Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
Original title: Les Quatres Cents Coups
France, 1959. Les Films du Carrosse, Sédif Productions. Scenario by Francois Truffaut, Adaptation by Francois Truffaut, Marcel Moussy, dialogue by Marcel Moussy. Cinematography by Henri Decae. Produced by Francois Truffaut. Music by Jean Constantin. Production Design by Bernard Evein. Film Editing by Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte. Podcast: My Criterions.
Classic coming-of-age masterpiece about a young boy (Jean-Pierre Léaud) 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.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Original Story and Screenplay
Cannes Film Festival Award: Best Director (Francois Truffaut)