The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups)

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The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups)


Thursday Apr 13 05:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Part of Cinémathèque Française 2017

Directed by François Truffaut. France. 1959. 99 min. French with English subtitles.

Related programming: The Death of Louis XIV starring Jean-Pierre Léaud. 

François Truffaut’s first feature is on just about every “greatest films of all time” list. When it came out in 1959, the New York Times called it “a small masterpiece, and it remains the film that defines the French New Wave. Told from the point of view of Truffaut’s cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups) sensitively recreates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. The film marked Truffaut’s passage from leading critic to trailblazing auteur of the French New Wave.

Read Roger Ebert’s review.

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