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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.
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…
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.
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…
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 to let that affect my viewing…
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…
While watching The 400 Blows, I found myself thinking what I would do with a child like that. Was turning to a life of crime a result of bad parenting? Or was it simply an impulse within Antoine that turned him into a kind of juvenile delinquent? In a scene in which Antoine answers a psychologist's questions, we find out that it is the latter. Although the parents claim to have done all they can for the boy, the fact that they so easily give up on him is telling.
I have never before seen a François Truffaut film and this one was an absolute gem. I am sure that following more research on my part, I will learn to appreciate it even more. Perhaps this is one to revisit in a few years when my film critic self has truly come into my element.
El gran François Truffaut, creador del término "cine de autor", logró con su ópera prima "Los 400 Golpes" cambiar el rumbo de la historia del cine, llevándolo a la más triste realidad de un chico que idolatraba la imagen que recordaba tener de joven. Un chico, Antoine Doinnel que sin el cariño de sus progenitores, con un profesor (de los de regla en mano) que siempre lo castigaba imponiendo su autoridad (reprimiendo su poco interés en motivar al personal y su poco tacto con la juventud). Ese profesor autoritario que no entiende de la importancia que tiene su figura para la totalidad de las vidas de sus alumnos, siendo muchas veces el impulsor de la rebeldía de muchos de ellos…
Eigenartig, dieser Blick in eine scheinbar längst vergangene Zeit, in der die Armut und Armseligkeit der Nachkriegszeit und deren Geist sich noch physisch an den schmutzig-kaputten Wänden manifestierte und besonders auch im Umgang der Erwachsenen - selbst noch von den Kriegswirren traumatisiert - mit ihren Kindern.
Der Film begründete - wie ich lese - die Nouvelle Vage.
Schön. Wieder was für die Bildung getan! :)
This was my second time watching this film, and it is still an amazing film, filled with nostalgia for a time gone by in the form of childhood. I noticed more so this viewing the humanity of the cast of characters, especially the parents. Yeah, they are at each others throats most of the film, but they are trying really hard to not just be good parents or good spouses, but also survive the modern world. Also, since I have finally seen Zero for Conduct by Jean Vigo I caught the allusions in this film. The opening credits, with the shots of the Eiffel Tower from different traveling angles, made me so happy.
One of the most influential and game changing films of all time, The 400 Blows is cinemas equivalent of The Catcher in the Rye: the heart warming, heart breaking, incredibly human story of a young man beginning his life on the wrong foot. The acting is impeccable, the writing excellent, and Truffauts direction is aimless yet purposeful at the same time. What can I say about this film that everyone else hasn't already said? Go see it as soon as you can.
This is definitely the most accessible and enjoyable French New Wave film I've watched. I enjoyed it very much, and I noticed a lot of nods towards Jean Vigo's Zero for Conduct with the matter of which discipline is handled. Beautiful cinematography and contrasts in black and white. Great humor.
He finally saw the sea.
Perfect film, best first feature ever.
There's something inherently fun about watching kids being kids. Now imagine watching kids being kids in Paris!
Although I do prefer the last part of the film. The whole tone of the story changes and it becomes a lot darker completelly unexpectedly.