This is how I would introduce a newcomer to foreign classics, from most accessible to least accessible. I'm still a…
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 a 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 and 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 and, 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…
I wish kids could still be put in jail because that's where all the teens of letterboxd belong.
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…
Such a charming and beautiful and depressing movie with a character we can all relate too and a great story and message about child neglection and abuse, a boy living the life of crime, and boyhood.
Final Grade= A+
Sort of slow, not used to the randomness of the scenes.
what a simple, yet powerful story but most importantly what a performance by jean-pierre léaud!
Saw this at my local theater. It is the second time I've seen it, and the first was nearly four years ago. It felt like returning to an old friend. Truffaut is a cinematic Saint.
I'm setting myself a challenge. Although it's not so much a 'challenge'. It's more of an 'ADVENTURE'.. I want to see every well known, worth watching, classic black and white films that there are to watch... I've seen so many outstanding films set in the 1950s - 60s & I can thank YOU GUYS for that.
I've been here since April this year & im having the time of my life. So I just wanted to say - THANK YOU to everyone!!!! Keep on keeping on... best few months with many more to come.
The 400 Blows was brilliant. I understand it's not for everyone but I went in with an open heart... and it was a treat. I'm appreciating the beauty that is black and white cinema ( what started off all this mayhem that we call the cinematic experience) than I ever did before - To which I am ever so grateful.
I liked it more this time, and I can't explain why.
I am able to replay this in my head almost totally, even though the last time I've watched this film was no less than 10 months ago. That means a lot. I randomly recalled this film during one of my nostalgic phases and I didn't even realise how much I love this film.
That might be my favourite European film ever. It's flawlessly detailed, with absolutely outstanding storytelling & pretty memorable soundtrack. The feeling that it's a film about the real person never leaves me. And it is actually almost about the real person.
Seriously. One of the best things French people have to offer.
French New Wave kicks tail and I love it so much. Movies like this make me wish they stopped making films after, like, the mid 60s. The dad looks like Ken Marino btw
That's a lotta blows
Those below are not available on the site (from what I can tell).
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