The 400 Blows (Les Quatres Cents Coups)

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(out of 5)


Classic coming-of-age masterpiece about a young boy () growing up in Paris with a negligent mother and an assortment of charismatic friends.  He enjoys moments of childish fun but also gets himself into serious trouble at equal turns, suffering his disadvantages as long as he can before finally running away from it all.  This beautiful and sensitively directed milestone was followed by sequels in which Leaud continued his intelligent and intuitive characterization.


Les Films du Carrosse, Sédif Productions

France, 1959

Directed by

Scenario by Francois Truffaut, Adaptation by Francois Truffaut, , dialogue by Marcel Moussy

Cinematography by

Produced by Francois Truffaut

Music by

Production Design by

Film Editing by

The Criterion Collection

Academy Awards 1959

Cannes Film Festival 1959

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