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The 400 Blows -- 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.

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Director:
Writers:
François Truffaut (scenario)
Marcel Moussy (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
16 November 1959 (USA) See more »
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Angel faces hell-bent for violence. See more »
Plot:
Intensely touching story of a misunderstood young adolescent who left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 9 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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(206 articles)
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French cinema at its best See more (165 total) »

Cast

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Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Antoine Doinel
Claire Maurier ... Gilberte Doinel - la mère d'Antoine
Albert Rémy ... Julien Doinel
Guy Decomble ... 'Petite Feuille', the French teacher

Georges Flamant ... Mr. Bigey
Patrick Auffay ... René
Daniel Couturier ... Betrand Mauricet
François Nocher ... Un enfant / Child
Richard Kanayan ... Un enfant / Child
Renaud Fontanarosa ... Un enfant / Child
Michel Girard ... Un enfant / Child
Serge Moati ... Un enfant / Child (as Henry Moati)
Bernard Abbou ... Un enfant / Child
Jean-François Bergouignan ... Un enfant / Child
Michel Lesignor ... Un enfant / Child
Luc Andrieux ... Le professeur de gym
Robert Beauvais ... Director of the school
Bouchon
Christian Brocard
Yvonne Claudie ... Mme Bigey
Marius Laurey ... L'inspecteur Cabanel
Claude Mansard ... Examining Magistrate
Jacques Monod ... Commissioner
Pierre Repp ... The English Teacher
Henri Virlojeux ... Night watchman (as Henri Virlogeux)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jean-Claude Brialy ... Man in Street

Jeanne Moreau ... Woman with dog (as Mademoiselle Jeanne Moreau)
Philippe de Broca ... Man in Funfair (uncredited)

Jacques Demy ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jean Douchet ... The Lover (uncredited)
Marianne Girard ... (uncredited)
Simone Jolivet ... (uncredited)
Laure Paillette ... (uncredited)

François Truffaut ... Man in Funfair (uncredited)

Directed by
François Truffaut 
 
Writing credits
François Truffaut (scenario)

Marcel Moussy (adaptation) (as M. Moussy) &
François Truffaut (adaptation) (as F. Truffaut)

Marcel Moussy (dialogue)

Produced by
François Truffaut .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jean Constantin 
 
Cinematography by
Henri Decaë 
 
Film Editing by
Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte 
 
Set Decoration by
Bernard Evein 
 
Production Management
Georges Charlot .... production manager
Robert Lachenay .... assistant unit manager
Jean Lavie .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Bober .... second assistant director
Philippe de Broca .... assistant director
Francis Cognany .... second assistant director
Alain Jeannel .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Raymond Lemoigne .... property master (as Raymond Le Moigne)
 
Sound Department
Jean Labussière .... sound assistant
Jean-Claude Marchetti .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
André Dino .... still photographer
Alain Levent .... assistant camera
Jean Rabier .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Michèle de Possel .... assistant editor
Cécile Decugis .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Luce Deuss .... production secretary
Roland Nonin .... production administrator
Jacqueline Parey .... script girl
 
Thanks
André Bazin .... dedicatee
Jean-Claude Brialy .... thanks
Fernand Deligny .... thanks
Alex Joffé .... thanks
Jacques Josse .... thanks
Suzanne Lipinska .... thanks
Claire Mafféi .... thanks
Jeanne Moreau .... thanks (as Mademoiselle Jeanne Moreau)
Claude Vermorel .... thanks
Claude Véga .... thanks
Annette Wademant .... thanks
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les quatre cents coups" - France (original title)
"The Four Hundred Blows" - Canada (English title), UK, USA
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Runtime:
99 min | Spain:92 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | Finland:K-7 (DVD rating) | Finland:K-8 (1966) | France:U | Germany:12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All (2003) | Sweden:15 (original rating) | Sweden:11 (re-rating) (1966) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2001) | UK:PG (video rating) (1993) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Juvenal (Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis) was a Roman satiric poet of the 1st and 2nd centuries AD.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: At the end of the movie, crew footprints can be seen in the sand on the beach.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Petite Feuille:Doinel, bring me that. Indeed! Go to the corner!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Candy (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ecole BuisonniereSee more »

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47 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
French cinema at its best, 12 February 2006
Author: maax48 from United Kingdom

Truffaut has worked wonders here, creating a masterful tale of a boy confused, troubled, and unloved. Antoine Doinel (played superbly by Jean-Pierre Léaud in the lead role) has strict, unfaithful parents, and a harsh, oppressive teacher, and falls into delinquency because of his unhappiness. He lies, steals, skips school and runs away from home, and soon ends up in a juvenile delinquency centre.

Truffaut's inspiration for this film came from his own depressed childhood, so he bases Antoine on himself, including in terms of appearance. Being a 'New Wave' (a cinematographic movement of the sixties, involving directors who believed Hollywood films were too lavish and unreal) director, Truffaut always used a real location for the film, including breathtaking shots of Truffaut's native Paris. He also made a cameo in the film in the style of Hitchcock.

Delinquance is the key theme here. Antoine, who is a character who believes in liberty and freedom, and the way he is always locked up is repressive for him, and this provokes a constant need for him to be out.

Trying to make a realistic and moving film was Truffaut's aim, which, by watching this film, I realised that he had done amazingly well. Also, by combining humour and drama too, we have the defining French film of the 20th century. A black and white film that is full of colour. Bien sur, François Truffaut.

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