The 400 Blows (Quatre Cents Coups, Les) (1959)

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Released 10-Sep-2003
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Praised by film-makers and critics the world over, Truffaut's 400 Blows launched the Nouvelle Vogue and paved the way for some of cinema's most important and influential directors.
Twelve-year-old Antoine Doinel has troubles at home and at school. Ignored and neglected by his parents, his relationship with his mother is further strained when he discovers that she has taken a secret lover. Added to this, his school teachers have written him off as a troublemaker and, with luck seemingly never on his side, it is Antoine who ends up getting the blame for bad behaviour. Finding refuge only in his love of cinema, Antoine soon finds it necessary to break free, and discover what the world can offer outside of the confines of his everyday life.

This remarkable film features the extraordinary talent of Jean-Pierre Leaud as the rebellious Antoine, a character based on Truffaut himself.

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Jean-Pierre Léaud
Claire Maurier
Albert Rémy
Guy Decomble
Georges Flamant
Patrick Auffray
Daniel Couturier
François Nocher
Richard Kanayan
Renaud Fontanarosa
Michel Girard
Henry Moati
Bernard Abbou
Directed by
François Truffaut
Jean Constantin
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding RSDL
Drama 1959 95:20 576i (PAL) 4
Widescreen 2.35:1, 16x9 Enhanced
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English for the Hearing Impaired
Theatrical Trailer, Filmographies-Crew-Francois Truffaut, Short Film-Les Mistons, Francois Truffaut's 1957 Short Film, Trailer-Wages Of Fear, La Dolce Vita, Pandora's Box, Jules And Jim
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