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The 400 Blows (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:
New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack
Two audio commentaries: one by cinema professor Brian Stonehill and another by François Truffaut s lifelong friend Robert Lachenay
Rare audition footage of Jean-Pierre Léaud, Patrick Auffay, and Richard Kanayan
Newsreel footage of Léaud in Cannes for the showing of The 400 Blows
Excerpt from a TV program in which Truffaut discusses his youth, his critical writings, and the origins of Antoine
TV interview with Truffaut about the global reception of The 400 Blows and his own critical impression of the film
PLUS: An essay by film scholar Annette Insdorf
It kick-started a revolutionary cinematic movement! --New York Magazine
Top Customer Reviews
I shouldn't have worried. THE 400 BLOWS is a gentle and compassionate movie. It isn't overwhelmed by its anger, although a few characters, particularly the coming-of-age hero's mother and his school teacher, aren't terribly sympathetic. Being new to THE 400 BLOWS, I found the commentary by Premiere magazine film critic Glen Kenny especially helpful in understanding French New Wave cinema in general and Truffaut in particular. By the way, according to Kenny "400 blows" refers to a French colloquialism similar to the American "paint the town red." It means to give oneself over to every type of excess, and raise a little heck in the process.
The film won several awards which include "Best Director Award" at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival and "Best Original Screenplay" at the 32nd Annual Academy Awards. Needless to say, the film made Francois Truffaut and young actor Jean-Pierre Léaud Internationally known and definitely gave movie fans a taste of the French New Wave film.
"the 400 blows" is the first of five films spanning around 20 years based on the character of Antoine Doinel (played by Jean-Pierre Léaud). Each film showcases the character's life as a teenager through his 30's but for "the 400 blows", the film focuses on the life of a troubled teenager.
Although not based 100% on Director Francois Truffaut's real life, a large part of the film was based on his troubled family life and in order for him to capture that life he had, he picked the right person with Jean-Pierre Leaud, an unknown actor (who was just as an antisocial loner) who was 13 and a half years old but had that rebellious nature that Truffaut found. A boy who would not have to learn a script but to use his his own words. This added to the realism of the film and what made this film so fantastic and engrossing just to watch.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
“The 400 Blows” was François Truffaut’s feature length debut, and is widely considered one of the masterpieces of all film making but particularly of the French New Wave. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Curtis Jensen
Very gripping. Naivety, post-war reality, and a child trying to make the right choices.Published 29 days ago by S. Kosugi
I like Truffaut's representation of children who are just over the edge of acceptability and the unjust way the "acceptable" world makes them pay for their difference.Published 1 month ago by Ronald
This one of my favorite movies.The quality of the dvd is very good.Published 2 months ago by Eugene Fallon
It takes unrelenting honesty to do a self-portrayal that includes theft and other acts of delinquency (so-called). I was a thief as a child. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lorene B. Benning
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