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The 400 blows Les quatre cents coups
Truffaut, François.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Fox Lorber Home Video, [1999]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (99 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Fourteen-year-old Antoine Doinet lives in a cramped apartment with his mother and stepfather, neglected by them and unlucky at school. Living an intense imaginative life of his own he gets into trouble and is finally committed to reform school from which he escapes and runs towards the sea, which he has never seen.
General Note:
Title from container.

Originally issued as a motion picture in France in 1959.

"Fully restored. New translation and subtitles"--Container.

Special features: production credits, filmographies & awards, vintage Truffaut trailer collection, running audio commentary by Glenn Kenny.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Reading Level:
Not rated.
Added Uniform Title:
Quatre cents coups (Motion picture)
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Central Library DVD 2797 Adult DVD Central Library
Clearfield Library DVD 2797 Adult DVD Foreign Language
Eggertsville-Snyder Library DVD 2797 Adult DVD Foreign Language
Williamsville Library DVD 2797 Adult DVD Foreign Language
Audubon Library DVD 2797 Adult DVD Foreign Language

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For his feature-film debut, critic-turned-director François Truffaut drew inspiration from his own troubled childhood. The 400 Blows stars Jean-Pierre Léaud as Antoine Doinel, Truffaut's preteen alter ego. Misunderstood at home by his parents and tormented in school by his insensitive teacher (Guy Decomble), Antoine frequently runs away from both places. The boy finally quits school after being accused of plagiarism by his teacher. He steals a typewriter from his father (Albert Remy) to finance his plans to leave home. The father angrily turns Antoine over to the police, who lock the boy up with hardened criminals. A psychiatrist at a delinquency center probes Antoine's unhappiness, which he reveals in a fragmented series of monologues. Originally intended as a 20-minute short, The 400 Blows was expanded into a feature when Truffaut decided to elaborate on his self-analysis. For the benefit of Truffaut's fellow film buffs, The 400 Blows is full of brief references to favorite directors, notably Truffaut's then-idol Jean Vigo. The film won the 1959 Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival, even though Truffaut had been declared persona non grata the year before for his inflammatory comments about the festival's commercialism. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Library Journal Review

Segueing from film critic to director for his first feature, Fran?ois Truffaut fashioned an instant classic with this stylistically groundbreaking story of an alienated young delinquent (Jean-Pierre L?aud, who would play the filmmaker's alter ego in four sequels over a 20-year period). Previously only available as part of The Adventures of Antoine Doinel box set, this remastered version of the cutting-edge French New Wave hit is essential for all collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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