The 400 Blows

The 400 Blows

Jean-Pierre Léaud
Director: François Truffaut Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud
Jean-Pierre Léaud
, Robert Beauvais
Robert Beauvais
, Claire Maurier
Claire Maurier
François Truffaut

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For his feature-film debut, critic-turned-director François Truffaut drew inspiration from his own troubled childhood. The 400 Blows stars Jean-Pierre Léaud as Antoine Doinel, Truffaut's preteen alter ego. Misunderstood at home by his parents and tormented in school by his insensitive teacher (Guy Decomble), Antoine frequently runs away from both places. The boy finally quits school after being accused of plagiarism by his teacher. He steals a typewriter from his father (Albert Remy) to finance his plans to leave home. The father angrily turns Antoine over to the police, who lock the boy up with hardened criminals. A psychiatrist at a delinquency center probes Antoine's unhappiness, which he reveals in a fragmented series of monologues. Originally intended as a 20-minute short, The 400 Blows was expanded into a feature when Truffaut decided to elaborate on his self-analysis. For the benefit of Truffaut's fellow film buffs, The 400 Blows is full of brief references to favorite directors, notably Truffaut's then-idol Jean Vigo. The film won the 1959 Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival, even though Truffaut had been declared persona non grata the year before for his inflammatory comments about the festival's commercialism.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/10/2017
UPC: 0715515193818
Original Release: 1959
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:39:00

Special Features

Two audio commentaries, one by cinema professor Brian Stonehill and the other by director François Truffaut's lifelong friend Robert Lachenay; Rare audition footage of Jean-Pierre Léaud, Patrick Auffay, and Richard Kanayan; Newsreel footage from the film's showing at Cannes; Excerpt from a 1965 interview with Truffaut in which he discusses his youth, his critical writings, and the origins of the character Antoine Doinel; Excerpt from a 1960 interview with Truffaut about the global reception of The 400 Blows and his own critical view of the film; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean-Pierre Léaud Antoine Doinel
Robert Beauvais School Director
Claire Maurier Mme. Doinel
Albert Remy M. Doinel
Guy Decomble The French Teacher
Patrick Auffay Rene Bigey
Claude Mansard Examining Magistrate
Serge Moati Boy
Marius Laurey Police Clerk
François Truffaut Man in Funfair
Folco Jacques Monod Commissioner
Pierre Repp The English Teacher
Jeanne Moreau Woman with Dog
Henri Virlojeux Night Watchman
Christian Brocard Man with Typewriter
Yvonne Claudie Mme Bigey
Jean-Claude Brialy Man in street
Luc Andrieux Gym Teacher
Richard Kanayan Abbou
Georges Flament M. Bigey
Renaud Fontanarosa Boy
Daniel Couturier Boy
Jean Douchet The lover
Jacques Demy Policeman

Technical Credits
François Truffaut Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jean Constantin Score Composer
Philippe de Broca Asst. Director
Henri Decaë Cinematographer
Bernard Evein Art Director
Marcel Moussy Screenwriter
Marie-Josephe Yoyotte Editor

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