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400 Blows  1959
Les Quatre Cents Coupe
Director:  François Truffaut
Producer:
  François Truffaut (uncredited)
Art Director:
  Bernard Evein
Editor:
  Marie-Joséphe Yoyotte
Music:
  Jean Constantin
Screenplay:
  François Truffaut and Marcel Mousey, based on an original story by François Truffaut
Director of Photography:
  Henri Decae
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Cast:
spacer1 Jean-Pierre Léaud spacer1 Claire Maurier spacer1 Albert Rémy spacer1 Patrick Auffoy
spacer1 Georges Flemant spacer1 Guy Decomble spacer1 Daniel Couturier spacer1 Luc Andrieux
spacer1 Robert Beauvais spacer1 Yvonne Claudie spacer1 Marius Laurey spacer1 Pierre Repp
spacer1 Jean-Pierre Léaud spacer1 Claire Maurier spacer1 Albert Rémy
spacer1 Patrick Auffoy spacer1 Georges Flemant spacer1 Guy Decomble
spacer1 Daniel Couturier spacer1 Luc Andrieux spacer1 Robert Beauvais
spacer1 Yvonne Claudie spacer1 Marius Laurey spacer1 Pierre Repp
spacer1 Jean-Pierre Léaud spacer1 Claire Maurier
spacer1 Albert Rémy spacer1 Patrick Auffoy
spacer1 Georges Flemant spacer1 Guy Decomble
spacer1 Daniel Couturier spacer1 Luc Andrieux
spacer1 Robert Beauvais spacer1 Yvonne Claudie
spacer1 Marius Laurey spacer1 Pierre Repp

Synopsis:
Antoine Doinel is a twelve year old boy, finding dissatisfaction and frustration at everything in his life. His father, Julien, is a weak, ineffectual man, something his mother Gilberte uses to her advantage with a series of affairs. Also in trouble at school he is a persistent truant, and finally puts himself in a position he cannot explain away when, trying to explain a day's truancy, he tells his teachers that his mother has died. After being caught stealing from a shop, he is sentenced to an institution by a juvenile court, causing his parents to sever all dealings with him. Trapped, he realises his need for freedom is greater than ever before.
Review:
Very much taken from the viewpoint of protagonist Antoine Doinel, a character Truffaut would return to in subsequent films, The 400 Blows is a fine and serious picture, pitching itself perfectly as a passionless look at the world of adults from Antoine's point of view, and he sees a world which is full of liars , cheats and the plain uninterested, his teachers being drones who are just passing time with little real interest in the job or their pupils. The adult cast are somewhat icy and wooden, which is no doubt Truffaut's intention, Leaud's performance is remarkable for such a young performer. The result is a touching and sensitive story. Jean-Pierre Leaud, Truffaut's 'discovery' for the role of Antoine, would continue to work with the director on and off until Truffaut's death in 1984.

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