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Quatre Cents Coup, Les (400 Blows, The)

Title: 
Quatre Cents Coup, Les (400 Blows, The)
Year: 
1959
Film Format: 
dvd
Director: 
Truffaut, Francois
Language: 
French
Country: 
France
Actors: 
Jean-Pierre Leaud
Actors: 
Albert Remy
Actors: 
Claire Maurier, Patrick Auffay, Georges Flamant, Guy Decomble
Film Reviews: 

Truffaut's first feature, and although not his best, infinitely better than the self-indulgent, increasingly compromised work he was turning out towards the end of his career.revealing a complicity with downtrodden, , neglected and rebellious adolescence that is intensely moving but never mawkish, shot on location in Paris with a casually vivid eye that is almost documentary, it still has an amazing freshness in its (quasi-autobiographical) account of 13 year old Antoine Doinel's bleak odyssey through family life, reform school, and escape whose precarious permanence is questioned by the final frozen image of the boy's face as he reaches the sea-freedom or point of no-return?Still one of cinema's most perceptive forays into childhood, and fun for spotting guest appearances of such nouvelle vague luminaries as Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Claude Brialy, Jacques Demy and (in the funfair scene) Truffaut himself.[Tom Milne, Time Out]

Date Arrival: 
28 December 2007

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