable and remarkable.
A deeply autobiographical debut feature by Truffaut about the pitfalls of growing up in neglect.
Cinema in it's purest form.
There's a lot that can just be said on the impact that this film had:
-the debut feature film of Francois Truffaut, who is one of the top three best directors from the french new wave
-the debut feature film of Jean-Pierre Leaud, who is one of the top three best actors from the french new wave
-the debut of, well, the french new wave. A movement spearheaded by the first generation of cinephiles.
So, what's to be said of the film itself? It's a brutally honest portrayal of a child that simply doesn't fit in the world around him. Nothing is dramatized for the sake of melodrama. When he hears his parents arguing, he listens stonefaced. When he's with…
A decidedly more honest portrayal of adolescence and a much more beautiful film than I expected for some reason. I absolutely loved the montages of Paris throughout the film. It's a fantastic piece of work.
As a young parent, I'm really torn in my reaction to Antoine. From a romantic standpoint, I admire his spirit, but at the same time, I'd probably lose my mind raising such a free-spirited kid. It's kind of like watching The Breakfast Club as an adult versus watching it as a teenager. This standpoint also makes it much harder to watch the adults in this film attempt to explain away Antoine's behaviors. Did they really try? Did they just not understand? How do you channel that kind of ambition into something positive? Shrug.
On a side note, the English-language title for this film is awful.
The 400 Blows has changed the way I watch films forever! Undoubtedly one of my favourites of all time.
'The 400 Blows' is a film I have wanted to see for a while now, I have had the Criterion for a while now, and I finally watched it. And I loved it. It was such a great film! It has such terrific acting and writing. I was blown away at how real and raw the writing felt along with the brilliant directing by Francois Truffaut. My only nit picks are that there is a story line they set up in the film, and they just forget about it, which I thought was a really big cheat to me, and the movie cam get a little boring at points. The editing and cinematography are great, and it went by really…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It's weird. My dad had told me the story of this film multiple times, but as a bedtime story. He put himself in it, given that he was homeless for a huge chunk of his childhood. Like most things, maybe it was all bullshit. So, I knew what I was getting into almost as soon as the movie got going. The first half is really fleet-footed but the remainder is heavy as heavy gets. A very honest portrait of childhood.
Brilliant Foreign film, The 400 Blows is a landmark French film helmed by director Francois Truffaut, who crafts one of his most renowned. The film relies on a simple script, but one that gets the most out of it due to strong direction, solid acting, and effective pacing. To me, The 400 Blows was a raw, gritty piece of filmmaking, a film that was unflinching in the way it grabbed your attention. The material is near perfection, and films like this tend to be far better because they use simplicity in such a way that it doesn’t cheapen your film going experience. I must say, I’m pretty new to Truffaut’s body of work, but with such a film as this,…
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