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François Truffaut’s first feature, THE 400 BLOWS (Les quatre cents coups), is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut’s life-long cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own difficult childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, petty crime, and a friendship that would last a lifetime. The film marks Truffaut’s passage from leading critic of the French New Wave to his emergence as one of Europe’s most brilliant auteurs.

  • Director: François Truffaut
  • Country: France
  • Genre: Crime | Drama
  • Year: 1956
  • Run Time: 1:39:00
  • imdb Score: 8.1/10 (95,399 votes)
  • Language: French | English
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Rémy, Guy Decomble
"It's a cornerstone of the French New Wave, and one of the greatest movies about childhood, from anywhere, ever."
Anthony Quinn - INDEPENDENT

"Without ever being sentimental, the film draws a moving contrast between the purity, honesty and sheer courage of the boy and the corruption or obtuseness of the adults who control his life."
Dwight MacDonald - ESQUIRE MAGAZINE

"Distinguished by its naturalistic, quasi-documentary approach and an extraordinary central performance from the 12-year-old Jean-Pierre Léaud, this is a blisteringly authentic story."
Wendy Ide - TIMES

"Francois Truffaut's THE 400 BLOWS is one of the most intensely touching stories ever made about a young adolescent."
Roger Ebert - CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

AWARDS

Cannes Film Festival 1959
Best Director and OCIC Award - François Truffaut

Bodil Awards 1960
Bodil - Best European Film - François Truffaut

French Syndicate of Cinema Critics 1960
Critics Award - Best Film - François Truffaut

New York Film Critics Circle Awards 1959
Best Foreign Language Film

Sant Jordi Awards 1961
Best Foreign Director - François Truffaut

FESTIVALS

London Film Festival 1959

Singapore International Film Festival 1998

French Film Festival 2009

Panorama of European Cinema 2009

Starz Denver Film Festival 2009