All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
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…
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’m so glad I watched this movie. It’s an incredibly beautiful film that juxtaposes freedom and wonder with despair, hopelessness, and loneliness. The scenes where Antoine is running around with Rene are so fun and wonderful, while the scenes of him at home are devastating. It’s crazy to see the influences Truffaut had on modern filmmakers. I know Wes Anderson talked about how Truffaut was an inspiration to him, and I could definitely see that. The whole idea of the oppressed/neglected children and exploring their feelings is something I see in The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, and Moonrise Kingdom. I also saw a ton of influences from this film in Woody Allen’s Manhattan. The opening shots of 400 Blows reminds me of that film, as well as the running scene. And while I thought Baumbach was derivative of Allen, I can see his inspirations probably came form Truffaut. This was an amazing film that I’m sure I’ll watch again soon.
Antoine Doinel is a reflection of myself in my youth.
Randall Patrick McMurphy is who I was for most of my 20's.
Atticus Finch is who I am aspiring to be now.
This is a tough one.
What's amazing about The 400 Blows, beside Jean-Pierre Léaud's bursting-with-innocence acting, is that the family tragedy is present so much under that instantaneous laughters and/or lamentations of Antoine Doinel. We see him drive from school to the streets, from a family home to a juvenile detention facility. Yet by the end, the audience is left with the question of whether innocence can stay, like a film frame no less, inside each youngster.
The impact is unmistakable. One of the great performances ever, child or otherwise. Well-shot, incredibly tense, reliant on real stakes. Heavily reliant on its ending; a second viewing might make the rest even more poignant.
No, it's just not that touching. Yes, a little sad and a little funny, but only a little.
Equal parts hilarious and melancholy, "The 400 Blows" touchingly tells the story of a young man cursed with ambivalent parents, desperate for some sense of self-fulfillment. The societal systems he exists within are eager to brand him a failure, unaware of his inner-potential; the ambiguous ending doesn't allow for an easy answer as to whether or not he'll ever escape them. It's an experience for everyone: the film's layered, self-reflective approach to cinema earns it its critical acclaim, and the moving story earns the audience's wholehearted admiration.
"400 Blows"... uh... how can I start?
I've begun french movies with this masterpiece. It is the best french movie in my opinion and my second favorite movie. The director, Francois Truffaut reflects Antoine Doinel's life as a real experience. He actually shows his troubled childhood in the "400 Blows" and this makes the movie the first example of French new wave movies. I felt while watching that when Antoine walked, I walked. When he ran, I ran. I experienced his life as mine. This is one of the most important feature of French new wave movies (Nouvelle Vague) , so life can be seen more real in these type of films. That's because I feel real emotions and sorrows.…