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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…
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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…
"I need some money for lunch, dad. Only 1,000 francs."
"Therefore you hope for 500. Therefore you need 300. Here's 100."
#100 on Berken's Favorite Movies Of All Time
As a standalone - 4/5
As the "pilot episode" of Francois Truffaut's series of movies starring the character Antoine Doinel, introduced here - 4.5/5
(Granted, I haven't seen the other Doinel movies yet, but this one got me genuinely excited to see more of what the character becomes and encounters, which is the most important thing a first entry in a series can do.)
Some scattered thoughts:
1. Just between the quietly thoughtful 400 Blows and Jean-Luc Godard's beautifully unhinged Breathless, it's already clear to me that the French New Wave…
What a realist movie ! Hollywood has special effects, but Truffaut has more effective thing for us. He has the life itself in the movie. We generally see that kids are portrayed as they play games and enjoy the beauty of life. But, He showed us the real things in that period. Children might suffer hardness of life such as the behaviours of parents and society towards them. Then, most of them could try to escape this slavery of society to the freedom of innocence. So, Antoine ran towards the ocean for freedom and the face at the end show us how he suffered from the society.
Another highly regarded, classic film that didn't quite captivate me as much as I was expecting it to.
The 400 Blows is no doubt, a good movie. I just didn't find it as interesting as some other similarly tone films that I've seen lately. I'm definitely looking forward to checking out more from this era and style though.
Nevím proč, ale tento film jsem dlouho odkládal. Teď jsem se k němu konečně dostal a jsem nadšený. Je to teprve druhý Truffaut, kterého jsem viděl (před tím krátký Les Mistons) a ke všemu první celovečerní. Truffaut ve snímku rozebírá roli rodiny, která je nutná pro jasné formování budoucnosti dítěte. Film představuje nefunkční rodinu a vlastně vůbec nefungující svět dospělý, jehož disfunkci odnesou děti. Ti poté fungují stejně špatně, jako předchozí generace a hrozí, že se vše ponese v nekonečné smyčce. Hlavní hrdina tohoto snímku se mermomocí snaží z oné smyčky uprchnout. Využití ruční kamery (odpoutaná kamera), dlouhé jízdy, transfokace, mrtvolka, upozorňování na film, jakožto vlastní médium (kino, ...).
+++ Jean-Pierre Léaud, very good child performance
+ Direction from Francois Truffaut is amazing, a great snapshot of Paris in the 50s
+ Very modern film from the camera work
+ Interesting story made stronger by being a kid's POV
- Some scenes stretch out long
- Most of the storylines are not really concluded
Oh my god. It's like Pierrot le Fou meets Boyhood. It may be slow burning, but I am so glad I finally got around to watching this. It's a real piece of art...and an extremely well directed one, at that.
The New Wave happened half a century ago. At this point, we're two decades farther away from it than its directors were from the Silent Era; it's almost as hard to believe that the 50 year gulf that separates us is the same size as the one that separated them from the birth of the feature film. Cinema matures so quickly; is it ironic or inevitable that Francois the Kid's THE 400 BLOWS (1959, 99 min, 35mm), with its tongue firmly stuck out, has become a college assignment, a perennial revival clogging up film schedules? But then again, most people first read poetry in a textbook; whatever higher education has done to rob it of its vagabond wiles, there's still…
I'm only realizing now that my review for Buzzard should have just been "The 400 Blows into a Nintendo cartridge".
Which I say in lieu of actually commenting on this movie because the only comments I can make that wouldn't be redundant would be too awkwardly autobiographical. It's a good thing I didn't see this as a child, I would have just made it my blueprint for living. A
The thing I find most fascinating about Francois Truffaut is that he began his career in film as a critic, claiming that cinema was not showing it’s full potential and poo-poo big critical darlings. Then he started the French New Wave.
The 400 Blows is alive. It comes from such a personal place and expresses a time and place with such a strange mixture of hard truth and naive wonder that it simply leaps off the screen. The story of a young boy who’s a bit of a sly cunt consistently leads to moments of pure humanity.
And the thing is, I didn’t recognize this humanity the first time round. As a watched the film, I merely let everything sit…
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